Stories That Use Time To Hurt You

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Time travel is usually used in fiction to mystify and captivate the audience by taking advantage of situations that are not possible in reality. What if you met yourself? Can the future be changed? Will multiple timelines be created? But if a narrative makes that time travel irreversible and in many ways, unwelcome… you might see something completely and totally heart wrenching that will only plant the seeds for something much more profound. Why yes, I *am* going to convince you that an Adam Sandler comedy is actually deep using anime.

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Introduction (0:00​)
Displate is myplate (1:09)
“Dying half a death” (2:30)
The Stanley Parable (7:13)
Before Your Eyes (10:41)
Manifest and Time Dilation (13:34)
Interstellar and Miller’s Planet (16:16)
Gunbuster and stretching souls (18:27)
Makoto Shinkai, Your Name, Separation (21:37)
Final Fantasy X (24:27)
12,000 Years (25:33)
Thank You (28:58)

▶Games Shown

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe (2022)
Before Your Eyes (2021)
Final Fantasy X (2001)
Gravity Rush (2012)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

▶Movies/TV/Anime Shown

Interstellar (2014)
Click (2006)
Your Name (2016)
Weathering With You (2019)
The Garden of Words (2013)
Voices of a Distant Star (2002)
Gunbuster (1998)
Manifest (2018)
Samurai Jack (2017)


▶Music Sources (in Order):

Fossil Falls – Super Mario Odyssey OST
EXH NOTES – Ridge Racers 2 OST
TYMELAPSE – Childhood Secrets – (
Twilight – Final Fantasy X OST
Exploring Stanley – The Stanley Parable OST
DuNock – Equilibrium – (
Sea of Souls – Before Your Eyes OST
Slipping Away – Before Your Eyes OST
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Henrik Meierkord – The Sound (
Darkness – Final Fantasy X OST
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night – Nikolas Durante (
Nier Automata OST – Sound of the End (Quiet – No Vocals ver.)
Sid Acharya – Remnants of a Broken Dream (SLOWED REVERB) (
Via Purifico – Final Fantasy X OST
Eikona – Engraved in Torchlight (
Memory of Lightwaves – Final Fantasy X-2 OST

▶Research Sources

Terry Wallis

Mono no Aware

Year Outside, Hour Inside

Mayfly–December Romance

Time Dilation

Time Article

Why our sense of time speeds up as we age — and how to slow it down

Time dilation in children and adults: The idea of a slower internal clock in young children tested with different click frequencies

Why Time Goes By Faster As We Age

Before Your Eyes Interview – A Game Where Your Eyes Are The Controller

Trading places: Makoto Shinkai on Your Name

By: Daryl Talks Games
Title: Stories That Use Time To Hurt You
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