You know, if Robotics; Notes were a romantic comedy, I think I would like it. Look at that screenshot above: replace the next Onii-chan whatever show with this and everyone would love it. Robotics; Notes has a perfect setup for shipping wars in Akiho vs. Frau, and a non-contentious romance between Subaru and Frau. Add the teacher hitting on Nao and it would be perfect.
But instead of focusing on the things which Robotics; Notes does well, we’re burdened with distant tales of robot revolutions, with solar flares, with a meandering backstory of Akiho’s sister, and with endless gaming sessions to save the world. I mean, come on, the robot revolution is happening, and we have to watch people sit on the couch playing video games? This is the lamest robot revolution I’ve never seen.
The conspiracies aren’t helping us get to know the characters at the moment; they’re actively getting in the way. Let me note that, for all of Steins; Gates’ time travel mindfuckery, the most powerful part of that show were the relationships between Okabe, Christina and Mayushii. Likewise, in Robotics; Notes the most genuine parts of the show are the relationships between Kaito, Frau and Akiho. In Steins; Gate, the time travel is a plot device that allows us to realize the depth of their relationships. In Robotics; Notes, the conspiracies are tacked on almost as an afterthought.
This is why I almost wish Robotics; Notes ditched the conspiracies. They could just focused on the lives of the robotics club students as they construct a giant robot: a story of young men and women working hard to achieve their dreams, and finding love. Why do we need to save the world? It’s just detracting from what’s truly important.
So from now on, I’m going to try to stop expecting Robotics; Notes to uncover some brilliant mindfuck conspiracy or to have our heroes fight robots. I’m going to try to just accept it as it is, and enjoy Frau slobbering over a half-naked Kaito on the couch. I’ll unleash my imagination like Frau (although mine isn’t quite as wild as hers).
Oh man… I think I see where this is going.
Annnndddd I was right. How can they look so innocent as they betray their friends to the cops?
The robots are so cute! I want to take them home!
Oh god, even Frau’s pillow talk is about giant robots… I wonder if we’ll get to hear Akiho’s. She’ll probably call out the names of all the moves.