Stein’s Gate Episode 15 – Mado Scientisto – So Cool [Kamisama Dolls Ep2, too]
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.
Suzuha 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?
Before 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.
I’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.
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
A potential drop.
Posted on July 14, 2011, in Anime, Episode Reviews, Kamisama Dolls, Stein's Gate and tagged Anime, Christina, Daru, Episode, Houoin Kyouma, Kamisama Dolls, Kyouhei, Makise Kurisu, Moeka, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Shiba, Shina Mayuri, Stein's Gate, Suzuha Amane, Utao. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.