Robotics;Notes picks up the pace again! If the previous episode can be considered a “Jun episode”, then this one is most definitely a “Frau episode”. And while I personally thought Jun’s episode was rather nice, it’s undeniable that it was a bit removed from what had been going on before the holiday break. Luckily, the same cannot be said for Frau’s episode. Being the daughter of Gunvarrel’s director, Frau was hit particularly hard when she read the adverse reactions to the leaked “final episode” of Gunvarrel. Now, I’m actually not too sure if the leaked episode really is the “real” final episode, but in the absence of anything else contesting the title, I suppose it’s as good a final episode as any. That said, the overall unanimous negative response to the leaked episode has me slightly worried. The warning that Frau’s mother left hidden in the episode alleges that Gunvarrel was a propaganda tool associated with Project Atom. Has the general population already fallen so far into the Committee of 300’s hands that they won’t acknowledge an attempt to spread the truth? Or were the unfavorable reactions merely a result of the abrupt departure in tone of the final episode from the rest of Gunvarrel, perhaps coupled with the apparent unfinished nature of the video?
And speaking of Frau’s mother, we finally have a better idea of the events that led up to her disappearance. It seems either she herself discovered the true nature of Gunvarrel and spread the word to her colleagues, or they all made the discovery collectively. Regardless, the Committee of 300 saw fit to eliminate them as possible liabilities to Project Atom. It isn’t very clear if Frau’s mother just so happened to be absent during the “purging” of the Gunvarrel staff and learned about the fate of her colleagues later, or if she actually managed to barely escape during the killings, but the fact remains that she may still be in hiding somewhere. Also, now that I think about it, it’s entirely possible that she and the rest of the Gunvarrel staff learned about Project Atom from none other than Kimijima himself. It would make sense for someone attempting to get word of a conspiracy theory out to the masses to contact the team responsible for the most popular anime in the world. In fact, Gunvarrel was such a global phenomenon that there would really be no better and faster way to expose an evil plot. Except, of course, Gunvarrel was already one of the Committee’s instruments, which presumably even Kimijima was unaware of.
His going to the Gunvarrel staff would be a stroke of misfortune for him (and at the same time extremely convenient for the Committee), and was presumably the cause of his own demise. I can see the Committee biding its time, letting Kimijima and the Gunvarrel staff collaborate for a while, before cleaning them all up in one fell swoop just as the episode that would have revealed everything was in the final stages of production. Of course, all of this is pure speculation on my part, but this theory is fairly consistent with the facts presented thus far, and also offers some rather nice answers to some questions we’ve no doubt been asking for a while. The one thing that does bother me is how stereotypically evil the Committee of 300 is being portrayed as. If Geji-nee’s summary of the the latest Kimijima report is to be believed, the Sun is coming to an end pretty soon, which will lead to the inevitable demise of the human race. Armed with such knowledge, you would expect the logical thing to do is to figure out some way to either prevent the apocalypse from occurring at all, or at least finding some way to escape the disaster and thus preserve mankind. But no; instead, the Committee opts for subjugating mankind in its last moments? I really don’t understand this. What are you going to do with your last few moments of glory as the undisputed rulers of a race doomed for extinction?
In any case, while I have my theories about what happened to the Gunvarrel staff and Kimijima, the recent talk of robots taking over is one development that I have some trouble understanding. Is the Committee planning on using robots as automated, unquestioning soldiers in their quest to control the world? It would make sense to use something “cold and unfeeling”, which can only obey orders without question to carry out such a dastardly plan (I like to think even human mooks would think twice about going along with the Committee). However, don’t the solar flares render all electronics useless? Unless the Committee has devised some sort of electromagnetic shielding for their robotic army, I can’t see it doing them any good with solar flares being such a common occurrence in the world of Robotics;Notes. Actually, seeing as the news reports and videos show robots very much active and attacking humans after the solar flare in Tokyo, this may very well be the case. I guess it goes back to fruits of research cultivated by the Committee’s puppet companies? Anyway, if the Committee really does plan on using an army of robots to take over the world, I have a feeling we might get to see an epic showdown between the evil robots and the robotics club’s GunPro-2 (maybe even GunPro-1?) soon enough.
The bad remains the Committee of 300. The more I find out (or think I know) about what they’ve done and what they have planned, the less I understand them. It’s like someone put together a team of sociopaths, gave them all the resources they wanted, and then set them loose upon a world that is already being threatened with certain annihilation. Way to go. You’ve pretty much doomed the human race to suffer at the hands of a bunch of maniacs, followed by prompt incineration from the Sun. The situation is literally the definition of “out of the frying pan, and into the fire”.