I just watched Mekakucity Actors recently and an episode somehow reminds me of Calvinism. Now before I start, I would be clear that Mekakucity Actors has nothing to do with Christianity at all, it may draw aspects of its synopsis from it but it ultimately isn't about or related to Christianity.
Before I start, some background on the Anime itself. Mekakucity Actors is simply the Anime adaptation of a series of songs known as the Kagerou Project. All the songs are basically a story of a group of individuals known as the Mekakushi Dan endowed with some super powers trying to stop a "cosmic snake" from destroying the world. This is simply a very brief way of summarizing everything that goes on in the Kagerou Project and Mekakucity Actors. But here, I would be focusing on the 4th episode of the Anime which is sort of a "Groundhog Day" risque in its plot and outline, there's basically three characters, a boy(Hibiya), a girl(Hiyori) and the Cosmic Snake or the titular, Kagerou which disguises itself in the form of a cat. The episode basically have Hiyori dying on the 15th of August only for the timeline to revert to the 14th with Hibiya desperately in vain trying to save Hiyori. For a better outline of the episode though, I would post the lyrics of the song here,
On August 15th, 12:30 in the afternoon,
The weather was incredibly nice
And amidst the sickening rays of the dazzling sun
I spoke with you, for I had nothing else to do
"Well, y’know, I kind of hate summer",
You boldly murmured while petting a cat
Ah, you pursued that cat as it ran away from you
And what jumped out
Was the traffic light that changed to a glaring red
Suddenly, a truck came out of nowhere and struck you as you screamed
Your scent, now mingled with sprayed blood, choked me
In the haze of lies, the haze of heat laughed, "This is all real!"
With that, like a cricket’s sound being disturbed, the light blue of summer darkened away
I woke up upon my bed to the sound of a ticking clock
What time is it now?
On August 14th, sometime past 12 in the morning
I recalled the sound of an awfully annoying cricket
But, y’know, it’s a little strange.
Yesterday, in a dream, I saw us walking in this same exact park
"Why don’t we go home now?"
The second you stepped off the pathway, everyone surrounding us
Turned their heads up to the sky and opened their mouths
From the sky, down dropped an iron pole
That pierced your body straight through
The sound of wind-chimes and your ripping screams filled the spaces between the park trees
In this unnatural scene,
The shimmering heat laughed, "This is the real thing!"
As my vision blurred away, I glanced at your profile, and thought I saw you smiling
Countless times have had me black out
In the laughing heat like this
This cycle has repeated for decades
I realized that a long time ago
In this kind of clichéd story,
There must only be one ending.
Beyond this repeating summer day, it has to exist.
Suddenly, I pushed you aside and jumped into the street;
At that moment, the truck slammed into me
Your eyes and my twisted body were like hazy reflections of the blood that sprayed everywhere
If that praiseful heat haze laughed, “Serves you right!” again
Then this would be what you’d call a normal summer day.
But all of that ended today.
On August 14th, a girl awoke upon her bed
And she said,
"I failed this time, too..." as she cradled a single cat.
You would notice that I specifically "Bold" a particular verse of the lyric. That's because it's where the Song differs from the Anime. In the Anime, Hibiya did not have to endure the trauma of having to watch his crush, Hiyori, die again, again and again for a decade. It probably lasted for about a week I would say. In the song, it's decades.
So what's does all these have to do with Calvinism? I would give a layout of this in my next post.