Stein’s Gate Episode 20 – And The True Identity of FB is…. [Click to find out!]
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.
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?
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. Just 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.
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!
Posted on August 18, 2011, in Anime, Episode Reviews, Stein's Gate and tagged Anime, Braun, Daru, Divergence, Episode, FB, Ferdinand, Feyris, Houoin Kyouma, Is, Kiryuu Moeka, Makise Kurisu, Mayuri, Mayushi, Okabe Rintarou, Review, Ruka Urushibara, Rukako, Stein’s Gate, Suzuha Amane, trap, who. Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.