The Butterfly Effect – Stein’s Gate 9
The fact that the Butterfly Effect is showing just how much effect it can have is making my interest in this anime rise like magma in a volcano. No joke. And it doesn’t help that Feyris has an irresistible charm. Who could possibly withstand all those nya~s?
And now, we finally get a taste of what time-travel can really dole out. Specifically, a single D-Mail from Feyris leads to a whole section of Tokyo to completely change, that is, Akiba is no longer the otaku haven it once was. Okabe is obviously shocked at the development and so are we, which forces us to think, if things are constantly changing, how the heck is Okabe ever going to get that computer back?
It seems that with every subsequent D-Mail sent, the world line shifts get more drastic and more of them are created. Basically, things that initially appear to be insignificant have a ripple effect and the things that are altered multiply as time goes on. So who knows, you may kill a caterpillar one day and cause the world to blow up as a result. It’s that simple, and deadly.
After another line shift though, we do see that the lab members regain their recollection of Moekaa. Or rather, they never lost it in the first place in that specific world. It sounds confusing, yes, I know, but what it all boils down to is this: some worlds may share similarities with worlds the characters were in previously, though which similarities are present are up to chance.
As to what Feyris attempted to amend in the past, it seems fairly obvious. It was revealed that she was the namesake of the Akiba region and that she was the one who spread “moe” culture all around (Hrm…) and facilitated it. But why would she do that? She might have been stressed out about the whole ordeal, or perhaps she wanted a normal life, without the inclusion of moe and anime in it. Oh and why was Kurisu crying on the phone earlier?
At least Okabe realizes how serious all this is getting now. He had inklings of the gravitas of the whole situation in the first few episodes and even alluded to its danger, however, I think he fully grasps the whole concept now that a region of Tokyo has been transformed into a typical shopping district.
It makes me think that a major plot point in the future episodes will concern the lab group attempting to get back to “World Line Number 1″, or the one that they were in before all the time travel business started. And who knows, maybe that wasn’t line number 1 at all, perhaps it was simply another branch that didn’t experience D-Mails yet.