There’s been some talk recently, by smart people such as famous rich person Elon Musk, about how the universe, as we know it, may just be a simulation. As in, we’re all stuck in The Matrix, nothing is real, and all that we sense and think and feel are just algorithms in some advanced species’ computer. There is some logic to this theory. Consider the advances in our own human computing. They grow more powerful by the year. Just our videogames are becoming more lifelike with each generation of hardware. There are big investments going into virtual reality right now. Imagine a game like Sword Art Online, where one cannot tell the difference between the virtual and the real. And it doesn’t have to simulate every particle in the universe, just simulate enough so that those inhabiting the simulation—us—will not be able to tell the difference. And even if we somehow do, since the simulation is just a program, it can be altered so that the revelatory moment never occurred and the evidence hidden away. Mathematically speaking, once a universe is capable of making such simulations in any number, the amount of simulated universes that exist will vastly outnumber the original real one, and based on such thinking the probability that we inhabit a simulated universe is much higher than the probability that we inhabit a real one. We could just be the equivalent of The Sims for alien gamers, or an economic model for very advanced humans, or a physics experiment conducted by a super-intelligence.
We would call such beings who made our simulation ‘gods’.
This week, Yaha-kui zaShunina reveals himself as one such god. Apparently his people (if we can call them such) have seeded countless worlds and left them to their own devices until they started bearing interesting fruit. Seikai Suru Kado goes one further with this idea though. It’s less about the chumps living in the pocket universe (again, us), and more about the philosophy of those who made it. What if, suddenly the gods came down to the mortal plane and revealed to us that we were living in a simulation? What if they then handed us the keys to our own universe?
And so the two sides of the debate finally square off a against each other. There’s Za, who needs to solve some kind of anisotropic population crisis, and whomever Tsukai Saraka is supposed to be, who’s liked her little pocket universe enough to live amongst the humans and is understandably annoyed that some other god is meddling with it. This is the point where I’d be offended that humanity doesn’t really get a say in any of this, but I understand that there’s no such thing as ‘humanity’s position’ anyway—as if we’d ever have consensus over anything. Still, I would have preferred our representative, Shindou, go out of his way to do something interesting. He really hasn’t had much input into anything Za does except on a logistical level. And the moment he puts up some resistant, gotta replace him before the warranty expires. Yeah, I know he’s only supposed to be a negotiator, but we don’t make anime starring bureaucrats either. Yes, we can watch him effectively answering phone calls and telling people which form to sign on which page, but that’s not exactly exciting television.
Well, the exciting television is here now as Kado goes full anime. Suddenly, we have sealed gods doing battle with mortals caught in the middle. I’m not sure how I feel about Kado going 180 on us, and it may be a temporary thing, but for now it’s quite the direction to take things. You can imagine all this as the premise of a JRPG, right? Hell yeah. It would be a Xenogears sequel, and I would play it.