「夢が終わっちゃったら、寂しい」 (Yume ga Owacchattara, Sabishii)
“It’s Sad When a Dream Ends”
I’m beginning to notice a trend when I watch Robotics;Notes. There’s always two parts to the episode – the first being our new members of the club and the second being the unraveling mystery behind Airi and Kimijima Kou. Although I prefer the latter to the former, I’m beginning to enjoy the club activities a little more now that each character has a bit more life and background. This mainly goes to Subaru and his father.
It must be hard having family members who don’t support when you’re doing and what you dream of achieving. From my perspective – I see nothing wrong with having a good hobby… and Subaru makes great use of his. He learns mechanics and programming (not really since he still requires Furugoori Kona’s help) and I don’t see why that wouldn’t make a promising future. Clearly his father prefers Subaru’s hobbies be fishing though. Subaru reminds me of Tsuritama’s Natsuki who was actually a fisherman. Maybe it’s their attitude and overall appearance. Anyway, I think we’ll see a lot more development and teen rebellion from Subaru. There’s no way that he could just walk away from the club, so it’s simply about how he turns his father around. Or if he just sneaks out the back door out. I don’t know how strict Japanese parents are about their children’s future potential, but I guess it’s more about the legacy they leave behind. Go figure – I don’t have kids and this might change when I do – but shouldn’t parents be happy if their child was talented at something that they’re passionate about? They should be encouraging it!
Moving along… we also see a quick glimpse at the mystery behind the Kimijima Kou reports and of course, Irei Mizuka. She’s always amazes me because she happens to know so much about everyone in Kai/Aki’s life – making Kai eat those dangerously odd looking buns for secrets. A reader mentioned that perhaps Kimijima Kou was Mizuka’s lover… or perhaps he was Misa’s? One way or another, Mizuka also happens to know about Airi which was the real kicker. If Airi is just an AI and very limited people can see her, how do so many people know about her? Interestingly enough though, it seems like Misa spent a great deal of time talking to Airi. I think that just makes it more obvious that Kou and Misa spent a lot of time together. I’m trying to connect all the dots, but it makes it a lot harder with Kou is dead. That wasn’t a surprise at all – why else would he leave these reports and Airi around to “reach” people? It’s like Kai really is the destined one to solve all these mysteries. All those gadgets that Kou left around his basement seem to be old devices used for communication. This was probably the only way for him to get his reports distributed without being traced.
Each episode of Robotics;Notes seems to be taking us deeper into each character and it’s actually progressing very well at a good pace. I hate anime that drag or give too little time for the audience to digest the information. They reveal just enough to keep me interested (with Kou’s reports) but at the same time, bringing in Juuna and Kona into the picture very subtly. Our team is now assembled! But where does that leave us with Aki’s elephant-mouse syndrome? I’m still not sure how that’s going to tie into the big picture.