It would be more productive if, instead of judging the way we read AIR, you gave your thoughts on what Dreams are based on what you read
If we take Misuzu’s dreams, for example, they are her means of regaining memories that she is inheriting from the winged beings. Kanna’s dreams, as well, refer to her own memories that are in her subconscious.
If we apply that to the case of Sora and Yukito, then the “dream” of Sora are the memories of his life as Yukito. So if we think of AIR as the main story, “Dream” are the memories Yukito that happened before AIR. But that raises a few questions: What about everything else that happened in Dream? Minagi route and Kano route? If the dreams are memories, then why does Yukito have those memories?
When I asked “What exactly is Dream” I meant the whole Dream and not just Misuzu’s route, after all.
There’s a reason why I said
It’s exactly because they are there. I try to give ways to make this possible in the “multiple timeline” theory, but those are just retrofitting. A theory is just a theory, after all, and it isn’t the only theory we have for now.
There are two views I have of time and causality at the moment: the first view is that there exist alternate timelines that interact with each other. The cause of what happens in timeline B could have originated from timeline A, which is why a suggestion has been multiple timelines.
The second view I have is there only exists one timeline, and all the choices branch-off from that single timeline. However, because there is only a single timeline, the cause of an event must happen in the same timeline.
Let’s take one very specific instance of causality, and argue around that. I propose that “Yukito using his houjutsu to travel back in time”’ is the cause of the “Sora has a choice to follow Misuzu” effect. In the multiple-timelines theory, Sora does not have a choice to follow Misuzu in Dream because Yukito had not yet used his Houjutsu in that timeline. However, the timeline of AIR has it because Yukito had allowed the cause in the previous timeline.
If we take that instance of causality and apply it to the single-timeline theory, then Relief is a big paradox. In relief, Yukito never allows the cause to happen, and yet the effect still happens in the beginning of AIR.
So now I ask, how is that too self-restricting? The only restriction I have given myself is that in order for the effect to happen, the cause must also happen somewhere, sometime. It could be in a different timeline, or it could be in the future.
Easiest way to get this is to not remember the past on July 22nd