More minor sidekicks, this time Awatsuki Maaya. But more importantly, some chat with Jolno about fripSide and one of the best anisong of all time, ‘only my railgun’!
Scenes that Demonstrated the Power of Friendship Made me Fall More and More in Love
Q: Tell us your thoughts upon hearing that the Railgun series would be starting up again.
A: I was overwhelmed to think that I would have the chance to meet Mikoto and the rest of the characters once again! It only seemed like 2-3 years to me when in fact, it’s been 7 years since our previous encounter.
Q: Where do you think the appeal lies in the A Certain Scientific Railgun series?
A: Friendship, human connections, bonds. Also, believing in justice and oh, red-hot battles! And Arai-san, who voices Kuroko!! I love her (lol)
Q: Talk us through your emotions upon seeing the familiar cast and staff members gathering in the studio.
A: I felt happy but also slightly shy at the same time. While I do see [the cast members] at other recordings, maybe it’s ‘cos we’re all gathered together face-to-face, or maybe because it’s Railgun, that I’m easily reminded of what it was like in the studio 7 years ago – it definitely feels like a reunion this time around.
Q: Once again, let’s discuss the appeal of your character Awatsuki Maaya.
A: She’s a very good-natured, well brought-up ojou-sama who’s never even been in an argument her whole life.
And yet, this season, Awatsuki (and Wannai) get angry on the behalf of Kongo-san. There are scenes that demonstrate the power of their friendship, which makes me fall in love with [Awatsuki] more and more.
Q: What were your thoughts when watching the Awatsuki-centric episodes (5-6)?
A: So much passion! This is the first time in the anime that Awatsuki and Wannai have played such a big part in a battle and I was compelled to cheer for the two of them when I watched the episodes on air.
Q: Any other scenes that left an impression for you?
A: The very beginning of episode 1 features Mikoto humming a song – during studio tests, Rina-san had chosen to hum ‘only my railgun’.
The finished article had her humming a different tune but Mikoto humming ‘omr’ was so precious and left me feeling quietly excited by my lonesome self (lol)
Thoughts on 10 years of Railgun as a Member of fripSide
Q: fripSide once again performs the OP theme: this season’s is titled ‘final phase’. What were your thoughts upon seeing the OP visuals? Can you also tell us what Railgun means to you from the viewpoint of the OP theme artiste?
A: Ahh, watching the OP visuals I went, ‘ Ohh~~~~~~this is it this is it! Railgun!!’ As cool as ever!
The Railgun series and fripSide are now inextricably linked for eternity. It may be the first Railgun anime in 7 years but whenever we perform at concerts or festivals it’s guaranteed that we’ll sing Railgun songs – we’ve spent these last 10 years of our career walking alongside ‘only my railgun’, the theme from Season 1.
Back then I was just a newbie who was fumbling around without being able to make heads or tails of anything but I’d like to think that I’ve matured a little from those days through the many opportunities we’ve been afforded. Now I can say with confidence that I want to contribute to, or give back to the Railgun series that I’ve traversed the past 10 years with, side-by-side. [Railgun] has been a comrade-in-arms, a trustworthy companion and a partner who’s always got my back.
Q: Which character in Railgun T piques your interest, and why?
A: There are plenty of appealing characters, both among the protagonists and antagonists but I’d still go for Kuroko…or rather, I’m always wondering what kind of Kuroko Arai-san will bring to the table. I can’t take my eyes off of her….!
Q: Please tell us what you’re looking forward to, or what you’re anticipating in the second half of the series.
A: I’m waiting to see how the stories converge and am curious whether Awatsuki-san, who’s been absent for quite some time, will still have any part to play in future! (lol)
Q: Lastly, please leave a message for the Railgun fans.
A: We’re able to return after a 7-year gap and I’m very glad to get to see the cast and staff members at recording once again.
From the moment episode 1 kicked off, I keenly felt, ‘Ahhh, this is the Railgun feeling’ and I’d be glad if the hot-blooded yet gentle air [of the series] gets through to all of you as well.
Recently, I’ve been surprised that, whenever we perform ‘only my railgun’, we frequently hear various people say to us ‘I’m so glad I finally got to hear this song live!’. We’ve been performing it throughout the years so ‘Why now?’, I thought, but apparently many of them were still in kindergarten and primary school 7-10 years ago and it’s only now that they’re old enough to attend concerts to hear us perform it live.
That’s a profound moment where I think…so this is what it means to work on a long-running series.
I’m sure that right now, this series will be enjoyed in real-time by generations who weren’t able to in previous seasons. Whether you’ve been watching the series from its first iteration or whether you’re watching this in real-time for the first time, let’s gather forces and passionately watch over Mikoto and the other characters as they spring into action!
#1: Sato Rina (Misaka Mikoto)
#2: Arai Satomi (Shirai Kuroko)
#3: Toyosaki Aki (Uiharu Kazari)
#4: Ito Kanae (Saten Ruiko)
#5: Asakura Azumi (Shokuho Misaki)
#6: Sasaki Nozomi (Sisters)
#7: Kotobuki Minako (Kongo Mitsuko)
#8: Tomatsu Haruka (Wannai Kinuho)