Akiho Senomiya News

Akiho Senomiya is a anime/manga character in the Robotics;Notes franchise
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Welcome everyone! This is an update on the Robotics;Notes wiki project that Acura Max and I worked on.

Around the week of March 29, 2013, my teammate, Acura Max, and I finished the episode summaries. We both took turns on doing plot summaries: Acura Max did the even episodes while I did the odd episodes. The main struggle in the wiki project was time because we're busy with school, work, and family. On top of that, we had taken a task to encourage discussion of Robotics;Notes through the Robotics;Notes Discussion and informing the community any Robotics;Notes news.

For character wiki pages, we manage to fill the recurring characters.

Character Updates

Thank you for reading this and please check out the Robotics;Notes Roundtable.

Episode Works

Episode 1: Because GUNVARREL is Waiting
The Robot Research Club is in dire straits - there are only two members and the future of the club is in jeopardy. Despite this, the club's leader, Akiho, is intent on building a life-sized robot...
Episode 2: Because of Dreams, Hopes, and Passion
Akiho and Kaito attempt to fix an old robot to use for the competition, but they run into financial problems when they need to order new parts.
Episode 3: Tanegashi Accel Impact
At last, the Robot Research Club enters the ROBO-ONE tournament! The revolutionary KILL-BALLAD control scheme makes Kaito a force to be reckoned with, but will it be enough to win the tournament and save the club?
Episode 4: Let's Build a Giant Robot of Justice Together
Subaru seeks Kaito's help for the upcoming ROBO-ONE World Championship in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Akiho struggles to keep the club funded while Kaito reflects on a life-changing incident.
Episode 5: May I Call You "Big Brother?"
Kaito and Junna set out to investigate the strange "ghost" that Kaito caught a glimpse of... but only succeed in discovering more mysteries.
Episode 6: It'd Be Sad to Have a Dream End
Subaru and Kaito start practicing for the upcoming ROBO-ONE world tournament in Las Vegas. During his off-time, Kaito stumbles upon a mysterious room inside the abandoned folk museum.
Episode 7: Thank You Berry Much
While Kaito and friends encounter more mysterious phenomena, another solar storm suddenly hits the Earth. Meanwhile, Akiho gets the GunBuild-1 project funded and rolling full-steam ahead!
Episode 8: I'm Nae Tennouji. Nice to Meet You!
Akiho is elated when a grown-up Nae Tennoji offers to help the Robot Research Club build a giant robot. Meanwhile, Kaito is caught in a typhoon while searching for the elusive Kimijima Report No. 2.
Episode 9: Because It's the Product of Our Blood, Sweat, and Tears
At long last, the Robot Research Club completes its giant GunBuild-1 robot! And, as people from all over the island watch, the robot takes its historic first step!
Episode 10: A Robot Only We Can Build
After the outcome of the GunBuild-1 start-up test, Subaru tries to convince Akiho to build a new robot from scratch. Meanwhile, Kai unexpectedly makes the discovery of the century...
Episode 11: The Flag Has Been Cleared
Kaito and Frau team up to locate Kimijima Report NO. 3, but it won't be any easier than last time. Meanwhile, the final, unaired episode of GUNVARREL is leaked online...
Episode 12: Until You Like At Least One Thing
The Robot Research Club is shokced to hear that not only Doc has been rushed to the hospital, but he's also considering closing his shop. Junna tries to encourage him to keep the shop open, but...
Episode 13: What a Crazy World
Experiments with the magnetic monopole get underway, and more information from the Kimijima Reports comes to light. Details about an impending solar starom are revealed... along with a warning of a ...
Episode 14: Just for a Little Bit...
After a solar storm knocks out power all over Tokyo, robots throughout the city run berserk and attack! Now it's up to Kaito to shut down the robots and save the entire Tokyo metropolitan area somehow...
Episode 15: I'll Show You a Dream
Airi finds her existence threatened when major maintenance is scheduled for the IRUO server. While Airi clings to the hope of a snowy miracle, Kaito learns more about her past.
Episode 16: I Love Giant Robots
The Robot Research Club's newest giant robot, GunBuild-2, is finally complete! Meanwhile, both Exoskeleton Co. and Mizuka catch wind of Kaito's activities surrounding Kou Kimijima.
Episode 17: As of Today, The Robotics Club is Disbanded!
The Robot Research Club's newest giant robot, GunBuild-2, is finally complete! Meanwhile, both Exoskeleton Co. and Mizuka catch wind of Kaito's activities surrounding Kou Kimijima.
Episode 18: The Real GUNVARREL is Standing Right There
At last, the big robot expo in Tokyo gets underway! The diminished Robot Research Club finally gets to show off its robot, and Akiho finally gets the chance to see her sister again.
Episode 19: I Should Never Have Had a Dream
Chaos erupts at the Robot Expo as Misaki starts destroying robots left and right. Meanwhile, slowly, but surely, Kaito begins to learn the truth behind everything.
Episode 20: Does She Still Like Robots?
With five billion lives at stake, Akiho declares that she WILL defeat Kou Kimijima! The question is... how?
Episode 21: Gunvarrel Takeoff!
Working through the night, the Robot Research Club members and the throngs of volunteers finish modifying GunBuild-1 before the Black Hole Bomb can be launched. The club members also devise a number of strategies for the upcoming final battle.
Episode 22: Now It's Time for OUR Game
Kaito and Misaki face off in a final showdown with only minutes left until the BHB rocket is launched.
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Welcome to the Robotics;Notes Mini-Guide! In this guide, we will show you why you should try Robotics;Notes.

The anime series is based on 5pb's Visual Novel game for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 that is exclusive to Japan. It's produced by Productions I.G and broadcast by Noitamina and Fuji TV. It is directed by Kazuya Nomura.

The series can be streamed on Hulu.com and new episodes are be available every Friday until the series finale.

Plot

Setting: Tanegashima, Japan (2019)

It's about a school club called the Robotic Research Club that has a passion for robots. The club consists of two members named Akihoand Kaito, who have to save the club from being disbanded by winning the Robo-1 competition to prove that their club is worth keeping. As the club leader, Akiho has a dream of creating a giant robot modeled after her favorite anime show, Gunvarrel. Meanwhile, Kaito is searching for the Kimijima Reports with an A.I. named Airi to uncover the conspiracies and myths surrounding Gunvarrel's final episode and mysterious Committee of 300.

Characters

Here are the Robotics Research Club members plus one little cute A.I.

Kaito Yashio

He is the main protagonist who is a lazy student who's only interested in playing KILL BALLAD all day long. Though, his skills come in handy in the upcoming robot fights.

Akiho Senomiya

She is the main heroine who is hyperactive, passionate, and ambitious in her goals of building a giant robot.

Subaru Hidaka

He's an intelligent guy who has an alternate ego named Mr. Pleiades.

Junna Daitoku

She's a shy, new recruit who has some mad karate skills.

Furugoori Kona

She's a hikikomori who is the creator of the video game, KILL BALLAD, and the code master of the club.

Airi

She's an A.I. who has a brother complex with Kaito and loves doing weather reports. Her Geiji mode allows her to collect the reports.

Why Should You Watch It?

Appropriate audience for this anime series is everyone 10 and up. There is little blood and violence, but the characters do make suggestive comments.

For the most part, the anime has a slice of comedy feel with some supernatural elements. Those who liked the conspiracy elements from Steins;Gates will be happy to know that they will be appearing in this series. These elements are sprinkled throughout the first few episodes, but become more prevalent after episode 11.

The show is a must watch for Sci-Fi and mech lovers as well as for fans who have watch Steins;Gates or Chaos;Head. Those who familiar with the Mecha genre will easily pick up on the references that the show throws out. Though you don't need to know anything about the Mecha genre or Steins;Gate and Chaos:head to enjoy this series. It has great comedic pieces and good story if you like the slice of genre. If you are familiar with Steins;Gate or Chaos;Head, you will also pick up on the references that the series dishes out.

This guide was co-written with

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It is funny that robotic notes is rated as a sci-fi, romance thriller, but to me it is more of a slice of life kind of series. I can’t say that is a turn off, though I haven’t watched that many slice of life series in my life, so I might not really know what I am talking about

THE PLOT:>

Kaito and Akiho are members of the robotics club at Chuuoutanegashima High School, in the year 2019, when robotic technology has evolved to advanced levels.

Akiho is the fiery energetic, easily excitable president of the robotics club, at a point in time where the club is on its last legs. Akiho’s love of robotics is only matched by her obsession for the anime series Gunvarrel, that chronicles the life of heroes piloting the legendary mecha Gunvarrel in their efforts to protect man kind.

It is one of Akiho’s idiosyncrasies to scream and shout Gunvarrel catch phrases and attacks at times of high excitement and exhilaration. Ever since the robotics club was founded, by Akiho’s sister Misa, it has confined itself to low level projects, revolving around constructing little foot sized robots to execute average tasks and eve take part in battle tournaments, nothing new in a world of highly advanced robotics and AI technology.

But Akiho has an ambition. a great goal, to fulfill Misa’s childhood dream in founding the robotics club years ago when she was at high school, to construct a real life model of the Gunvarrel robot from the series; in other words, a real life, 20 meter tall, pilotable mecha.

This is a task easier said than done as the robotics club is barely operational. With only two members, kaito barely participating and only on Akiho’s pleading, Akiho hasn’t been able to secure funding for the robotics club from the school for the past several years,and in front of her eyes, her sisters long standing project is in danger of staling.

But Akiho isn’t ready to throw in the towel. Along with kaito, subaru, juuna and even Frau, Akiho is determined to see her and her sister’s dream fulfilled. Along the way, we discover a little more about the senomiya (Akiho and Misa) family and the events of the past that endowed/cursed kaito and Akiho with their strange ailments.

Several mysteries litter the series. Frau, the enigmatic creator of the popular combat game that fills Kaito’s waking days and nights, has come to the island to find answers to the events surrounding her mom’s death and their link to the long lost and rumored final episode of the Gunvarrel series that never aired.

Then there is kaito’s discovery of the Airu AI interface, holding great secrets regarding the mysterious Kijima Kou and his reports regarding the aurora that has been cast over Japan’s skies for the past seven years, the council of 300 and the possible apocalyptic future the world may be facing and which the government might be hiding.

IN the midst of all that is the relationship between Misa and Akiho, and Misa and Kaito, and the events that separated them so many years ago, and which might be connected to Misa’s new job at exoskeleton and the work she and her boss might be working on.

THE REVIEW:>

I really don’t see the thriller elements in robotic notes, or rather while they are there, they are less than prominent, so much so that they are no more than background noise.

Robotic notes is for the most part normal life with a touch of Sci-Fi. The general theme of the show can be described as ‘What would happen if you tried to build a giant robot?"’ and that is for all intent and purpose what it was all about.

Akiho wants to build a giant robot but even with all the plans laid out, and the robotic club members’ relatively impressive engineering skills, it isn’t as easy as they hoped it to be.

Akiho faces difficulties and challenges, all of which she meets with gusto and energy, unwilling to accept defeat no matter the barriers involved. All those around her are dragged into her efforts to fulfill her sister’s dreams, and will usually suffer for it, especially her father, head of a successful aeronautics company, that will struggle to say no to her daughter's request for manpower and technology, and will usually resort to calling her mother, who will chastise Akiho for trying to take advantage of her poor father.

Underneath her energy is a girl that is haunted by her obsession to meet and even surpass her sister’s expectations of her.

I find kaito somewhat annoying for a primary character. He is completely…lethargic in the manner in which he tackles life. He shows absolutely no interest in anything at all. I want my protagonist to seek out the answers and search for truths; Kaito will find intriguing mysteries, and he will choose to ignore them.

Basically we the audience see an interesting path, we want to go down it; but Kaito won’t go down it, and instead chooses to retreat. it is somewhat infuriating; he just doesn’t want to know.

He will break this mold on occasion. Kaito is only in the robotics club because Misa, Akiho’s sister, assigned him to take care of her when she left for Tokyo. On occasion, he will go above and beyond for Akiho, to see the barriers facing her in building the mech destroyed, but never really letting her know.

In a way Kaito is intriguing, in that he will never take the effort to help anyone unless they beat him in Kill ballad, probably in memory of the days and nights he and Misa spent gaming, during which she would trounce him. Kaito’s principle gets him out of work because he is simply too good a player.

kaito takes an ambivalent approach to the Kijima Kou reports, reporting the end of the world; he doesn’t really want to know most times, but once in a while he will take a distinct interest, usually when the reports affect a certain event in the life of his acquaintances .

This series is meant to be a Sci-Fi thriller, but spends more time scattering seeds of mystery regarding murders, the future, conspiracies and the like rather than actually answering them.

IN other words, we get hints but never anything really concrete to follow. Now whether that changes beyond the 11 episodes I have watched remains to be seen. But if it wasn’t for the interesting characters, plots and drama, I would be put off by this show, which describes its self as one thing, but never really does what it set out to do.

Granted the mysteries can be intriguing, when first hinted at, but after a while I cease to care, especially the business with Misa, because the series takes too long to deal with things. It keeps playing with but never gets down to peeling away the layers of its concepts and revealing the core of the story.

None the less it is a good show, though if the side stories of the robotics club lose their flavor, the show will definitely start to suck.

I will the say that the best character of the show hands down and one of the reasons I watched it through is Frau Koujiro. She is crazy as she is kooky with her ridiculous out bursts and nutty rants. I could watch her all day, especially her interactions with Juuna, the timid, anxious karate student, and kaito with his straight forward responses to her madness.

Frau is an absolute joy to watch.

VERDICT—I definitely recommend this show, for the time being, for any otaku of any interests. It is fun as it is poignant in its exploration of the dramatic results advanced technology can have on humanity.

RATING:> 4/5, though this might change as the series progresses.

Robotic notes is a Japanese visual novel developed and published by 5pb, a Japanese video game manufacturer and record label for video game and anime music; known notably for games like Chaos;head and Steins;gate.

The anime has been licensed by Funimation in North America, has 22 episodes and is currently on going.

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Hello Robotics;Notes fans!

For fans new to the series, here's a synopsis:

In 2019, Kaito Yashio and Akiho Senomiya are the sole members of the Robotics Club at Central Tanegashima High School in Kyushu, Japan. Akiho is an energetic positive-thinking girl who yearns to complete the ongoing project of the club: building a functional replica of Gunvarrel, the main robot of a once popular TV series. She will have the assistance of many people, but specially of her childhood friend Kaito, one of the top players of a well-known game called Kill-Ballad.

Trailers

Here are some promo trailers.

IOS Game

Here's an article on a new IOS app for the iTunes store:

An official Robotics;Notes iOS app has been released on the iTunes app store, just in time for the anime series’ debut on Fuji TV’s “Noitamina” late-night anime timeslot this Friday in Japan (at 1:15AM, or 25:15 hours on Thursday night)

The app’s key feature is an AR camera that lets users take pictures with the heroine in Robotics;Notes, Akiho Senomiya. You can do this through two methods, depending on if the AR camera is set to “Portrait Mode” or “Marker Mode”.

Portrait Mode works like most other AR apps out there: Akiho will appear on-screen, plastered upon a video feed of your actual surroundings as picked up by your iPhone’s camera, and you can adjust Akiho’s pose or expression before taking the shot. More poses and expressions can be added via a “shop” menu from November onwards.

Marker Mode, on the other hand, is more like a QR code scanner. That is, when the iPhone camera picks up a certain image – such as a particular poster illustration found at shop fronts or on the Robotics;Notes official website - a 3D character will appear on the touchscreen.

Said 3D character’s position is tied to the AR marker (the shop poster or an online image), so you’ll be able to look at the character model from different angles and sides by physically moving your iPhone around.

Outside of the AR features, the Robotics;Notes app will also have a page for news and announcements published on the series’ official website, a “shop” menu where you can download wallpapers and addition AR camera poses and expressions (paid content), and a “tips” page that will be refreshed every week, prior to the airing of a new episode, containing explanations for new lingo or terms that will be used in the upcoming episode.

In other words, this nifty feature will serve to replicate the visual novel experience for anime viewers somewhat. In visual novels, “tips” are often trivial explanations about specific items that writers add in to give players a better understanding of the fictional universe (but are otherwise not required to understand the plot).

Future updates planned for the app include a group-chat functionality, more AR features related to Robotics;Notes merchandise (we’re not too sure what this refers to; could just be more AR markers for users to scan), and the ability to access “special contents”.

“TV animation 「ROBOTICS;NOTES」 official application” is free to download, and available now on the Japanese iTunes app store. Supports iPhone and iPad models running iOS 4.3 and up. iPod Touch compatibility will be added at a later date.

By 4GAMER

Robotics;Notes Merchandising

In the merchandise business, we got nendoroid figures for Akiho and Frau.

I posted a Nendoroid Compilation Thread for all new nendoroids in the market. Please visit that thread as well.

Robotics;Notes Food

On Crunchyroll's article, Psycho Pass and Robotics;Notes did a debut in advertising food.

Speaking of Skal, Acura Max and I did a article on if Skal is the new product placement: Will Skal be Robotic;Notes's new Product Placement?

Skal is much healthier than Dr. Pepper (Steins;Gates). We believe Robotics;Notes is trending on the healthy end.

Robotics;Notes Manga

Robotics;Notes - Revival Legacy follows Frau Koujirou. The artist is Tatsuya Shihira.

Source: Crunchyroll

This volume is debuted in Comic Blade Magazine. The artist is Keiji Asakawa. Not much info about the plot is revealed.

There are three other Robotics;Notes manga adaptations, but I don't have lot of information or pictures of their volumes or manga magazines.

Theme Songs

Lastly, I would like to end this blog with some cool theme songs!

Thank you for reading and please support the Robotics;Notes franchise.

Watch it legally on Funimation or HULU, buy the manga volumes when it comes out to your home country, or help out on the wiki pages. Acura Max and I are teammates, and we welcome any help.

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This is what my teammate, Acura Max, talked about since Steins;Gate had a big Dr. Pepper endorsement.

ZombiePie's Dr. Pepper Talk

ZombiePie of Giant Bomb published a blog about the crazy phenomenon that Steins;Gate had caused.

Dr. Pepper is a weird soft drink. Legally it isn't a "cola," and instead is apart of the "pepper" category of soft drinks due to its hard to explain and unique taste. Dr. Pepper like Miracle Whip prides itself on its uniqueness in its marketing and branding. However that unique flavor has come at a cost for its distributors (usually Coca Cola) where it just doesn't sell all that well overseas. In Asian market in particular Dr. Pepper isn't that popular meaning that it is a rare beverage to come by in Southeast Asia and only reasonably available in South Korea and Japan. That said it still struggles amidst a great amount of competition in Japan.

So in comes Steins;Gate with a very visible beverage called "DK Pepper!" Oddly enough DK Pepper is NOT a form of product placement. The name "DK Pepper" was purposefully titled that to avoiding copyright infringement suits. Despite this fans of the Steins;Gate games and now the anime are buying the beverage as seen on the Amazon.jp recommend products tab with the connect between the two rather clear:

See his blog for more info.

Please enjoy the Steins;Gate screenshots with Dr. Pepper.

What is Skal?

From the description, it's a type of milk soft drink. I never heard of carbonated milk if that's the correct term.

See link to Engrish.com. I thank Acura Max for finding it.

I wonder why Robotic;Notes went all healthy while Steins;Gate is inflicting damage to people's teeth with Dr. Pepper.

In my personal experience, I never tried Dr. Pepper or Skal. I probably won't have a chance to try Skal in the states since it's a Japanese beverage unless I find a local store that sells it.

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