“And that is what we call a ‘rock’.”
“I’m reporting what really srsly happened to me! Mai waifu, who was only 2D, became 3D and fell from the sky!”
Frau is awesome. While Kai and Aki are passable leads, Robotics;Notes‘ real stars are Frau and Subaru. And, sadly, they are not in the show enough. Kai and Aki are kinda awkward as a romantic pairing, but Kai and Frau seems, oddly, more workable. It doesn’t help that Aki is too preoccupied with robots and her sister to notice anything else going on.
(Subaru… he always elicits a laugh when he shows up as Mr. Plesides. He would be perfect for the joke of a show that Syfy’s Robot Combat League is. Why can’t we go back to Battlebots? Just ban wedges.)
The plot is a bit cheesy, but it’s feel good, and it’s burning robot. Whatcha expect? The anime is named “Robotics;Notes” and features burning hot robot action. There’s no show out right now that is better for a marathon session than the remainder of Robotics;Notes. Watching a single episode just makes me want more. It is in its home stretch; it should be this way for a 2 cours dramatic series.
Zero reason why the plane had to crash land the way it did. Why were the pilot? Why weren’t there any landing gear extended? What the heck? Trying to inject some Die Hard nonsense into my anime?
“Justice always wins!”
I liked Aki’s burning hot speech. Robotics;Notes should have been a sports anime crossed with a burning robot anime, and it didn’t really need any harem or conspiracy trimmings. Like you wouldn’t watch the exploits of a rags to riches robot club climbing through the ranks? It has almost the perfect setup for a sports anime too– the passionate leader (Aki), the dark horse (Kai), the established star (Subaru), the wild card (Frau), and the novice (Junna). And then the second cours addition: Airi. Wouldn’t you rather see typical sports anime tribulations than Kai half-heartedly going through each haremette’s arc? And like each arc would deal with the robotics club trying to beat another robotics clubs? It would be a combination of Umisho, Initial D, Kuroko, and the rugby episode of Fumoffu.
I’m not sure how much help random high schoolers and candy makers would be, but definitely JAXA engineers are key. Between this show and Space Bros, why all the sudden pro-JAXA propaganda? Are they trying to make us believe all that stands between us and CERN (SERN?) is JAXA? And a plucky group of high school kids, of course.
Also, if Misaki had all that firepower, organization (how the hell did they find so many faceless, willing underlings… at least in The Dark Knight, Joker bribed his elite henchmen with money… oh wait, not really). If she had such a powerful support organization lead by Kou behind her, why not, oh, hijack a nuclear submarine? Or a real missile site? Maybe it might be difficult to compromise a NATO or JDF one, but Russia? We make movies about Russian military equipment getting stolen all the time.
(Okay, I guess they would assume a random JAXA site would be less defended than a Russian base? Come on. If they watched any Space Bros, they would know JAXA is an uplifting, inspiring bunch that can never lose. And they have vicious crime-fighting pugs on site. Not only that, this JAXA site apparently has some elite counter agent as well as high school students building a burning passion giant robot. You never want to fuck around with high school students building a burning passion giant robot. That should be lesson number one for all aspiring anime villains.)