A new story arc for To Aru Kagaku no Railgun brings with it a focus upon another different character within its world, and this time the subject of its attentions is Antiskill's Tsuzuri Tessou.
All things considered, I think it's fair to say that Tessou is having a rather bad day... in fact, more than just a bad day, the hard slog of life in general is rather getting her down. Even though its summer break for all of Academy City's students, Tsuzuri is still working hard in her day job as a teacher, grading papers and the like, before racing off to complete her Antiskill duties where she's expected to help out with tasks normally reserved for Judgement due to the pressures upon them during the summer. All of this means that she has no time to cut loose and do anything that she enjoys - It's hardly surprising that she's feeling depressed in all honesty.
Despite trying her hardest, it seems that nothing will lift the dark cloud over Tessou's head, despite advise from her work colleagues and friends, until eventually a chance meeting with a young student who happens to share a passion for a game she used to love playing herself inadvertently reinvigorates her. And they all lived happily ever after. Or something.
After the rather disappointing previous arc of this series, I was hoping for something with a little more meat on it this time around, but if anything this seventeenth episode of To Aru Kagaku no Railgun felt even weaker than the last - Tessou herself is a pretty "flat" character in terms of personality, of the kind we've seen many a time before, and her story was a rather mundane one in all honesty that wasn't helped by the sweet but somewhat predictable twist to its ending. It feels a little harsh to label this episode as pointless, but if I'm honest that's almost exactly what it was - There was no heart or real story-telling emotion to it, and those points combined to leave me feeling as apathetic to everything as Tessou herself come the end of this instalment.