「血と汗と涙の結晶ですから」 (Chi to Ase to Namida no Kesshou desukara)
“Blood, Sweat and Tears”
Up until now, Robotics;Notes has been smooth sailing for the Robotics Club. They had a great success after the first tournament. They were able to receive funding and even got magazine interviews and publicity. I’m not sure if I’m surprised to find out that their first prototype for the GunPro-1 failed. On the one hand, I was actually expecting them to succeed and get the GunPro-1 moving. On the other hand, I always imagined that the pivotal turning point of the series would be much later (perhaps after all the reports were discovered) so I was a little skeptical of the GunPro-1. I guess that’s why it’s called the GunPro-1… because there has to be a #2 coming up soon! With that said, I’m glad that there are going to be more bumps along the way. I feel terrible for saying so, but you’ll only learn from your mistakes if you experience them to begin with.
There were a ton of flashbacks this episode of Misa; mainly from Aki’s POV and a few from Kai’s POV from last week. It makes me wonder what happened to Misa that changes her from A to B. She appears to be this robot-loving, very goal-oriented person and she was very focused on building the GunPro-1. Nowadays, she’s no longer this loving person that she appears to be in memory. In fact, she ignores her sisters’ messages and might I add – I think Misa is actually disappointed in her sister. Perhaps that could be the impression that she wants to leave (to push Aki further?), but it doesn’t seem like she could give two sh*ts about her sister anymore. It’d be nice to see her history explored a little more, like how she became the way she is and what’s affected her way of thinking.
I’m not sure where the story is headed now that there’s been another dead-end. I was half-expecting there to be another revelation between Kona and Kai, but that never happened. There was a slight mention of the Kimijima Kou reports, but nothing that would suggest that Kona knows who he is. I am hoping that she does… perhaps he was related to Kona’s mother somehow. Oh! And speak of the devil, Kona meets Airi! That was definitely unexpected, and here I was thinking that Kai was trying to keep her a secret.
Can’t say much more about this episode since this seems like the end of an arc. With the completion (and failure) of the GunPro-1, this leaves me to wonder how they’re going to go about building the next one (because obviously they will given the first episode) and how is this supposed to tie to the Kimijima reports. I know I sound super impatient every week, but I cannot express how much I enjoy a good mystery so it’s only raising my expectations of the revelation. Throw in the fact that I cannot live without a good romance aspect, so I’m secretly dying to see more Aki and Kai scenes. No surprise there, I like seeing a good conclusion for visual novels.