Robotics;Notes – 13
「なんという狂った世界」 (Nan toiu Kurutta Sekai)
“What a Crazy World”
What a crazy world it is… Let’s take a step back and look at all the events that are going on Robotics;Notes right now. Sometimes even I start to forget all the happenings amongst just 5 people, so watching it on a weekly basis doesn’t help. We have Kai who’s on his quest to find more Kimijima Kou reports with Airi. There’s Kona and her missing mother and the recently leaked last episode of Gunvarrel. Aki’s still building her giant robot with the help of Nae (who recently celebrated her birthday!). Then there’s Junna and Subaru who have taken a back seat with their family histories briefly discussed. Not to mention all the little pieces here and there – including the monopole, Aki’s sister and the destruction of the world approaching as quickly as these solar flares. That’s an abundance of things going on at once; I honestly was not expecting such an elaborate plot when I started blogging. Now that I think about it, Robotics;Notes should really be more of a mystery than anything else – so I get pretty defensive when I hear people assuming it’s all about mecha and robots. It honestly isn’t.
I thought this episode focused on a lot of smaller plot lines, with the overarching theme being Kona and her mother. As a side note: She had brown hair when she was young! She must be in that rebellious stage where all teenage Asian girls dye their hair blond (who can relate? *raises her hand*). Anyway… when Kona revealed to Kai all the photos and their messages and all that research behind her mother’s website etc. etc., I found it so hard to believe. It was almost too good to be true and it reminds me of crime dramas where “nothing is a coincidence” and the audience is expected to just take it as it is. I would probably be less critical if Kona wasn’t always shut out from the outside world and her mother’s story wasn’t still a blur. Her explanations are almost forced and put into place just for the sake of advancing the story and as elaborate and ingenious as it is, I find it hard to digest. I must admit though, it’s a great way to tie in Kona to the Committee of 300. She’s been left behind her entire life and I honestly really pity her after seeing her suicidal attempt. I never expected her to take that route, but everyone has their limits.
There were two Kimijima Kou reports revealed this week… none of which were narrated or read out loud. I think this is to keep the suspense of what’s happening around them and when the Committee of 300 is going to attack. A solar flare also struck Tokyo at the end of the episode sending everyone into chaos – mainly the robots that started attacking citizens. A reader mentioned before that this reminded them of I Robots and I’m sure that this isn’t an uncommon theme. But the twist here is, these robots don’t have intelligence of their own – they’re merely being controlled by the Committee of 300 (since I’m assuming Kona is being framed). My question is, is this an artificially created solar flare (as indicated by report no. 5)? What would the Committee of 300 achieve by destroying mankind? I feel like a broken recorder, asking the same questions every week.