Stein’s Gate Episode 20 – And The True Identity of FB is…. [Click to find out!]

Anime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0r

I would have won a million dollars if I bet

Can I call ‘em, or can I call ‘em? I predicted way back in my previous Stein’s Gate post that there was possibility that Mr. Braun was FB all along. The initials were there, namely the B, and characters like him tend to take on a pivotal role despite their lack of development. Mr. Braun’s life story, though depressing, felt shoehorned and typical: Little boy grows up poor and gets taken in by a twisted organization. It’s happened before, and it sure as hell won’t be the last time someone will use this.

Anime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0rI suppose you are in need of a brief recap? Let ‘er rip!

Moeka and Okabe join forces to track down FB and the IBN 5100 computer. At the end of a long trail, they end up staking out Mr. Braun’s house. When confronted by questions relating to his secret identity, Mr. Braun reveals his life story and regales of his previous trickery. He then pulls out a gun and kills Moeka for being a traitor before killing himself. Of course, Okabe is able to reverse this sorry fate via a D-Mail. However in doing so, he’s left Makise Kurisu to her demise. How will he get out of it?

Anime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0rAnime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0rOut of the pan and into the fire

With four episodes left to go, you can bet a nickel or two that Makise is going to get a lavish four-episode arc all about saving her life. Okabe has solved all of his problems so far and the whole world is at peace…that is, the whole world excluding Okabe. Given that there are millions upon millions of alternate timelines in the universe, there ought to be one timeline out there that keeps Makise alive while preventing SERN from taking over the world.

And if you didn’t notice, the world divergence meter is at 0.57. I’m not quite sure if that was the number at the beginning of the series, but it’s a whole lot better than some numbers we’ve seen in the past. At this rate, getting the one percent divergence is going to be a cinch, for us anyways. All we have to do is watch while Okabe wades through the murkiness of fate. Anime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0rJust a quick note, this right here is a dead-ringer for symbolism. I spot this crap in most everything I play or watch these days that it’s not even funny (It’s not supposed to be). I’m going to be quick and succinct about this and say that the dragonfly basically encapsulates all the hopes and aspirations of every single character in the show. Why do you think this freakin’ bug pops up in every scene with a turning point? Because it counts, that’s why.

Notice how it flies away when Moeka dies, and notice how it lands on Braun’s hand when he dies. It says, “Here’s an avenue to keeping Moeka alive. Use his D-Mail.”

Damned bug. I wouldn’t be surprised if it showed up at dinner with the relatives.

 

Anime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0r
Moeka as a person is sad and pathetic, first and foremost. She lives through her cell phone and can’t live on without the guidance of a “trap”. What daemon hast robth her of her soule? Shakespeare aside, I didn’t connect with her on any level. That’s not to say there aren’t people out there that will, but the point I’m trying to get at is this: She wasn’t an entertaining character and I never developed an empathetic link with her. You usually do this with characters you want to win, like Luffy from One Piece or Vincent from Catherine (game). You want them to succeed; you’re curious as to their fate and destiny.

What about you guys? Who was the character you related to the most? Who did you out-right detest and despise (Moeka?)? Or do you think I’m talking shit and I’m out of my mind? As always, comment below!

Anime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0rAnime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0rAnime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0rAnime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0rAnime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0rAnime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0rAnime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0rAnime, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who, is, Braun, Ferdinand, tomphile, aniphiles, mon0r

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  1. Moeka is not easy to relate to, but at least she made things interesting by killing Mayushii. The one character I don’t get is Ruka- he/she adds nothing to the show except for gender-bending and a storage closet.

    • Though you say that, it could have been anyone that killed Mayushi. Then again, it’s good that a related character did so – just to shake things up and whatnot. Ruka was there for a fun twist; there’s not much else to him/her than the fact that s/he had the IBN at one point.

  2. It’s not like I wanted Moeka to win or anything like that, I just wanted to understand why she killed Mayuri, now that I know, I don’t care anymore.
    As for the character I related the most with, I guess it’s Okabe, in a much more toned down version and the one I hated from the start is Ruka. Don’t really know why.
    (and her seiyuu is not helping either ^^)

    • Haha, it wasn’t a significant reason from the get-go. I had a feeling that she was just following orders given that she didn’t have much individuality to her.

      Okabe’s a rather strange character. His mad scientist antics are interesting but I’d have to say that the voice acting for him is subpar….it feels forced.

      You probably dislike Ruka since s/he is just plain weird, especially if you consider the fact that she turned into a girl through a message.

      • That was pretty much a given but I wanted to know to whom she could be so loyal to go as far as killing Mayuri.

        I actually had a hard time recognizing Okabe’s seiyuu at first, and I’ve heard more forced from him so I guess it doesn’t bother me.

        Actually that’s not it, to be honest my mother totally believes that kind of stuff and that’s why I’m a girl. (At least from what she says, there could be tons of other factors or just be simple coincidence but that was to say it’s not bothering me at all.)
        And usually as far as I’m concerned the weirder the better it just doesn’t work for Ruka.

        • Well, FB is there.

          I would never believe that my child should live in a block full of soil. It’s not beautiful, they turn into beetles later on, which makes slightly more problematic… I hate

          I don’t know why those people dislike Ruka so much, though I do understand where they come from.

  3. Moeka just can’t catch a break, can she? I actually like how Mr. Braun was made out to be the villain though. Even though he’s been manipulating the events from behind the scenes, he’s difficult to dislike.

    • She doesn’t really deserve a break does she?

      Braun was left out of the picture for most of the series and he offs himself once he realizes the errors of his ways, though I’m sure he realized them a long, long time ago. It’s actually quite easy to dislike him – his story was so corny that it could feed a whole village. Bad joke aside, the sentiment holds true.

  4. Moeka somehow is a bit annoying to me but I really dislike the most is Ruka. I don’t quite like the idea of changing gender and she, I mean he is a too girlish and have feeling for Okabe too…
    The next episode will be a bit crucial as for Okabe really need to undone the last D-mail, meaning Makise can’t been saved? That really got me there. I really forgot about Makise.. I really want to see how Okabe save both of them(Mayuri and Makise).

    • That’s strange, everyone’s who’s commented so far has noted their dislike for Ruka. I actually had no problem with the shemale. I was just a bit irked

      There’s four episodes, right? I wouldn’t be so quick to assume that everything will be solved by the end of next episode. They’re going to drag it on and probably throw a twist in for good measure.

  5. I think it’s a good thing that people can’t relate to Moeka since she’s a character who’s constantly battling depression, dependence issues, and suicide. Her story is very depressing, being manipulated like that only because it was easy for FB. And if you think about the end result in the past 3 D-mails, Faris ended happily in hers, Ruka happily in his, and Moeka dead, hanging herself in her room. Sad to see that her unselfish and helpful D-mail eventually lead to her death. And even though her personality is a bit awkward and perhaps unlikable, it fits her role perfectly. Too bad she’ll just be reduced to a humorous background character now.

    • I wouldn’t say she was constantly contemplating suicide; we never got a glimpse into her mind to assert that. But I will give you this: She was annoying to no end.

      It’s nice to throw a spin of tragedy every once in a while. Plus, we haven’t bonded that much with Moeka over the course of the series, so would giving her a happy ending mean much?

      • Well, she was about to commit suicide before FB messaged her the first time and then eventually did it once FB abandoned her, so I’m guessing it was on her mind.

        As for the happy ending, yeah, I think it would’ve meant something. We just spent the last 2 episodes with her and these have been some of the best in the past few weeks. And seeing Okabe save another friend while taking another step to save Mayuri helps, too.

  6. Well, I was never really angry at Moeka for killing Mayuri. I knew she wouldn’t have considered it if not for her orders, and I was certain she regretted it deeply anyways. That’s not to say I condone murder if the person is sorry or was just following orders, but its so much easier to forgive a fictional character for their actions in a fictional world, you know what I mean?

    That said, I did feel bad for her when she was just tossed aside for garbage. Although I’m not so withdrawn as to let it effect the way I live like she has, I can get where she’s coming from for the most part.

    Mr.Braun being the bad guy felt a little out of left field. He was always just so funny and harharhar-ish that it still hasn’t really sunken in yet. It was implied that he had a crappy life and did whatever it took to survive, but wouldn’t that have ended when Suzuha started taking care of him? I find it hard to believe he was working with SERN since before then, honestly. So I didn’t feel bad for him. But man, did I ever feel bad for Nae. That poor girl, making breakfast for her father and happily waiting for him to come home, only to find out that he committed suicide…so depressing.

  7. This was an interesting episode. While Braun’s backstory was pretty cliche, the fucked up way in which he shot Moeka was beyond creepy.

    I mostly loved the ending. I had totally forgotten about Kurisu, and now its either her or Mayuri! I’d personally pick Kurisu, just because she’s a much more developed and less stupid character XD

    I wonder who Okabe will pick though, or if he’ll find a third route where he can save everyone XD

  8. I hated Moeka. WTF who goes around texting ppl instead of talking? And who kills someone just because someone told her to over a text message? That girl was psycho. And Mr. Braun ending up being FB was kind of stupid but predictable. Though I didn’t really get his reasonings for killing Moeka. Cause she was a traitor? Why would he care if he didn’t work for SERN anymore? Moeka arc was dumb.

  9. Jeez, the Ruka hate in these comment sections is sounding troublingly transphobic… Is a biological male who feels her gender is that of a woman’s really such an awful thing? :/

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