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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  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:31 PM)
    @Vincent The first episode of Akatsuki no Yona was definitely the worst. The second was OK but the third episode was the best one by far. I’m still not sure what to think. If there are a lot more episodes as good as the third one then it could be a really good series. If there are a lot more episodes as mediocre as the first one, then it’s going to be a very mediocre series indeed.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:24 PM)
    As much as I liked Parasytes manga, I needed to read up to volume three before I really properly got into it.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:23 PM)
    @Bam:That woman who showed up in this weeks episode ends up being one of the best characters in the series.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:22 PM)
    Parasyte 03: it was decent. This monster of the week might be getting a little stale, but I believe they are using it to set up the plot and open the story by introducing some pivotal characters. The body transformations remain pretty entertaining. This show plays a lot of its tropes straight, but at least does them in a competent way.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:18 PM)
    Cross Ange has pretty much ascended to the most anticipated show of the season.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:08 PM)
    @Vincent: like Jumong m8? ;-)
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:06 PM)
    @Vincent: I wasn’t a fan of the manga, there are far too many shoujo fantasy/action series out there and thats one of the weaker ones, the characters aren’t up to much beyond the villain, its too predictable and the art lets it down in the action scenes. Apparently it becomes a reverse harem later to.
  • Vincent
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 06:36 PM)
    Is Akatsuki no Yona that good? I tried watching the first episode and couldn’t finish it. The premise is generic and seems like a ripoff of every historical K-drama ever made.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 05:18 PM)
    Almost forgot to recommend this one: http://mangafox.me/manga/apocalypse_meow/
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 02:15 PM)
    show might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but its a detailed look into anime production that’s pretty damn rare, especially in english.

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