「鉄巨人あらわる!」 (Tetsu Kyojin Arawaru!)
” An Iron Giant Appears!”
The world is a great big cat just waiting to be pet for the Eizouken in Episode 05 as word-of-mouth from their successful presentation gave them the opportunity to collaborate with other clubs to help bolster their reputation. But as they start to collaborate with other clubs on a deeper level, they also learn that there is bound to be a clash between two different ideologies when each party is passionately in love with their respective interests.
What this episode establishes after the humorous opening where Asakusa leaves Mizusaki behind to escape Robotics Club members is how much influence the Eizouken had built up along the way. With Kanamori’s networking skills, she was able to get them keen on the idea of having them create an anime short to promote the Robotics Club during this year’s Culture Festival. Through their support, the girls have more liberty to seek out inspiration for a short centered around mecha without having to feel too pressed to be too concerned about their resources for creating anime.
However, where they find adversary, and what we learn from the Robotics Club, is how creative types have a difficult time compromising their lofty fantasies. While we are meant to imagine the Eizouken as an immovable train far beyond the people around them, the Robotics Club emphasizes that anyone with imaginative dreams as the foundation of their life goals is going to feel strongly enough about their perspectives that they can be generally difficult to please.
The dissatisfaction that one Robotics Club member has for the lack of vision he has regarding the Eizouken’s anime ideas causes a temporary rift between the two clubs. But while it can be easy to chalk it up to this particular person being hard to deal with, he is on a similar wavelength with Asakusa and Mizusaki in being dreamers who want to create the fantastical structures and machinery they’ve seen in media they’ve grown up with. Because of this, the situation is quickly diffused when Asakusa and Mizusaki’s mutual breakdown cause the three to agree to collaborate as the Robotics Club is given further input on how the mecha planned for the “Robot vs. Crab Turtle” short that the Eizouken came up with.
What Episode 05 excels at capturing is different from past episodes in that it shows us the imaginative power of anime through more perspectives than just our three protagonists. As a result, it gives us an episode that centers around how creative thinkers with different paths are able to collaborate by combining their mutual philosophies to construct art together. The expanding roles and opportunities for the Eizouken give us a chance to see how they respond with other equally powerful imaginations causing the anime they create to shift based on mutual passions. And overall, it’s always a treat to see what magic and bloodshed come when you put multiple creative types in the same room.