Stein’s Gate Episode 15 – Mado Scientisto – So Cool [Kamisama Dolls Ep2, too]

Stein's Gate Anime Episode 15 Review Houoin Kyouma Okabe Rintarou Mayuri Mayushi Christina Makise Kurisu Suzuha Amane Daru Moeka

Who would have guessed?

Unlike Kamisama Dolls, Stein’s Gate keeps the heat up in this week’s episode and wouldn’t let me tear my eyes away from the screen. Okay, that was an exaggeration. I admit I glanced around the room a bit, but that’s besides the point. I’m glad that SG was given the “two-season” treatment as ending it somewhere around episode 12 would have been a huge disservice to the world at large. In contrast, Kamisama Dolls is withering with each passing week; I just can’t get into that show, may as well drop it soon.

Stein's Gate Anime Episode 15 Review Houoin Kyouma Okabe Rintarou Mayuri Mayushi Christina Makise Kurisu Suzuha Amane Daru MoekaSuzuha laid quite a shocker on us last week by revealing that she was a time traveler from the year 2036. In that dystopian future, SERN apparently controls the world by changing the past to suit its needs. Strange how a scientific organization turned into a totalitarian regime. One of my only complaints about this show is how odd that whole set up sounds. But it makes sense if you understand the power changing time can bring, and what power can do to twist you. I started to sound pretty intellectual myself, didn’t I?

Stein's Gate Anime Episode 15 Review Houoin Kyouma Okabe Rintarou Mayuri Mayushi Christina Makise Kurisu Suzuha Amane Daru MoekaBefore Suzuha’s able to go into the past to set things right, her time machine goes kaput and the whole dies right then and there. The incoming security guards don’t help the situation, either. Okabe and company easily outrun the guards and formulating a plan, Okabe leaps two days into the past. It’s at this moment that he finally starts to include his other lab members in the plan. He gets Daru to fix the time machine while Suzuha helps him search for Barrel Titor, Suzuha’s father. Mayuri decides to help them as well by making kidnapping posters.

Once the day is nearly over, Suzuha tells Okabe how he’s a terrorist, the leader of a resistance movement against SERN. He gawks at how ridiculous that sounds. Suzuha interjects and admonishes him for thinking in such a way, stressing how brave and influential he becomes. She then gives Okabe the Divergence Meter. Afterwards, Okabe picks up on a lead and heads out.

Stein's Gate Anime Episode 15 Review Houoin Kyouma Okabe Rintarou Mayuri Mayushi Christina Makise Kurisu Suzuha Amane Daru Moeka

Take that you "sunnuvabitch"!

Stein's Gate Anime Episode 15 Review Houoin Kyouma Okabe Rintarou Mayuri Mayushi Christina Makise Kurisu Suzuha Amane Daru MoekaStein's Gate Anime Episode 15 Review Houoin Kyouma Okabe Rintarou Mayuri Mayushi Christina Makise Kurisu Suzuha Amane Daru MoekaStein's Gate Anime Episode 15 Review Houoin Kyouma Okabe Rintarou Mayuri Mayushi Christina Makise Kurisu Suzuha Amane Daru MoekaI’m sure the visual novel, being what it is, had multiple branches of plot that went off in different directions. The problem with turning a VN into an anime or a novel is that you’re essentially restricted in terms of what kind of story you want to develop. What made Stein’s Gate what was is the complete package, that is, all of its story lines combined. With the anime, we’re only going to be pursuing one path in the game, you could mix in various aspects from the other portions of the game though. And that would be all fine, but even then it’s impossible to get everything into a coherent package.

It’s almost a certainty that we’ll never get a glimpse into the future. Instead, we’ll stay rooted in the year 2010 and watch as Okabe and co. run around Akiba trying to undo what SERN has unleashed. I don’t find that bad, I just wish there was more to it.

Stein's Gate Anime Episode 15 Review Houoin Kyouma Okabe Rintarou Mayuri Mayushi Christina Makise Kurisu Suzuha Amane Daru Moeka

Way to play 'em, Daru

And besides, don’t things seem to be going too smoothly at the moment. We all know plans don’t unfold as characters plan even if they are main characters, protagonists, and whatnot. Though that’s the case, I honestly would be pissed if Moeka and SERN jumped in once again to ruin Okabe’s plans. Man, that woman is everywhere!

Speaking of Moeka, she took the IBN computer, didn’t she? It’s a mystery to me as to why that computer is so important. I know that IBM’s portable computer was one of the first of its kind, but how does that play into the time travel equation? Is it integral to the process of time travel itself? Perhaps I wasn’t paying quite enough attention?

And there’s really no way to get rid of those pesky guys at SERN and Moeka without erasing the records indicating time travel experiments were taking place. Or they could actually wipe ‘em all out ala Rambo. Who else wants to see Daru do a gung-ho charge?

Plus, there’s so many things that have loose ends. Kurisu’s father was an issue that Okabe wanted to address, but the way things are going, it doesn’t look like we’ll get to that. Unless of course, Kurisu’s father is FB, part of SERN, or both! And Suzuha’s father? Or is that an unimportant story fragment thrown in for no good whatsoever? Freaking barrels.

Kamisama Dolls Episode 2

KamiSama Dolls Episode Anime 2 Review Utao Kyouhei Shiba Aki Kakashi KukuriI’m getting bored of this show.

A potential drop.

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Posted on July 14, 2011, in Anime, Episode Reviews, Kamisama Dolls, Stein's Gate and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Solid point: every slave turns into an emperor the instant his slaver looks away. ;)

    I’m glad that Okabe’s finally acting like a leader in this episode, and I’m grateful this show hasn’t lost any momentum or tension after the death of Mayuri in episode 12.

    • It’s become better after her death, in fact. :D Strange, huh?

      Chasing after Mayuri was kind of beating a dead horse anyways since she was fated to die. Much better to tackle SERN and get her alive in the process than to focus solely on the damsel in distress.

      • The slow burn of the earlier episodes were necessary to pro

      • The slow burn of the earlier episodes were necessary to properly build up to the climax of Mayuri’s death. This show jumped up several levels even though it was already solid and enjoyable.

        It drip feeds us just enough exposition to keep us guessing by answering a question that actually creates two new questions!

        (double posted, sorry)

  2. Tutturu~, hopefully she’ll get saved soon…:P

  3. This will likely be the last peaceful episode of Steins;Gate in awhile. Soon, Moeka and SERN will be all up in that time machine.

  4. According to my understanding, the IBN is the only computer that runs a special source code. The files in SERN’s database were written in that special source code so they needed that computer to hack into SERN. Moeka wanted the computer because of that venerability.

    • Do IBM computers in real life have that special code, or it unique to the anime? But either way, Moeka got what she wanted from the computer. Now it’s time to find out what’s up with all this FB business.

    • IBM 5100 has the ability to emulate and debug mainframe systems, which is needed to decrypt and access SERN’s databases. Without it, I think it’s supposedly extremely difficult to access the database.

      Also, since the IBN 5100 was created back in the earlier days of computing, there are very few remaining machines that can do what the IBN was designed to do back then, which is probably why it’s essential that someone goes and procures one back in 1975.

      Okabe and the rest of the group said that they need to delete the log of the d-mails that SERN has. If they don’t delete the D-mail logs, SERN would become aware of their existence, pursue the lab members, obtain the time leap machine, and create a dystopia in the future.

      The presence of the IBN makes sense, but how the heck did SERN create a system that detects the presence of D-mails? Do they have a Divergence meter too? o_O;;

      • Pretty powerful for such an antique, don’t you think?

        Who knows, with the way things are going in Stein’s Gate there are bound to be a few more “Oh Snap!” moments, I know I had my own fair share of them already.

  5. Kamisama Dolls is hands down THE show of the season, if not a little slow. I’m sure it’s building up to an amazing climax.

  6. In regards to Stein’s Gate 15:

    LOL @ Okabe going “Sonvabitch” when talking to the foreigner, was extremely funny XD. I’m surprised the guy didn’t just punch em in the face for saying that XD

    Also… what creeps out most about the whole Daru thing, was the fact that it ACTUALLY worked on Suzuha. THAT… is… SUPER… CREEPY.

    I’m wondering if its perhaps Daru that’s related to her? There were hints that Suzuha started to admire him. He also missed the chatroom meet on the day Suzuha went to see her father cause of Okabe (and his text about Ferris chan). So it could probably all connect.

    There are a lot of mysteries, and I’m sure we’ll definitely go through a combination of the VN’s paths before we hit the TRUE ending.

    The ending to this episode was quite anti-climactic, with the whole” SUZUHA’s DAD!!”. I know its important and all, but with the fate of the world in the balance, I kinda want to get to the time traveling stuff instead XD

    @Kamisama Dolls 2:

    Its only been 2 episodes, and I like the show, but I would find it very very very difficult to blog XD

    • Okabe’s got balls, son.

      Nah, I just think that Suzuha’s an innocent girl who’s inexperienced in such things. It’s obvious of course that she needs to wind up with somebody else…If she actually gets with Daru, I’m going to shoot myself.

      There is the possibility that Daru and Suzuha are related, but I attributed him missing the chat meet because Okabe said Feyris was going to be there. Suzuha ended up coming to the party in the end anyways, so maybe they did MEET.

      Kamisama Dolls – I just…can’t bear it.

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