The big reveal in Shingeki no Kyojin 23 should come as no surprise, except to those of us who had forgotten who giantess is. The show’s had problems establishing characters from the start. Even after the opening scenes where we see her sympathizing with an overly zealous outer of corruption named Marlo while telling him that he’s a complete idiot, we’re still not sure why she does the things she does, just that she doesn’t like the corruption in the system. But after that, at least story-wise, the episode wasn’t bad. Armin’s plea to Annie suggested a different and just as logical turn of plot than what we got, which meant the buildup at the stairs was well-done because we weren’t sure what was going on. That said, we got questions, like how did Armin get permission to use Eren and Mikasa for this trap, what were those townspeople doing helping out, and again, why is she doing this?
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun 22 is again mostly talk, with a pointless action scene in the middle, and it raises more questions than answers. Judgement and Anti-Skills manage to find information on the head bad guy, Aritomi, when Kongou happens to spot his face on a database Uiharu had opened up, which is the way these two agencies tend to work. Mugino and her pals get a job to look into something and there’s nothing there, but they blow stuff up anyway, hence our action scene. Misaka mulls a lot over her conversation with Therestina, partly about clues but more often about that darkness image. And guinea pigs; that’s the new one. The questions involve those capsules with the hair in it, who hired ITEM to attack that old factory, why Shinobou, knowing that the information in that factory was bogus, went in there anyway. Well, that last question is more a question of plotting, not a story factor we’re supposed to consider. In the end, Shinobou and Misaka prove to be even stupider than Aritomi, actually believing he’ll give them the poison neutralization, especially Misaka letting herself get paralyzed, unless she has some trick up her sleeve. Yep, a lot of questions, some of them not the ones the show wants us to ask.
(Note to self: when writing about these two shows, stop mixing up the names Mikasa and Misaka.)