I’m pretty on the fence with this episode. I honestly thought there were quite a few imperfections in the writing. They could have definitely made the big reveal in a better way. Instead of Yuu suddenly realizing everything after hearing one song, they could have made it in such a way where the viewers themselves feel a disconnect in the story earlier on, instead of simply foreshadowing. Maybe I’m just being nitpicky, but I felt that it had more potential in writing…
Despite all my concerns, I absolutely enjoyed this episode! I was genuinely excited as to what was happening, where they were going, and trying to connect what happened to everyone. If I had to rate this episode on the sole quality of being “entertainment”, I would have called it perfect.
I think there are still downsides, just some aren’t really shown to us. Perhaps Yuu’s plunder has its own other downside. Shunsuke, for example, is implied to need light in his eyes in order to use his time leap, which does imply a downside.
I do believe there’s one thing that I would like to focus on: That Yuu’s vision was that of an alternate timeline.
The only proof I have of that is the ZHIEND song. Sala herself said that it’s a brand new song, that they had never released before. In the alternate timeline, we see Yuu listening to the same song. This, more than anything, proves that the whole thing with Yuu and the scientists happened on the same date, but in an alternate world where they are captured by scientists.
It also makes sense considering his brother’s power: Time Leap. His brother can change the events in the past (somehow) in order to make a different future.
The point I’m trying to make with this is: How does Yuu even know what happened in the alternate timeline? The show seems to imply that he had those memories previously, but they were erased by a power user. The problem with that is why does he have memories of an alternate timeline in the first place?
For now, I see it as something of a causality flaw, but the explanation could make all the difference: If those memories were, instead, implanted into Yuu, then that could easily mean that whoever implanted those memories is using Yuu to their advantage. Or if Yuu genuinely keeps memories from an alternate timeline, then it says a lot more about this whole “time leap” thing.
More than anything, that’s one thing I would like to know about in the next episode.
My last complaint for this episode: Are they really going to be focusing their last few episodes on saving Ayumi? =/ There could be so much more potential to it… I just hope Nao has something up her sleeve in that regard, because Yuu’s drive would be dedicated to Ayumi more than anything.