Railgun Sneakiness?

I watched the Railgun omake last night, which is kind of funny, especially when Mikoto starts acting out of character. They reused a lot of shots from the show, but changed up the dialog.

Dr. Heinous writes that he noticed something while watching the last few filler episodes:

…I don’t think they were ALL filler. Odd that there was a tiny tremor of an earthquake that sent the Anti-Skill girl to hiding under a bench. Then at the orphan school there was a significantly stronger (though still minor) quake…

Hm. He may have a point. Color me Elvis — I’m all shook up. Something you just don’t see in anime set in Japan is an earthquake (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 being the exception that proves the rule.)

That’s still no excuse for a crappy set of fillers, which the last two were. At least the first two were tolerable, but I’m disappointed that they don’t appear to be heading into the Sisters arc. I could forgive that if they do it as a movie, though. It would be a good move, I think.

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6 Responses to Railgun Sneakiness?

  1. There was an earthquake in the last couple of episodes of the first Nanoha series. But it wasn’t really an earthquake; it was caused by Precia’s attempt to… well, that’s a spoiler. So maybe it doesn’t count.

  2. Ubu Roi says:

    Which may be a hint / trope. No Earthquakes in Japan.

    I’ve noticed this before, and wonder if it’s cultural… do earthquakes provoke a feeling of dread, that the average Japanese wouldn’t admit to? And as ‘a cultural thing’ that’s why anime never seems to have any? I mean, you’d think it would be a great excuse for the male to end up cuddling with his tsundere haremette, right? I’d expect it to be a trope…. but you never see it.

    I thought both of the quakes were odd when they happened, but failed to make the connection as Dr. Heinous did.

  3. In Nanoha they used it as an opportunity for something like that. Nanoha’s older sister was shown hugging Nanoha’s older brother and looking fearful while the earthquake was going. (They also showed Alisa holding her dogs, and Suzuka holding her cats.)

    And there lies a tale, regarding Miyuki. In the original H game (Triangle Heart), Miyuki wasn’t a sister. She was a cousin living at the house, and was one of the seduction targets for Kyoya, Nanoha’s brother, who was the protagonist in the story.

  4. Ubu Roi says:

    If I’ve never mentioned it before, the entire Nanoha franchise has the weirdest ancestry… which reminds me, I need to check on the progress of that and other OVA’s and movies out there.

    Is it just me or is there an increasing tendency for anime to bypass broadcast and drop back into OVA’s for the more “salable” properties these days?

  5. Ubu Roi says:

    Interesting. The next episode, which looks like it’s going to do yet another festival, also features an earthquake, so it looks like Dr. Heinous is on to something.

  6. Dr.Heinous says:

    Indeed I was. Exactly right, in fact.

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