A certain scientific Railgun is a very old anime series that first met the public in 2009. The series, whose manga was written by Kazuma Kamachi and illustrated by Motoi Fuyukawa, was adapted into anime by JCSstaff two years after the manga’s debut. The studio, which has also signed for popular works such as One Punch Man and DanMachi, undertook the animations for the later seasons of the series. It most recently appeared to the public with its third season titled “A certain scientific Railgun T† The anime, which originally aired on AT-X from January 10, 2020 to September 25, 2020, has also been mentioned by crunchy rolls and Funimation† Now, the series’ followers around the world are wondering if there will be a new season. In the continuation of our article we have collected everything that is known about the fourth season so far.
What is the plotline of a particular scientific Railgun?
University City, also known as student city, is a high-tech place where people with ESP powers are trained. Students make up 80% of the city’s 2.3 million residents. Students with ESP privileges try to improve themselves to certain levels, but there are very few people with high-level ESP privileges. Besides, some people have no ESP ability at all and they are known as zero levels. Kamijou Touma is one of them, but while he doesn’t have ESP power, he has a different innate power. Thanks to his right hand, he can destroy all spells and thus protect himself from people with ESP powers. However, Touma is unlucky and almost every day dozens of unfortunate events happen to him. One of them changes his whole fate. He meets a young girl named Index. Index, a priestess, has a memory of 103,000 forbidden spellbooks, and the bad guys who want access are after Index. At this point, the paths of science and magic intersect and Touma goes to great lengths to protect Index. Another character, Misaka Mikoto’s ESP skill is one of the best in town. Her roommate Kuroko Shirai, who has the same power, is madly in love with Misaka. Kuroko is also a member of the community protecting the student-shaped city, The Judgment. Kazari Uiharu, who still has 1 ESP ability, and Ruiko Satin, who has no ESP ability, meet Misaka thanks to Kuroko. And so the four of them embark on exciting adventures together in this science city. The anime also explores the limits of the human brain, the relationship between religion and science, and human cloning.
Will there be a fourth season of A Certain Scientific Railgun?
JCSstaff or an anime related company has yet to renew the anime for a fourth season† While there is no official news, it is possible to speculate about the new season under some key factors. Above all, we saw that the anime was able to get the approvals for the new season, even though years had passed. This is the biggest point that expands the possibilities of the new season. However, it is not sufficient in itself. Popularity is paramount, as animes are for-profit productions.
The anime is currently ranked as the 309th most popular anime, according to myanimelist data. Since the algorithm works according to the number of members, this ranking can be considered average according to the animes that were first released in those years. If we look at the popularity of the series in Google Searches, we see that it is below average. On the contrary, it has a strong following on Twitter. It seems that anime is quite popular in Japan also with its manga.
4th season chance at a certain scientific Railgun
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on social media
Popularity on Google searches
Above average ratings (7.70 on MA, 7.6 on IMDb)
Good popularity in Japan
Success in disc sales
Has major distributor (Hulu)
Extra income with Smartphone Game
Not a hit worldwide
Not a bestselling manga
Not (yet) sufficient source material
The manga of the series published by ASCII Media Works is still in progress and has reached 16 parts in total. However, 13 parts were adapted for the first three seasons of the anime. Since there are only 3 parts left, it may take a while before enough source material is formed for a new season. However, since the manga is still being published, this won’t be an issue going forward.
When is the fourth season of the anime?
The anime has not been renewed for a new season, but as a result of the evaluation we made above, we think that the positive factors outweigh the negatives and therefore we can see a new season. However, the decision for a new season could be risky for the creators, as the worldwide popularity of the anime is not very high. In addition, it is difficult to predict a release date because there is no renewal. However, if we look at the time between previous seasons and consider that the manga currently does not provide enough source material for a new season, we can say that a new season will not be possible sooner 2023† Until then, we recommend Dr. Stone in the sci-fi and adventure genre. Stay tuned.