Robotics;Notes – 10
「うちらだからこそ造れるロボを」 (Uchira Dakarakoso Tsukureru Robo wo)
“A Robot Only We Can Build”
This episode was all dedicated towards more build up and the start of a new arc. While the first few episodes showcased all the characters and a good setup, I felt that it really stole the spotlight from Aki’s dream to create a large robot. Now that the focus has shifted back towards the Robotics Club – I’m not entirely sure where this brings us. On one hand, I won’t lie; I don’t think this part of the story is too interesting to me. I am not a mecha-genre lover, and I won’t claim that talking about building a full-sized mechanical robot holds my attention span for long. However, I do think that this will somehow lead to the salvation of the world, and I’m hoping that history/reports/secrets will be revealed over time. So hold onto your hats everyone because there’s more to come!
Last week, I really didn’t dive too much into the sympathy I had towards Aki. This week, it continued to drag on as she’s caught between two decisions (that Kai’s pretty much point out) – Aki can build the GunPro-1 or not go to the Expo. Clearly the GunPro-1 is not going anywhere. It can’t move. Although going to the Expo with a working robot has been a dream, completing her sister’s unfinished project was also a promise that Aki made. I can appreciate the effort and strength that Aki carries when she has her mind set on a goal. But, I also think that she can get carried away and forget that there are other factors in the world that can prevent dreams from coming true. I think that’s a major theme of this anime since Subaru also seems to suffer the same fate (involving his father). Aki has an amazing personality and I’m glad that she’s getting the development that she needs. At the same time, she doesn’t let many things get her down and she’s back up on her feet again at the end of the episode.
Look! A giant monopole just happened to fall out of the sky! Was anybody else thinking, “What the….?”
Not only did I have no idea what a monopole was (had to Wikipedia this), but it still makes no sense to me where it came from or how it exists. It is supposed to be a theoretical object that exists for the sake of proving science, but I guess in the universe of anime, anything is possible! A better question would be, where did it come from? I can see Aki/Subaru using it as a source of power for their new GunPro-2, but that still doesn’t mean that they can find/create more than one. At least without the help of JAXA? Anyway, the entire first portion of the episode was dedicated to the monopole so I’m intrigued about its origin and how do they move it without touching it? Hmmmm…
I also wanted to point out that the episode opened and ended with Airi and I think she probably plays a much pivotal role than what’s been shown so far. After all, she has an entire ED dedicated to her. While Kai’s been using her as a source for more information, Mizuka seems to be very hostile towards her and I’m dying to know why. Whoever said that she must’ve been dating Kimijima Kou… well you might be right! More and more people seem to be able to see Airi on their PokeComs as well… doesn’t make Kai very special anymore, does it?