「時間跳躍のパラノイア」 (Jikan Chouyaku no Paranoia)
“Paranoia of Time Leaps”
I knew the cast had a ton of female characters, probably because visual novels are still dominated by male players, but I didn’t expect this many to be introduced in the story already. In appearing order, we’ve got your obligatory trap Urushibara Ruka (Kobayashi Yuu – I feel your pain Okarin), tomboy/perky Amane Suzuha (Tamura Yukari), shy/reserved Kiryuu Moeka (Gotou Saori), and the childish/naive slot filled in by Nyannyan Feiris (Momoi Halko). There’s enough time given for a little taste of each of their personalities, but they’re pretty much building off the same archetypes that appear in almost every anime, so I’m gonna say they’re not incredibly interesting right off the bat. Every one of them had their usual attraction traits going full blast, so anime junkies, pick your poison. For now, I’ll go with Makise Kurisu for her ability to mock our MC and get a couple of laughs out of me. And that weirdass jacket.
Plot-wise, John Titor is introduced, albeit via a monitor, but unlike our world, John Titor reappears after 2001, and all of his visits during 2000 to 2001 are now erased. According to John Titor, the universe follows the many-worlds interpretation, and I think it’s safe to assume that’s how time travel will work in the show, at least for now. He also mentions the world line, which is basically the course of a particular object through time. The many worlds theory is probably the best to adhere to, given its flexibility and its relatively simple “nature.” Changing Titor to appear now instead of 2001 is probably more likely because he will be of some importance rather than the convenience of him now being Japanese, but then again, who knows? Maybe Okarin shifted worlds since the last episode, where Makise Kurisu isn’t dead, and John Tritor didn’t appear in 2001. See how ridiculously easy the many worlds interpretation can explain things? Well, so far. Also related to John Titor is the computer Moeka was looking for, the “IBN 5100,” or rather, the IBM 5100 in the real world (ours). In case you didn’t read everything on Titor, he was looking for the IBM 5100 to “debug” various computer programs in 2036. Of course, the anime doesn’t assume you know that, so they might take it in a different direction. Is it incredibly cool and surreal that there’s such a real world emphasis in this? Yes, yes it is.
The story would probably get stale real quick by now had they not pushed onward with their now completed “time machine.” Apparently they think it’s a teleporter, but when you put “the gel-bananas have been torn apart on a molecular level” and it returning back to where it was in the past in gel form together… it’s a damn time machine. …and another cliffhanger on Makise. I’m gonna take a swing in the dark here and say, she’s important!
Okarin took a notch up for entertainment this time around, as there’s something about the intonation of his voice that gets me every time, but that’s just Miyano for you. He also turned out to be a pretty nice guy, being loyal to his friends, and nice to strangers (on occasion). The pieces of moe-charas scattered throughout shake up the “dark” atmosphere, probably a little too far out of place with Nyannyan, and although stereotypical, was enjoyable nonetheless (because it’s just an anime quirk). The story’s definitely getting into its groove, but judging by the rate of their microwave development, any actual time travel antics might not be for a while, so I hope it keeps chugging along.