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「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!

Full-length images: I think this episode has the most full-length caps from me to date. Yay!

February 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm
41 comments »
  • February 23, 2013 at 2:07 pmMovieKeeper

    Wow, usually I can predict what’s going to happen next but this one is sure hard to predict (even if I did it’ll probably be wrong). I just hope Aki or Kai didn’t take the bullet and Misa-ne escaped safely.

  • February 23, 2013 at 2:22 pmShimapan

    Aki is so kawaii, but my favourite is still Frau.

  • February 23, 2013 at 2:58 pmsadakups

    Aki should let her hair down more.

  • February 23, 2013 at 3:19 pmOBAMABASEDGOD

    SHIT JUST GOT REAL..

  • February 23, 2013 at 3:20 pmOBAMABASEDGOD

    • February 26, 2013 at 5:40 amTheMoondoggie

      mfw I suddenly have diarrhea during a robot apocalypse event. SHIT.JUST.GOT.REAL(no pun intended)

  • February 23, 2013 at 3:23 pmlegwkio

    I think there’s a typo in the start? Shouldn’t it be “Aki and Kai”, not “Aki and Aki”

    • February 23, 2013 at 10:48 pmCherrie

      Thanks, I just fixed it =)

  • February 23, 2013 at 3:34 pmDerp

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  • February 23, 2013 at 4:05 pmewok40k

    Any of you noticed Misa’s hand trembling when she was told about Mizuka’s last words? she might try hard to be in control, but she was definitely shaken…
    Also, it is quite obvious now she is somehow in opposition to her boss… a mole in Exoskeleton? But working for whom? 300 committee? Government? Kimijima Kou?
    BTW, is the new launch at JAXA somehow related to the actions mentioned in the Kimijima reports? And if so, is it to cause or prevent them?

  • February 23, 2013 at 4:15 pmKratos

    <troll>
    After mizuka’s totaly flawed death, I was excepting someone to hack the bathroom and use the water to drown Aki, but I guess they still need her for some tragic sisters scenes…
    </troll>

    And if you’re wondering what’s that stuff on GP2′s head, there you go:
    http://www.vstone.co.jp/english/products/sensor_camera/
    It’s a conic mirror mounted over a camera to get a 360º image.

  • February 23, 2013 at 4:25 pmWuz

    Damn, i hate guys like these that hates things just because it’s “cool” to do so.
    http://randomc.net/image/Robotics%20Notes/Robotics%20Notes%20-%2018%20-%20Large%2020.jpg

    • February 23, 2013 at 10:39 pmSortedevaras

      Robot expos are serious business I guess. What a dick move to throw a bottle at a teenage girl on a ladder because you didn’t like her robot.

  • February 23, 2013 at 4:50 pmTonameki

    ‘Anyone notice that their hotel does not have a TV?’ Did I just miss the point. But I certainly saw a flatscreen tv in their room on two occasions.

    • February 23, 2013 at 6:21 pmGoodStuffs

      yeah pretty sure kai turned off the news about the reports being uploaded maybe they only use projectors onto the wall?

    • February 23, 2013 at 10:51 pmCherrie

      There’s no TV across the bed when Kai wakes up and Aki is sitting beside him. Maybe that’s just a blip in the anime though =P

      • February 24, 2013 at 5:48 amTonameki

        Well I don’t know if someone edited my version but there definitely is one though. Just before Kai battles Tagiringer you get a nice vision of the flatscreen on the wall. There is another glimp of it in his nightmare of Mizuka san and after he wakes up even though not clearly visible there is on in the upper left corner. You can see it the moment you get a across view of the room. here it is

    • February 23, 2013 at 10:53 pmMCAL

      Hmm… It’s possible the moments of the TV were part of Kai’s nightmare.

  • February 23, 2013 at 5:01 pmqwert

    So the company whose robots ran wild through the city builds a giant spike legged insect death machine and everyone gathers in awe…

    Meanwhile a couple of high school kids that built a robot that looks like an unpopular anime character get jeered at and trash thrown at them…

  • February 23, 2013 at 5:20 pmSortedevaras

    Only Kai could be such a dork as to be alone in a hotel room with a girl who’s obviously into him and ask her to play video games with him all night.

    • February 23, 2013 at 6:23 pmGoodStuffs

      childhood girl friend part of child hood friends dont get laid that easy by the childhood boy friend :) dontya know

    • February 23, 2013 at 6:35 pmMegas

      You do know that this crap happens in anime ALL the time . . .

    • February 23, 2013 at 7:40 pmMCAL

      Except it was Aki who asked Kai to stay up with her this time. And it was for watching anime.

  • February 23, 2013 at 5:32 pmscullycat

    This show keeps getting better and better. I felt bad for Aki when people started jeering at her robot but I would have thought that she would be more aware of the animosity toward gunvarrel, but then again she has a bit of tunnel vision when it comes that that anime.

    • February 23, 2013 at 6:23 pmGoodStuffs

      looks like she could have died if she wasnt caught or at least end up wheel chairded misa should send her a exo legs too

    • February 23, 2013 at 10:53 pmCherrie

      I agree. I don’t think Aki realizes all the negativity around Gunvarrel and how severe its gotten. It’s great that she’s so supportive of the show, but bringing GunPro-2 to the Expo is not exactly good PR for Space Candy or the club… >_>

  • February 23, 2013 at 5:40 pmHelvetica Standard

    I doubt that bullet would even dent Misa’s exoskeleton powered suit. That thing looks heavily armored

  • February 23, 2013 at 5:57 pmtom

    Didnt really like this episode sorry =/
    what i got from it-
    KaiXAki fans gratz
    People still hate Gunvarrel
    and that the shooting scene seemed really forced imo
    P.s. would be EPIC if Kai activates slow mode and catches the bullet =P

    • February 23, 2013 at 6:25 pmGoodStuffs

      not even neo does that hes just gonna bend backwards and dodge :P

  • February 23, 2013 at 6:29 pmShroompat

    This anime is so mysterious and a little depressing although i like where the story is heading…

  • February 23, 2013 at 6:45 pmGeoff

    I’m calling it now:

    Robot from exoskeleton goes wild and starts beating everything down.
    Our hero’s robots are put up against it to beat it. :D

    • February 23, 2013 at 11:07 pmCybersteel

      Only because the other robots a powered by conventional electric motors while GUN-PRO2 is run using monopoles so is immune to Kagome Kagome. That said maybe we will get an epic robot battle with GUN-PRO2 vs Sumeragi.

  • February 23, 2013 at 8:47 pmTheMoondoggie

    WTF is with those two jerks? No matter how much you hate something, you just don’t throw and try to hurt a girl!

  • February 23, 2013 at 11:01 pmCybersteel

    Am I the only one afraid of all those conventionally powered robots standing around that concentrated number of people?

    Aside from that GUN-PRO 2 looks like it might be immune to Kagome Kagome, maybe a super robot battle with it an malfunctioning giant robots?

    Misa-nee is sooo definitely brainwashed. And of course the cause of al these mishaps in EXOSKELETON

    • February 24, 2013 at 5:38 pmNoSicko

      1. You’re not the only one who’s afraid.

      2. Not sure about the brainwashing part.

  • February 24, 2013 at 5:45 pmpineapple

    Somehow I’m hoping Misa-nee’s cold demeanor is just a face she’s putting up to distance herself and prevent her loved ones (Aki and Kai) from getting hurt in the potentially dangerous things she’s involved in.

    • February 25, 2013 at 3:51 pmboznia

      That’s what I’ve thought it was the whole time. Misa’s been involved in something dangerous and she wanted Aki and Kai to stay out of it. That’s why she keeps discouraging her sister to not be involved with robots and Kai to not be involved in the Kimijima Kou business.

  • February 25, 2013 at 6:50 amNierTevra

    how the fuck are they gonna wrap the whole thing up in just 4 eps…i’m as lost as kai when it comes to the whole kimijima kou conspiracy…

  • February 25, 2013 at 6:57 amryuuzaki

    grr. death to that 2 jerks who tried to hurt a girl. grrr!!

  • February 25, 2013 at 9:56 amdanpmss

  • February 26, 2013 at 6:18 pmMrMartini

    As with Steins;Gate, you know as soon as the gun comes out, SHIT JUST GOT REAL.