The only thing I find weirder than people trying to defend Robotics;Notes’ latest episode by comparing Aki’s situation to real life (no seriously) is people going “You people just wanted another Steins;Gate. Well guess what? Robotics;Notes is not Steins;Gate!” Granted this is not a new argument. It’s been said way before Episode 20 occurred, probably even before this thing started airing. And as we can see more than twenty weeks later, it refuses to die.
Well you know what I say to that argument? What fucking difference does that make?!
Whether or not I’m a fan of Steins;Gate, or 5pb in general, watching a show where characters I couldn’t care a lick about doing fuck all is not my idea of entertainment! And having a clusterfuck for a reward after fifteen episodes of pure boredom isn’t what I call fun either. Even if Steins;Gate didn’t exist, the fact remains that Robotics;Notes is not a good series. And there’s no way it can save itself from here because I didn’t like any of the last 20 episodes, and if more than 90% of an anime is shit, then it sucks! Okay, it could pull off a half-decent finale, but judging by what’s been happening in the last few episodes, I seriously doubt that.
Yes, you guys are right that the only reason I paid attention to this anime was because of 5pb. But that’s only because 5pb are like Key and Type-Moon when it comes to my anime-viewing habits: they’re visual novel companies whose anime adaptations I’m not the biggest fan of, but I’ll give them a try anyways because I have hope that one day they’ll release something I actually like. Steins;Gate made me more aware of the company, that’s for sure, but that’s all it did. I didn’t go into this anime expecting to like it. I even predicted I would dislike it more than Little Busters (and what a shock, that prediction came true). What I did hope for though is something that would justify why this particular VN got an anime adaptation. All it did was make me question whether the game was any good at all.
I don’t blame you guys for hyping yourself up just because of phenomenal previous source material, whether it be the original manga or the fact that the author of your favorite anime is writing this new work as well. I really don’t. After all, most of us were hyped up for that second season of Moyashimon because of how funny the first season was, right? And let’s not forget the hype for Durarara back in 2010. I’m currently hyped for the anime adaptation of Flower of Evil and seeing people’s reaction to it myself. I’ve got no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is the fact that so many people are using that previous source material as their only fallback to either support or bash something. You can mention 5pb or Steins;Gate or Chaos;Head when you talk about R;N. I personally prefer to compare it to more obscure harder targets like that atrocious Moshidora anime, but that’s just me. Regardless, whilst it’s true we paid attention to R;N because of something we all loved, the fact remains that Robotics;Notes is a poor anime, hype or no hype. Nothing is going to change that.
Anyways, as for my own specific thoughts on the anime, I already stated my main problems with R;N in my Anime That Suck list, so I’m not going to bother repeating them. I guess I could make fun of the latest episode, but everyone’s already talked about that fucking bird, so I’m not going to bother. All I can say is that if I wanted a fun anime with a talking bird that is actually better than 90% of the cast, I’d watch Tamako Market.
- Kind of liked how people actually took my MAL forum post seriously. Just goes to show how crap that site is.
- No, I do not like the characters, nor care about their robot-building goals. Frau sucks, Aki sucks, Subaru (hey, I remember his name) sucks, Jun sucks, and Kai definitely sucks.
- Why yes, I’m dying to hear why Moshidora is so good.