Robotics;Notes – 04

Misa reveals Aki’s other hidden power.

Hooray! Time for more epic talks and chats about Robots and this week you can listen to myself, Jrow, Overcooled and our special guest Lvlln on this episode of our fun mini-talk. Things have been moving slow for Robotic;Notes and hopefully this week gives us a bit of plot and maybe some new special character appearances! I know most of the fans out there are waiting for Frau to show up, but anyway time to start the review.
Here’s the link to that Walkthrough of the VN I mentioned during the recording.

Money troubles for Aki?

Aki’s dad-“No, I will not give you a million dollars…”              Aki-“Awwww come on please!”

Aki this week has a few issues to work out in the money department for her club project! Thankfully she has a few options in mind such as asking her father for some money because he just so happens to work for JAXA?! However, he doesn’t really have any pull in the company to give out money to random people and he basically dodges his daughter’s questions by pushing her mother into the middle that puts a stop to Aki’s pestering, I guess moms always know when to say no to their daughters, huh? So what else is left for poor old Aki now? Well she tries to get a sponsorship from Nagafukada family aka Mitsuhiko’s uncle who owns the space candy company and she strikes out there as well. Sadly I don’t think Aki needs to work for someone that is really only interested in girls with big “hooters” as his birds quoted him! Damn Aki sure has it rough and she has to deal with lazy Kai and dull Subaru every day? Maybe the robotics club can hold a car wash to raise a million dollars? That might take a while…

Crazy new characters

Frau-“Fufufufu time to show how crazy I am!”                Kai-“Remind me to stay away from you.”

Last week we only met Frau for like a minute but that did not really give us much to go on other than her crazy rape-face-expression that she gave to Kai? I thought she was an evil character or maybe that she was a yandere character. So, after all of that we finally get to hear her voice this; however, after listening to her I don’t know what to say other than she is either insane or she has no idea how to deal with people much like Haru Yoshida from Tonari or maybe Ryuunosuke Akasaka aka the computer programmer character from Sakurasou? Aside from being a bit crazy her mind seems set on security systems which requires various passwords. One thing is certain the robotics club will have their work cut out for them if they plan on trying to recruit Frau for their club. I have a feeling that Frau will probably prefer to do all her work from the comfort and safety of her house as we seen in the opening, but who knows maybe a chance encounter between Frau and Aki will change things? After all we did see Frau in the very first episode helping the club members.

Extra robotic;notes

Aki is really afraid of old school flip phones

Frau is a massive fan of the Metal Gear Solid games

Frau-“Let’s play guess what I had for breakfast…”                       Kai-“OH GOD NOOOOOOOO!”

Life sure is hard for Kamina without his epic team

End thoughts

Great episode this week but there really wasn’t much going on besides Subaru challenging Kai about twenty one times and actually winning?! I suppose the whole Vegas tournament might be really fun to watch for more epic tiny robot battles and who knows maybe they can gain a sponsorship in the process. Speaking of Subaru for a moment what was up with his father that looks like Kamina hating on robots? I really hope we get to find out why, maybe his wife left him for a giant robot…yeah…lets go with that crazy made up theory. Another highlight was Frau interacting with Kai using her internet meme speech, but I can’t wait to see how she acts around Aki and Subaru! Ohhh and how could I forget the appearance of that mysterious girl at the end? I can’t really say much about her because I already spoiled myself but anyway what did you enjoy about this episode was it Frau, Aki, Kai losing to Subaru and becoming his slave or maybe the mystery girl at the end?


Frau shows off her robotic skills


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27 Responses to “Robotics;Notes – 04”

  1. D-LaN says:

    There a WT on the game? Cool even though I dunno moonspeak ^.^; Btw is there a place for “VN vs Anime” cuz judging on the demo review I linked earlier there are some stuff/details tht are cut out in the anime.

    Frau and her goonspeak = Win (cuz she Daru 2) but slightly annoying.

    I can totally see a similar situation between the father and son of tsuritama happening here as well… Let see who will be the “pain in the @$$” role this time xD

    Srsly, tht it for JAXA? Aww I was expecting her to pop up…. Well next time I guess?

    And Aki back to anoyingly genki mode again ==; Good to see Kai still willing to help her though. But tht shop lady info is not very good as I noticed ==; Both Junna and Mitchie uncle = failed… Totally not worth the Red Buns.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Yeah Jrow found that one, but I have no idea if there are any places for VN vs Anime unless people have played the full game already? I guess you would have to hit up google for that then?

      Frau is awesome <3

      True! I did not think about the whole father/son relationship from Tsuritama! Good call D-LaN.

      Yeah that is all for the JAXA stuff I think? Who know maybe we will see more of that later on? I liked the father/daughter/mother stuff it was kind of funny ;D

      Awww you don't like that side of Aki? I find those moments to be really fun! Then again I guess it might wear some fans out huh? LOL DAT REDBUN good try there Kai.

  2. D-LaN says:

    Spammy ate my comment.. Help?

    • Highway says:

      Hah, he’s getting hungrier.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Comment monster is hungry! Maybe we should feed it more moe anime girls?

      • BlackBriar says:

        No way! That persistent abomination has crossed our paths too many times to deserve a cute moe anime girl. Let’s drive a stake through its heart, burn it or decapitate it and hope for the best.

        • Foshizzel says:

          But the comment monster deals with the trolls! We need to keep it happy…maybe we can feed it some crappy villain characters? Like from Accel World and SAO?!

          • BlackBriar says:

            Then I have a list of despicable bastards we can feed to the monster. They should be able to keep it happy for weeks to come:

            Orochimaru (Naruto)
            Takami (Deadman Wonderland)
            Nomi (Accel World)
            Sugou (Sword Art Online)
            Fumito Nanahara (Blood-C)
            Truth (Eureka Seven AO)
            Caster/Ryuunosuke (Fate/Zero)
            Phil Barnett (Hagure Yuusha no Estetica)

  3. Highway says:

    Hmm, I didn’t think there was an obvious link between Frau and Misaki. When Misaki denied Aki’s call earlier, I thought Aki was just calling to get in touch with her, because Aki had tasked Kai with getting the KillBallad code.

    I’m pretty sure that Frau also gave a reason for moving out to Tanegashima, and while I don’t remember it exactly, I thought it also had something to do with the Space Center, like she was trying to tap into their programming ability.

    Subaru’s dad gives another reason for his not joining the Robotics club, but I don’t know why he didn’t just tell Aki “I can’t join because my father forbids me from doing anything with robots.” Maybe he’s embarrassed about his dad (high school kids are always embarrassed about their dads, and his seems especially embarrassing, especially to a smart kid) and doesn’t want Aki to take off trying to convince him, but it would have gotten her off his case. And they didn’t know he was Pleiades until just recently, so it’s not like he would have been lying.

    Sumairii on SGK made a good observation that Fosh also somewhat noted: Aki and Kai were the *only* people shown that were touching during the event. And Kai’s attitude about his ability seems to be that it’s a curse, not a superpower, and he never wants it to happen. But I definitely think that their ‘natural’ personalities are related to their afflictions.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Hmmmm true there might not be a true connection between Frau and Misaki right now, but I have a feeling Misa’s company has their eyes on Frau’s program from KillBALLAD.

      I thought it was just transferring schools? I suppose it could be related to her programming skills of course.

      Even if Subaru told that to Aki do you think it would actually stop her? I mean sure the reason could work and who knows maybe Aki would have backed down from the subject? I hope we see more of Mister Pleiades soon! Maybe he will appear in the vegas robot tourney.

      Yeah I think the holding hands is related to something with their set of illnesses! Either that or they were always destined or something silly like that! While their illnesses are not really “super powers” I think Kai has a edge against others in robot battles while Aki’s doesn’t appear to give her any advantage if anything it prevents her from being the pilot.

      • Highway says:

        Well, I think there’s a tradeoff for Aki. I think it allows her to be much more high energy most of the time, at the expense of interludes where she is nigh unto catatonic. Whereas Kai has to be much lower energy all the time for the benefit of small bursts of output (that he doesn’t even like).

        Would Subaru saying that stop Aki? Maybe, maybe not. But it was certainly a plausible reason, and eventually she’d stop asking, I’d think.

        For Frau… rewatching it, I think it’s likely that she’s looking for her mother. She says “Dad’s in Tokyo, I know that. But Mom…”

  4. Highway says:

    Regarding Irei’s prosthetic legs, I can think of a couple reasons why the time frame seems different. First, the timeline isn’t that different from ours. If she’d had her accident 15 years before 2019, that would be 2004, when in our universe, there weren’t really any exoskeleton type prosthetics, certainly not usable ones outside of a lab. That it would have to wait until 2015 seems pretty realistic given how little divergence the R;N world seems to have from ours. Also, Irei is a convenience store owner in a little town on an island. So she’s not exactly swimming in cash to lay out on something like that.

    So I’m guessing that after her accident, she spent a lot of years in a wheelchair, like people do. When her friend Misaki got into a position in a company that makes exoskeletal prosthetics, that opened up a way for her to help Irei. Heck, Misaki *is* the billboard face of the prosthetics company. She should at least be able to get a set for her friend.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Yeah I could see that as well! We don’t really have full blown exoskeleton suits right now for medical uses, but for the military I see several news stories about such things and our current time we are really really close.

      Yeppers Highway and I think that might be why Misa does what she does for work to help people like Irei? I could see that being a reason to get into the field of robotics~

  5. BlackBriar says:

    The problem with any operation is the financial department. The starting threw me off. I thought Aki was negotiating with some big shot corporate executive when it turned out to be her father. And she’s a hopeless romantic resorting to lovey dovey chit chat and at the same time being an extortionist. But I understand why she made that kind of choice. It’s easier to go the father because most of the time, you’d get a “yes” whereas you’d get a “no” or whatever other reason from the mother. Every kid does that.

    Kona/ Frau is a depraved super pervert. A BL folder with over 1TB of memory?! I can only imagine what she does in her spare time alone. And her unhinged sexual innuendo is fuel to the fire. I see her as the kind of person who doesn’t help people unless she gets something of equal value (Remember that I provided you the programs? You should pay back your debts, duh. I’m not a nice enough person to help you with expecting payback.) The moment she was first shown last episode, I was thinking “Yikes! This girl has a femdom aura around her”. Based on the awkward conversation with Kai, that was the first time she’s had human contact for such a period of time, meaning she spends about 95% of her time alone in front of a computer as the probability is shown in the OP.

    It was shocking how Kai actually lost against Subaru and at a game where he has a top rank. I guess he regrets saying “You have to beat at Kill Ballard first” now. I didn’t think he’d get the same disease as Aki but his symptoms are reversed. In a way, it’s a benefit and a curse but more as a benefit if he can master it. Now what I want to know is what caused the mass fainting on the ferry and why were only two people affected. My guess it’s the condition their bodies were in at the time like the espers in Index have different distinct powers based on their brain function and personal reality.

    • Highway says:

      I wonder how much of Frau is ‘depraved super pervert’ and how much is ‘ordinary person who doesn’t understand boundaries of conversation’. Everyone has their proclivities, and if she wants to be a fujoshi, that’s fine in private (well, as far as I’m concerned it is, I don’t see why it’s any business of anyone else’s what she likes if it doesn’t harm others). The only time it’s a problem is when she just blurts it out, but I think it was used here to show that basically she’s as unsocialized or maybe more unsocialized than Haru Yoshida in Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun.

      I also thought that her bringing up that she helped Kai before, so she’d like him to help her was less “You have to help me because I helped you” and more “I’d like you to help me, because I’m interested in you,” And while I might have slight romance goggles on, it’s obvious she’s interested in him non-romantically anyway, since he’s so good at the game she developed. Heck, she stone-cold dissed Subaru when he came to try to talk to her, not interested, Good Day!

      • Highway says:

        Gah, dammit! I didn’t finish my thought about her asking him to help her. She just doesn’t know how to ask someone for help. She can’t hold a normal conversation, and plus, Kai is a pretty self-interested agent: initially if it doesn’t help him, he doesn’t want to do it. However, he breaks down pretty easily; note that Aki hasn’t played him in KillBallad once during the show, but still manages to get him to do just about every reasonable thing she asks.

        • AllenAndArth says:

          i agree with you highway, but, it probably has to do with the KillBallad program and the mini robot

    • Foshizzel says:

      I need to have friends in high places if I want to build my own giant robot! Yeah that is 100% true, when I was younger I would always ask my dad first before asking for something from mom…usually it NEVER worked >.>

      Frau is awesome and WHOA that is a lot of pictures…I have several folders for fan art ideas, but I dont think I have 1TB of images and agreed we see her in the OP sitting in front of a computer with all the lights off! I can bet she probably never steps outside her house ever again…poor girl…

      Kai got owned by Subaru and I died laughing because its about damn time that SOMEONE beat him! Yeah Kai could use his in a fight while Aki’s is more of a curse because she can’t really use speed as a “power” yeah I was thinking the same thing with index.

  6. AllenAndArth says:

    you know when I recall the episode…the more Frau freaks me out

  7. MikADo says:

    frau is hilarious XD and i loved the dad VS mom thing XD

    Dad: OK
    Mom: NO


    im interested in the sister, she seemed to be very displeased with her current status, smells fishy anyone?

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