Robotics;Notes – 03
「タネガシアクセルインパクトォォォォォ!」 (Tanegashi Akuseru Inpakutooooo!)
“Tanegashi Accel Impact!”
And on to the Robo-One tournament! We’re only three episodes in but I feel like so much has already happened. I love the pacing in Robotics;Notes… there’s just enough going on with the characters that they’re neither boring or repetitive. The plot’s also advancing great and I really didn’t expect them to finish the tournament in one go but apparently there’s a lot to go through in this anime. The faster we get there, the better!
I think this episode posed more questions than answers for me. I have a million and one thoughts swimming through my head so I’ll try and go through them in some orderly fashion. First of all – the news reporter from last week (and the first episode), is indeed Senomiya Misaki (Inoue Kikuko). I initially thought that maybe she passed away or something, but it seems like she’s healthy and working full time as a news anchor so what could have happened to turn her into this cold hearted person? She doesn’t pick up calls from her family and from the flashbacks; I don’t think she used to be this sort of person. Whoever she works for – this “Committee”, is another story entirely. It sounds like they recruited Misa to do… whatever it is they do and as a result, she’s isolated herself from everyone but Irei (the store owner). I could go on a rampage of predictions about what this Committee does and what Misa is getting herself into – but I’m not going to. I think a better question is why are they watching Kai and Aki? What makes this competition so special or rather – are robots that life changing in the future? It seems like they’re tracking humans rather than robots though so I’m keen to keep my eye on them.
Speaking of Kai and Aki… we saw a brief explanation for Aki’s condition last week when she blacked out. Apparently time moves faster for her after a certain event on a cruise ship (involving an aurora too). At the same time, I think Kai experiences the exact opposite. At first – I thought he was just tired from a lack of sleep. Of course, why wouldn’t a sugar-fix fix that? But that’s not all; he seems to be able to observe events in a slow-motion vision. This would explain his quick reflexes and responses in games and the final round. I’m not sure how or why that would happen… similar to how Aki probably experiences faster time probably. Now I’m super curious what happened to them as children… I hope that’ll be the next revelation!
Right after the introduction of Frau Koujiro of course! Who turns out to be a girl! Who would’ve thought right? And all this time I thought the girl in pigtails was another student at the school. Oh how wrong I was… she’s apparently the genius that sent Kai the programming so that Tanegashimachine-3S had the same operating system as his game’s. I’m so impressed! I know next to nothing about engineering and software development (and I really should…) so I’m intrigued that Aki plans to build this life-sized robot for their next big tournament. I doubt this is something that can be accomplished in three episodes though.
As a final note, anyone else find Mister Pleiades hilarious? Especially when Subaru put on the mask that Kai created in front of the Vice-Principal, I totally laughed out loud… and I rarely ever do for anime. I’m thoroughly amused at how they got him to join their little club. Totally suckered in. And what’s this big long black thing? o_o Yes… I DID just say that…