Robotics;Notes – 18
「そこに本物のガンヴァレルがいます！」 (Soko ni Honmono Ganvareru ga Imasu!)
“The True Gunvarrel is in there!”
We’ve finally made it to the Tokyo Expo 2020! Aki and Kai (along with the entire crew from Space Candy) make it to Tokyo for GunPro-2′s debut. Unlike the Robo-One tournament (back in episode 3), this is more of an exhibition to showcase what your robot does and what is expected in the future (especially for companies like Exoskeleton). There’s a lot of excitement in the air as people crowd around to see the different robots and the energy is pretty contagious (if anyone’s ever been to like an auto show or anime expo, you can probably relate). Anyway, I take back last week about the cheese in certain scenes. When your robot can genuinely make one little boy happy, I think that’s a sign that your efforts aren’t to waste. I was so touched when Aki turned around to see Kai, Mitchie and Sumio posing with GunPro-2. It’s incredible sweet to see the whole team backing up Aki’s efforts and their willingness to go that far for one girl’s dreams. The robot itself was less than spectacular compared to others, but it still has great “impact” for our group.
Aki and Kai get a little alone time this week in their hotel room. It wasn’t as romantic or embarrassing as I thought it’d be, but still good from a development standpoint. I’m sad to see the rest of the Robotics Club kind of put aside for the time being, but this final stretch is really focused on Misa and Aki. There are still many hints that point to the unveil of Kimijima Kou though – the awakening of Airi is one and the very brief mentioning of the reports being distributed (anyone notice that their hotel does not have a TV?). Overall, I still feel that strong connection between Aki and Kai. They’re good childhood friends and this point is never forgotten by Aki who points out how distant she’s been feeling lately. I do agree that Kai’s been pretty much around the block these days, so these next few episodes should bring him back to Aki.
The relationship between Aki and Misa is another matter though. We caught glimpses of it last week (and probably throughout the entirety of the show) that Aki is really trying to prove that she’s not just “ordinary”. She really wants to make her sister proud but it’s a shame that Misa never sees that. I feel incredibly bad for Aki now because she seems ignorant to the overarching story that’s been going on. So I’m glad that Misa had a change of attitude after talking to Kai; from the final scene, it sounds like Misa was trying hard to sound normal and friendly towards Aki. I wasn’t expecting that – nor was I expecting any of those final two minutes. Sounds to me that Misa has her own agenda up her sleeves. Whether or not Sawada knew that the entire time, is unknown. What is Misa running from and who is she working with? Could it be Kona’s mother? Or perhaps Kimijima Kou really isn’t dead? Who really knows… but this has got to be one of the biggest cliffhangers of this show thus far and I’m dying to see next week’s episode. We’re only 4 episodes from the finale folks!