Kaito-“Best anime series ever.” Akiho-“I agree!”
|If there was ever a fall series I was most excited for it would easily be Robotic;Notes and of course if you know me I really love anything that involves giant robots or advanced machines in general… So, were you as excited as I was for this series? I know most fans out there were just curious about this series because of Stiens;Gate and ChaoS;HEAd! You can also listen to me and Jrow talk about this series week by week with our new mini talk for Robotic;Notes.|
|I don’t want to overgeneralize, but I’ve noticed that most of the hubbub over Robotics;Notes is because it’s related to the illustrious Steins;Gate. It’s nice to conveniently forget about the ugly cousin, Chaos;Head and just pray on hands and knees that R;B is more like S;G. Trust me, I’m among the many hoping that Robotics;Notes follows in the great footsteps of the mad scientist HOUOUIN KYOUMA! …but with robots.|
Super special Production
Anime series inside an anime!? Whoa is your mind blown yet?
Akiho is ready for some some epic transformation scenes.
I think just about everyone watching anime right now knows they can always expect the highest level in animation quality from Production I.G. because they always do such amazing work, but how will they handle all the giant robot related artwork?! Thankfully they have a very large backlog of sci-fi/mecha themed anime ranging from Guilty Crown, Break Blade, Ghost in the shell, Evangelion, Patlabor, Rinne no Lagrange and of course their other science fiction anime this season Psycho-Pass. So, our robots are set up but what about the human characters? Robotic;notes uses designs by Chikashi Kubota who also worked random episodes of FMA, Naruto Shippuden, Gunbuster 2, Guilty Crown and The [email protected]! That last show on this short list is good enough reason to watch.
Time to move right along to the cast of voice actors with the main cast of Yoshino Nanjo (Akiho), Ryohei Kimura (Kaito), Rie Kugimiya (Airi), Sora Tokui (Junna) and finally Yoshimasa Hosoya (Subaru). There are a few actors new to me in this series, but there are a few that you can instantly recognize after hearing them in the first episode. The last thing to mention from the production department is the great music provided by Yuuki Hayashi, Asami Tachibana and Takeshi Abo! Most of their work was on Steins;Gate, [email protected], FMA: Brotherhood, Sket Dance, Gundam 00 and recently with Kuroko’s Basketball. I can’t say stuff about music without the fantastic OP and adorable looking ED for this series (which I can’t find on Youtube), but I think this one is the best…
Hacking into the Characters
Akiho-“The future and beyond for the robotics club looks really intense!”
Kaito-“If you beat me at this game I promise to do some actual work.” Teacher-“……”
Kai – Unlike Okarin who was bursting with personality right from the get-go of Steins;Gate, Kai is more on the bland side. Maybe there’s a fountain of emotions bubbling beneath the surface and he’s just waiting to bowl us over with his charm, but for now he has the presence of a cardboard cut-out. He’s lazy and completely disinterested in interacting with people if he doesn’t have to. Even towards Aki, his feelings seem to be “not totally dislike” at best and she’s his best friend. Kai doesn’t appear anxious or shy, he just straight-up doesn’t like people or wasting energy. Instead of doing either of these things, he obsessively plays Kill-Ballad. His impressive ability in robot combat must help him later on in the story when he gets saddled with piloting robots. At least then he’ll do something! How they’ll convince him to stop playing for two seconds to do it is beyond me though. Maybe the creator of Kill-Ballade will permaban Kai for “cheating” and spark his interest in real life robotics.
Aki – Before I actually talk about Aki as a human being with feelings and dreams and ambitions (and all that crap), can I just gush about how adorable she is? :3 It’s so hard to find the sweet spot in the spectrum of “energetic” and “migraine-instigating hyperactivity.” Aki hits the sweet spot and manages to be upbeat without being annoying. She’s cute, positive and a good counterbalance to Kai’s indifference. Apparently those who are depressed (or pessimistic thinkers) have a more accurate view of reality while optimists are prone to all sorts of biases and distortions that aren’t actually true. We assume projects take less time, attribute our failures to external factors (I failed because the prof was mean!) instead of internal ones (I failed because I got wicked drunk and didn’t study…) and generally assume all hard work will pay off somehow even though that’s not the case. Aki is a self-proclaimed optimist, which explains why her idea of how long it will take to build a robot is so skewed. She someone thinks she can single-handedly build a robot, obtain an astronomical budget, and suddenly make a competition robot within an impossibly short period of time. She has no reasonable goals, yet she’s absolutely sure she can complete them. That somehow, her hard work will pay off in exactly the way she wants it to. Well, it doesn’t work like that unless you’re in an anime. Wait… Shit.
Whoa right off the bat we get some really great character interaction between Kaito Yashio and Akiho Senomiya even though it appeared as if Kaito was having fun messing with Akiho while he used his new tablet app to add kitty ears and dress her up as a maid and it does appear that both of them have shared interest in the not so popular robotics club. I think I was thrilled to discover that Kaito was actually a fun character to watch! I mean usually we get stuck with the boring male lead that either hates school, hardly has any friends or they tend to be very antisocial with EVERYONE around them. However, we don’t really know much about him right now so I can’t say for sure what he goes through on a daily basis at school or home besides challenging everyone to a video game duel with robots!
So besides that character I really think that Akiho is wonderful to watch and she easily steals the entire show for me! After watching her I started to think that she reminds me of a crazy combination of both Marika from Mouretsu Pirates, Madoka from Rinne no Lagrange and Nyaruko-san from Haiyore Nyaruko-san in terms of personality and being quite hyper and very upbeat character who has a general excitement for all things robotic? Oh and for the working fans out there you can’t deny that Akiho looks a lot like Popura, but I really want to know why she has a love of robots in the first place, like what sparked her interest into that subject? I am just going to just assume it was because of the anime series she mentioned in the episode? So what did you enjoy about these two characters so far or are you getting tired of having all these super positive main characters? I know a handful of people that really found Madoka and Marika’s personalities to be quite annoying…
Robots are so cool yo!
Exoskeleton helping people with everyday life~
Did anyone else notice that Mizua Irei was wearing a prosthetic on her legs and back?
From giant Gundams to small androids like Nano robots come in just about every size in the world of anime, but what kind of machine is the robotics club trying to build? I would say their special project leans more towards the giant size variety thanks to a certain anime and video game series! So what kinds of machines do you enjoy? Do you like the smaller ones like Nano or do you prefer something that you actually ride in to kick ass? I just really want to see what the robotics club ends up creating in the end!
After watching this episode I thought about sharing a bit about my real life and how it relates towards robots, most of the readers here already know that I use a mechanical wheelchair to get around, but of course if you did not know that and you are feeling curious you can read this old post! Anyway while my power chair might not be some super advanced thing, I still think it qualifies as a “robot” just in terms of having several mechanical parts and electronics inside. In the world of Robotic;Notes there was a short news scene that showed off some artificial arms and legs which got me thinking about a few news stories about people creating some exoskeleton type suits for both military use and medical which allows people to walk or carry something really heavy. I know the technology for a perfect suit is still in development right now but it always gives me hope for the future!
Kai-“Angry catgirl maids? When can I see this series…” Ahiko-“On of these days I will break that tablet.”
Robotic;notes x Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann! MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Kaito-“Wow you really need to work on your people skills teach…”
I love some cold Skal after a long day of making giant freaking robots.
To be honest, not a whole lot happened. It was a very simple opening episode that went at its own, steady pace. It was good, but not terribly exciting, and there wasn’t really any one hook that had me saying “bring on episode 2!” Even the creepy girl at the end of the episode didn’t do much for me other than baffle me. Robotics;Note will most likely be one of those slow burn shows that takes its time with everything. This isn’t a show about giant robots fighting each other as pilots scream dramatic things at each other from the cockpits. This is a more human approach where some regular teenagers scrounge around for parts and cobble together a robot the best they can, while making new friends along the way. It’s framed in more of a “ah, isn’t it nice to be young?” sort of way since completing the robot will be their big accomplishment before graduating and moving on with their lives to a job, college, university or what have you. The theme reminds me a bit of Little Buster…if Kyousuke had spontaneously decided to make a robot instead of form a baseball team. Robotics;Note is off to an unassuming start, but it has a lot of promise. It may slowly unfold into something great – or at least decent – in time. As more club members roll in, things should get interesting. Episode one wasn’t too hot, but the theme of building robots in high school is too unique to ignore.
Whoa I think I officially found my new favorite anime series for the fall season! I think I was won over thanks to the characters I mean both of them have such great personalities and they also have some fun chemistry together. I just loved watching Akiho to most because she was so enthusiastic about the club and everything robotic which helps her become a fan favorite of mine and I really adore those kinds of super positive characters because they always remind me of myself in terms of having fun with their everyday lives! So what else got me interested besides the characters? I would say the setting caught my attention and Steins;Gate and Chaos;Head are set in modern-ish worlds without having lots of super advanced technology to play with; however Robotic;notes is more of a science fiction series rather than giant robot series allowing just about anyone to get into it without the requirement of being a hardcore mecha fan.
Soooo what in the world happened at the end of this first episode?! We had the sudden appearance of a strange girl which has me asking all kinds of questions! Just who is she and what does she want? I think she might be from another school or she has a special interest in the robotics club or for a really far off guess, maybe she is an alien or a time travel character? Just kidding! I don’t think that would happen in this series or would they go for such a thing? Anyway I just can’t wait to see what happens next for Robotic;Notes!
Who or what is this mysterious girl?!
More adventures in robotics next week!