Having read my share of robot-in-a-dying-out-world fiction, I immediately felt sympathy for this gardener robot in Laputa: Castle in the Sky. But while Alpha is a living triumph of humanity’s technological achievement, the gardener robot is but a shade of its masters’ former glory.
Without an artificial intelligence to guide it, the gardener robot is limited to carrying out its programmed tasks, until it joins its brethren slumbering by the roots of the Laputan giant tree. Pazu offered some form of consolation, but even he knows the inevitable fate of the automaton. At least YKK was kind to leave such a deserted world to our imagination.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy here is that the gardener robot is unable to comprehend its existence. And just as well, it’s the smallest relief.