It's been rather easy to forget that this series is supposed to feature robotics at times, but as we hit episode sixteen of Robotics;Notes our attention at last returns almost fully to the robotics club's work on GunPro-2.
Indeed, as we revisit this particular project we find it more or less complete and awaiting its first activation test - with monopoles raining from the sky of late and a nifty remote power provision "cannon" which uses lasers to charge the robot's batteries, it's a massive step up from GunPro-1, and once you add a little AR magic to it the result is a truly impressive one.
With their first activation test competed, necessity requires the club to take a bit of a breather, but even when the group is set to reconvene for further testing it seems that some of the club's members still have thoughts elsewhere. This is most notably true in Kai's case, as he searches out the final Kimijima report unaware that other forces are becoming ever-more insistent that his efforts be brought to a halt. Things are about to take a major turn for the worse however, as a blustery day threatens to be a lethal one while testing the GunPro-2, while an attempt from Misaki to put a halt to Kai's activities has an equally terrible outcome.
To sum up my reaction to this week's episode is simple - it basically amounts to "at last, something is actually happening!" Admittedly, there's still a lot of explaining left for the series to do even at this juncture, but we're finally at a point where the conspiracies and danger threatening the world has come home to roost on the doorstep of the robotics club. Everything is now in place for the series to finally pick up the pace and run with everything that it's constructed throughout the series so far - but how many times have I said this now? Surely this must be the moment where Robotics;Notes moves into top gear, without fail.