Welcome to the short review because I was struggling to write a detailed one based on the discussion thread's comments. I usually don't write the anime reviews fresh off my mind when the show is over. I wait months for some reason.
What makes it difficult to review this anime is that I wonder if I should review the anime of its series or with the multiple anime series (Index and Accelerator that runs alongside but in different timelines. All 3 anime aired within each other.) This sort of causes production issues which took its toll on the animation. Railgun doesn't have grievous animation issues that Index III and Accelerator has.
For now, I'm reviewing the anime series in comparison to Railgun S and Railgun first season. Just like Railgun's first season, the arcs that overlap with Index: Sisters and Daihasei Festival are the better arcs in my opinion. It's unfortunate, Railgun cannot stand on its own. That goes for Accelerator. These spin-offs captured two popular characters but they cannot stand with their original arcs compared to the main branch, Index and Touma. For Railgun T, it started off strong with Daihasei Festival arc. The second and last arc of 10 episodes felt meandering and weak. What's interesting is that Daihasei Festival arc didn't have a central villain. There are few groups with self interests that conflict or put Misaka and the gang at risk. Railgun did a good job of allowing few fan service (non Railgun characters such as Touma and Gunha) have a few screentime as to not overshadow Misaka. Though, it does feel that way with Misaka being saved by her "hero." Misaka has great character evolution, but like Touma, she repeats the same flaws. In Misaka's case, she tries to solve things without her friends again. This time, she does it with Misaki and others who sort of allies with mutual interests. While Kuroko retains screen time from past Railgun, Kongo takes over Misaka's old friends of Judgement in the first arc. I was hoping Misaka and her sisters will reach a new level in their relationship. Misaka does not accept her sisters until the last few episodes. However, Misaka and her sisters do not get much screen time to warrant such bonding scene yet.
Ecchi content - I could be confusing with Index. I noticed Railgun T had less fan service and ecchi content as bare breasts are shown as much. There are no panty shots. For those who hate ecchi would prefer Railgun T over the other Railgun anime series. For those who do like ecchi, this show is devoid of fan service.
Graphic violence content - Nothing disturbing or gory.
Overall, Railgun T is a decent anime probably more enjoyable than Index III and Accelerator that aired recently as you won't get lost except for a few details like Touma's dragons. The first arc is stronger while the second arc has more slice of life elements. For those who prefer action will not enjoy the second half. I wouldn't mind the slice of life as Railgun's characters have interesting relationships to form.
I was reading a lot of Index and Railgun stuff by fans on their reactions. I don't let that influence or change my mindset when doing reviews. I want my reviews to be completely on my own. I do make mistakes. That's part of doing a review from your own heart.
I admit I'm on the fence with Railgun versus Index and Accelerator. Railgun can stand by itself. It's a successful spinoff series if not one of the few good examples of spinoff series that can do as well or even better than its main series counterpart.
However in this review of season T, I made a point after looking back at my reviews of Railgun and Railgun S as my memories aren't as sharp. I'm not a devout Railgun or Index fan like my fellow Anime Vice members: DeChefman and CosmicKnight75 as examples. I did observe that Railgun's best anime arcs for me personally were the ones that ran in the main series. I wished Railgun did better story arcs of its own material. Personally, the Sisters and Daihasei Festival of Railgun that overlap with Index are the best arcs. It's a shame that they can't replicate that success especially with Railgun having a smaller and more manageable cast of characters.
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