Posted by psgels on 22 December 2012 with categories: Robotics;Notes

How everything is going to tie together, I have no idea. But this episode definitely went into the right direction by providing some great twists for some of the different subplots of this series.

So Kimijima Kou elaborated a bit on how the world would be destroyed, and this episode definitely drove home that Misa now has completely changed, and works for the bad guys now (although I suspect very much that things will get a bit more nuanced in the future). But this episode also laid links between the Kimijima Report and Frau’s mother and subsequently the final episode of Gunbarrel, which ended up being an incredibly pessimistic troll ending.

My guess would be that Frau’s mother knew the same thing that Kimijima Kou knew, and also tried to show this through the Gunvarrel anime, but got found out before the final episode which she used for these hints, came out. That probably explains why Kimijima Kou made the instructions to get to his reports so ridiculously complicated. Why the story is centered on robot building amidst all this… still isn’t clear to me, but who knows?

Also the twist that someone is using the accounts of the top 3 players of Killballad is quite morbid. And surprisingly like that one arc in Psycho Pass, although here the impact is really on the fact that someone is cheating in a completely different way than expected, and using such morbid means in it. The deaths here do make more impact compared to Psycho Pass because the murders there are the orders of the day: it’s a police series about serial killers, while this is a show about building robots.

Also, I was wrong: next week will air another episode. After that we’ll get a one-week hiatus… and then the Noitamina-timeslot will move to Tuesday Evening. Yes, after all those years of Noitamina airing on tuesday, it will finally change its schedule. The question now is: will that retain its viewers. In a way, I can understand it though: over the past years, thursdays got way too crowded: most likely due to its influence, there were way too many shows that aired on the same day and therefore much more competition. In comparison, Tuesday evening has always had much less series. I really hope that the viewers will move along with them and allow the timeslot to be even more successful.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

5 Responses

  1. K4nr4 says:

    so Noitamina is moving to tuesday after all these years of airing on tuesday

  2. Kaiserin Emma says:

    I thought similarly while watching that this episodes deaths had greater impact than psycho-pass, actually the revelations in general in robotics notes do in my opinion.
    I’m thankful for the change in airing schedule, nice to have a less packed Thursday.

  3. Do you have a source for that noitaminA change? Funimation, the US simulcaster, says there’s going to be a two week break for both P-P and R;N (which makes sense for 22 episode shows in a 26 episode time slot) but I hadn’t heard anything about it switching to Tuesdays.

  4. Entrav says:

    Aww yeaahh. Things are rolling along nicely now. Looks like everyone is sending a message in some way. Good stuff.

  5. Litho says:

    I agree about the killings/deaths here making a much bigger impact than the cheap thrills Urobotchi likes to fap to.

    This series has slowly moved up, becoming my joint fave alongside Shin Sekai Yori (of the series that started this season). In terms of smile-to-my-face value, it’s probably tops this year, along with Space Bros, Jinrui and Lupin.

    Of course, my opinion might change once sh*t starts really hitting the fan (if Steins;Gate was anything to go by) depending on how the creators pull it off, but for now, I’m loving it.

    Frau always gets the absolute best lines!!

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  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 06:03 PM)
    Regarding writing the anime industry has always been a mixed bag, so that depends more on the production than the era (although they tend to be mostly bad or inconsistent).
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 06:00 PM)
    @Ninja: No they were quite terrible, but at least they had the decency of making them concise and so gratuitous that it became pretty fun to watch. One main gripe back then was that given 2-3 disjointed OVA episodes the shows didn’t really get anywhere, nowadays you watch two full seasons to realize that a lot of these new shows also don’t go anywhere.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:54 PM)
    @Bam Sure, I agree with you, but that’s a taste judgement. In terms of quality I think it’s unfair to suggest that something like Violence Jack or Mad Bull 34 is quality writing. The writing in a lot of old anime is extremely dated and just not that great.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:51 PM)
    @Emma lol, sorry. I wasn’t trying to cut off your point. I thought you were done talking about it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:49 PM)
    I’ll take anime like Violence Jack or Genocyber over SAOII anyday.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:47 PM)
    @Realist: Got there first before I said it =< =D
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:34 PM)
    @Emma Yeah, people who say that anime has gone down the toilet have just not watched very much old anime. A lot of the stuff that came out during the “classic” anime era was just terrible.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:15 PM)
    Urotsukidōji always wins.
  • Mikey
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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 09:32 AM)
    Some of these I just flick through but I still have to get round to ice and vampire wars.

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