Category Archives: Stein’s Gate
SERN appears to be closing in on Okabe this episode as they continue to send threatening messages as well as pictures, though it’s up for discussion whether or not the mysterious entity really is SERN. The scene that followed the threat was slightly out of place though. It looks a bit too testosterone-fueled, but it was awesome, nonetheless.
Hoo, boy, do I hate doing summaries. So, as always, I’ll strive to keep it as concise as I possibly can. After running a few experiments concerning the D-Mail, Kurisu ascertains the conditions under which the D-Mail can be operated optimally. She even has an idea of transplanting someone’s memories into electrical data. Read the rest of this entry
Today is a glorious day for the people out there who found themselves being inexplicably attracted to Ruka-kun despite knowing full-well that he was a trap. Because you know what? Telling your parents to eat vegetables ten years in the past (logically) works. Science attests to it.
Besides some gender-benders and whatnot, this episode sees some pretty intriguing developments take place, not excluding the introduction of a new lab member. Who would that be? Read the rest of this entry
The fact that the Butterfly Effect is showing just how much effect it can have is making my interest in this anime rise like magma in a volcano. No joke. And it doesn’t help that Feyris has an irresistible charm. Who could possibly withstand all those nya~s?
And now, we finally get a taste of what time-travel can really dole out. Specifically, a single D-Mail from Feyris leads to a whole section of Tokyo to completely change, that is, Akiba is no longer the otaku haven it once was. Okabe is obviously shocked at the development and so are we, which forces us to think, if things are constantly changing, how Read the rest of this entry
I should start naming this the epilepsy show. I mean, just think about how many doses of blue flashes we get each week. Quite a few, if I remember correctly. That aside, this episode was one hell of a mind-bender (okay, not really), but it still had me wondering throughout the whole show, “What next?”
We pick up where we were last episode, with Okabe ranting on and on about how John Titor was being ridiculous by even suggesting that Okabe be the “messiah” who’ll save the world. Of course, his reluctance to experiment eventually lets up and he and the rest of the gang return to their favorite activity: microwaving bananas. Oh joy.
However, Kurisu objects to the experiments, saying that it’s unfair to change the past in any way whatsoever. Yet, when Okabe presses her on this, she shifts into tsundere mode and adamantly claims that she’s not supportive of his experiments, though she’s present when they take place. Moeka interrupts the both of them during their talk by asking if she could send a D-mail into the past. Strangely enough, when they do send the D-mail, not only does Okabe experience his “power” kicking in, Moeka also disappears from the other lab members’ memories. Hm…. and Pinochi-ette? Why didn’t you ask earlier?
I hereby dub Ruka Pinocchi-ette since the focus of the latter, lighter-toned segment is about how Ruka asks Okabe if she could possibly send a D-mail to her mother in the past. Apparently, she overheard them talking while she was on the way to deliver a watermelon and decided to jump on the chance. If you have no idea why Ruka would want to send a D-mail, think hard.
Yeah, you guessed it, Ruka wants to become a girl. But then again, with a trap that well-laid, anybody would fall for it. He doesn’t even need breasts. Heck, Daru can attest to that.
Okabe’s obviously still reeling from the shock John Titor gave him, as you can see. He just can’t seem to come to grips with the fact that he has a special ability to change the past and remain unchanged himself. It’s a handy one to be sure, with it he could do a lot of things that people would only dream of. That’s the dangerous part, though, and it’s a good thing that Okabe’s hinted at this. You don’t know for sure exactly what you’re going to change by altering the past, it could wind up being good, or it could cause everything to go to hell. There’s a fine line the “secret” lab has to cross during these experiments.
Yet it’s also good to see Okabe taking some risks, for example, by actually doing the experiments. The changes thus far haven’t been significant, and the one at the very end of the episode was a cliffhanger. Ruka didn’t manage to turn into a girl so we’re left to wonder about what actually did change. In all likelihood, it’s going to be something seemingly unrelated and unexpected at first. However, I think this change is actually going to be the crux of the events to come in the coming weeks, why do I say that? I don’t know, just a gut feeling. On that note, I have an inkling that Moeka sent a different message than the one she said she would. What do I mean? I mean that though she wanted to change her phone in the past, I think she sent something else. That’s the most reasonable explanation as to why the other lab members don’t recall a Moeka ever existing.
Anyways, this episode also gets into the topic of ethics and time travel. Is it really right and/or moral to go back in time and change things, even if they are seemingly minuscule? Forget the Butterfly Effect and all the woe one dead caterpillar can bring, let’s just talk about the right and wrong. And why do people even think it’s wrong to change the past in the first place? Is it because one person benefits and another doesn’t? Or is it bad because it defeats the whole purpose of people’s hard work and their belief in “destiny”, so to speak.
Okabe and the gang are looking to ratchet up the intensity of this show in the coming episodes. I’m glad that after the relatively slow build-up in the beginning we finally get to the interesting, juicy parts of this series, especially in regards to changing the past and whatnot. Boy, am I lucky that I never played the game, otherwise this journey wouldn’t be of any thrill to me.
Don’t get the wrong idea, okay? Nah, it’s cool, I wrote this all for you guys. And on that note, Kurisu getting all flustered when Daru pointed out that she was acting like a tsundere was priceless. If I’m right, tsundere was a term that didn’t pop up until recent years, when Japanese anime fans decided to mesh two words together, but that’s for another time.
Rather, let’s go over what happened in this episode, and here’s where it gets interesting. Okabe decides to send a message back into the past in order to win the lottery, and thanks to Daru’s impressive hacking skills, pretty much anyone can use the micro-timer (coin a term or two?). Strangely enough, Okabe experiences a strange time-warp and finds himself standing slack-jawed in front of the microwave. Kurisu and Mayuri inquire as to why he’s staring at the cieling, to which he responds by asking them what happened to the experiment. Turns out, there was no experiment. Or at least, there was no experiment in this particular timeline. Oh, ho. You see where this is going? And even more intriguing is the fact that Okabe finally gets a hold of John Titor, who wants him to be the messiah of change. And does the part-timer for Mr. Braun know more than she’s letting on?
I definitely think so. The part-timer (sorry, I don’t remember her name) even looks into Okabe’s eyes to look for brainwashing chips when he jokes about it. Huh, no joke for her, I guess. In my honest opinion, I suspect that she’s part of one of those organizations that Okarin constantly fantasizes about. They might not be the exact same ones he’s thought of, but a secret organization nonetheless. Was she planted in the shop downstairs to spy on Okarin? Who knows?
And as for John Titor, he might not even be a John at all. He could very well turn out to be a random Japanese guy using that pseudonym in order to generate interest. He’s certainly achieved that. But it seems that his ultimate goal is to change the world to his liking, or to save the world, according to him. I don’t buy it. He just simply jumped on the chance that Okarin presented him and is going to use him in order to achieve his ends. Okarin has a right to be hesitant about the whole time-paradox dilemna.
With all those burning questions in your mind, let me leave you with something else to cool off.
How many of you send text messages to your friends and pals? I know I do, incessantly. Without it, our society would be hindered and most things like communications would be slowed down. But what if you could send them into the past?
Stein’s Gate is the oddball of the bunch and I’m glad it is. SG (no, not the Gibson SG) has managed to turn me into a loyal follower with its interesting plot and characters. Except of course, Moeka, I don’t think anyone likes her. And if you didn’t watch the previous episodes, it’s pretty easy to catch up. Okabe (above) is the leader of a “secret” lab group that is trying to perfect time travel. Through the use of a microwave… and bananas.
This week sees our characters learning more about time travel and trying to improve upon what they know. Okabe gives it a pretty cool name, “Nostalgia Drive”, or something along those lines, whereas Kurisu prefers to call them D-mails. We’ve already seen that the “d-mails” could be sent into the past. But Kurisu realizes that they can only be sent in fragments and that various other small factors like the timer can influence how far into the past the message goes. To celebrate, Okabe and Daru, his overweight hacker friend, go shopping for groceries, only to run into Moeka.
Moeka tries to engage Okabe in conversation but decides to leave after Daru comments on her body and tries to make passes at her. She then pops up later in his apartment in order to see the IBM computer they’ve been talking about for the past few episodes.
Even though Okabe wanted to keep Moeka out of all the SERN and time travel business, she gets pulled into it anyways, courtesy of Daru, Kurisu, and Mayuri letting it slip. Okabe is confused as to how to shut her up and sees that his only option is to make her the latest member of his research group. However, not before Moeka asks a rather interesting question, “Are you talking about FB?”
Obviously, it’s not going to be Facebook. If anything, it’s probably going to be another top secret organization that’s pulling strings behind the scenes. But then again, it’s anybody’s guess as to whether or not these various organizations, like SERN, are actually trying to do anything bad at all.
I mean, Okabe isn’t necessarily the sanest man in the world, though his craziness may just be a front. If you’re having dreams of strange black holes and disembodied voices, you can’t really be in your right mind.
Back on topic. With more and more mysterious figures and entities being introduced, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed with the amount of conspiracy theories that could potentially arise from all this. The anime might unfold and make FB a benevolent organization while SERN might be evil, nonexistant, or the other way around.
What about that Moeka character? Why is she so reluctant to talk to people with her voice? Why does she use her cellphone? You could attribute it to her being a hikikomori, yet that would be too easy. I figure that she has a past that has made her wary of people. In all likelihood, she was probably part of an organization or discovered a grand secret. Or maybe she’s just a recluse.
The only worry that I have in regards to this is how the anime staff is going to try to piece this all together. They’ve done a good job in stirring up the audience and gaining their attention. Now, it’s their job to make sure we stayed gripped, and the most important aspect of that is maintaining an engaging story and doing it in a way that makes sense. A lot of anime have a bad rap for being unable to end their series adequately. Some common tropes include leaving a vague ending, suddenly ending, and all manner of other plain horrible endings. There are a few that manage to do it well, case in point, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but I’m talking about anime in general.
Hopefully this won’t be the case with Stein’s Gate, and I sure look forward to it being that way.