A VIP from Catia is on her way to Earth, making everyone, especially the Assistaroids, rather nervous and excited. What does she want? Merely to sing a song. Really? Yes.
What They Say
Below the full, starry sky, each of them listened to the same song from all over. A very gentle song, with a hint of loneliness. Even if everyone has different feelings for each other, in that moment, they all shared the same emotions. A tale which connects the past to the future is told with the enchanting song. Everything started with the first Catian Assistaroid, Rauri, coming to Earth.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
No cute opening song this episode.
As we start, the Cats are again in full Star Trek mode, but something is a little different this time. The Catian ship we see is bringing a very important visitor to Earth, the first Assistaroid. This was the first one created, the ancestor of all of the cute little robots we see running about. It's a rather big deal, though Elis tells Kio and the girls that they're not ordered to make any special preparations, though over at Antonia's place, we see the Assistaroid that Elis gave to her, named Neko-tan, ask permission to take a few days off to go and see its "grandmother."
There also seems to be a special Earth song that the Catians really like...which turns out to be nothing more than the opening song to some old anime named Captain Future (which, by the way, is a real show, as there was an anime adaptation made in 1978 based off of the original stories and novels published in an American pulp fiction magazine of the 1940s and 1950s, with many of the stories being written by Edmond Hamilton, who is mentioned in the show here).
Anyhow, the First Assistaroid finally shows up, and she proves something of a surprise. She is not a short little robot looking creature. Rauri, for that is her name, is a rather attractive cat android. She is of normal height and she can speak. While Elis goes out to get some snacks, Kio talks to Rauri...or rather, Rauri gives Kio a lecture about why the Catians stopped making human-like Assistaroids, going on about how people get taken in by the illusion of speaking and looking like humans and therefore do not know how to react properly to an android: whether it be pretending they are a human or going the opposite route of becoming afraid of their ability to mimic humans and seeing them as a threat. This is rather deep philosophic stuff...and completely out of place for this light-hearted fanservice show.
Rauri then wants to go outside and see the stars from Earth. While she is stargazing with her descendants, Kio looks slightly uneasy, so Kio asks her what the matter is. Elis gives a long expository speech, talking about how Catians have divided opinions about whether it was good to make humanoid Assistaroids or not, and noting how in their distant past, the Catians even fought a war involving the Assistaroids, and did very nasty things to them. That is now long distant past, and the Catians have apologized to them. And this material is really rather alien to the feel of the show.
Elis is overcome with her guilt, even though it's all in the distant past and nothing to do with her directly. Kio, being the nice guy that he is, offers to take over as Rauri's tour guide and has Ms. Itokazu come to drive them to the beach. There, Rauri reveals her long dead master's wish (he was the Captain of the Catian space ship that she was sent on first many centuries ago, which had a warp drive accident and was stranded in an inter-dimensional plane or some crap like that; by the way, despite all evidence to the contrary, there do appear to be male Catians, and the brief shot of Rauri's dying master in a flashback is the only time we've seen one, well, the beard and lower jaw of one, in the entire series). His wish was that Rauri would make it to Earth, which was their original destination, and sing a song from Earth on its surface. She finally fulfills his wish by singing what I assume is the song from Captain Future which they referenced earlier. Not only her, but all of the members of the cast start singing the song (even the Dogisian Leader, oddly). I can only guess the people who made this episode were really big into that show when they were younger.
Just to up the sadness and melancholy quotient, Chaika reveals to Elis that Rauri doesn't have much time left. Since her master died, she had to choose between acquiring a new master, or refusing to extend her life. She apparently chose the latter, and so she is not going to last longer than another half cycle (about half a year, Earth time). Cue the special ending with the song yet again.
Apparently, someone on the production staff was feeling rather melancholic, so we have an episode centering on a centuries old Assistaroid, Rauri, who has come to Earth to fulfill the last wish of her dead master. We learn a little more about the Catians' past, including a rather violent episode in their history. We also get quite a bit of exposition and serious discussion, a shift in tone that might strike some viewers as slightly odd. While it was interesting to hear the issues raised and the discussion surrounding the line between man and machine, this episode will likely have bored many who have been watching mainly for the action or the bouncing breasts. You will get little of either in this episode.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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