Triple Preview Part 2! To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S, Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko, and Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru

Hello, another week and I’ve got 3 more new season previews for you! This time it’s the shows To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S, Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko, and Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. The titles are quite the mouthful this time around, huh? As far as these shows go, I have a somewhat unique perspective on each of them.

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S is a sequel, so I’m already somewhat familiar with how and where a show like this can go. Additionally, due to its unique placement in the To Aru universe, this season takes place concurrently with some events that have already taken place in the Index anime. So people that have already seen Index have some idea of what’s coming up.

As for Hentai Ouji, I’ve actually read the manga for this, so I’m a little bit familiar with the premise and direction at least for the first few episodes. The last show, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru however, is totally new to me and I’ll be treating it as such.

Misaka Mikoto, rank 3 Level 5 ESPer, also known as the Railgun. Can you guess why?

Misaka Mikoto, rank 3 Level 5 ESPer, also known as the Railgun. Can you guess why?

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S is the sequel to a 2009 anime series called To Aru Kagaku no Railgun. It’s kind of a side-story to the main story, which is To Aru Majutsu no Index. Index’s main character is Touma, whereas Railgun’s main character is a young girl named Misaka Mikoto, who is student in Academy City. She and her merry group of friends live their lives as cute girls doing cute things, except with one twist.

Misaka is an ESPer, particularly an electromaster. That means she can control and manipulate electromagnetic currents. Her level of control is very strong, and she has been labeled Rank 3 of the 7 Level 5 ESPers in Academy City, making her a force to be reckoned with.

Of course this sounds all well and good, but don’t misunderstand me. While Misaka’s certainly a powerful badass in her own right, Railgun still has a lot of cute girls doing cute things going on in the show. Railgun S shouldn’t be very different. There’s a good mix of humor, slice of life, and action. A few story arcs to get the blood pumping, and that’s Railgun for you. As someone who’s read a bit of the Railgun manga, and seen Index, I know a little bit of what’s coming up. And I’m definitely quite interested to see how the anime adapts all those things. Going to keep watching this one for sure.

The volume 1 cover is ridiculously moe, and I can see why someone would by this.

The volume 1 cover is ridiculously moe, and I can see why someone would by this.

Second up is Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. The manga for this was fairly enjoyable, and I really like the premise of this show. There are two main characters here, Yokodera Yoto, and Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko. They’re two young high school students, and each of them has a personality trait that they don’t like. After hearing a story about a wish-granting cat statue, the two of them show up to get their wishes granted, only… It didn’t work quite as planned.

Yoto percieves his character flaw as not being able to express his true feelings… Well, he’s a huge pervert, and the wish granted makes it so that he’ll often blurt out things normal people wouldn’t say in public. Needless to say, it lands him in more than a little trouble with the fairer sex. A lot of the comedy stems from this, and for now it’s quite funny. However, I can see that element of the show growing stale fairly quickly, so hopefully it can pick up some new gimmicks in the near future.

As for Tsukiko, she wished that she didn’t wear her heart on her sleeve so much. She wanted to be more adult-like and not an emotional child. Her wish was granted in a twisted way too, of course. Tsukiko is now incapable of showing emotion on her face, which in and of itself is quite interesting. The no-expression moe is surprisingly cute and I can dig it. So far the show is going quite well after two episodes, and as I’m sure the anime will cover more than what I’ve read of the manga, I’m eager to see more new material adapted to animated form. I’ll definitely keep watching this one.

The main characters. From the left, Yuigahama Yui, Yukinoshita Yukino, and Hikigaya Hachiman.

The main characters. From the left, Yuigahama Yui, Yukinoshita Yukino, and Hikigaya Hachiman.

The last show I’ve watched so far is the only one this time that’s totally new to me. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru is certainly a mouthful, but light novel adaptations these days are kind of like that. And yes, this is yet another light novel anime adaptation (in fact, all three shows I’ve covered are, except Railgun sort of). The topic this time is a guy with no friends, named Hikigaya Hachiman, joining a club with a girl that has no friends… Wait a second, this sounds a little familiar… Maybe a little bit like Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai?

While the shows may be similar in terms of genre (comedy/slice of life/drama/romance), the characters and characterizations are quite different in this show, so I wouldn’t consider them all that similar. Hachiman is a something of a dour guy, with an unpleasant facial expression on at all times, and a total loner. He’s not misunderstood, he’s just a a guy that doesn’t want or need friends. On the flip side, Yukinoshita Yukino, the main girl, is one of those perfectly perfect types. She’s so perfect that everyone hates her, and her twisted worldview leads her to have no friends either.

Of course two misfits like this would get together (even if they were forced by their teacher) into a club whose main focus is helping people through their problems. So far it seems like the first 3 episodes have involved getting more misfits around, to create a little group of friends. Again, quite similar to Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, but the characters separate this show enough, I think.

As far as the characters go, some of them are fairly interesting. I really like Zaimokuza Yoshiteru. He’s this crazy guy who’s voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama, and I feel his character exists just for Hiyama to say really hotblooded stuff over and over again. I have no problem with this, of course. I also enjoy Yuigahama Yui, the third main character. She’s refreshing and cute, and I’m curious to see how this series will continue. Gonna continue this one too~

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Kaushik

I write about anime and stuff. Giant robots are pretty cool, too.

Kaushik

I write about anime and stuff. Giant robots are pretty cool, too.

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