Posted by psgels on 29 January 2013 with categories: Robotics;Notes

With this episode, it’s time to address the premise of this series: gamers saving the world. With gamers for some strange reason becoming more and more celebrities, it had it coming that there would be more series that would cater to them, resulting in creators finding more and more alaborate ways to somehow put these people in the spotlights. It’s not as bad as the typical loser, but yeah… you probably get what I mean.

Attempts so far failed for me. Kirito from Sword Art Online was just giant wish fulfillment. Accel World, from what I watched of it, looked the same. Btooom was better, but still gave the male lead way too much plot armour. With this, Robotics;Notes has given me the first gamer male lead that I actually like, and I feel is done well.

Either way this was so much better than the examples mentioned above. For one, the entire series doesn’t just revolve around Killballad, but the game is just a small part of the whole conspiracy that’s going on in this series. That means that the series doesn’t automatically revolve around the male lead, but it has to offer more than just him being good at this game. Second of all, it allowed the creators tocreate this weird mish-mash of subplots that somehow managed to link a robots, solar flares, an evil organization, an anime and brainwashing together, and actually get away with it pretty nicely. Sakurasou also has this variety of not just being based on one thing, which really helps for the diversity.

This episode had a climax for the gaming subplot. The robots can only be stopped if you manage to beat a game. It’s a completely crazy security system, but if you take into account that it was made by someone who was mentally screwed while also brainwashed… it’s still silly. And yet they pulled it off by using Kaito’s time slowing powers, which were previously established to be really intense. On top of that, some very convincing romance between him and Frau.

I usually hate love triangles for being pointless, so please: Akiho. Move on. Just… get over your crush. I know that this is unheard of in anime and all, but people can get over love. This series has intelligent writing, so make use of that.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

15 Responses

  1. troy says:

    don’t forget this thing is based on multiple route type visual novel. What we see here is like Ruka or Mayushi segemnts in Steins gate but just like there the adaptetion will for pragmatic reasons eventually focus on the main heroine (Aki in this case ) becuase her content is the most developed and likely is the only ending that explains the the mystery till the very end.

    • Highfinder says:

      Both Chaos head and Stein’s gate were linear visual novels. Robotics notes is bound to be the same. There may be different endings but the main plot generally progresses the same.

      I disagree about this series having intelligent writing. For one the robots in the outbreak looked fairly harmless. I say just run up some stairs and you would be perfectly safe. Even a well placed bullet was bound to take them down easy enough. So the threat was rather…stupid. Also I rather dislike evil organisations being the enemy in a show. Most of the time there motives don’t make much sense. Why exactly did SERN want to create a distopia? Also brainwashing…I find that rather odd. I mean brainwashing to my knowledge isn’t a instant process. You can’t just put an idea in someones head just like that. It would take years of conditioning.

      And I really hope the writer does not intend to bring in Chaos head elements. Just let that crap die like it should.

      • Knuckle says:

        I’m just going to comment on the SERN part. Their goal wasn’t to create a dystopia necessarily, their goal was to be the first to have access to time travel. Upon obtaining that they had the power to change whatever they wanted, and probably their power lust led to the dystopian world that was created.

        Then with the robots I think part of the threat to them was that they completely lost control over them. Though of course they did seem to have some destructive force behind them to break through, but threat to people directly I’m not so sure (as you said, just run up some stairs). Maybe it was literally meant to be more of a threat than anything else.
        Just my two cents on that.

      • Mike says:

        Eh, it’s not SERN that wanted to create a dystopia – it’s simply the end result of the Committee of 300’s plan to rule the world – SERN was simply one of their underlings.

  2. Kamen Grinder says:

    “I know that this is unheard of in anime and all, but people can get over love.”

    But it is anime.

  3. troy says:

    Both Chaos head and Stein’s gate were linear visual novels. Robotics notes is bound to be the same. There may be different endings but the main plot generally progresses the same.

    Well yeach, it was linear but what I wrote was in response to Ixerc’s:”I usually hate love triangles for being pointless, so please: Akiho. Move on. Just… get over your crush.” line

    which doesn’t take in to acount that just like in Steins gate the current “chapter” is probably where in the game Frau’s ending/mini route would cut off just like in steins gate. , as this is not the end she will probably lose her importance now as we will start arks of other chracters predictably ending with Aki.

  4. MCAL says:

    Excellent episode. Up next should be Subaru’s problems which should only last one episode and then the rest will be the finale.

  5. Ougon says:

    I think the tension over the crazy robots wasn’t due to the threat that the robots could kill anybody, but because the soldiers didn’t want to risk property damage. The cause of the robot uprising was believed to be the work of a hacker, after all. They wanted to stall for time as much as possible for people to find a solution, to minimize the necessity of destroying billions of dollars worth of property.

    • HunterWulf says:

      Well said, i totally agree, and i’m in fact surprised some people still think the the robot uprising was meant to be a real robot uprising (like the one from Terminator) or meant to bring down the government physically or hurt people when in fact it was mostly symbolic and meant to seed chaos and fear in the society by showing the government is losing control over things.

  6. Ebisu says:

    I just wanted to add it felt too forced the situation with the game. I mean he didn’t need that slow motion trick to beat the game this time. He only needed to input the moves when the right time came, given the enemy only required one hit to be killed. After repeating that for all night (and the cheat being always the same) any gamer could have meet the right timing at least one time.
    I found it a downside when he just avoided and charged and hit, at the moment the cheat (predefined move) started. Side step, straight ahead, punch!

    Really,if Akiho doesn’t act soon it well end up with a trio with the glasses guy!

    • HunterWulf says:

      Unless the cheat made the robot act with reflexes far faster than any normal human could possibly counter (which it did exactly) .. no matter how many times you try it isn’t going to change anything .. as soon as it’s HP hits the red zone it will act almost like it’s in God-Mode dodging ALL your attacks and hitting you faster than you can block .. the ONLY way to counter this cheat was to slow down time to a crawl.

      • Ebisu says:

        Your character won’t move faster because your mind goes in slow motion, but because you input the moves in the controller really fast and the game executes them. I mean, your body can’t act faster, only your mind. If when the bar hits the red zone you input the right moves without thinking, it’s your win. A matter of time and practise (he had both things, no need for Slow-mo).

        Obviously the cheat is not a “dodging all your attacks” because he won by hitting the enemy after the cheat’s activation.
        That Slow-mo is useful for one time events but unnecessary for events that you can retry endlessly.

        • Ebisu says:

          The bot was hit in the middle of shooting (first move of the cheat). Avoiding and hitting was possible if you don’t think too much about it. (if you fail once, try again ;))

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:50 AM)
    Still would have preferred dorohedero adaptation than gangsta though but I can dream…
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:46 AM)
    Reading over the impressions post for Ranpo, reminded me, has anyone read the Junji Itou take on that story?
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:43 AM)
    …crap, that post went on a lot longer than I was planning it to. Got a bit excited over the series. =P
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:41 AM)
    Ha, yes the characters are unique aren’t they? How often do you see a deaf gangster.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:40 AM)
    I would lying however if I said I wasn’t keen on that Worick fella though and the prostitute girl.
    I am hoping that the series will go more into their relationship with her.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:38 AM)
    I think this could be the best of the season and I’m glad it’s being covered on here and thanks for putting me onto it with that season preview/first impressions post.
    Where the scans left off was a frustrating cliffhanger =<
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:38 AM)
    I’d worry about the anime, there might be a chance of censoring later on (although so far that isn’t an issue) and the anime is only 12 episodes long so that’s a problem right there. After a good opening chapter I did feel it took me a little bit before I fully got into it.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    It has a feel of dogs-bullets and carnage, which was an alright manga, this seems like a step up/better thing of it.
    However I’m not that big on the tonal shifts, the comic reliefs not great, slight bit of filler, don’t overly care for the side cast as much, their a bit forgettable some of them.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    The action scenes are enjoyable enough, gritty and gory, its competent, time/boredom killer stuff so long as you turn your brain off. That I like the art style also helps. I liked how in one scene the prostitute at least did try to stand up for herself. I can see that a jormungand/black lagoon fan might go for this however I’d warn people to not have their expectations THAT high.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    I watched the first episode of gangsta, but I decided to go on and marathon all 6 volumes in one sitting. For the most part this has a page turner quality to it, the three central/main characters backgrounds are adequately handled and theres a development they keep teasing I hope they get more into. I’m glad to has a series with adult characters like this. Theres a kind of bromance in there somewhere.

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