Posted by psgels on 12 November 2012 with categories: Robotics;Notes

This episode really reminded me of Sword Art Online, and how much better the execution of this show is. The big difference is that Robotics Notes isn’t all about wish fulfillment: the male lead can normally interact with girls without romantic hints being dropped over and over. The AI that appears actually acts a bit believably as an AI, instead of having a ridiculously contribed backstory, and the girls do no revolve around the main guy at all. That alone made this episode very refreshing to watch.

But there is more: as a big mystery-fan, I loved the second half of this episode when it started focusing on this. Where did that AI come from? What makes her so special in a series that’s actually about robots? Who made that prediction, and why did he know the exact times when the solar storms would happen? Why did this Kimjima Kou know Mizuka?

Also, Steins;Gate turned Cern into an evil organization. This show seems to do that with NASA and JAXA. I also like that they used their real names this time. I like this back-story as an added intrigue. The pacing of this show is slow, but it does add in quite some significant new stuff with every episode.

What I also liked what this episode did, was how it focused on the world itself: with beached whales, and talking about the wheather around the world. They’re small details, but these bring life to this series.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

5 Responses

  1. Airies says:

    Don’t ask me why, but airi is my favourite anime character design ever.

  2. Entrav says:

    Loving the developments. Characters are fine too. Airi is awesome :)

  3. Anon says:

    You say wish fulfillment like it’s a dirty word :) Sometimes I rather want to enjoy wish fulfillment – for other times we have slightly more intellectual series like this one or better yet PsychoPass & Zetsuen no Tempest.

    Actually as as mystery fan I think you’ll love Tempest to bits, it has not played its cards yet but recent episodes have teased about how there are more things going on than what meets the eye.

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    (Tuesday, May 3. 2016 12:27 PM)
    @SuperMario: Neighbouring Sounds was great. Judging from what I gathered of your taste, my money’s on you digging it as well.
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    @SuperMario: as I said I really liked the tone and the atmosphere and the atmosphere in Inherent Vice, but the overarcing plot is thin and True Dtectige season 2’s level of self-importance. A lot of scenes serve as mere venues for the great actors just cheering the secondary. A.tighter script and a little less directorial indulgence would’ve made it a lot better. Punch-Drunk Love is one such great example.
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