Posted by psgels on 8 December 2012 with categories: Robotics;Notes

This was a major episode for Robotics;Notes: the big guy finally moves… a bit. Before coming to an abrupt stop. Yes, giant robots like that have actual problems moving right. They’re giant heavy objects that need a huge amount of power to be even able to lift one leg. I’m surprised that it didn’t even tumble over.

But yeah, talk about a different portrayal of mecha in this series. This episode also contained this interesting bit about hyping these kinds of things: I mean these are high school kids who built this giant robot, but with that marketing campaign of that guy people were expecting way too much out of it and with these kinds of things, when just one thing goes wrong it already feels like a major setback, instead of the huge improvement that it actually was.

The thing is also that I still have no bloody clue how all of this is going to play out, and how all these different plot threads are connected: on one hand you have Airi and that evil Jaxa, then there is Airi’s quest to build the giant robot, Kaito with Frau about Killbala are also trying to get somewhere, and with this episode Airi’s sister also turned out to be completely different from what I imagined and that also is related to everything… somehow. She’s probably working for Jaxa, but even then I have no clue what the point of it all is. I mean that in a good way by the way, because I’m quite interested in finding out.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

8 Responses

  1. Silty says:

    This is probably the most realistic portrayal of mechs of any anime series I’ve ever seen, and I applaud them for having the guts to do that. There are real-life “mechs” that move pretty much like the GunPro1 they built.

  2. Spike says:

    Psgels, you wrote Airi Several times when you meant to say Aki. Airi is the AI.

  3. Juno says:

    Having read/played the game, I won’t say anything to spoil the story, but you’ve got your sights set right. You might want to be careful who you trust in this anime, though. Some of the closest people… can have their own agendas. =P

    • hoiut says:

      Uh oh. So Frau Bow came to the island to scour for clues about her mom, fat candy man wants money and impact for his brand, …

      THE SISTER (not the centipede, but Misa) looks quite suspicious all of a sudden. And I wouldn’t write of Nae yet either — she’s too cute and sweet for this kind of show without rousing some suspicion (considering how many times we’ve seen her crazy expressions as a lass in Steins;Gate ).
      I also still am wondering why Junna (karate girl) joined up. I initially thought it was to get closer to Kai and maybe to understand her grandpa better…

      And what’s with the grandpa? Considering his conversations with Misa, I’m awarding him suspect-by-association status.

      • hoiut says:

        Aki’s dad is also suspicious for trying to get his company involved like that. Totally against his character, or so it seemed. I wonder if he has any involvement with the overarching world-destruction and scientist-murdering plot.

        And of course let’s not forget Kai’s friendly local prosthetic, the convenience shop owner. She knows too much, and she was shocked a bit extremely after hearing about the Kimijima (sp?) report.

        Everyone in the “JAXA board room” we saw earlier is equally suspicious if not more so. They’re spying on Kai!!

  4. Airies says:

    This was quite a funny episode but also such a bummer for the robotics club.

  5. Entrav says:

    Wow, that must have sucked for them. I did expect the robot to be slow but… that is incredibly realistic. Interesting stuff.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:51 PM)
    Hype kills anything. In regards to the kind of emotional manipulation Clannad and maybe Undertale uses, it’s like a drug. The more you are subjected to it, the less of an effect it has.
    Still there are examples of something which comes close to expectation. People say Muv Luv Alternative gives you PTSD and in a kinda does. Though it’s helped by the connection you build with the characters though the first two games.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:47 PM)
    @Kaiser,I haven’t updated the old entries of my MAL in quite a while. Pretty sure Code Geass is sitting at a 10 on it and I am sure if I give that a rewatch that rating is going to fall harshly.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
    I said it once I’ll say it again. I preferred the clannad movie over the tv series, had more style, a more mature feel to it and cut out all the superfluous arcs/comedy for the better. It also concludes better than the series. The emotional involvement in the kyoani version doesn’t work for me anymore, doesn’t hold up. However the film remains emotionally engaging after revisiting it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.

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