「天王寺綯です。よろしく！」 (Tennouji Nae desu. Yoroshiku!)
“I’m Nae Tennouji. Nice to meet you!”
If there’s anything that I think that this anime does well (and I’ve probably said it a million times now), it’s its pacing and storytelling. I’m not going to claim that I know what it takes to be a good director or producer or even screenwriter for anime, because in all honesty, I don’t know. But I have seen a fair amount and compared to other anime which seen to have issues with pacing and telling too much/little at a given moment, Robotics;Notes is almost just perfect. To me, it reveals just enough about a rich cast of characters to keep me interested, and at the same time, it has this mystery aspect of the story which I love! It’s not too boring and not cliché and takes itself seriously at the right moments. I don’t want to speak too soon, but compared to other series which I’ve blogged, Accel World which picked up at the end and Sankarea which just went downhill midway, Robotics;Notes is very consistent and for that, I seem to be loving it more each week.
Tennouji Nae is back again for this week’s episode and she turned out to be… not so crazy! I was really scared of what kind of personality they would give her this time around, but she seems to be very similar to Aki which I like. She’s very outgoing and seems to be very passionate about this robot project as well and I’m glad to see her play a bigger role. I was surprised to see Aki’s father playing such a big role with JAXA’s involvement (I’m sure there’s more to it than that), but it goes to show his concern for his daughter. We haven’t seen too much of Aki’s father, but he seems to be a good role model of what a family should be like as opposed to Subaru’s father who is just… not very supportive at all. Surely, there’s more to Aki’s family than meets the eye (especially around Misa). I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of Nae though, so I’ll keep my eye out for JAXA’s involvement.
Moving along to more exciting news… the second Kimijima Kou report! *bum bum bum* What exactly does this one reveal? Well, nearly nothing linked to the first report and we learn about another organization which plots to decrease the entire population of the planet by one sixth (or more since it’s the year 2019)… wait, what?! If the sun exploding wasn’t enough, now the entire world’s human race is basically going to be killed off. Oh! And of course, a scary lullaby has to be linked somehow. This reminds me of horror movies that play old children’s lullabies as a re-occurring notion that something wicked is coming… This is why I can’t sleep at night! But personal fears aside… I think this leaves more questions as to the linkage between Kagome-Kagome and all the 4 other organizations mentioned (JAXA, NASA, Committee of 300, Exoskeleton and I’m sure there’s more…). It’s driving me insane that I don’t see the connection!
My favorite moment of the episode had to be the character development between Aki and Kai near the end and if there wasn’t enough chemistry between them before, you have to see it now. I’m a sucker for the “the best friend” archetypes so forgive me if I’m not cheering for the underdogs this time (I usually do surprisingly). I just see too much of a lead with Aki, and I really like her. I’m also glad that Kai decided to share Airi with Aki. It appears that Kai isn’t the only person she can communicate with now and I’m sure that’ll have large consequences in the future. Airi probably has higher chances of reaching out to people whom she wants to see (or whom want to see her). We’ll have to wait to find out.