Robotics;Notes – 15
「君に夢を見せてあげよう」 (Kimi ni Yume o Misete Ageyou)
“I’ll Show You a Dream”
These past few weeks have really focused on the girls in this anime – starting with Junna, to Kona and finally to Airi… who turns out, is actually human. Not to mention that she’s still alive and hidden in the basement of an abandoned house (linked to the last episode of Gunvarrel anyone?) Powered by what exactly? Could it have something to do with the monopole? Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself and talking about details that might not even be relevant. My mind’s been focused too much lately on each individual character and their developments throughout the past few episodes. I’ve loved each episode since 2013 started and how each week builds upon the last. This gives the characters time to develop without feeling a giant gap between each episode’s focus. Each of the girls has their own unique, tragic histories that made them who they are. In Junna’s case – her fear of robots has really transpired into avoidance with her grandfather. This is not something that was fixed overnight, but something that she’s growing to accept and get over. For Kona, I would almost say that all she’s been missing in her life is a friend. Kai’s been that friend to her and going to the extreme of helping her uncover the mystery behind her mother’s disappearance. It’s safe to say that her story is still incomplete, but I feel a much stronger connection to her now. Finally, it’s Airi’s turn and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better…
I won’t try and pretend that I’ve seen this coming from miles away. I didn’t… until the beginning of the episode opened up with the hospital scene. I’ve always been wondering what the significance was behind Airi and now we know… she’s not an AI, she’s a normal teenager who’s been diagnosed with an incurable illness. It’s a story that we’ve all heard before and it’s one of those stories that usually end with a heartbroken soul. So how is this any different? I dare say that it’s not… but I can only predict what’s going to happen to Airi now that she’s further in the future and in the hands of the government. For the sake of a happy ending, I hope she wakes up and lives, but there’s no guarantee that Airi (the AI) is even the same “person” as the one sleeping.
Speaking of which, Airi (the AI) is no longer visible to Kai – only Sister Centipede is. This would’ve been an extremely fitting episode if it aired before Christmas because nothing beats a Christmas miracle in a story. It’s definitely a heartwarming sensation when Airi finally gets her first snowfall and I’m glad that Kona was willing to grant her that wish. The cherry on top of the cake was the kiss at the end though! Kai, you whore! I’m only teasing… but for Kai to keep up his end of the promise shows that he treats Airi like any other human being – with respect. I can’t say that it was a romantic kiss, but the idea behind it sent butterflies to my stomach and there’s no doubt that Airi really is a loveable girl. It’s a shame to see her go; hopefully it won’t be for long.
After last week’s developments on Robotics;Notes, I admit that I wasn’t expecting much out of this next one. Boy, was I wrong and glad to be. This show has taken up half its episodes just building up and creating this massive snowball that I feel is finally starting to tip over the other side of the mountain. Its gained a lot of speed and momentum and answers are finally popping up left and right. Kimijima Kou makes his grand entrance and his sixth report is also brought to life. Surprise surprise, it talks about the Committee of 300′s plan to brainwash individuals. Now that Airi’s gone though, and so are all the links to Kimijima Kou, I expect Mizuka to step it up and explain a few things. She seems to be the key to unlocking a lot of the mysteries that surround our town so I wouldn’t be surprised if she was seeing him while he was alive.