So, you’re a mad scientist and you’re a little strapped for cash. You suddenly find that you have the ability to send information back in time, what do you do? Well, send the winning lottery numbers back, obviously.
This is Okarin’s plan and, for some reason, his crew is averse to it. OK, Kurisu’s point about a paradox is legit, but they act like he’s doing something immoral. There’s nothing to say that he can’t do the world peace stuff that Mayuri suggested later. This initial venture will act as an experiment to see what happens if they change the past and allow them to improve their financial situation simultaneously.
Interestingly, Okarin doesn’t go for the big money. It isn’t out of some aversion to greed, but he comes to the conclusion that it’s too high profile and settles for the third prize instead. It’s still enough for them to upgrade without drawing too much attention to themselves.
The results are…mixed. The timeline is notably rewritten as things are changed and Okarin even experiences a similar sensation to the one he felt back in the first episode. Unfortunately, the lottery numbers changed, so he didn’t win.
Oddly enough, the thought that someone changed the number never occurred to him. I interpreted it as proof that someone was working against him and trying to thwart his efforts, but the idea never comes up. That’s not to say that it won’t come up later, though.
Instead, the focus is on why Okarin can remember the previous timeline where no one else could. Even John Titor isn’t sure how that happened, but he does see it as a good sign. With Okarin’s ability, he seems the ideal person to guide the future to prevent the dystopia that Titor talks about.
This was probably my favorite episode to date. As always, the character interactions were entertaining. I got a kick out of the fact that Kurisu invoked the “Tsundere” concept, something even Daru pokes fun at her for knowing. Mayuri’s offer to let Okarin hold her teddy bear if he was feeling down was rather d’aww inducing and Suzuha reaffirms the idea that she knows more than she is letting on as she instantly checks Okarin’s eyes to see if he’s been brainwashed after he makes an offhand remark.
What brought this episode up above the earlier entries, though, is the fact that the story is actually starting to move. It took a while, but I think we’ve hit that point where things are going to happen. It had to happen eventually. I mean, the whole series couldn’t just be them in the “lab” bickering and exchanging barbs with one another, entertaining as that is. Now I’m intrigued as to where the show is going to go from here. It looks like it’s going to be an interesting watch.