Robotics;Notes: Crossovers and Tasks


I’m ridiculously easy to please.

We have a crossover from Steins;Gate, I’m sure that this was apparent during the last episode, but I’m awful at paying attention at times. Nae’s character isn’t exactly significant at the moment [from blatant superficialities], but she does bring along with her the hope of future allusions. I’m probably hoping too much for an allusion to one of our major characters from Steins;Gate — the chances of this occurring is most likely low; especially with our primary pair [considering the alternate world timeline]. Nevertheless, I will be unabashedly sentimental if that does occur — anything Steins;Gate related turns me into an effusive fanboy.

The enigmas develop further. The “mission” that Kai undertook was a little peculiar; we established that Kou Kimijima is an “omniscient” plot device — he sent the receiver of the message on a specific mission. In this episode, Kai uncovered the second message — the requisites of the message in and of themselves raise some questions. From a pragmatic viewpoint, it is logical to have a certain, nonverbal trigger to “unlock” a message [much like a password] — in the case with the Kimijima reports, they’re presumably supposed to be done under very peculiar conditions and in subsequent order. However, there’s quite a difference between establishing a password that does not adhere to chance and establishing a password with bizarre implications. As of right now, Kimijima’s apparent message seems to be tailored towards a very idiosyncratic type of person. The type of person who receives the message, in theory, would need to play along with him; since the actions entailed “juvenile” activities, we could assume that he targeted a teenager on purpose.

But this brings up the question as to why a teenager, and not somebody more apt to bring about a specific change. In accordance to his plan, a teenager may be the optimal candidate for ushering in a change, or he simply needed an archetype to follow his orders [which in this case, a teenager would suffice]. There’s also the matter of Airi’s existence; the shot of her point of view seemed to parallel their worlds, literally — of course, it wouldn’t be logical to assume that she’s “human”, considering that she isn’t shown to have a lot of human tasks [eating, aging, etc.]. Sister Centipede’s integration into her body is also done for a peculiar region — the discourse this episode established that Airi & Sister Centipede most likely share one consciousness [they both hear when talked to, but only one can respond]; much like an autonomous entity, they’re created for a very specific reason. I’m more inclined to believe that the creators of Robotics;Notes would have a “passive”, childhood persona [Airi] in prominence over the apathetic, functional Sister Centipede; since Steins;Gate was a hard science-fiction, I’d assume for Robotics;Notes to follow suit.

Nevertheless, there’s a disparity between Airi technology and modern-day technology. Presumably in 2010, Airi was fully functioning [at the time of Kimijima’s death, unless her program is autonomous and constantly developing, a possibility]; holding it parallel to our world, there’s discord — we’re far from an apt, autonomous robot, and we’re two years ahead. In the case with Airi, her alpha build was completed during 2008 — this begs the question as to why there aren’t more entities like her. We see the prolific, cosmopolitan use of PokeComs, but we see little mention of artificial intelligence superseding that. Given that as a trend, technology tends to progress exponentially, it would be fair to assume that there should be “stronger” versions of Airi [outside of Kimijima’s plans, other corporations] in use. It’s not practical to assume that one man, solo, programmed and created a fully-autonomous robot, while other, modern [2019] companies do not have them. We can say something ridiculous along the lines of “Kimijima’s a time traveler from the future”, or we can assume that he had a clandestine company backing his research.

Back to the requisites, it does seem strange that an application version of a presumably console game worked. This would imply that the system predicted the advancement of technology from a console-reliant game -> a mobile-android game. It doesn’t seem logical — at best, this would be explained if Airi [using her entity very generally here] was mentioned as self-updating, or autonomous; or, we could say something ridiculous like “Kimijima’s a time traveler from the future.” Nevertheless, there are still numerous questions to be raised. In terms of structure, everything’s progressing at a normal rate. We see an attenuated presence to most of our characters, aside from our pair. Logic implies that we will most definitely see the characters phased in again in a future episode, to at the very least, affirm or deny what happened in the past [Why Junna is afraid of robots, why Subaru’s father hates his robotic passion, etc.]. In terms of primary relationship, Akiho and Kaito give off the aura of a covalent romance. Something is linking them together; it’s not entirely explicit, but it’s there. In Steins;Gate, we saw something extremely similar with our primary characters, in Chaos;Head, the same could be said for that pair — in Robotics;Notes, they share an incident — once this incident is expanded on, we can ascertain more.
Airi’s seems to have the capability of extending outside her typical area of influence. We saw her residing in Kai’s room and holding a conversation with him and Akiho. As to the requisites, they don’t seem to be concrete; it’s a bit of a contradictory facet in relationship to the seemingly meticulously planned orders from Kimijima — the existence of these loopholes is enough to halfassedly justify any questionable, open-ended developments [if we’re not viewing him as a perfect strategian, then the possibilities of errors, unaccountabilities come into the equation].

Concluding Thoughts

I like Robotics;Notes. It’s similar to its predecessor. When you mix a menagerie of females and males into a group, you’d expect an awkward tension among them, an imminent, melodramatic romance minutes away from occurring [not exactly bad, Kokoro Connect was awesome]; in Robotics;Notes, the sense of familiarity is so potent that it attenuates, any if not all of the possible tension. We can feel a romantic aura emanating from our main couple, yet they do little to display it. There’s no concrete evidence aside from premonitions and visceral feels — it’s truly a cool thing.

Also, why does WordPress insist on updating into a ridiculously annoying new method of uploading? It’s a lot prettier now, but it’s much slower [and nonspecific]. Efficiency>Aesthetics when it comes to inserting pictures. God.

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