Robotics;Notes – 04
「一緒に、正義の巨大ロボを造ろう」 (Issho ni, Seigi no Kyodai Robo wo Tsukurou)
“Together, Let’s Build a Giant Robot of Justice!”
The answers keep on coming… but with more answers, comes more questions. Wow! I was definitely not expecting this much depth in our characters’ histories. With every revelation, I feel like they subtlety end each episode on a cliffhanger. The cliffhanger is just more of a pondering point though rather than a “Omg-I-need-to-watch-the-next-episode-noawww“!! (Anyway, forgive the spontaneous post and lack of flow in thought. It’s late and more often than not these days, I find myself needing more daylight hours!)
What stood out for me this episode (however brief) was the flashback that Kai took Subaru through. He was hesitant to share his past but still did because Subaru wanted to know how Kai was able to avoid his pile bunker. I’m not still not sure how this elephant-mouse syndrome works… and it seems like Kai doesn’t really understand it either or why it only affects himself and Aki (and not the other students). Oh, and of course, nobody knows why they all fainted! How awfully convenient… I think this gap in the story will be filled in eventually though; it’s only a matter of when and more importantly by whom? My guess is on Aki’s sister… but her motives still confuzzle me. Similar to how she could be so compassionate to her friend – but not to her sister.
Speaking of which, Misa’s personality at the beginning reminds me so much of Aki. It’s almost like Aki changes herself to become someone like her sister, replicating her signature moves and enthusiasm. I always thought that Aki was just natural full of life and energy, but her younger self seems to be more toned down and calm. That could just be a snippet of their life though and I’m not seeing the full picture yet. Not only does this episode show a brief mention of Aki and Kai’s history… but we also see Subaru’s father and family as well. I’m not sure if his dad is encouraging him to join robot tournaments or if he’s dropping hints for Subaru to avoid them (I think the latter). In the end, Subaru proves to be more than just a side character, and he’ll likely get more screen time as the season goes. He seems to have a stereotypical broken family image though and I’m hoping that there’s more to it. Likewise – there’s probably more to Michie’s family and Irei’s.
Once again, Kai plays a helping hand in Aki’s journey for pledges to her cause – building a giant robot. Four episodes in and you can’t deny that Kai really cares for Aki. Like a reader said, they have great chemistry and I give props to the writers and seiyuus for making it sound and look so believable. Even though Kai gives a very nonchalant impression in front of Aki, he does a lot behind her back to support her and I think that’s a great friend. Better than someone who’s nice to your face and rude behind your back. Even helping Frau move in was something that was appointed to Kai rather than something he picked up on his own… and he still rolled with it. That right there – is a good guy. Don’t we all wish for more guys like him? I think so.