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「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.

You know what this series needs more of? More full length images!

November 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm
40 comments »
  • November 3, 2012 at 12:05 amkondee

    “Time to fap.”

    Frau for character of the year.

  • November 3, 2012 at 12:24 amCTT

    You think so? I was hoping she’d be a short, cute, two-faced, genius, deadpan snarker. Right now, she reminds me more of that girl who shot @$%# (except crazier) than Idk Evangeline from Negima or Haibara from Conan. I lost my patience with her completely during her conversation with Kaito. Maybe she’ll get better or start to grow on me. As for Subaru’s father, I hope it isn’t the latter because obstructive parents are sort of a cliche at this point. Plus, I feel like hiding his participation in Robot tournaments (why would any father not want their kid to make and fight with robots?) from a father who actually wants him to participate, requires a more creative explanation and resolution

  • November 3, 2012 at 12:39 amZen

    Ah, cliffhangers. When they’re well executed, the reaction that is elicited from most audiences is indeed one of “Omg-I-need-to-watch-the-next-episode-noawww“. Me? Well, whenever I’m confronted with a cliffhanger, it tends to make me defer watching an episode until the event/sequence of events that hang in limbo are resolved. Good cliffhangers are by their very nature ambiguous, designed to confound the understanding of the audience to the point where no definitive conclusion can be deduced, and therefore no resolution attained without the viewing of subsequent episodes.

    Personally, my enjoyment of a story stems from my understanding of its intricacies; if its progression is structured in such a way that my comprehension is necessarily undermined, full enjoyment of a show becomes impossible for me- and I either defer watching it until all ambiguity is elucidated, or enlighten myself by referring to external sources (For manga/light novel adaptations). In any case, I know that a lot of people love cliffhangers, and understand why- but personally they infuriate me…XP

    • November 5, 2012 at 7:02 amCherrie

      I totally understand where you’re coming from! I hate cliffhangers as well and they also kind of make me want to wait until the whole series or arc is finished. Usually, I wait until a season is over before I start an anime… I’m one of those people that sit and marathon 24 eps in a day lol =P but for the sake of blogging, I cannot do that… so I will suffer through the one-week wait =(

      • November 5, 2012 at 5:38 pmZen

        Good to know I’m not alone in this cold, cruel world dominated by the spoiler-adverse…;)

      • November 5, 2012 at 6:06 pmZen

        Godd*mnit…I wrote “adverse” instead of “averse” seriously…

  • November 3, 2012 at 12:46 amFT5Havok

    Am I the only one here rooting for a Kai and Aki ending ? xD

    • November 3, 2012 at 1:11 amD-LaN

      *jumps on the ship*

    • November 3, 2012 at 1:34 amPtolemaios00

      “not enough boin”

    • November 3, 2012 at 5:36 amSpacyRicochet

      Too obvious for my taste. I like it when the romance has actual surprises. And that the main friends that would’ve been shipped don’t break apart because of said surprises.

    • November 4, 2012 at 2:14 amThe Moondoggie

      But obvious couple is OTP.

  • November 3, 2012 at 12:47 amEntrav

    “Damn, you don’t get it! Facedesk!”

    Yeah my English teacher would hate her but I think it’s awesome.

    • November 4, 2012 at 4:01 amThe Moondoggie

      If that’s the case your teacher might declare war with the internet, LOL. That type of think is typically seen everywhere in the net.

  • November 3, 2012 at 12:48 amDualash

    I don’t know, but Frau reminded me of Okabe when she talked; I can even imagine her say El Psy Congroo.

    • November 3, 2012 at 1:14 amD-LaN

      Personally I find her to be a mix of Daru and maaayyybee Fayris.

      • November 3, 2012 at 1:36 amPtolemaios00

        more like ample amounts of Shining Finger

  • November 3, 2012 at 1:11 amD-LaN

    Wow, R;N sure is trying to top C;H and S;G with more goofy characters (Mitchie, pervert parrot guy and Frau Kojiro). But no one can beat Okarin and Fayris :P

    Lol the things tht come out of Frau aka female Daru mouth:

    “Time to fap” (srsly?? XD)
    “Start a new thread” (yay for goonspeak!)
    And lol how did she breath in tht box??

    I can see where Akiho antics of quoting stuff come from… Is Misa like Akiho when she young too ^.^;
    Akiho do you just have to make me feel like smacking your head ala Chuunibyou style after you toned it down? EARTH TO AKIHO! I get you want to finish the robot during your high school years but BE REALISTIC!!!

    I have to admit, Subaru dad shirt looks cool. Is he and Subaru situation is another case of tht father and son from tsuritama? (Dem I forgot his name)
    OH YEAH, some1 tht finally beats Kai! I like this guy ady.

    @Cherrie same opinion here on Kai. He may looks like an ass but he cares abt Aki a lot.

    Hmm…I ady spoiled myself on mysterious loli identity… But its kinda obvious don’t you think?

    • November 4, 2012 at 11:59 amboingman

      Thats only how the fansubbers decided to translate/localize her lines. So basing your thoughts on those lines isnt the best idea IMO.

  • November 3, 2012 at 1:47 amEmD

    Des anyone else feel that Kai is a gigantic douche?

    The kid’s shown potential to be a good character but 95% of the time, he’s being an ass.

    He better get his stuff together soon. Takumi was tolerable and Okabe was fantastic, but Kai is really disappointing me as an MC.

    On the other hand, Aki and MR. PLEIADES are fantastic and Frau looks to be a pretty cool chick herself.

    • November 3, 2012 at 2:21 amScruffy

      Kai actually does an awful lot for Akiho, it just seams that he doesn’t want her to know for some reason. I wonder if his ‘low energy’ personality is related to his condition where time appears to move a lot slower for him, or at least does on occasion. Perhaps when he exerts himself it activates?

    • November 3, 2012 at 2:53 amDualash

      I like Kai though, he was pretty funny when he ate that bun to get the information, and he shows he cares for Akiho. Takumi though, his voice kind of sounded whiny at times like he had a cold and though I can understand his situation, but his delusions are harder to grasp than Okabe’s, which make then Okabe’s are entertaining and cool.

    • November 3, 2012 at 3:24 amD-LaN

      Kai is waaayyyyyy better than Takumi. I couldn’t stand Takumi AT.ALL. At least he still helping Aki behind the scenes while acting as a douche/voice of reason in front of Aki.

    • November 4, 2012 at 4:15 amThe Moondoggie

      Like they said ^ except D-LaN.

      • November 5, 2012 at 1:14 amD-LaN

        Lol which part tht you disagree with me?

  • November 3, 2012 at 2:21 ampaulrenzo

    Please explain what you mean by “getting his stuff together,” because I think he’s been doing that since episode 2.

  • November 3, 2012 at 2:45 amTeabie

    Probably not a coincidence that Kai is slow-moving whilst Aki is going at a 100 miles an hour!

  • November 3, 2012 at 5:57 amRyou

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  • November 3, 2012 at 6:06 amAlgent

    Subaru’s father look like the type who will come to the club to destroy things and hurt people.

    On another note it’s ep 04 and still no sign of this “Report” thing wrote in every synopsis, the cliffhanger will probably lead to this next week but it’s really taking is time to start.

    • November 3, 2012 at 7:22 amacolyte

      I’m getting more and more the feeling that, if it comes, it will come w a bang and hit us on the back..

    • November 5, 2012 at 7:31 amCherrie

      I’m anxious to see when it’s going to appear too… but so far a lot’s been happening already. Too much at once would just make me confused o_o

  • November 3, 2012 at 7:53 amewok40k

    Flashbacks give us some answers, but then more questions – what has driven Aki’s sister to her current cool attitude? What are the causes of the ferry incident? Why only 2 persons were permannetly affected?
    Aki’s and Micchi’s families provided some comic relief, but it was FRAU Koujiro with her 2chan denizen mentality that really broke the 4th wall with her comments.
    But the real bomb comes at the end, with appearance of mysterious girl seemingly capable of jamming EM waves and trying to communicate with Kai? How? Why?

  • November 3, 2012 at 8:02 amNugester

    So, what is Kai’s game handle for Kill-Ballad? He said that he’s in the top 5 …is it Umisho?

    • November 3, 2012 at 11:26 amD-LaN

      Yes.

  • November 3, 2012 at 8:30 amJhacks

    Thank god they’re showing a lot of interesting plot lines to make the story going for me, because their club members & antics still aren’t working to my liking. I thought this new girl (DAT Smile fooled me) will stir-up this stale club of theirs, but she just feels like the same as the two apathetic guys with an irksome attitude and just talks in memes without the witty use of it. Their club needs a clown character, a Sunohara or a Madarame, maybe a Kyon character to make it more interesting for me. Well, again the show still has a long way to go and I pray that the group dynamics will improve more.

  • November 3, 2012 at 4:54 pmKingofConquerors

    A tremendous episode. Its balance of comedy and drama was perfect and some of the teasing pertaining to what actually happened on 9/11 (no pun intended) was interesting enough to keep me hooked..

    the final scene made the episode, though. The mystery girl showed up and strangely she could only be seen through Kai’s iPad screen…i’m pretty sure she’s a time-traveler, though for some reason…

  • November 3, 2012 at 11:57 pmshin

    anyone know where the quote about “go hot dog go” came from?

    As for the elephant mouse syndrome, I think they already said it occurs when Akiho overexerts herself. In contrast, Kai seems to be able to slow down time (presumably with some kind of focus or tension). So there is probably some kind of important link between the two and it seems like the sister is working for the organization.

    Considering S;G had to do with time travel perhaps they are invoking some kind of silly science effects here once again. What was it again…microwaves meets phone cathode tube and gel bananas = time travel?

    • November 4, 2012 at 2:44 pmVelk

      Hot Dog was Dennis Quad’s character in The Right Stuff.

  • November 4, 2012 at 7:22 pmplushkin

    lol at the end. was that a g-g-g-g-ghost?!

  • November 5, 2012 at 1:07 amc2710

    Aki’s sheer cuteness while Frau is sheer deadpan…

    Awesome mix

  • November 20, 2012 at 7:17 pmNoSicko

    First off, Subaru’s dad’s shirt looks cool.
    Secondly, my texting lingo went up 100 fold after watching this episode.