Being a scientist, of sorts, Okarin wants to perform some experiments on their makeshift time machine to determine the exact nature of it. He’s actually surprisingly astute about the whole thing, it shows that he isn’t completely incompetent.
That’s not to say that the group won’t get hung up on what to call the messages that get sent back to the past, which they do. It was actually a rather funny scene as the monumental discovery is sidelined because they can’t figure out what to call it.
The dialogue in this episode really is the highlight. The character interactions are getting more and more entertaining. Even if the plot didn’t advance a whole lot, it manages to keep the viewer entertained.
I got a kick out of Okarin’s “there’s a round table in our hearts” line. It was surprisingly cornball for him. He doesn’t usually do sentimental, but it was kind of heartwarming in a way as it does show that he views the team as being a tight knit group.
There were more than a few “phrasing” moments, such as talk about bananas or tight holes. Of course, Daru was quick to point them out. Kurisu chides him, but I have to admit, I would have done the same thing. At the very least, I would have snickered or laughed to some extent because I’m juvenile like that.
Speaking of Kurisu, she and Mayuri have a rather adorable moment together. Even Okarin lampshades it later on, but it’s nice to see how well those two get along. Mayuri is so good natured that it’s hard to hate her and it gives Kurisu a chance to show her kinder side, so both characters come out ahead.
Suzuha’s vendetta against Kurisu is touched on, but still remains in the mysterious phase. Her dialogue does re-enforce the idea that time travel has already played a part as she specifies that Kurisu hasn’t done anything in the past.
The team also gets a new member in Moeka, the girl Okarin encountered in the second episode who talked to him about the computer. Her defining quirk seems to be that she can’t talk to anyone face to face, choosing instead to send texts, even when the person is standing right in front of her. It was rather amusing seeing even the socially inept Okarin getting flummoxed by this.
We also have our first mind-screw as Okarin dreams of a conversation with…the universe? I have a feeling that it ties in to what they’re doing in some capacity, though I’m not sure how. It was certainly ominous, though. Points for that.
This was a fun episode. It didn’t advance the plot a whole lot, but it gave the characters a chance to shine. It was nice to see the science team acting scientific and it does establish some of the rules for how d-mailing works. Were the dialogue weaker, I don’t think that the episode would have worked. Fortunately, it was very well put together and made for an entertaining outing.