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Stein’s Gate Episode 10 – No More Traps!

Stein's Gate Kurisu Mayuri

Stein's Gate Daru

Seriously, Ruka's a dude now

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 Butterfly Effect – Stein’s Gate 9

Stein's Gate Kurisu Butterfly Effect

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?

Stein's Gate 9 Kyouma Okabe Feyris

Nyan~

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

Stein’s Gate Episode 8 – The Adventures of Pinocchi-ette

Stein's Gate 8 - Moeka and the Microwave

Here's your blue flashes

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?”

Stein's Gate 8 Mad Scientist

Sure looks like one

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.

Stein's Gate 8 Kurisu and Okabe

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?

Stein's Gate Trap

"I want to be a real little girl."

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.

Stein's Gate 8 Okabe and his mind attack

Same here

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.

Stein's Gate 8 Daru cute is justice

Indeed

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.

Stein’s Gate Episode 7 Review – Traps Galore!

Stein's Gate Okarin looks at his phoneOkabe 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.

Stein's Gate Tsundere Christina/Kurisu

"Ts-ts-tsundere? It's not like I'm writing this post for you!"

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?

Stein's Gate Part timer looks Okabe in the eyeI 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.

Stein's Gate It's a trap! - Ruka

You have activated his trap card

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