Okarin has been fairly fortunate so far in that the people who had sent D-mails back were concerned for Mayuri’s well being. Such isn’t the case with Moeka, who is next on the list of message reversals.
Shockingly, Okarin learns that Moeka had killed herself. That, in addition to the fact that Mayuri dies (albeit at a later time again) prompts another time leap.
Suffice it to say, the confrontation between the two isn’t pretty. Okarin is still furious at her for what she had done (or will do, technically) and Moeka has snapped. It’s kind of creepy seeing her in her current mental state. Considering that she was something of a more comedic character, what with her constantly communicating via texts, it’s a drastic turn. It works well though and makes for great conflict between the two.
Okarin does manage to get Moeka’s phone and send back messages, but they don’t change the timeline. It turns out that she had lied about what sort of message she had sent, and later when they do figure out what the message was, she didn’t listen to the later warning as her faith is placed entirely in “FB”
Couldn’t Okarin just send a message back to himself warning him not to let Moeka send any sort of message? It seems like the easier way to go, you can bypass her completely and render the content and her willingness to adhere completely moot.
Then again, you could say that he could have just sent a message saying “no D-Mails period” that would have accomplished the same thing. It’s easier, but it negates the plot. Still, you think the tactic would come up.
After a pretty serious verbal beatdown where Okarin calls Moeka out on being weak and dependent, she decides to tell him the location of the computer, hinting at some sort of redemptive arc for her.
This was another strong episode. The “lighting” could have been a bit brighter. I get that the dark reflects the tone, but it sometimes got hard to see what was going on. We got great insight into Moeka and learn a bit more about why she did what she did. While Moeka is the main feature, I thought that Kurisu’s scenes were also really well done. The dialogue between her and Okarin was rather heartwarming. It’s not the first scene like that between the two, but they still work well. All in all, it’s a good watch. It’s tense, gripping, and character driven.