「夢なんて、持たなければよかった」 (Yume nante, Mota Nakareba Yokatta)
“I Should Never Have Had a Dream”
I can finally say that this episode delivers more answers than questions but not without a ton of loopholes – so I guess I still have a lot of unanswered questions and I’m expecting epic revelations! The biggest bomb this week is dropped by Sawada, whom turns out not to be related to the Committee of 300 at all. Kimijima Kou is who we should be pointing our fingers at because even 19 episodes down the road, I still have no idea who he is, what his motive is and why/how/what?! I can’t say that I didn’t see it coming, but it definitely changes the dynamics of the show now and leaves me feeling very betrayed (imagine how Kai feels right?). Kou totally lured me in and I’m a trusting person by nature so it’s a huge smack in the face to realize that Kai’s just been a puppet all along.
I can’t say the same for Misa because it looks like she’s been playing double agent all along as well. Any inkling that I had that she was actually “good” has been tossed out the window – she is someone who’s on the wrong side, period. She goes rampaging down the Expo and destroys everyone’s robot – including the GunPro-2 and doesn’t seem to show any remorse in doing so. She looks somewhat robotic herself huh? Even Aki’s pains and screams couldn’t reach her and I think it could’ve been a more powerful scene if it didn’t feel so rushed. The relationship between Aki and Misa is one that I actually feel could be a lot more heartfelt if only I didn’t despise Misa so much now. I can’t imagine how this is going to turn out but judging by Aki’s forgiving nature and her love for her sister, (if Misa survives) I would expect them to be a happy family again.
Suddenly I feel as though there is a lot going on in this episode and it could’ve been less confusing if there wasn’t so much development all over the place. From Kai and Aki to Misa, to Kimijima Kou and Sawada – there’s already a lot going on in terms of relationships. Throw in Airi who seems to be an empty shell for Kou to travel around with now. I guess the Kagome Kagome song is somehow linked to his “immortal” self that’s floating around somewhere in a virtual “cloud”. That doesn’t explain what his motive is though – except immortality which he’s already obtained. An obelisk also appears out of nowhere as soon as the Expo is destroyed and at first I thought something happened to it but no – apparently it just appeared out of thin air. Sawada calls this illusion AR which is linked to Project Atom (and Misa subsequently) and a group of people known as the SUMERAGI. I’m surprised by his vast knowledge of the situation and I don’t believe that he’s investigating this on his own; he probably works with JAXA?
Speaking of which – Nae comes to Frau’s rescue as well! That’s quite a surprise because I never thought she’d play such a big role in this series. I always knew that there would be hints of Steins;Gate but not to this extent (with the mention of SERN as well). JAXA will also likely assist in the creation of GunPro-3 – which I expect to be the final version that’s seen in our first episode. Robotics;Notes is a very comprehensive show that’s taken a lot of small details to tie them together in the end. I think Sawada hints at someone named S Braun who I expect to be Frau’s mother – she’s definitely not dead. The pieces of the puzzle are finally coming together and I’m excited to see how it’s all going to go down. Who would’ve thought that a simple robotics club at school would release Kimijima Kou onto the world (I make him sound like a virus!).