「夢と希望とロマンがあってこそ」 (Yume to Kibou to Roman ga Attekoso)
“Because of Dreams, Hopes and Passion”
If I could pick only one thing that I think Robotics;Notes is doing well (and I’m sure there are a ton of things), it’s the introduction of characters and the pacing of the story. I never thought that this was a story that would grip me from the beginning, but it has exceeded my expectations in other areas. For one – I enjoy watching Akiho and Kaito interact. It’s not boring because… well I don’t think Akiho is a boring female character to watch. Much like a lot of female heroines that I’ve seen so far this fall. Kaito is… a good balance for Akiho. He’s not over the top like her and although he’s a bit antisocial, he cares a lot about her and that can be seen in various scenes in the episode. From helping her gain info about Doc and helping her as controller, I think that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They have a whole back story that I’m sure will get revealed a bit at a time. The only thing that was mentioned this episode was her sister (and a promise that Kaito made), as well as her “elephant mouse syndrome” (please correct me if this is wrong… I tried searching this term up and the only thing close is anxiety disorder). The girl at the end also appears to be Akiho’s sister… and I’m worried what’s become of her if she doesn’t even answer her sister’s calls.
We’re introduced to other characters that will play a hand in helping our robotics club make it to the Robo-One. This includes Doc (Fukuda Nobuaki), whose actual name is Fujita Tetsuharu and his granddaughter Daitoku Junna (Tokui Sora). Doc reminds me of scary motorcyclists or perverted men you wouldn’t want to do business with… but he seems like an honest guy just making a living (so no wonder he doesn’t give further discounts to Akiho). On the other hand, Junna is one that might be returning soon to join the club. She doesn’t seem as lively as Akiho (I doubt anyone can be…), but I’ll hold all impressions of her until later. I’ll give her a chance to grow on me. We see returning characters such as the store owner and we learn that she likes making flavored dumplings. I don’t really consider these dumplings… more like pork buns (no they’re not the same!). You can actually find lots of flavored
dumpling xiao long bao restaurants though… I’m a foodie, I should know =)
I think the first two episodes have set a great foundation for future episodes (at least from what I can see). There are new club members who have been featured but we’ll see how they get reeled in. There are also mysteries behind the characters themselves and I think I’m more interested in seeing that explored rather than the actual Robo-One. I read a lot of comments of how people compare this to Steins;Gate or ChäoS;HEAd and you are free to make comparisons… but these are all very distinct and different shows in my opinion and people should treat them as such. There may be some overlap, but for people who have not seen one or the other or both, I think Robotics;Notes can definitely be watched on its own. With that all said, I’m not going to push on the subject anymore and just recommend that everyone give it a try without expectations that it’ll be better/worse than S;G or C;H. You might be surprised.