OP2: 「咆筺のメシア」 (Houkyou no Messiah) by HARUKI
「どこかひとつでも好きになってくれるまで」 (Doko ka Hitotsu demo Suki ni Natte Kurerumade)
“Until You Like At Least One Thing”
An entire episode devoted to our beloved Junna and what a heart-tugging episode it was. As much as I love Aki and her inspiration speeches, I feel like the title of this episode should’ve been called, “Hello, my name is Yoshiro!”, or something to that degree. It would’ve tied in nicely to the theme of robots being friends. Before I dive into my impressions of the episode, I’d like to point out that there is a new ED and OP this week! The ED is exactly my type of ballad and I love the panning artwork pieces as well. Not too much is given away in the OP and ED though, besides the giant Gun-Pro2 finally coming to life.
It’s been a good 2 weeks since Robotics;Notes went on hiatus but the first episode in the new year has not disappointed me. I wasn’t expecting an episode focused on Junna, and up until today, I always thought of her as a really bland character. She’s soft-spoken, and has a lack of involvement within the Robotics Club… but I should know by now that no one is in the Robotics Club for no reason and it seems like they’re all interconnected or involved in some way. In this episode, Doc (Junna’s grandfather) gets sick and sent to the hospital. It’s mentioned in earlier episodes that Junna and Doc don’t get along now despite that fact that they used to. The flashbacks also help to give a quick glimpse into their history and why they stopped talking. If that isn’t enough – I recall it was Mizuka who told Kai that they were related… how does she even know so much?!
Anyway, at first I thought that perhaps Junna was hit or abused as a child, but I never thought of Doc as a bad person. This episode proved that Doc has been feeling guilty all this time for treating robots so specially, only to traumatize his granddaughter simultaneously. I can’t imagine how he must feel to give up on his passion because it reminded him too much of Junna. At the same time, I don’t think Junna realized all the lengths that her grandfather went through after Yoshiro fell on her. There’s no one to blame in these situations, only misunderstandings and bad communications. I felt really touched when Junna finally reached out to Doc and offered him a chance to relieve his guilt. He’s not to blame himself and Junna realizes that he’s been trying hard to reconcile with his past by avoiding her in general. Avoidance is not the best way to handle these types of situations so it’s a relief to see Junna be the bigger person to step out of her comfort zone. It brought tears to my eyes when Junna and Doc finally hugged – way to pull at my heartstrings some more!
Definitely a great way to kick-start the series again and if all our characters had such dramatic but touching stories, I’d be satisfied with Robotics;Notes. Is it a trend now that all our club members have family issues? I’d like to see how Kona’s mother shows up (ifshe shows up) and if Subaru will ever smack some sense into his father. This leaves Aki to her giant robot and Kai’s hunt for more Kimijima Kou reports. The beginning of the episode (and midway) showed the Kai was so close to accomplishing the tasks of report #4. Perhaps it’ll finally be revealed next week – featuring Gojiro!
ED2: 「トポロジー」 (Topology) by いとうかなこ (Itou Kanako)