Seikaisuru Kado Episode 6: Rolling, rolling, rolling

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This episode was strange. I was pretty entertained, but I realized at the end that I had just watched a cube roll. What is wrong with me? As for my complaint of the episode, I was again annoyed that Shindo hid the way he moved the cube on the map as everyone stared in wonder. Did this really need to be hidden? This seems as pointless as it was the last time that this happened. But other than that, I think this episode was a good use of down time to evacuate everyone from the cube and introduce Shindo’s mother.

This is exactly how it feels when you try to cook something based on a youtube video…

I know we’re delving into dangerous territory here, but this “adapted to the anisotropic” concept is depressingly vague. Based on how Yaha-kui explains it, I’m guessing it has something to with brain plasticity. Still, it could also very easily be linked to a sense of curiosity or wonder.

Oh, this explains why Shindo is so important and why he took part in the Wam investigation. That explanation came sooner than I expected and was tied in with the process for creating the Wam.

Is that correct? Yaha-kui states that he doesn’t want to move to Mongolia because it would hamper his communications with Japan, which means that the physical location does matter. Plus, Shindo’s next statement is that he wants to be close to the Japanese government. Is this supposed to be taken metaphorically? The context of the situation makes it sound like this is another reference to physical distance.

I guess this is what’s important for humans, but I’m surprised there are no environmentalists insisting that Kado be placed somewhere civilized to avoid interfering with the ecosystem (for example, by blocking sunlight from plants).

Haha there’s something funny about saying that the advanced extra-dimensional cube must roll itself to a new location.

Also, I really like that they’re pushing through with getting the passengers out of the cube. Because it’s similar to a hostage situation, it was a point of potential drama, so it’s nice to see it being forced out of the picture.

There’s something really nice about this scene. It gives us a look into the softer side of Shindo’s personality and introduces his mother in a way that also probes further into the nature of the anisotropic. This line in particular is enough for us to conclude that she is Shindo’s mother, but it happens naturally in conversation.

Welcome back to the real world, buddy. Now get back to work! This scene was hilarious.

I won’t lie. This looks pretty cool.

I didn’t think about it before seeing this, but I’m surprised no one was curious enough to walk under the cube while it was moving to see what would happen. I guess you would normally assume that the cube would crush you.

Wait, the next step is getting rid of human reliance on sleep? I’m completely on board with this! But seriously, Shindo, how do you not notice that you haven’t slept in a month?

Seikaisuru Kado Episode 5: Unlimited energy for all!

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I’m not entirely sure how I should evaluate this episode. The concept of the Wam that was revealed is interesting, but the episode felt like it skipped a few conversations. For example, why did Yaha-kui need Shinawa to study the Wam? What was Shindo doing to facilitate her understanding of the Wam? Why was the UN’s legitimate worry about terrorists wielding the Wam something that was tacked on in the end?

If I had to say anything, it’s that there’s a lot to think about here…

Not a lot happening in these opening scenes…

Yup, that is the appropriate first response. Surely it tastes like candy, right? Nothing weird going on here.

To be fair, labs don’t really fall under the typical teacher-student relationship. I’d say “mentor” is the better word. But given this girl’s personality, this revelation wasn’t too surprising.

I guess this is a really long-winded way for Yaha-kui to say “I did what I thought was the right thing to do”? This concept of caution with innovation because of the potential implications of new technology is not really a new one. I’ve always thought of it as a stifling idea, but I guess I can understand the fears involved.

I’m not great with economics, but can this really happen? Or do they just mean freezing all international accounts?

I didn’t quite understand this part of the conversation. Sure I get that Yaha-kui is suggesting that humans can be influenced/distracted by EM waves despite not feeling it. It probably gives some fuel to the whole “looking at screens is rotting your brain” idea. I’m not a huge fan of it, but I admit the possibility is there.

But why focus on EM waves in particular in this conversation? I’m not really familiar with shielded rooms. It makes sense if the room is meant to block EM radiation in particular. But the blue stuff lining walls looks like soundproofing.

I can’t tell if she’s thinking too hard or just embarrassed. And the professor asks a fair question. What exactly is Shindo doing in there?

Yaha-kui is still missing the point, right? It’s not that the Wam are a precious resource. He sees the Wam as something every human deserves to have access to and the UN disagrees. That’s the bigger issue, isn’t it? Is this going to become a factor later? Because it makes sense for Yaha-kui not to understand that.

There’s a “people kill people” argument in here somewhere…probably want to be careful with that.

Sure, makes sense. What’s the twist?

Uhh…I got nothing on this one. I certainly don’t have a particular reason why an object’s shape couldn’t have an influence on the energy it generates. I’m more wondering how you can get a 3D object into a shape that accesses another dimension. But I leave that to the physics guys?

Your greed’s showing a little there, buddy.

Seikaisuru Kado Episode 4: Bring on the nukes

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This is a pretty fun series to watch. The science bits still go over my head, but it still feels like there’s a lot to think about. I do like that the lighter moments are interspersed along with the heavy decisions being made in the conferences, like seeing the second negotiator in the car or Shindo reuniting with his friend. I mean, these are people, right? I’m definitely curious to see what Yaha-kui’s plans are because I feel like the UN response isn’t completely unreasonable.

Oh hey, so Yaha-kui is actually releasing the passengers as they finish processing. That makes a lot more sense now.

It’s a fair question. I’ve actually been wondering that myself, but it makes this guy seem too trusting when he says it like this.

Haha okay I laughed at this bro hug way more than I thought I would. Given how serious and cynical Asano has been, it’s a bit surprising to see this, but I guess it makes sense that he would have this kind of relationship with Shindo given how worried he’s been.

Ooh…looks serious.

The majority popular opinion is neutral? I find that hard to believe.

Wasn’t there that whole thing about asking Yaha-kui why he came to Japan? I’m sure Shindo’s judgment here is based on the fact that Kado had to have come to Japan for a reason.

Okay, this conversation has changed my opinion a bit. I’m starting to wonder whether this entire thing with the Wam is just a test from Yaha-kui. It seems weird to open with an offer of unlimited energy, so maybe he wants humanity to acknowledge that it’s not ready to utilize it properly. So far, I still think Yaha-kui is straightforward and genuinely wants to spread the Wam, but this is a new nagging thought.

If I remember correctly, most forms of energy consumption will inefficiently convert energy and give off the rest as heat. So is the idea of this statement that our devices will potentially be generating more heat because we have the energy to keep them running at near-constant intervals? Never really thought of it that way.

I’ve been curious about what they were planning to do about entertainment as well, but I have a more important question in this scene. What the heck is Yaha-kui doing to that croissant?

Wasn’t he the bumbling sidekick? Now I’m assuming that Shindo’s going to give a line like “you’re definitely ready for this job”.

This feels like one of those things that doesn’t really need to be said, but still has meaning when it does.

Come again? Curse you for using purposely misleading language. You’re better than this, Yaha-kui!

That bit about requiring the resolve of Japan as a whole is interesting too. Please tell me it’s a referendum. I need this!

This can only end well.

Seikaisuru Kado Episode 3: All the power

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This series continues to be intriguing, but I question where it’s going. I really did like the conversations about information transmission because it made it clear how important this discussion was. However, I’m not sure I’m totally on board with Yaha-kui’s decision to just grant Japan magic energy-producing balls from the start. As hinted in the preview, that’s something that would cause massive political problems when you get into conversations of how they should be distributed and whether they’re even safe. Plus, unlimited power drawn from a higher dimension. Where have I seen this premise before? I vaguely recall a W or something…

I’m also not sure I like the excessive jargon that Yaha-kui uses when Japanese words aren’t appropriate. Maybe that’s just something I’ll have to learn to tolerate, though. But seriously, what’s the next step? Is Yaha-kui just going to keep producing new thing after new thing for humanity to enjoy?

This is an interesting idea. It’s true that information is inherently difficult to transfer in communication, but 90% seems pretty good. Yaha-kui also seems to indicate that directly speaking to the brain rather than using sound reduces the information lost. Assuming he’s using language, it feels like it’s hard for that to be the case, but it’s also possible that we focus on different parts of a sentence based on how we hear them.

A rather indirect method of saying that Yaha-kui’s first encounter with Shindo was an attempt to directly send information to his brain. I rather enjoy it when aliens take shots at how weak the human brain really is.

Pfft…good luck with that. Also, is Shindo being fed this information telepathically without anyone else hearing or does he just understand what Yaha-kui wants?

That’s kinda convenient.

Wait, is this supposed to be casting doubt on Shindo’s motives? Wonder where this will go. It could just be a casual nod at Shindo’s skills.

Urgh…I hate it when they do this convenient drowning out of an important line thing.

I think this just makes things more confusing. Is what he’s calling “the universe” the same as what we call the universe? Or is he saying that the planet Earth is what he will refer to as “the universe”? I’m going to assume the first one because otherwise his next statement is nonsensical.

Yeah, higher dimension conversations are probably more easily transmitted visually…

Still, the way this is presented seems a bit odd (more physics-minded people can correct me if I’m mistaken). The arm is shown shrinking out of view when it leaves 3D space and growing into view when it returns to 3D space. I’m assuming this is meant to show that the arm progresses into the extra dimension rather than immediately jumping into it? But why does that visually manifest in the arm shrinking? Wouldn’t it be more reasonable to see something more like the plane when the cube landed on it?

Alright, this conversation went over my head. It sounds like Unocle is supposed to be equivalent to being a position of excess resources. This is in response to the question “why did you come to Japan”, so it sounds like he’s saying that Japan is particularly prosperous right now and therefore he chose to talk with them. Is that even true? Or maybe he’s saying that Japan is the most likely country to “share the bread”, which I highly doubt is true.

Power! Unlimited Power! So that’s his proposition? Seems pretty tantalizing.

Haha that’s a pretty direct way to prove the powering capabilities of the Wam.