「蝶翼のダイバージェンス」 (Chōyoku no Daibājensu)
“Divergence of Butterfly Effect”
At this point, how can anyone hate Hououin Kyouma? His eccentricity provides unlimited entertainment, yet he reflects on his actions like any properly raised human being. By that action alone, he’s far more realistic than any anime character I’ve seen in the past several seasons. He shows multiple facets with moderation, cracks the best jokes, changes up his laugh for no necessary reason, and even possesses a vulnerable side in caring for Mayuri. He singlehandedly supports the entire cast and leads as the main, and without him, everyone else would be typical simply by nature.
I’m a bit curious as to whether or not particular jokes completely go over a more casual viewer’s head, such as the ones usually thrown at Makise. Like the remark for Makise to stop trying to show what a klutz she is, then further referring to Mayuri rubbing her head to quit making a “yuri field.” The latter is pretty easy if you know what yuri means, but the former is a tad more layered. You’d have to know that these traits are considered “moe,” and that these kinds of remarks actually follow a consistency with the continual harassment of forcing Makise to unwillingly conform into a tsundere. I kind of see it as some “reward” for knowing the “anime culture,” but the controversy in this is that these types of jokes are often regarded as “killing” the anime industry. Casuals can’t relate, therefore are turned off by such things, and anime gets no additional business. In defense of S;G, I think if you’re going to do otaku-pandering references, this is how they should be done, and that’s far and few between without taking the entire focus of the show (like easter eggs). There’s also the perk of knowing English to “get the joke” before Okarin does, but I think as an English-speaking audience, we’re all fine with that one. 🙂
The plot makes quite a jump forward, as the time machine is quickly created to work once more (way quicker than I thought). Apparently they thought the microwave was still a teleporter until Makise tested it a bit more, revealing a bunch of facts that don’t really hold much weight right now since it hasn’t been put to use. The fragmentation of the text message and its limitations of certain lengths seem to correlate with the gel banana, in the sense that “things” are broken apart, smushed, and put together sloppily in order to proceed with time travel. And despite HOUOUIN KYOUMA’s cocky front, the seriousness of the issue is starting to get to him, contrasting the show’s general happy-go-lucky nature to remind us that this is some deep shit they’re all getting into. Suddenly he’s dreaming of himself and the universe, presumably all metaphors, with Makise advising him as if from the future. There’s probably some truth in there, such as him being unable to move through spacetime, but the rest basically implies that he’s some sort of transient god. If you go with the “mind is separate from the body” explanation, then he might be able to connect to the future while asleep, and if you relate the title of the episode “Butterfly Effect,” then one second equaling an eternity sort of makes sense. Basically, one second of his time that could possibly be changed would ripple through to the future and change an eternity. Also, somehow I don’t think they’re going to explain how the microwave really works, or why it needs a banana as some sort of prerequisite, but okay.
Moeka… is a character I don’t really like. It’s the same reason why I didn’t like Nagato from Haruhi, and yet a ridiculous amount of people fawn over her leaving me baffled how they can like a type of character that doesn’t even try to leave an impression (I know she was written to be that way and dat disappearance movie, but that’s not the point). Moeka is the same thing, except tacked on with some annoying qualities like an emo attitude and an insistence on texting in a time where it’s becoming a real stigma in the social world. The moe gap is her being cute on her text messages, but c’mon, how can I kawaii uguu over mere text? Regardless, she becomes the fifth member, bringing some mysteries such as her interest with the IBN’s previous owner, and FB (Fruits Basket? Ferris Bueller? Facebook?). “Oh no, is this becoming a harem?!” Nah, I have 100% faith that won’t happen, but if the other girls start joining too, it’s sure going to start reeking like one. And that just isn’t cool for this incredibly cool show.
No, of course that wasn’t a Star Driver reference, but huge points for multiple BttF ones. Delorean mail. Heh.