Chapter 44: more on the airship! I don’t think we’ve become much wiser, though, and it seemed that the Alpha in the air and the housekeeper also don’t know much about what is going on. Or did I miss something?
Also, I didn’t know that gasoline can go bad, but apparently that happens a lot faster than I thought. (Do they even have refineries anymore in that world?)
I get the distinct impression that the Taapon is entirely automated, whatever it is that it’s doing, leaving Room Monitor Alpha with little to do other than look out the windows. So what she knows is basically whatever she can see.
The last few weeks have been busy, so it’s been a while since I last posted. I did read up to chapter 48.
I had a bit of trouble figuring out the first page of chapter 46 (page 44), but if I got it correctly, then she’s saying that she can find books with specifications of Alpha-type robots everywhere, but she can’t find any books about the story behind the Alpha series. Is that about right?
Any ideas what is written on the stone on page 45?
It also took me a minute before I realised we’re talking about records of the vinyl kind here and not written records
Page 55: yay, we have a nerdy character . I have a feeling we will see him again some time in the future.
Page 63: that does not look like a particularly comfortable pose
Chapter 48: lots of questions
Not sure what the guy is doing on page 68. Is he repairing the street light?
And that brings up the question: those street lights do probably need to be maintained in any case, so why are they still maintained? Just because the lights are pretty? (The conversation between them does seem to go along those lines.)
And finally: what is the connection with the previous chapters? (Why is this chapter titled レコード・III?) The only common point that I saw is that Kokone ends her chapter with some contemplative remarks about sound and the guy is similarly contemplative. But maybe there is more to it?
So, my idea is that they were trying to make the robots (especially the old ones?) as close to human, in terms of brain/emotion/thinking. In volume 5, we learned that the old doctor woman was trying to make training data for that purpose when she was young (experience of adrenaline rush in her case).
In this chapter, one of the old guys say
So I think the record is literally training (or more specifically stimulating) data to train the MK-2.
(And I think this chapter was just here to make us reach that conclusion)
Well, it certainly fits the evidence provided - it’s on the current driving route from Niigata to Gunma, the northern entrance is in the territory of Yuzawa-machi, and it’s more than 10km long (it’s pretty close to 11km). Neither of the tunnel entrances are actually shown in the manga, though, so it’s a bit hard to be completely certain.
Maybe it denatures the dairy somehow?
Page 158, I love that even in a post-apocalyptic-ish future, pizza menus and real-estate flyers still make up the majority of their junk mail.