A Certain Scientific Railgun was first released on October 2nd 2009 by J.C.Staff. It’s a spin-off series of the 2008’s A Certain Magical Index. Due to the series’ popularity, it managed to gain a season 2 and 3, which was later released on January 10, 2020. Its season 3 was beyond expectations and fans have been curious if season 4 for the anime will ever be released.
A Certain Scientific Railgun, A Quick Recap
It’s a sci-fi anime that focuses on Misaka Mikoto, one of the most powerful Espers in Academy City, and her friendship with her three friends, Kuroko Shirai, Saten Ruiko and Uiharu Kazari. There’s nothing ordinary in Academy City, as she gets involved with the darker side of the city while also gaining new friends and experiences throughout the series.
In season 1, we explore the life of Misaka Mikoto, the third ranked level 5 in Academy City. When one of her friends got involved with a shady drug that promises a ‘level up’, Misaka has to dig deep to find the cure for her friend and those who have been affected too. Despite what everyone believes in, Misaka climbed up to be the strongest due to her own will and hardwork. Which inspires several Level Uppers–low leveled Espers who took an enhancement drug to work hard until they reach their goals.
When it comes to season 2, the series took a darker turn compared to its last season. It’s in this season that the story is tied to the second arc of A Certain Magical Index, giving a different perspective of the Sisters Arc from Misaka’s point of view. It also introduces new characters and also another Level 5 Esper making its anime debut, Mugino Shizuri, a woman with the power to control beams, as they went face to face at one point of the season.
In this season, Touma Kamijou and Accelerator, the strongest Esper in Academy City who can control vectors, one of the main characters in A Certain Magical Index made a special appearance.
Season 3 explores the infamous Daihaseisai Festival, a city wide sports festival held annually in Academy City. After finding out one of her sister clones is missing, she begrudgingly collaborates with Shokuhou Misaki, another Level 5 with a tremendous psychological ability, to find her. This season also introduces new Level 5 espers that we never seen before in A Certain Magical Index, Shokuhou Misaki and Sogiita Gunha, a man with tremendous power. Touma Kamijou, the main character of A Certain Magical Index made an appearance in this season too.
Will There Be A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 4?
If we look at the statistics and rating based on MyAnimeList, the first season which was released from October 3rd, 2009 to March 20th, 2010 received a score of 7.69. The score kept going up and up to season 2 with 8.04 with a three year gap between the two seasons.
With the release of season 3 in 2020, it has gained a score of 8.21 on MyAnimeList. Both fans and critics had a positive review for A Certain Scientific Railgun compared to any other A Certain series before. With a positive result like this, it’s just a matter of time for J.C.Staff to announce season 4.
So far, the manga is still ongoing with sixteen volumes. The anime has already animated the first fourteen volumes of the series while the current manga arc is still ongoing with a few chapters that have yet to be published in offline stores. There are plenty of adventures that J.C.Staff (DanMachi, The Duke of Death and His Maid & The Demon Girl Next Door) could use for Season 4 and also considering the popularity of the anime, season 4 of A Certain Scientific Railgun is worth to be considered.
A Certain Scientific Railgun Characters and Casts
|Misaka Mikoto||Rina Satou (Classroom of the Elite)|
|Kuroko Shirai||Satomi Arai (Re:Zero)|
|Saten Ruiko||Kanae Itou|
|Uiharu Kazari||Aki Toyosaki|
|Shokuhou Misaki||Azumi Asakura|
|Touma Kamijou||Atsushi Abe|
A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 4 Release Date
There are no official statements made by the JC Staff about A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 4. But due to the sheer size of popularity in the A Certain series franchise and it’s ongoing story in both manga and light novel form, it’s very likely that it will return in the future.
JC Staff has managed to deliver a satisfying season so far, from the aspect of animation, graphic to even soundtrack. With memorable opening and ending songs sung by Fripside, there’s no doubt that fans are enthusiastically looking forward to A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 4.
For now, fans can only predict when season 4 will be announced. Considering the source material that’s still on going and looking at the release gap between season 2 and 3 that is seven years. It looks like Misaka’s return to the screen will be longer than anticipated but surely, it will be worth the wait.