Stein’s Gate Episode 13 – Can’t Change the Past
Just like everyone predicted, Okabe immediately rushed over to the time leap machine in order to prevent Mayuri’s death. And who can blame him? He’s been with Mayuri forever, since they were kids, and without a doubt, she’s one of his most treasured companions. That being said, a lot of the other characters take a backseat this week as the whole episode focuses on Okabe’s efforts to get Mayuri back. At least Suzuha managed to have an awesome and badass scene (above).
As far as episode summaries go, you can tell that I’m not a big fan of them (I’m using “as far as” a lot these days). It’d be a safe bet to assume that most of you guys have already watched the episode by the time you read these posts, and if you haven’t…I just have to wonder why you would spoil the story for yourself. But whatever, it’s your choice. And it’s my choice to make these episode summaries as succinct as possible. Let ‘er rip!
Okay, so we’ve Okabe “going” into the past in order to save Mayuri from her unfortunate death but becomes paranoid as a result of it. Whenever he interacts with others, he loses his cool and starts to shout. His first order of business is getting everyone away from the lab, much to everyone’s surprise. Our Kurisu, not one to be fooled, picks up on his strange behavior and realizes that he’s been conducting time leap experiments on himself.
We also learn that Mayuri was bathed in a radiant light some time ago (angels?) and Okabe took her as a hostage in order to prevent her from going anywhere. That’s how their whole friendship started and that’s what’s making Okabe go to such lengths for Mayuri. It’s depressing then that all of his attempts fail. The first time, she gets shot, the second time she gets hit by a car, and the third time she gets hit by a train. There’s probably a reason for all that…
Yeah, maybe I’m chasing a red herring when I talk about this but you can’t leave any stone un-turned. Especially when said stone is a big glaring tattoo on someone’s neck. Really, there are more subtle ways to hint at some conspiracy theory. Showing a huge tattoo is like setting off an alarm. Now, I have no idea what this shape represents so I’m lost there, but it does tell us a little something about the group. They’re all linked and they’re probably influential and powerful as well. I mean, how else could they get guns?
Well, we find out that Okabe gets his mado scientisto persona from a movie he watched with Mayuri way back when, and he’s since adopted it and made it his own. What’s odd is the light that shined down on Mayuri. Was that really a ray of light from the heavens or was it just the clouds breaking in that exact spot? I haven’t gone through the visual novel at all, so I can’t say, but there’s a chance that that light is basically what separates her from the others. Okabe has the Reading Steiner ability, and Mayuri is linked to the …(heavens?).
This show just gets more and more interesting with each passing episode, which is a good thing, methinks. And there are definitely some parallels that you can draw between Stein’s Gate and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Both animes revolve around a time travel plot, though Puella Magi didn’t reveal that it was a time travel plot until late in the series, but who cares about when that happened? Anyways, Homura is Okabe and Madoka is Mayuri. Simple enough, though I have an inkling that Stein’s Gate isn’t going to leave us on such a happy note once all the time travel hubbub is over. Third time’s the charm, they say. But when the third time ends up with Mayuri dead, you start to ponder. Is this one of those times where fate intercedes and causes an event to happen no matter what? I’d like to go out on a limb and say that Mayuri is probably doomed to die many, many times. Is she going to come back to life? She might, but she’ll still play an important role regardless of her status. You can’t just have a cryptic scene and drop it at that. That desolate wasteland plays a role in all this and is going to be huge.
Still, the show might get boring if they focus on the Mayuri chase too much. I’m hoping for some more developments to come in the future. Hopefully ones with Feyris and Suzuha.
Posted on June 29, 2011, in Anime, Episode Reviews, Stein's Gate and tagged Anime, Daru, Episode, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Moeka, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Stein's Gate, Suzuha Amane. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.