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「タネガシアクセルインパクトォォォォォ!」 (Tanegashi Akuseru Inpakutooooo!)
“Tanegashi Accel Impact!”

And on to the Robo-One tournament! We’re only three episodes in but I feel like so much has already happened. I love the pacing in Robotics;Notes… there’s just enough going on with the characters that they’re neither boring or repetitive. The plot’s also advancing great and I really didn’t expect them to finish the tournament in one go but apparently there’s a lot to go through in this anime. The faster we get there, the better!

I think this episode posed more questions than answers for me. I have a million and one thoughts swimming through my head so I’ll try and go through them in some orderly fashion. First of all – the news reporter from last week (and the first episode), is indeed Senomiya Misaki (Inoue Kikuko). I initially thought that maybe she passed away or something, but it seems like she’s healthy and working full time as a news anchor so what could have happened to turn her into this cold hearted person? She doesn’t pick up calls from her family and from the flashbacks; I don’t think she used to be this sort of person. Whoever she works for – this “Committee”, is another story entirely. It sounds like they recruited Misa to do… whatever it is they do and as a result, she’s isolated herself from everyone but Irei (the store owner). I could go on a rampage of predictions about what this Committee does and what Misa is getting herself into – but I’m not going to. I think a better question is why are they watching Kai and Aki? What makes this competition so special or rather – are robots that life changing in the future? It seems like they’re tracking humans rather than robots though so I’m keen to keep my eye on them.

Speaking of Kai and Aki… we saw a brief explanation for Aki’s condition last week when she blacked out. Apparently time moves faster for her after a certain event on a cruise ship (involving an aurora too). At the same time, I think Kai experiences the exact opposite. At first – I thought he was just tired from a lack of sleep. Of course, why wouldn’t a sugar-fix fix that? But that’s not all; he seems to be able to observe events in a slow-motion vision. This would explain his quick reflexes and responses in games and the final round. I’m not sure how or why that would happen… similar to how Aki probably experiences faster time probably. Now I’m super curious what happened to them as children… I hope that’ll be the next revelation!

Right after the introduction of Frau Koujiro of course! Who turns out to be a girl! Who would’ve thought right? And all this time I thought the girl in pigtails was another student at the school. Oh how wrong I was… she’s apparently the genius that sent Kai the programming so that Tanegashimachine-3S had the same operating system as his game’s. I’m so impressed! I know next to nothing about engineering and software development (and I really should…) so I’m intrigued that Aki plans to build this life-sized robot for their next big tournament. I doubt this is something that can be accomplished in three episodes though.

As a final note, anyone else find Mister Pleiades hilarious? Especially when Subaru put on the mask that Kai created in front of the Vice-Principal, I totally laughed out loud… and I rarely ever do for anime. I’m thoroughly amused at how they got him to join their little club. Totally suckered in. And what’s this big long black thing? o_o Yes… I DID just say that…

Full-length images: 05, 08, 15, 25.

October 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm
  • October 26, 2012 at 12:32 pmCybersteel

    Tanegashi Accel Impact!!!

    And finally… she arrives.

    • October 26, 2012 at 6:12 pmDualash

      Gunvarrel Uppercut!!!

    • October 27, 2012 at 2:23 ameharper256

      Is it bad that I was turned on by her rape-face? o_0′

      Also, I burst out laughing at Kai’s blackmail and the return of the Intergalactic Pretty Boy.

      I was considering dropping this before, but this episode has renewed my interests.

  • October 26, 2012 at 12:35 pmCybersteel

    I’m pretty sure the sister is a PR representative of Exoskeleton and the person she was talking to is the Chairman of said company, which from the title, seems to deal with robotics manufacturing or exoskeletal suits

  • October 26, 2012 at 12:51 pmSyllen

    Mister Pleiades is a ginga bishounen

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:26 pmHunterWulf

      Indeed, that scene brought back some sweet Star Driver memories .. and a lot of laughs XD

      • October 27, 2012 at 9:38 amFlareKnight

        Yeah, I totally thought Star Driver when that guy showed up. It was pretty hilarious and great job making him go into ‘that mode’ at school so they could save the club and get someone else to join up.

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:39 pmFT5Havok


    • October 26, 2012 at 2:17 pmdefunktbots

      hey isn’t that papillon from busou renkin?


    • October 26, 2012 at 11:14 pmBenigmatica

      Agreed, too bad that his robot’s appearance is so ugly that Tauburn would make a facepalm for claiming it as fabulous!

    • October 27, 2012 at 4:38 amAnonymous

      Makes me wonder if this predated Star Driver (as a VN)or was it the other way around.

    • October 27, 2012 at 5:40 amThe Moondoggie

      Masks huh? Either it was Char or the guys from Star Driver( (<ゝω・)~キラ☆ KIRABOSHI!).

    • October 27, 2012 at 2:29 pmKarmafan

      This series will not have characters from Star Driver in it but will have characters crossing over from 2 other famous animes. WARNING: Don’t look at my spoiler if you want to be surprised.

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 26, 2012 at 1:02 pmPassingThrough

    Frau is German for missus, I could see that twist coming from four hundred light years in space by the blessing of Seven Sisters! Looking at her smirk, I’m sure she will troll Kai’s life from now on. Hope it will cure his extreme aloofness towards people other than Aki.

    And JAXA is gonna be involved? Wow, I expect a cameo!

    By the way, that announcer looks a lot like Isaac Dian from Baccano! (or Lupin? I’m not too sure) and yes, Mister Pleiades and his cool- I mean lame mask is pure comedy gold Star Driver’s crew will be proud of. R;N is a beast, a different kind of a beast than S;G, but a beast nonetheless.

    • October 27, 2012 at 7:15 amKaimax

      Lol, the cameo that you think about “doesn’t come from Uchuu Kyoudai”, but from another related series. :P

      Related : same science adventure series

    • October 27, 2012 at 7:32 amdan


      That’s wrong. Frau is the german term for miss, so Frau is not her first name. So we would call her Miss Koujiro, as we don’t know her first name yet.

  • October 26, 2012 at 1:08 pmjustin

    JAXA?? Uchuu Kyoudai ??

    • October 26, 2012 at 1:30 pmHunterWulf

      lols, so much JAXA in our anime, i suppose real-life JAXA can appreciate the free publicity they are getting .. hmmm … i wonder if we will bump into Mutta and Hibito though XD

  • October 26, 2012 at 1:09 pmEdios

    I’m calling it now, bermuda triangle is involved.

  • October 26, 2012 at 1:17 pmNosmir

    That big, long black thing would be a Pile Bunker! It’s a staple as an off-beat type melee weapon in mecha stuff in the past two decades. PTX-003c “Alteisen” from Super Robot Wars is probably the best example of one being used on a giant robot, as well as its use in Chrome Hounds and Armored Core 4/4A

  • October 26, 2012 at 2:06 pmmac65

    A pleasant balance of drama and action make this an interesting series.
    I don’t really expect very deep, dark mysteries to become part of the story,
    but I’d like to see it to its end.

  • October 26, 2012 at 2:09 pmleokiko

    The chemistry between Kaito and Aki is amazing.

  • October 26, 2012 at 2:57 pmLAO

    Everyone i dont think big sister is a NEWS LADY i think she a figure-head ///// secretary to that higher up. FIGURE FOR ROBOT RELAted product ……

  • October 26, 2012 at 3:21 pmTSouL

    After seeing the introduction of Frau, I decided to do a quick wiki at her profile…
    Show Spoiler ▼

    Wonder how much the anime adaptation will go through

  • October 26, 2012 at 3:35 pmTorami

    I’m actually more curious about the girl in the ed and the aurora sky…must have something to do with the accident…KIRINARIMASU!

  • October 26, 2012 at 3:59 pmYag

  • October 26, 2012 at 4:36 pmewok40k

    Hmm mysterious illnesses abound. And there are some traces tot he past. Can be the aurorae borealis visible even in bright lit Tokyo sky be related? And who is in whose grip? For whom exactly works the Oneesan?
    FRAU Koujiro… Worst. Pun. Ever.
    I totally saw it coming, though.
    Getting the Mr.Pleiades to join robotics club and thereby winning the game was a masterstroke!
    And this adds another talented member to the club.
    Robotics club has so dominated the game that it fought itself in the finals… :P

  • October 26, 2012 at 4:37 pmJust A Random Guy

    so much homage to Gundam this ep LOL

  • October 26, 2012 at 5:25 pmReinou

    I don’t remember if this was mentioned in the Steins;Gate anime or if it was only in the VN, but the Committee of 300 is an organization which, among other things, controls SERN.

  • October 26, 2012 at 5:55 pmEntrav

    This episode is too fabulous.

  • October 26, 2012 at 6:10 pmfragb85

    Have I mentioned that I love Aki? Because I do. Interesting though that Kai has a similar condition but it actually helps him in his Robot controls. The means that he is technically cheating and that’s presumably why Frau is looking for him. Misaki did comment that this isn’t a good thing, so I wonder if his life is at risk.

    I loved Mr. Pleaides for his utter ridiculousness. Its even funnier that Kai could see right through his disguise and blackmails him. Though I’m not sure why Subaru is worried about revealing his identity now. His name was publicly spoken and heard by hundreds of people, they would have Facebook’d, Youtube’d and Twitter’d his name and identity by now.

  • October 26, 2012 at 8:10 pmKentaiyoshimi

  • October 26, 2012 at 8:24 pmLonghaul

    is the red aurora related to the chaos;head or stein;gate? I haven’t finished either yet

    a yes or no would be a sufficient answer to keep spoilers away

    • October 27, 2012 at 2:05 amD-LaN

      Nope. I don’t remember seeing it or it being mentioned in S;G and C;H.

    • October 27, 2012 at 7:13 amKaimax

      It’s caused by an event in R;N itself. C:H and S;G events doesn’t “affect” how things is unfolding in R;N.

  • October 26, 2012 at 11:20 pmMukyuu

    So Akiho was doing all these quotes…and what’s his face, comes in as a 2 year champ, with a char mask + fed symbol attached + Zeon uniform, with a dash of GINGA BISHOUEN.

    Did not see any of that coming.

    Anyway, nice to see that the tournament is done with, can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. (Aki goes through a sped up time if stressed…Kai gets time slown down if he’s in an intense mood / stress ? Hmm…)

  • October 27, 2012 at 2:00 amD-LaN

    Since the anime cover all of the VN demo ady, might as well post the Demo review here. It has some interesting notes in it on how realistic is the robot technology in R;N.
    Also, they kinda left out the part where they could’ve won if not because of Aki forgot to install the brake. They are some details being changed here and there but its a minor one so its not a big deal.

    Lol all those Gundam reference flies over me…. Maaayyyybbee I should re-watch them…. Still an awesome episode even w/out catching those Gundam reference. So much energy!! Maybe I should watch Star Driver tht u guys keep saying? Is it good?

    At this point I’ve come to like both Kai & Akiho and I enjoyed every moment of their interaction. And Akiho calling out those attack and Kaito cool headedness is just awesome.

    I ended up LMAO at Mr Pleiades chuuni scene lol. Double the LOL at the end where he go into chuuni mode XD I told ya Subaru will surprise you :P

    As @Foshizzle put it, cruise ship of horrors!! They give you slow-motion power and EMS!! A bit late on the Time Accel joke lol.
    Kidding aside, I just watched a documentary and unless there a MAJOR solar flare, aurora don’t appear out of the poles (O.O) I’m curious!!! There also the “committee” which are the one behind the events of S;G and C;H acc to ppl I speaked to… (I think the anime omitted it..) What has Misaki gotten herself into o.O And they want Kaito for his ability?

    @Stereoman you mean this? I assume its some sort of cable.

    • October 27, 2012 at 2:01 amD-LaN

      Sorry I mean @Cheerie. Sleepiness lol.

  • October 27, 2012 at 4:04 amewok40k

    One insane thought has crossed my mind…
    What if Mr Pleiades really is an alien form, well, Pleiades?
    Hiding in plain sight…

  • October 27, 2012 at 6:27 amBio D

    The characters aren’t really clicking with me yet, but it’s interesting how the way the leads experience the passing of time affects their personalities: Aki is hyperactive and seize-the-day because there is literally less day for her to seize because of her condition and the only things fast enough to keep Kai interested are his games and Aki.

  • October 27, 2012 at 9:15 pmelmaton04

    This is Star Driver all over again, lol. Awesome episode, the main characters conditions puzzles me in a good way.

  • October 28, 2012 at 10:06 amAnomalous

    The “big, long, thick, hard, black thing”, is a Pile Bunker.

  • October 28, 2012 at 11:20 amStereoman

    Aww, poor Subaru!