A Certain Scientific Railgun is a spin-off series from the original Index (Taoru) series.
Collectively they’ve become a popular franchise with Index being one of the best-selling light novels of all time.
In Railgun, Miktoo Misaka is the main female protagonist who takes center stage in a city full of espers. She ranks 3rd of out 7 level 5 espers who are the city’s strongest.
While everything on the surface seems reasonable, and light-hearted, with petty crimes here and there, something more sinister is bubbling under the surface that Misaka and others become part of, attempt to stop, and fight off.
Here’s a list of anime shows just like A Certain Scientific Railgun.
Charlotte is an anime series where Nao Tomori is essentially the leader, and with the help of the side character she finds Yuu Otosaka (another main MC) who’s seen missing his powers.
The premise centers around stopping others from missing their powers, but morphs into something even bigger in this short 12-episode series.
It’s nowhere near as long as the Railgun franchise, but it’s short, snappy, can be watched in just 4 hours, and has a lot of crossovers with the Railgun series.
Even the protagonist has some smiilairites to Mikoto Misaka.
2. One Punch Man
One Punch Man feels more like a comedy at times but other times a
He can destroy anyone with one punch and becomes depressed, but he’s written in a way that makes him relatable rather than over the top or out of reach.
OPM has a similar world to Railgun, it’s just different.
Shakugan No Shana
Shakugan No Shana is a
Shana, the female protagonist is recognized as one of the 4 Tsundere Wonders.
In this anime, the plot focuses on humans, torches which are humans who haven’t passed on yet, and Flame Haze who fight denizens (demons) from another world.
Just like Railgun, this anime is made also by J.C Staff studios.
4. Bungou Stray Dogs
Bungou Stray Dogs works similarly to how judgment and Skill-out works in Railgin. There’s an agency called The Armed Detective Agency, They often fight against gangs within the city and keep them in check.
The agency also has members with supernatural abilities, each with their own unique strengths and advantages.
Osamu Dazai is the anime’s most famous character and he’s part of the reason why the anime can be comedic and even dark or somewhat disturbing.
5. Battle Game In 5 Seconds
Released back in 2021, this anime brings a slightly new approach to action and superpower series. But the last half of the series isn’t as good as the first for what it’s worth.
Yuuri, the blonde girl, dies tragically but wakes up in a strange place just like dozens of other people who supposedly died. They’re now made to battle to the death, with a “5-second” start before each battle kicks off.
The way the anime works along with the users’ abilities, and the technicalities of those abilities has crossovers with Railgun. And the unknown facility the characters find themselves in is also so big there’s no telling how large it actually is.
It’s like they’re outdoors.
My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia has been shining since the first season, with the new season killing it and showing the world of
Deku has dreams of becoming a hero and luckily is able to pursue his dream after a chance encounter with his idol All Might.
Since then he’s stumbled, fallen, messed up, overworked himself, and more, but its all been for a purpose.
The support characters are what make this anime shine, along with other secondary protagonists like Ochako, Bakugou, Todoroki who plays a major part, and so on.
7. Talentless Nana
Talentless NANA might not be an all out supernatural/superpower-style anime series, but it has its parallels. Each character with supernatural abilities is placed on an island, designed to train them in preparation for destroying “enemies of humanity”.
It turns out much darker and more disturbing than anyone could have seen with each passing episode turning more into a
Nana Hiiragi is at the center of a lot of it as episode 1 will reveal.
8. A Certain Magical Index
It’s only natural to mention this anime since this is how Railgun came about in the first place. In this series, the main characters are Touma, Index, and Mikoto Misaka is the third wheel.
In this anime, she’s more of a Tsundere and you see a different side to her story, with Touma being the center of focus as he discovers the darker side of religious groups, churches, villains planning world domination, and more.
All a result of meeting Index, a strange nun with strange powers.
9. Ookami San And Her Seven Companions
Ookami San isn’t a supernatural series, but the way the anime works, its protagonist called Ryouko, and what they get up to gives off a Railgun-type of vibe.
Ryouko is a boxer and practices a lot. She goes out of her way to help those in need and can be stubborn + aTsundere in a parody kind of way.
This anime plays on cliches as well like Ringo, the female character who’s small, has red hair, and is called “little red riding hood.