There’s an effortless quality to Robotics;Notes that belies just how many good things it accomplishes every week.
first look at Kimijina Kou. He’s been a factor, certainly, but this time we have a face to put with the voice – and the most extended use of that voice so far, which is a plus as it’s provided by the excellent veteran Morikawa Toshiyuki. It’s a bit of a race against the clock for Kai, as there’s a major maintenance job scheduled for Iru-O on Christmas Eve – which is obviously pretty suspicious given the events of the last few episodes – and that means any and all data stored on the system (including Airi) could be erased. Kona accuses Kai of being unconcerned about the sentimental side of that, though his seeming nonchalance is obvious his usual front – but the matter of the Kimijima Reports is obviously of great practical importance. The sixth is triggered by successfully surfing for at least three seconds (a lot harder than it sounds), but it reveals the usual Kimijima doomsday warnings about the Committee of 300 and their “silent weaponry” war of propaganda. As for the 7th – and final – report – it appears that the only flags are successfully accessing the first six. However, Airi doesn’t know where Report #7 is.
cryogenic system with a girl inside it. I’m not sure exactly what this story says about Kimijima – certainly, that he was a sentimental guy himself, judging by the way he bonded with the sick girl who was apparently no relation to him. But it also suggests the possibility that he might have been something of a crackpot, given that we have no knowledge suggesting that cryogenics has advanced to the point where what he was trying to do for the human Airi was even feasible. In any event it explains a lot about Airi’s behavior, including her fascination with snow – especially on Christmas Eve.
Kona’s Christmas present to Airi was definitely on the sentimental side of the ledger, but I loved the way it played out – with the image in her virtual world so different from what Kai was seeing, and the way she extracted a promised kiss from him (given his blush, it’s possible he might have been unconscious when Kona tagged him one last week). I don’t think it’s any coincidence that Kai was unable to access Sister Centipede in the days prior to Christmas Eve, and that only Sister Centipede remained (judging by this Mona Lisa smile, maybe not quite only) after – though the exact significance is still elusive. It’s also interesting to speculate on just what happened to the real Airi after Kai panicked and called the police – was she even alive inside that cryogenic chamber? If so presumably the authorities will have defrosted her ASAP – which puts rather a sad bow on Airi and Kimijima Kou’s story, if you ask me. And will human Airi continue to impact the story? It’s yet another link between Kai and Kimijima, too, which is all the more reason to believe the net will be closing ever tighter around him (who was that spying on the house from behind the bushes?) as the Committee of 300 crack down on anything and anyone that might derail their plans.