Written by A. J. Marchisello
Directed by Gino Nichele
Aki has a big history report due, so Suna gets a student with the best brains and the worst allergies to tutor him at the museum. Blasto Woman decides to loot the place, Mega Man stops her with some decent action and a forced Aesop, and the result is a serviceable episode, simultaneously smart and arbitrarily gross.
– Blasto Woman: “That thing valuable?”
Peter Punkowski: “Not especially.”
Blasto Woman then pitches Mega Man into the not-at-all-valuable painting.
– Blink and you’ll miss Mega Mini actively doing repairs to Aki’s systems. Only one more episode to go before he starts acting like he has no mechanical proficiency at all.
– Mega Man is particularly clever with how he uses Ice Man’s powers to simultaneously protect the museum and capture Blasto Woman.
– Blasto Woman has the most non-indicative name of any robot master so far. She does anything but blast!
– Aki’s fit of narcolepsy at the start is another blur as to what robots actually are and how unique Aki is among them.
– The way absolutely nothing in this episode ever shows any damage undermines the risk and excitement of battling a burglar in a museum.
– If this episode was supposed to further emphasize why the great war in this show’s mythos was so important, it utterly failed. I mean, sheesh, even the cartoon’s main character can’t be bothered to care about it. It’s like the show is merely glad to mention the war in passing in this one episode so it can check that box off, rather than doing any world building to make the Hard Times feel like they actually occurred and had impact.