Misaka Mikoto seems to know about the sisters before the Sister's-arc, as she says both in the prologue of the first LN and the Railgun-manga:

Have you heard how my DNA map was supposedly analyzed and military Sisters were created based on it?

How did Mikoto know about the Sisters back then? She found out during the Sisters Arc (which happened later) that the Sisters exist and the rumor just spread then, too (at least it seems to me). How could she tell Touma about them?

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    Something I noticed is that Railgun episodes are not in chronological order according to the actual Index series. For example, some episodes in Railgun season 2 are actually supposed to take place before some of the episodes in Railgun season 1.
    – krikara
    Commented Sep 14, 2013 at 21:32

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After Mikoto meets Nunotaba Shinobu, she starts investigating her and finds her connection with the 7th Medical Research Center, who were researching her DNA map to create an army of level 5 clones.

This is covered in the Railgun manga and Railgun S anime.

Initially she thought the Sisters project was abandoned because the clones would only be Level 3 (thus not realizing the plan for an army of Level 5 clones), but it's not until later that she realizes the Sisters were utilized for the Level 6 Shift project.


The quote you have provided comes from the first of the light novels, which take place on July 19.

It was July 19th. The fault lay in that date. Because summer vacation would start the next day...

The Railgun version of the Sisters arc extends from August 10 to August 22, according to the wiki.

So Misaka had heard rumours about the Sisters for weeks, at least, before coming face-to-face with one.

The full version of your quote goes:

“Hah. Don’t make me laugh. What is all this about the ‘brain of god’? Have you heard about the supposed military Sisters created based on an analysis of my DNA map? It seems to me these lucrative side effects are more important than that objective.”

If you read the Railgun manga version of that encounter, you will see that Misaka has an expression on her face like 'Really? People actually believe that?'

Given how distressed she was when she found out the Sisters were real, I think it is safe to assume this was a rumour that she heard but dismissed as ridiculous.

Considering that the Sisters had been operating outside for some time, it is hardly inconceivable that rumours of their existence had sprouted.

EDIT: Rereading the third novel led me to this quote:

However, recently there had been a rumor spreading throughout Academy City that her DNA map had been used to create military Sisters. It wasn’t that rare an occurrence. Mikoto was one of the seven Level 5s and a scholarship student at the prestigious powers development school of Tokiwadai Middle School. There had been countless baseless rumors like that about her. That was why she had not believed the rumor.

Or perhaps she had simply not wanted to believe it.


Railgun S starts shortly before Index and continues through the different arcs just from Misaka's point of view. Railgun however is the prelude to Index and most of it takes place way before Index. Later on it catches up and things start happening at similar moments in time. Because both Railgun and Railgun S happen at similar points in time and move at a similar pace in stands to reason that they are happening at the same time. Events will happen in Railgun, than the sister's arc in Railgun S, and than back to some of the other events in Railgun and so on and so forth.

  • The question is awfully outdated and wrong and since I have read the manga now, I know that it has nothing to do with the anime. I'll rephrase the question so it's clear what I wanted to know.
    – looper
    Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 8:50
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    You should probably just ask a new question next time, instead of completely editing another one to ask a new question.
    – krikara
    Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 17:53

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