|A subpar attempt at mixing slice-of-life and conspiracy.||2 out of 2 users found this review helpful.|
This one's quite the mixed bag. Robotics;Notes appears to juggle several lingering plot developments with the main focus being on a struggling robotics club, both members experiencing disorders that affect their perception of time and a conspiracy development connected to a collection of reports that Kaito is trying to track the whereabouts of. The first half starts off kind of like a slice-of-life comedy as Akiho and Kaito try recruiting more members and making their robotics club a success as they build a large mecha and get sponsorship. The characters are a bit on the cliched side as they follow certain archetypes, yet are a likeable bunch who all have their varying personal dilemmas that the anime focuses on.
The second half of the series is where the plot picks up as things with the mentioned conspiracy pick up steam and shady developments with a secret organization make their presence felt in the later episodes of the series. These events are meant to connect the developments involving the plot and characters of the series. But their integration isn't too smooth and what the events lead up to are quite a bit on the cliched side with who is responsible and why they are doing it.
Visually, the series is quite nice on the eyes with vivid and detailed scenery shots and bright colors, with character designs getting similar treatment. Animation for the series is mostly fluid and there aren't many instances of shortcuts being implemented, with high points involving movement of mecha and some later combat scenes involving the mentioned secret organization.
Overall, I'm kind of indifferent on this series. It works well as a slice-of-life title in its focus on the struggles of the robotics club, despite the rather cliched characters. But its attempt to try integrating its plot and character developments into a conspiracy plot is awkward and not so smooth with connecting. Definitely the weaker of the Science Adventure series that 5pb and Nitroplus have whipped up for anime adaptations thus far.