Archive for category Robotics;Notes
A shy, nervous or timid schoolgirl isn’t anything new nor is it anything exceptional to anime. In fact, this character archetype is a staple of many anime franchises, almost always included in harem settings or used in combination with another personality type to fit in with virtually every other anime. And despite the frequency of such characters in anime, the shy elements of the character are often poorly written, exceedingly simplified, or completely mismanaged to the point where it’s detrimental to the character and potentially the story. Junna Daitoku, however, is a character that understands ‘shy’. And unlike most shy characters, Junna has already shown growth and progress in her personality as an attempt to overcome this trait and improve as a person. Junna’s character is just one example that demonstrates how Robotics;Notes has a tremendous grasp on its characterizations.
Presently, GunPro1 resides in an abandoned airport hangar, resting incomplete. Through anyone’s eyes, the project is nothing more than an unfinished structure of welded steel in the shape of a torso crowned with a masked helmet. But to the people who are at the heart of this project and those potentially linked with it, GunPro1 appears to be much more than it truly is. Whether it is the manifestation of a lifetime of dreams, a rational and fully-functional giant robot, or an opportunity for unique corporate advertising, everyone associated with GunPro1 has their own, distinctive vision for this arising giant robot. However, these conflicting interests and completing influences may ultimately keep this project grounded and forever incomplete.
Though the robots were miniature, the foreshadowing from this fighting tournament is huge considering the implications we can apply to the future of Robotics;Notes. Though Tanegashimachine-3S could fit nicely within the pupil of GunPro1, the giant robot at the heart of this anime, witnessing its controls, kinetics, and performance for the first time gives us an excellent idea of what to expect from GunPro1 when it is complete and ready for action. That is to say, though there may be elements of fantasy and fiction sprinkled throughout, we can expect the robots to behave as realistically or as physically-appropriate as possible.
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.
Well, isn’t it obvious? What Akiho is doing is much more than just building a giant robot; no, what she is trying to do is something that no mere normal robot can do. Her goal isn’t limited to just constructing a walking steel behemoth but to manifest her hopes and dreams into a living symbol of inspiration, aspiration and astonishment. It is in these giant robots that we find much more than just metal, wires, and plasma weapons with infinite ammo. No, these giant robots serve as a beacon of hope, an ambassador of our dreams, and reflection of how we always strive, or should always strive, for greatness and glory. It is this that makes giant robots more than just giant robots. That and they do look pretty damn awesome. So yes, to answer your question Ms. Vice Principal, it really does have to be a giant robot.