Another excellent episode of Mirai Nikki! Let’s look a bit into the show’s pseudo-religious mumbo jumbo.
Creator and Creature
If Akise is an existence created by Deus, then this seems to imply that everyone else is not. However, the winner of the survival game is supposed to create the new universe in his own image.
I assume that Deus won a past instantiation of the survival game, and became god, creating the world as he saw fit. This seems to contradict his words though, which imply Akise is unique for having been created by him. Of course, Deus could simply mean that the other humans were created indirectly by him: he created the seed humans, at the start of his universe, who then created their own descendants.
But from what occurs later, another possibility is that it is actually impossible for god to create souls. This idea is actually not all that uncommon: many native American peoples believed that the souls of both people and animals were drawn from a fixed supply of pre-existent souls, and assigned to bodies at runtime.
Akise’s means of creation cast his discussion with Deus in a slightly different light— it isn’t a question of whether humans have free will. It’s a question of whether matter can have free will, since Akise is not a human (if we define human to include possessing a soul).
The discussion on free will was rather disappointing. To summarize— Akise: “I did this of my own free will!” Deus: “No you didn’t.” For an example of how they should have conducted this dialog, read God is a Taoist by Raymond Smullyan. It’s short and I can’t recommend it enough.
I thought they were going to go with a lame “love conquers all” conclusion, so I was glad to see they didn’t. Unfortunately they went with an even dumber conclusion: “Cell phones conquer all.” In my opinion, simply because Deus directed Akise to do what he did doesn’t mean it wasn’t of his own free will. There’s no reason the choices of men and the choices of god and fate need conflict.
Akise also becomes a bit of an absurd hero with his death. Despite knowing that his love is fake, he embraces it as his own and accepts his fate with joy.
A Breakdown of the Universe
Well, this explains why the destruction of the universe is accelerating more rapidly than anticipated. Akise’s cellphone is causing infinite recursion! It’s a wonder the place hasn’t already disappeared in a singularity.
But perhaps the existence of Akise’s new cellphone is simply another symptom of the universe’s impending destruction. Not only have the laws of time and space broken down, but the laws of logic have broken down as well.
As an aside, this is similar to the omnipotence paradox, one common version of which goes: “Can God create a rock which he can’t lift?” If yes, then God isn’t omnipotent, since he can’t lift the rock. If no, then God isn’t omnipotent, since he can’t create the rock. It’s a lose-lose scenario for God.
Of course, we’ve already established that Deus isn’t omnipotent, but let’s set that aside and assume that God is indeed omnipotent. There are two common answers to the paradox. The first is to say that our prior understanding of omnipotence is faulty. If God is all powerful, that only means he can do anything which is logically possible. Asking whether God can create a rock which he can’t lift is the same as asking if God can create a true boolean proposition that’s false. Of course he can’t! God is bound by the laws of logic just like the rest of us.
The second answer (and the one I find more interesting) is that God can create a rock he can’t lift. And God can lift the rock which he can’t lift! An omnipotent God created the laws of space, time and nature, but these laws do not bind him; only his creation. So it seems plausible to assume that God also created the laws of logic, and is not bound by them either. He’s omnipotent, after all.
Anyway, to tie this back to Mirai Nikki: perhaps Akise’s cellphone of infinite recursion is not as implausible as it seems at first glance.
Y U so Srs?
Yeah, yeah, I know, no one is watching Mirai Nikki for the metaphysics. Yuno had some great moments of craziness in this episode!
Also Yukkiteru’s love life is coming to fruition:
And Yuno is not happy.