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Robotics;Notes 1 – POSITIVITY

Who wouldn’t be excited at the prospect of bringing this moe robot to life?!

So, hey, Robotics;Notes! Definitely one of the more hyped shows of the season since most (including myself) enjoyed Steins;Gate so much and put out of our minds how crappy the Chaos;Head anime was. Not really sure how much of people’s expectations should be colored by those series, though . . . Steins;Gate apparently takes place in the Chaos;Head universe, but if nobody told me that, I don’t know how quickly I would have arrived to that conclusion, if at all. So it may go for Robotics;Notes; however, there is that girl at the end who says, “Whose eyes are those eyes?” which, you may remember, is a common refrain throughout Chaos;Head. Just a callback? A sign of something deeper? Will we be buried in mountains of clumsy exposition when the anime needs to wrap up the plot at the end?

I don’t know! For now, everything seems ordinary, but would anyone be shocked if everything were to go suddenly wacky?

If everything’s supposed to go nuts in some way later on, then I think I get what this episode is going for. It’s a very slow, normal feeling, just regular teenagers building a giant robot for funsies. Advanced technology makes this possible, I suppose — suddenly I would very much like to live in this time! They go through all the mundane school anime stuff: securing a budget for their club (I wonder what Haruhi Suzumiya’s budget requests were like?), trying to recruit members, fretting over robot building, playing video games and ignoring all worldly responsibilities, the whole shebang. There’s some charm to the interaction between the leads, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary.

Then you get weird girl making a report about who knows what. I’m not sure it totally works for me. It definitely functions as a strong hint that the series could turn in some crazy directions like its predecessors, but as a hook in and of itself it doesn’t seem strong enough to draw much interest. I actually might have preferred it if the episode did end with the proclamation that the robotics club would be kicking ass and taking names with the robots it would build, and left me thinking, “Huh . . . maybe this will be normal?” before springing some craziness down the line in the next episode or something. That could just be hindsight talking, of course, and there’s no guarantee that that would be written well.

I suppose my main problem with this opener is that the anime itself isn’t making me want to see where it goes . . . I just had that feeling already due to the anime that came before it. Then again, it’s not like I enjoyed nothing about the episode. It looks quite nice. There is some solid charm behind the interaction between the leads. And, of course, robots are awesome, especially those of the giant variety. If this were a full-on school life comedy about a legit robot club goofing off and whatnot, I’d probably be all for that. With just these two, it’s not quite as fun as I’d like yet, especially since Kaito is so lifeless and doesn’t have the wit of a Kyon.

But to be fair, the show doesn’t spend all its time dawdling around — there’s clearly stuff that will pay off down the road. If our friends don’t end up meeting the creator of Kaito’s robot fighting game, then we might as well give up our foreshadowology degrees forever. That Exoskeleton company in the commercial will probably be A Thing, too. Maybe some sort of bad corporation? If this were a kids’ show, Exoskeleton would definitely be the big, mean company that takes an inordinate amount of interest in the activities of children. I wouldn’t be surprised if they revisited that robot anime at some point, either. It is of course an injustice of the highest order to leave a giant robot anime incomplete, especially one that many little kids revere. Why would such a popular show be canceled so suddenly? Now there’s a mystery I’m interested in solving!

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  1. Cirith
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I think the characters made Steins;Gate great and based on the first episode of this anime I don’t expect a lead on par with Hououin Kyouma. The two the episode focused on seemed okay but not great. Though I think it might be a decent anime.

    • Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      That was one thing I was pretty careful to not expect going into this series. A charismatic character like him doesn’t come around often.

  2. Posted October 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Down with the semicolon oligarchy!

    • Posted October 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Permalink


    • Posted October 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

      Maybe after we take down the MMO and rape oligarchies.

    • ZabiLegacy
      Posted October 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink


  3. ZabiLegacy
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Really, I think this was a case of a decent/good anime that just happens to have associated itself with one of the standout anime of the past year. A real shame seeing as it has alot of potential. Maybe it will prove me wrong and live up to it’s predecessor, but now I just wish it wasn’t hyped so much.

    • Posted October 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

      Well, despite my jabbering about it in the opening, I usually toss away hype before I start the show. I find it preferable to let the anime speak for itself rather than color it with my expectations … though I often fail at that more than I’d like to admit!

    • ZabiLegacy
      Posted October 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

      I really would have liked to, but I hyped this one up WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY too much >.<

      • Posted October 13, 2012 at 2:17 am | Permalink

        A lesson learned! Kill all hope that lurks within!

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    The whole EXOSKELETON thing just bought back painful memories of Gray Fox. Darn you Robotic;Notes, how’d you know I’d just beaten mgs1 for the first time a few weeks ago ;_;

    So basically, this show is going to be like the ‘school life’ segment of the AGE-2 arc except without Homolust and Asemu, we’ll see how this plays out, considering AGE-2 was AGE’S strongest arc.

    Also, Gunvarrel reminds me of Yosuke’s PURSEOWNER, any of you guys getting that vibe??

    • Posted October 13, 2012 at 2:19 am | Permalink

      I’d express shock that you’ve beaten such a great game only recently, but there’s lots of great games I’ve never played (much less beat). If you’re playing the rest of the series, then have fun!

      • luffyluffy
        Posted October 13, 2012 at 5:22 am | Permalink

        I’ve also played 3 on my 3DS (it was my first and persuaded me to try the rest of the series), I’m aquiring a PS2 to play Mgs2 and then I’ve just got the peace walker briefings to finish and to watch MGS4 and then I’m done. to be honest i’m not ready, considering i’ve cried way too many tears over big boss and ocelot ;-; i might as well just drown myself in them

      • Posted October 13, 2012 at 6:11 am | Permalink

        Oh, neat! I’m kind of curious as to how that would play on the 3DS … seems like it would be easier in some ways and weird in others. MGS2 is pretty fun, but a total, utter mindfuck past a certain point. I’m sure you’ve heard that many times over lol. Haven’t played MGS4, but I DID watch literally every cutscene while I was unemployed, and that is one crazy ass game. A fitting end to the MGS saga, too.

  5. leokiko
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    The creator of the game Kaito was playing will be a member of their group(maybe the blond-haired chick?) or part of an evolving mystery that wil surely come into play at about episode 12~13, I’m guessing of course.

    • Posted October 13, 2012 at 2:21 am | Permalink

      Man, I hope it doesn’t take that long to show up! Unless, of course, the slice of life stuff is hilarious. In that case, the mystery can take all the time it wants to show up!

  6. Bell
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    Then you get weird girl making a report about who knows what. I’m not sure it totally works for me.

    Never watched the anime, but the Chaos;Head visual novel pulled that shit all the time. It would show the daily life of recluse guy, then suddenly cut to some random girl we don’t know yet who delivers a cryptic monologue that ends with “Whose eyes are those eyes?” Sudden tonal shifts seem to be a Nitroplus trademark, lol.

    Also, no one else will ever have the wit of Kyon. He is a unique butterfly.

    • Posted October 13, 2012 at 6:13 am | Permalink

      Hello! Nice to see you here in these parts. :)

      Can’t remember if the Chaos;Head anime ever did that stuff … I don’t think so, though, mostly because it seemed to tip its hand as a weird anime from the beginning.

  7. Posted October 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Agreed Shin just a couple of cool teens building a giant robot! Who couldn’t love that? I guess non mecha fans would be bored? Just kidding! I hope Robotic;Notes does something fun so everyone can find enjoyment of course and we have some great main characters already I know I like them so far.

    Course I don’t think it will be all about the giant robots, but maybe more about the characters? Then again the other two series had plenty of OH MY GOD moments and crazy reactions…I wonder what CRAAAZZY thing will happen? Oh right the ending was all kinds of strange LOL

    • eternia
      Posted October 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      My hunch says that something CRAZY will happen. Because that girl from last several seconds doesn’t seem human at all. Maybe she came from Cybertron. She’s going to put Matrix into the kids’ giant robot. Next thing we know, they will fight mechanic alien invaders. Woohoo.

      • Posted October 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

        So we can expect to hear some transform and roll out? I am game for such things Woooooo!!

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