Robotics;Notes – 2

In planning and preparation, Aki is not facing her reality.  Safely bound within the realm of her thoughts and imagination, Aki can freely dream of constructing the greatest robot to ever exist on this planet and toy with the idea of how her outdated hobby robot, with only one week to prepare, will be victorious in the exceptional Robo-One fighting tournament.  Of course, with these delusions of grandeur, Aki is bursting with confidence and excitement born through obsession and ignorance.  And when reality hits, it his Aki hard, and she faces the real world, one with a robot project that’s stalled, a hobby robot that’s obsolete, and her club facing dissolution.  In spite of all this, however, Aki sees it with a smile and gives it her all.

Akiho’s greatest attribute is probably her unique combination of resilience, determination, fortitude, and passion.  Her willpower alone is what drives the entire anime; the current storylines of winning the Robo-One fighting tournament, saving her robotics club, and completing GunPro1 are all established from her character, not to mention she’s the only one working to accomplish these goals.  And whenever she faces a problem, she doesn’t back down or complain about her appalling luck or pathetic and apathetic club member, Kaito.  No, what Aki does is she is show her unparalleled adversity; she tackles the issue with her astounding positive energy and never gives up, even when her body is ready to.  It’s this optimistic and enthusiastic behavior which is what keeps the story of Robotics;Notes alive.  Without it, GunPro1 would be abandoned in a deserted hanger, the robotics club would disband, and Aki and Kai would have nothing left but their unbalanced, slightly awkward friendship.

However, in the second episode, we saw the first glimpse of what might be some cracks in Akiho’s robust nature.  When dealing the perplexing and archaic controls of her reconstructed hobby robot, Akiho finally showed some signs of weakness and misery.  With the reality of her robot before her, attempting to train herself with its controls, Aki realized the reality of her situation and could finally feel the weight on her shoulders.  Even though she accomplished her goal of earning enough money and begging for a decent discount (not to mention a rather generous shopkeeper, too), there are still more hardships and obstacles in her way.  The question is, as these things catch up to her, will we see a change in her personality and behavior?  That is to say, is Akiho beginning to run low on her ‘genki fuel’, the energy that keeps her positive and going?  Perhaps, though it seems like it’s Kai’s duty to help her out when reality hits and Akiho realizes the despair of her situation.  If Kai can manage to assist Aki in the areas where she can, or rather, where he needs to, then Akiho should be able to recharge her batteries and withstand whatever’s thrown her way, be in another daunting challenge or hiccup in her plans.  Yes, Aki needs Kai to be by her side in order for her to remain the cheerful, spirited and delightful girl we’ve come to love and enjoy.

So, yeah, what was up with those controls for the hobby robot, Tanegashimachine-3?  I mean, why have such an archaic and difficult system for a recreational toy?  I’m not sure how many people would want to purchase something like that with such a confounding and confusing interface to operate it, not to mention the price alone would deter people away.  And isn’t this supposed to be the future?  Wouldn’t the companies that manufacture these toys create a controller that is simplified and allows the robot to auto-correct itself and have preset movement functions?  Instead, they opt for a bulky handheld system with QWOP-like controls for everything.  Actually, QWOP might be easier to control than these hobby robots.  Well, at least it seems like our protagonists will get some help by Frau (finally, can’t wait to see her actually appear in the anime now) to solve this issue, but I still can’t imagine how or why anyone would wanna play with something like that with such incomprehensible and nonsensical controls.

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  1. #1 by Joojoobees on October 21, 2012 - 7:05 PM

    There are elements of this show that I like. I like the idea of hobby robots and modding them and entering them in competitions as a club activity. Aki’s character isn’t bad. Kai was a real drag, though. I can’t imagine how she got anything accomplished with him contributing nothing positive, and actively trying to dissuade her from even trying.

    • #2 by avvesione on October 21, 2012 - 11:10 PM

      Yeah, Kai is kinda a big dick. Might be why all he does is play Kill Ballad all day and have no friends. The one thing that I like is that when Aki hits a wall and can’t progress, he’s there to help her out. And whenever she faints or experiences that sudden onset fatigue, he’s there to help her. I’m glad he isn’t the type of guy who’s always nice and friendly and helping out people cuz that’d be boring in this type of anime. He has a personality albeit it being an unfavorable one. That’s worth more to me than another “Taro EveryLead”. It might not be pretty but at least it’s something different (and he does help her, just not very often).

      • #3 by Joojoobees on October 22, 2012 - 2:45 AM

        Yeah, only when she’s unconscious. Well, I’m hoping he becomes more enthusiastic once the controller gets modified.

  2. #4 by bobbobsters on October 22, 2012 - 10:10 PM

    QWOP is really not that hard once you get the hang of it…

    • #5 by avvesione on October 29, 2012 - 12:22 AM

      True, it just takes time and patience… just I don’t happen to have either of those right now.

  3. #6 by Son Gohan on October 23, 2012 - 7:05 AM

    This is indeed the future, but only 2019 and the robot they are using was made 8 years ago, so it’s from our time. I think it’s logical that the controls are so complicated because there are a lot of joints to control.

    • #7 by avvesione on October 29, 2012 - 12:25 AM

      Still, if it was made in our time and manufactured and marketed as a toy robot, you’d figure that the controls would be more user-friendly. I mean, it’s not impossible to eventually master these controls and make the robot do fancy flips and whatnot, but that bulky and complicated control pad is sure to drive some people away and keep the market closed to only the biggest of robot geeks. Maybe there were another line of robots with simpler controllers for more social events and that these were designed for optimal fighting techniques and movement, but there’s no way to confirm that.

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