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Robotics;Notes, Accel World

Robotics;Notes

The moe robot is what really sells this show.

Aside from having inappropriately used a semicolon in the title, Robotics;Notes is actually not a bad show. Unfortunately, it’s not a particularly good show either. Robotics;Notes takes place in a fictional near-future Japan in which giant robots are real. A high school robotics club is trying to make their own giant robot for display in an annual robotics competition. The first several episodes revolve around the club’s two members as they try to recruit new members, secure funding and parts, and deal with general stressors of high school life. These were the show’s strongest episodes. As the show goes on, it bites off more than it can chew with crazy conspiracies, completely unnecessary side plots, a pointless villain, and an idiotic moe AI we are supposed to feel sorry for. When Robotics;Notes was focused on the robotics club, it was interesting and funny and surprisingly fresh. When Robotics;Notes diverted its attention to so many other things, it quickly devolved into a mess. The conspiracies are lame, the pointless villain is indeed a waste of time, and all the side plots distract from what had been a good story about “real” robots. In the end, the show was good, but significantly lacking. It was the lack of focus that ultimately hurt Robotics;Notes.

Verdict: Average

Accel World

The main character is fat, which is unique for an anime, but that’s the only thing interesting about this show.

Accel World is yet another entry in the very long line of anime with great concepts that were squandered. The premise is that everyone has a computer interface tied in with their brains. They are able to use software to help with their daily lives. The main character is given a mysterious online game called “Brain Burst” which accelerates the synapses of his brain so much that the world appears to move in ultra-slow motion. This is a very cool concept. There are myriad ways in which he could use this power for good or evil. Naturally, being an anime, this intriguing concept is eschewed for punching people in the face. That’s right, the second part of “Brain Burst” is an online fighting game. Each character needs to fight others, and the fighting doesn’t use their special slow-mo powers. Nope, it’s just people punching and kicking each other. This comprises the bulk of the show. And since this is based on an ongoing light novel series which hasn’t concluded, there is no ending. Accel World is a waste of time. They took a great concept and threw it away immediately for generic, uninspired brawls in stupid looking costumes.

Verdict: Shitty

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6 Responses to “Robotics;Notes, Accel World”


  1. 1 Squiggsquasher
    August 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    It’s a shame you didn’t like Accel World. I was thinking of watching it (I thought it looked kinda cool) but now you’ve said it’s shitty I’m not so sure. That said, I did like Black Rock Shooter, which you disliked (well, the TV series anyway, I recall you said you liked the OVA) so who knows. maybe I might find some enjoyment from it.

    (I do like the fact they made the protagonist of Accel World a fatso, though. That is kinda original, especially for an anime.)

    Also. have you watched Fist of the North Star? I’ve only seen clips, but from what I’ve seen it could be comfortably described as “Dragonball Z except less lame and more violent” or “Conan the Barbarian, but animated and with martial arts”. I think you’d like it. It’s up there with Berserk in the holy hall of “manime”.

    • August 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Accel World starts out pretty good, and it hooked me, which is why I kept up with it. But it really devolves into a basic fighting series, which was disappointing. If you’re interested, though, check it out, you might like it.

      Fist of the North Star is a show that’s been on my back-log for ages. It looks exactly like something I would enjoy. I do plan to get around to it eventually.

    • August 21, 2014 at 2:49 am

      I would recommend giving both shows a shot as I enjoyed them. Everyone has different tastes so you may like them too.

      • August 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        That’s true, you should always watch what you think will be interesting. But if you have similar tastes as me, then I would definitely avoid Accel World. Robotics;Notes is probably hit-or-miss for most people.

  2. August 27, 2014 at 6:57 am

    While I enjoyed Accel World, I haven’t really touched on Robotics; Notes even back when it was one of the most hyped during the season when it was aired. Accel World, well, it’s also a hit and miss. I felt that fge second half glorified a rather weak character and made them all play with their emotions. I sincerely hope there will be a new season. :)


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