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originally posted by: Quantumgamer1776
a reply to: Milah
Never heard that theory before, do you have a link to your source?
I think i need someone to clarify the main difference between using the D-mail, Makise's mind time machine & Suzuha's time machine...
There are infinite parallel worlds, but sufficiently similar worlds end up grouping together. There are two clusters of world lines mentioned in the story, the alpha line and the beta line.
Sending a D-mail will jump you from one world line to another. Typically this just moves you from one line within a given cluster to another. There has to be a >1% change to jump to a different cluster altogether. When Okabe accidentally sends a D-mail in the first episode, it's big enough to cause him to shift between clusters.
The butterfly effect is in full swing when using a D-mail, so all kinds of unexpected changes occur. This is why Okabe decides to completely undo his D-mails, rather than keep trying his luck at the lottery and hoping he can undo the bad stuff while keeping the good.
When using the time leap machine, you remain on the same world line. The benefit is that since the only thing changing is the person whose memories is being shifted, there are far fewer consequences. The drawback is the shorter time frame it has to work with. The time leap machine can only send memories back 2 days. It's possible to go back 2 days, then immediately upon arrival jump back 2 days again, but this still means the farthest back Okabe can go one one world line is 2 days before the time leap machine was completed.
Suzuha's time machine itself works like a time leap, only with people instead of just memories. The people inside stay on the same world line, drawback is that it takes fuel. Additionally there are actually two different Suzuha time machines, one from each cluster. The one that safely lands on the roof can go backwards and forwards in time. The one that crash lands only has a backwards button.