Robotics;Notes ~ Review
“A great tale that really makes you think about the fears of technology”
Have you ever imagined of building your own robot? And when I say robot, I don’t mean the little toy robots; I’m talking about a Gundam-style robot that you can jump into and go Evangelion on everything that stands in your way. But with every great creation comes its consequences… the horror that awaits can be something extraordinary. Well, if you like your robots and you like thriller, then this series is the perfect anime for you.
Robotics;Notes is set in the year 2019 on a remote island called Tanegashima, in which a school robotics club decide to create a real functioning, ridable robot, called Ga-tsuku. Two childhood friends – Yashio Kaito and Senomiya Akiho – get to work on Gan-tsuku, with help from their club members and friends. The robot comes from inspiration left by Akiho’s sister, who was the first to create the robot and form the robotics club. Wanting to follow her sister’s dream, Akiho begins to create the robot. However, there is a strange conspiracy around robots; something so big that it could lead to the end of civilization as they know it. One day, Kaito discovers a ghost-like AI called Airi and strange messages left by an unknown man concerning the end of the world. However, Kaito and his friends have only scratched the surface of what was to become the greatest calamity that humankind has ever experienced.
The anime follows on from Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate with elements of psychological horror and thriller elements.
The anime contains 22 full-length episodes that aired during Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 Anime Season (October 2012 – March 2013). The anime is based off a visual novel written by 5pb., who also wrote Chaos;Head and the highly acclaimed Steins;Gate series (in fact, many believe that this series is a sequel to Steins;Gate). The anime was animated by Production I.G. who brought us such series as Tsubasa Chronicle, Ghost In The Shell and Psycho-pass.
The series contains a number of well-known voice actors including Kimura Ryohei who voices Kaito (and is also known as the voices of Kodaka from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai series and Takizawa Akira from Eden of the East), Kugimiya Rie who voices Airi (and is also known as the voices of Taiga from ToraDora! and Shana from the Shakugan no Shana series) and Nazuka Kaori who voices Furugoori Kona (and is also known as the voices of Kotegawa Yui from the To LOVE-ru series and Nunnally Lamperouge from Code Geass).
Overall, this series was pretty good but compared to the two prequels Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate, it was nothing special. As a series all on its own, this series was pretty decent; it had very good cliffhanger moments and the second half of the series really moved along quite nicely. It’s also cool to see a few references to Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate within the series. And the opening themes were awesome as well. If you like your romance, psychological horror and thriller, then give this anime a go.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 3/5 – Recommended
Final Score: 7/10