Awhile back I saw the movie A Beautiful Mind where the protagonist suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, part of which materialized into a little girl. What I liked about the movie was that the director had mostly kept the audience confined within the protagonist’s perspective, not willing to spoon feed the audience what was real and what was not, as the protagonist tried painfully to figure it all out. The audience continued to ride with the protagonist in his turmoil throughout the years in the movie until one day he finally unlock his own enigma: that the little girl had never aged a bit; and therefore, everything else that was directly related to her must also had been hallucinated.
Consequently, we the audience could not feel superior to the protagonist—as would be the case if we had been given a reliable perspective—but instead, forced to feel first hand his helplessness on his delusion and, eventually, shared the bliss in his triumph.
My gripe with Chaos;Head, as of episode 4, is that, unlike in the case of A Beautiful Mind, we the audience are being somewhat spoon fed. The two scenes with Sena and Takumi both seeing the same Di-sword at the same time and Sena shouldering her Di-sword at the convenient store alone are absolutely spoil-ish. What is the chance that two different persons were to hallucinate seeing the same object at the same time? Or are we suppose to consider that Sena was merely being delusional at the convenient store too? As much as I wish there is yet a twist to reinterpret these two scenes in a different light, there is little doubt that there is a supernatural element at work here. That or some sci-fi high-tech that put light sabers to shame.
So, if there is a supernatural element at work here, why does this higher entity seem to choose to operate in a manner so akin to the eroge and RPG games, involving pretty girls who seem to swoon at his presence, and sending him to seek out a fricking huge swords just like in a RPG game? Perhaps this is instead just a conspiracy, a psychiatric experiment being performed on the young generation of Japan, in which Takumi, Ayase, and Sena are mere guineas pigs. This could explain why they all seem to suffer the same line of hallucinations.
I suppose the two scenes are there so that the audience can find some anchors amid the billows of chaos. However, I would have much prefered to stay in Takumi’s shoes (or head) and let the wild waves toss me about. As I have said in my previous post, part of the fun is not about seeing the truth but rather experiencing only the perception of the truth, especially if so from the mindset of a delusional otaku who is really just a heightened version of the many otaku’s who watch this show. Like Takumi, I don’t care about the 3D girls or even the 3D world in the story—be it a KonoMini-style fantasy or a Higurashi-style conspiracy—just show me how the 2D girls and the 2D world of eroge and RPG have mangled themselves with the 3D world.
P.S. Someone by the name ショグン (shogun) translated it here:
I suspect the writers are trying to mess with our heads too! Oh no, am I becoming an ego-centric, existential Takumi myself? Where are you, Seira-chan?!