「お兄ちゃんって呼んでいいですか？」 (Onii-chan tte Yonde ii desu ka?)
“Can I Call You Big Brother?”
I am home alone, watching the second last scene in my bed and I swear – I almost shat gold bricks because I scare that easily! This is the exact reason that I do not watch horror movies/anime or even read stories. I just can’t sleep afterwards! Especially with faces randomly popping up. All I have to say is – but why?! T_T
The episode started rather slowly with Aki’s interview and Subaru’s very abrupt entrance. Can’t say it went very well, especially when Aki needs the funding. Sad to say that Mitchie’s family isn’t doing much to help either. I find it more interesting that we get to see how Aki and Kai’s interests in the story beginning to diverge. We have Aki focused on building their robot, whereas Kai has this whole secret report being discovered. I hope it’s all going to come back together somehow, because I really want to see how they tie in the giant robot. Parts of it can be seen in our intro during the first episode.
More importantly was Kai’s little scavenger hunt to find this girl that he saw last week. I’m surprised that he scouted for Juuna’s help, I never expected her to be brought into the picture this way. We see them visiting a few places here and there, but nothing that helps solidify the connection between Kai’s PokeCon and JAXA. Overall, I think Kai’s a very warm person to be around and you can see how Juuna warms up to him much faster than she did with Aki. I always thought that Kai had a soft spot for Aki (which he might), but in general I believe he’s simply a very considerate person. Inviting Juuna to join the club and tossing her an extra drink, I think those are just ways to show how much he cares. You can really see it from his relationship with Frau last week and how well he treats her even though… he has no obligations to whatsoever.
So who is Airi or rather… what is she? Well according to her, she’s an artificial intelligence (AI) named Airi (Kugimiya Rie) who resides in an application on Kai’s PokeCon called Iru-O. Apparently she’s tried to make contact with him 29 times already in his lifetime (since 2008, now being 2019), with this being the first successful meeting. The reason for the AI’s attachment to Kai is apparently their closeness in age and his proximity to her in the park. Airi also has another split personality (or another interface) known as Sister Centipede. Sister Centipede is an information gathering engine that currently holds the Kimijima Kou reports which were locked away with a password. What’s the point of the password if it was just given to Kai in the first place? Beats me! Anyway… the report (Or as Juuna implies – reportS) reveals another conspiracy theory. NASA is hiding the fact that the sun is going to explode soon and there are going to be a series of solar flares that will pretty much turn the world upside down. Wow… this story suddenly took a robot-building series into a grand scheme that involves the entire planet! And where does that take us? Well the report seems to be telling the truth given the events of what’s happening around the globe. I’m excited to see how it’s all going to be resolved.
Rather than write up another massive paragraph about my theories – I’d love to hear what everyone else thinks (Please keep spoilers to a minimum!). Who is Kimijima Kou and where are the rest of his diary entries? How is this supposed to tie to Aki’s determination to build a giant robot? And where does Airi fit in to the picture? I always assumed that she was an actual living being but now that she isn’t, it totally changes the dynamics of the story. And who does Misa work for? Why are they so interested in Kai? So many questions indeed… and I’m sad that they never show previews!