Posted on 16 December 2012 with categories: Robotics;Notes

It’s a bit of a strange twist: the previous episode left off with a disaster of a robot that refuses to move because it lacks power, and in this episode some kind of awesome light ending literally drops out of the sky in order to help the cast.

But I guess that that’s one of the charms of Robotics;Notes: on one hand it is deconstructing the giant robot genre by showing what it would really take to make such a thing even remotely usable, and examinig what a challenge it would be to even build one. On the other hand it has mysterious AI girls and sparkly things that fall from the sky. It’s definitely using the former to build up for the latter, and that build-up is LOOONG. This really needed to be a 2-cour series, otherwise this entire effect would have been lost.

Regarding build-up though: the key is also being able to use it. We’re now nearly at this series’ halfway point (after next week there will probably be a big hiatus), and the characters so far are down to earth, realistic and believable. That’s good, however the pay-off of all this is also something that the creators really need to pay attention to. If it works, then it will be awesome. If not… then I get the feeling that I’ve wasted my time a bit.

Still, the series continues to drop good hints. The end of this episode where Mizuka with her defunct leg asked Airi to go away made a good impact: finally this show starts to delve a bit into the links between all of the subplots it has been creating.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

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  1. Entrav says:

    Finally Aki is able to leave her dreams aside for now. I always wondered why she couldn’t come back after she’s gotten better or something. At least now we’ll see some real robot building action. The ending is… interesting. Build-up is not bad as well regarding the monopoles. Pretty good.

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  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 06:02 AM)
    Btw, Nise had some GREAT sound tracks :0
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 05:48 AM)
    @juno :(
  • Juno
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 05:37 AM)
    It’s basically all we wanted the first Tsubasa Cat arc to be from Bake. And it gives a great intro to Hanakawa’s character beyond her veil from Bake. Now you know what’s going to happen, so the start isn’t as powerful. XD
  • Juno
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 05:36 AM)
    Neko not important to the story…? ._.;;;
    It’s the whole start of Hanakawa’s affliction and it explains her relation and the cat’s motivation for possessing her. And her entire background… ._.;;;
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 05:11 AM)
    Didnt really detract too much though :/
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 05:08 AM)
    @Juno Yes, I did. I’d heard from someone that Neko wasnt really important to the story, so I just plowed through. :/
  • Juno
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 05:00 AM)
    @Friend: Broke down in Second Season? Wait, did you watch Second Season before Nekomono Black?
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 04:57 AM)
    Though senjyogahara remains very much unresolved, I feel. :3
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 04:51 AM)
    I always felt a little alienated from most of the characters emotionally, but that episode in Monogatari when Hanekawa broke down got to me ;(
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 04:40 AM)
    Nekomono was a step forward for me as it gave more attention to tsubasa and got me more focused on and interested in her character.

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