That would be the one word I would use to describe this series. “Interesting” in a good way, of course.
Now, aside from the fact that my favorite seiyuu, Mamoru Miyano (voice of Tamaki Suoh from Ouran High School Host Club, Raito Yagami from Death Note, Kida Masaomi from DRRR!, etc. etc.), voices the main character in this series, the plot itself intrigues me as well.
It deals with time travel to an extent, or at least that’s the insinuation I got after watching it. The series has yet to flat-out announce that our protagonist, Rintaro Okabe (Okarin for short), experienced any sort of time-travel, although it’s heavily hinted on within the last moments of the episode.
I don’t know whether to classify Okarin as “brilliantly crazy” or simply “crazy.” His mannerisms are definitely eccentric, although that does create an interesting character to follow around through the streets of Akihabara. Okarin is a ‘scientist’ of sorts, who, along with his other assistants Mayuri Shiina (Mayushi for short) and Hashida Itaru (Daru) perform various experiments, specifically shown in this episode — throwing bananas into a microwave and making it turn into green mush. Yum.
The episode opens up with a girl named Kurisu Makise who confronts Okarin saying he was communicating with her. Okarin denies any such confrontation with the girl (although he does know of her as she is also a writer/researcher, he never tried to communicate with her previously) and continues on his way. Moments later, he finds her dead in a pool of her own blood. Obviously shocked by this, Okarin frantically texts Daru, informing him that he found Kurisu Makise dead, and that it must be a conspiracy of some sort…
Jump forward to the last moments of this episode — Daru and Okarin are in an elevator when Daru informs Okarin that he received a text from Okarin, but from a week ago, and it came in 3 separate text messages. Piecing it together, Okarin realizes that he sent text messages to the past somehow. Puzzled, his worries become more puzzling as he exited the elevator— and who else would Okarin see but Kurisu Makise herself, coyly posing on a pillar, alive and well!
Definitely interesting, and reminds me of a somewhat darker version of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. I think it’s the slightly crazed protagonist that echoes a similarity.
Nevertheless! The time of reckoning is upon us! The moment of truth… (drumroll)
GO Rating: 4/5
Will continue to watch? - Yes
Will continue to review? - Yes
See you next week!