「フラグが達成されました」 (Furagu ga Tassei Saremashita)
“The Flag Has Been Set”
Who is Kimijima Kou and how does he know so much? This is probably the primary question I have for this show now that he seems to be connected to everyone and hold the secrets behind everything. While Kou is smart to leave behind a series of reports, I can’t help but feel so bad for Kai that has to go through all these hoops to get to them. Not only that, but the tasks at hand seem to be so trivial and random (stacking rocks and observing a cave?) so I can’t help but feel that these tasks are meant to just discourage someone from hunting the reports down. I found it odd that Kou left the observations up to Airi though… it doesn’t seem like the most reliable way to leave a trail of reports since not anyone can see Airi to begin with.
One person that I completely set on the back burner though was Mizuka. Not only can she communicate and talk to Airi, but she also seems to know who Kimijima Kou is. How many people can say that? And why isn’t Kai prying her for more information? I would eat a dozen of the passion fruit buns if it meant learning more about Kimijima Kou and where he came from. The problem with that is, even Mizuka seems to lack information. Her leg seems to be a production by Exoskeleton though and probably an early prototype created by Misa.
Speaking of Exoskeleton… we finally begin to see a relationship between the end of the world, the sun and the Kimijima Reports. I was skeptical as to how Exoskeleton and Misa played a role in this end-of-the-world phenomena. (Speaking of which – we’ve all survived Doom’s Day! Congrats!)
Rather than aiming to destroy the world population, I was actually foolish enough to believe that they were researching for something worthwhile. There are still no details as to how the corporations plan to execute this plan of mass destruction, but I’m beginning to think that maybe Misa is playing a double agent? She’s probably trying to stop Exoskeleton from within! Or at least, that’s what I’m hoping. And where does the GunPro-2 come into the picture? It’s still hard for me to judge what JAXA plans to do.
Up until now, I’ve always had a hard time understanding Kona. Her character just never stood out as someone too spectacular, even with her ingenious ability to program a game. I was thankful that this episode focused on her journey to find the next Kimijima Report; although I still think she’s a bit weird, I’m also amazed at her devotion to finding her mother and how it’s all connected to the players of Kill Ballad. I got the shivers when the music started playing and we find out that not only are the top players dead, but this is somehow related to Kona’s mother (and possibly Kimijima Kou’s murder). One revelation after another in this episode because it doesn’t stop there… the last episode of Gunvarrel also happened to be the plan that the Committee of 300 had to destroy the world. It traumatizes Aki and I don’t blame her for breaking down. What kind of childhood anime would showcase such a dark ending? Even if it’s the truth, I see no reason to broadcast that in a popular anime for children. My last question would probably be this – who murdered the cast of Gunvarrel, Kona’s mother, Kimijima Kou and the top leaders of Kill Ballad? They all seem to know the truth behind the Committee of 300 and that’s the only connection that I can decipher, even with this week’s episode.
Edit: The next episode of Robotics;Notes will air on January 8th, 2013. I’ll see you all in the new year!