Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A Certain Scientific Railgun: a manga review
Info: Seven Seas, copyright 2011, 192 pages
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Little kids with psychic powers and overly friendly friendships.
Welcome to a world where mysticism and science collide, and supernatural powers are derived from either science or religion. At the heart of this world is Academy City, an advanced metropolis whose population is comprised mostly of students. The majority of students are enrolled in the city’s "Power Curriculum Program," where they must learn to master their latent psychic powers. Out of several million students, only seven are deemed powerful enough to have Level 5 status.
Meet Mikoto Misaka, the third most powerful Level 5 esper in Academy City. Together with her best friend Kuroko Shirai and the other members of Judgment, a student-run law enforcement agency, Mikoto delves deep into the dark heart of the scientific sprawl she calls home, and uncovers secrets she wishes she hadn’t!
Hmmm...yeah. Not my favorite, probably because, as usual, I never really figured out what was going on. If I'm correct, crime is running amok in the city and a group of students known as Judgement are policing the streets trying to keep the peace. The members of Judgement have the strongest psychic powers, and use them against criminals. Why are the only members of Judgement children? Really...I mean, who leaves crime control to little girls? Where are the ADULTS?! And why are the girls so touchy-feely with their children. No.
So not crazy about this one, but as usual, only one volume in might be rushing a final consensus. Perhaps I'm missing something. Wouldn't be the first time!
Have you read this one? Thoughts?