Now this is what I’m talking about; a good, old-fashioned robot throw down. What more could you possibly ask for? This might just be my favorite episode of Robotics;Notes so far. On a more serious note though, we find out that Aki is somehow estranged from her sister, Misaki. We’re still kept in the dark as to the specific circumstances, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. The Tanegashima robotics club made actually won Robo One when Misaki was in charge, so Aki definitely has a lot to live up to. And the media even picks up on their relationship. But there has to be more than just that for Misaki to avoid contact with Aki. For now, I’m guessing it has something to do with the elephant mouse syndrome.
Speaking of the elephant mouse syndrome, it would appear as if Kai also has it somehow. Or at least, he’s afflicted with something closely related. According to what we were told last episode, the elephant mouse syndrome causes the victim to process five minutes as one second. In other words, time “speeds up” relative to the victim. Kai, on the other hand, seems to be able to process time at an increased rate. That is, time “slows down” relative to him, allowing him arguably superhuman reflexes and reaction/response times (recall Frau’s accusation that Kai cheats). Aside from the “time dilation” effect, both the elephant mouse syndrome and whatever Kai suffers from are also related in that they manifest only when the victim is under physical (or perhaps even mental?) fatigue and stress. As Aki’s elephant mouse syndrome started after the “accident” in the flashbacks we keep seeing, it’s probably a safe bet to say that Kai picked up his affliction during the same event. It’s also hinted that the red aurora in the sky is somehow related, but I’m not sure how.
Finally, it’s clear that Misaki is closely involved in some sort of research regarding the elephant mouse syndrome. Well, we see her and some mysterious man observing Kai, so perhaps there interested in any “time dilation illness” in general. Perhaps this might be part of the reason why she avoids Aki? That’s a pretty unconvincing reason if that’s the case. It’s a shame that Aki and Kai ended up losing, as a conversation between Aki and Misaki would have been interesting to see (assuming Misaki would even answer). But at least we get something amusing in exchange. Turns out the Subaru (the nerdy-looking guy with the glasses) secretly participates in Robot One competitions, winning twice in a row under the guise of the fabulous “Mr. Pleiades” (a play on his name). Kai’s strategy to blackmail him into joining the robotics club, thus saving it, was just hilarious. And let me take this moment to point this as a sign that Kai truly does care for Aki. He devised a scheme to save the club she loves so much! You can’t honestly call him an asshole.
With the arrival of Frau, it looks like the robotics club is almost complete. Well, Frau and Junna still need to officially join, but I’m sure that’ll happen in no time. There’s still no sign of the girl in the ED though.