Robotics;Notes – 21
「ガンヴァレル発進！」 (Ganvareru Hasshin!)
I honestly have too many diverging opinions about this show now. On one hand, I love the build-up and the anticipation and the whole “destruction of the world” drama. I don’t mind the characters and I think there’s a lot of potential for the show. On the other hand… I think the way that the ending is delivered is not my cup of tea. I don’t really like the way a lot of the development has gone nowhere or is left open-ended and I’m not feeling the whole cheesy atmosphere around robots. It’s understandable that the anime is centered on achieving your dreams, but I think it’s a bit of a stretch to connect robots and virtual villain with sisterhood bonds.
Anyway, this episode surpassed my expectations mainly due to the second half that was devoted to Kai and Aki. I’m a sucker for romance! I don’t think the moment was built up exceptionally well – even though I knew it was coming. There were a few hints here and there but I honestly thought that the confession would’ve come from Aki during the finale. Of course, I can always count on Kai for doing the unpredictable and it caught Aki off guard. Totally adorable! I also think that too many stories out there are trying to be untraditional when it comes to romance scenes but very simple confessions and kisses are still the best. He’s leaving his life in Aki’s hands… Sorry Frau and Subaru, maybe next time!
The rest of the episode also came with its ups and downs. Kai, Nae and Airi left to go venture into Kou’s underground lair, only to discover that the contraption that Sawada left with Kai actually activates Kai’s disorder and strains his heart. I don’t know about everyone else – but I’ve seen the aftermath of a heart attack or heart condition and it’s serious business. Especially in a situation that may or may not lead to cardiac arrest. Why doesn’t anyone else (but Aki) see the severity of the situation? To be honest, I love Kai’s determination to drive this robot, but there are other people who can. Possibly people who can drive it better without the use of supernatural powers. Am I being too critical and nitpicky? Even if I am, it’s only because I feel like there are many other solutions and paths that this show could’ve taken. It’s a shame that I’m not enjoying it to my full extent because I don’t agree with the direction that it’s going in.
With all that said, I feel like next week’s episode is just going to tie up all the loose ends and come to a proper conclusion. I don’t want to expect any more epic conclusions since this final arc has already been on the decline for me. It’s not that there are many open-ended questions left; it’s simply the fact that I don’t like the answers they have provided me. Kou wants to see his experiment go through, simply because he is a program and doesn’t know any better. Airi states that he used to be a more kindhearted man… well still not that great of a man if he endangered children on a cruise ship. I guess some people will do anything for the sake of science. The “brainwashing” of Misa and the death of Mizuka also came very abruptly to me. As if “this is it” and I have to accept things at face value. I know they’re not the focal point of the story and they’re more like tools for Kou but their roles could’ve added more value if the audience was given more time to digest the info. In the end, what was up with that Report No. 0 that Misa sent out with Sister Centipede? Kou simply just wrote her off with a short goodbye to the real Airi.
How is Robotics;Notes fairing up to everyone else’s expectations? For those that have read the VN and knew what to expect, is the adaptation up to par?