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Steins;Gate episode 10

I’m enjoying this blogging season a lot. Between Bakuman, Ore no Imouto, Fractale, Arakawa Season 2 and Occult Academy, I haven’t blogged something I actually enjoyed watching since last spring when Arakawa season 1 and Durarara were airing. [C] may stumble about a bit, but the relief to be writing about 2 anime I actually enjoy is a nice change from the usual frustrated rage my episodics had recently been following a pattern of.

This was a rather unconventional episode for Steins;Gate, in that the main focus was on oddly cheesy sentimentality. Even more surprisingly, it actually worked. When they started to have the heart to heart between Kyouma and Part-timer, where she calls him ‘a nice guy really’ and all that, my brain desperately sent signals to my eyes, telling them to swivel towards heaven. However my eyes failed to respond, instead listening to my sappy side that was going “d’aww, he really is a nice guy at heart”. Very different territory for Steins;Gate, and one I would have thought wouldn’t mesh well with its usual tone, yet I was still strangely touched by the scene. I guess it’s because it felt genuine. After 10 episodes with Kyouma, we’ve gotten a pretty firm grasp of his character, and I guess deep down he does have that humanist side that does look out for others.

But even deeper down, at the very core of Kyouma’s being, he is still a bit mad. He’s still the kind of person that, if you gave him the button to blow up the universe, he would eventually push it. That’s part of why he’s such a great character. The Mad Scientisto~ side is a front defending his more human side, but even that is a mask his own psyche has created over his even crazier side. Toss him in a world where he’s forced to question his own sanity is bad enough, seeing as he’s not sure of it himself at the best of times, and give him the buttons to control the world, and you have the main driving force behind Steins;Gate. He’s just a really fucking great character. I’m already starting to look at my top character list and think “yeah, this guy is better than Senjogahara or Tomoya”.

I suppose I should probably do some theorising here, although generally I prefer to leave that up to my comments section to do. So my guess is John Titor is either the same Titor as the Part-timer’s dad, or is really the Part-timer herself. She then met her dad, the crazy space alien or something, and flew off in that satellite that is really their spaceship or something. Maybe it’s a time travelling space ship, like a Tardis? I wonder why Kyouma following her ended up with her dad not showing up though. A bigger question is how on earth does eating lots of veggies end up with Rukako turning into a girl? Where in the grand scheme of humanity did one of those messages sent back to the past result in different sperm winning the Grand Race.

But theorising what has happened is rather boring. I prefer some mild theorisation and then letting the show tell me itself (unless it’s something like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, in which case you better be trying to figure it out every step of the way). One idea I like is that, as a result of one of the time stream changes, Kyouma leaps from one stream where he did sleep with Kurisu to one where he didn’t, and vice versa. Either one makes for a great twist. Jumping to a time stream where he had slept with Kurisu to one where he hadn’t would be worth seeing, simply for her reaction when Kyouma tries to claim they had a night of passion together.

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31 Comments

  1. Anonomyous
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Because of the butterfly effect, the change can be quite hard to pin down. In the case of the sex change, it could be that vegetables changed her mother’s ovulation period, hence an earlier or later intercourse resulted in Ruka anda different Ruka resulted.

    Other more far out possibilities include Ruka’s mother’s frequent visits of the vegetable stall resulting in a friendship with the female stall owner or other female who frequent the stall that did not happen originally. As is commonly known, the period of women change depending on who is the “alpha female” in the women they regularly interact with. The peroid change resuted in the same consequences as that mentioned earlier in this post

    • mcm38
      Posted June 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      O.O Wow, are you studying Biology?

      • Posted June 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

        hardly. while vegetables and other women may affect womens’ periods (although you need to be living with said women in order for cycles to change and synchronize), they won’t affect the resulting child’s gender. gender is simply decided by which chromosome the sperm decide to give to the egg, x or y. 50/50 chance. in this time thread, ruka got lucky.

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted June 10, 2011 at 2:07 am | Permalink

        It’s really unlikely though for only the sex to change, and nothing else. But she looks exactly the same as before!

      • Bobby
        Posted June 11, 2011 at 6:34 am | Permalink

        Actually, your diet can affect the gender of your child; while the difference between vegetables and meat may (or may not) be a factor, the amount of calories the mother ingests while pregnant has a serious affect on the gender. Given less calories, a female child is more likely, while with more calories, the probability is normalized to about 50/50. This change in probability can be something like 60/40 skew toward females

      • Posted June 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

        i just read the study. it’s still pretty inconclusive. 45/55 chance still sounds like a gamble to me.

      • Soko
        Posted June 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

        A woman’s egg only has X chromosomes while the sperm has either X or Y. That would mean that if the gender Ruka’s gender has changed, even if the egg is the same, the sperm has changed. Implying that there should’ve been more changes besides the change in gender. e.g. Two children from the same parents (Identical Twins excluded) never look the same.

        The female Ruka looks identical to the male Ruka. This can’t possibly be a result of an earlier of a later intercourse, as that would mean different cells with different DNA have fused thus a different looking Ruka should’ve been born.
        My theory is that because of the butterfly effect, the dmail to Ruka’s mother must have somehow cause Ruka (in the new timeline) to have a sex reassignment surgery.

      • Posted June 24, 2011 at 5:55 am | Permalink

        My hypothesis / I totally didn’t read the manga / Spoilers or Speculah?

        In all the timelines, what seems to happen is that when the Divergence Number is less than 1%, the worldlines fuse together again later on – so, let’s say you had a grandfather that died, and you wanted to travel back in time to save him. Even if you did stop the bullet that killed him, if the Divergence Number is less than 1%, he’ll end up dying anyways – whether by disease, a car crash, etc. etc., and the future will be the same as the one where he died by the bullet (somehow).

        So in here, even though Ruka’s sex was changed early on, since the divergence number was less than 1%, she’s still exactly the same as her male self (physical differences aside), and has the same relationships as everybody else, because the separated worldlines fused again.

        This goes with Titor’s little speech about being the person to go above 1% Divergence – since any time travel with less than a 1% Divergence will eventually fuse into the same world line, the world line of future dystopia, someone needs to change world lines with more than a 1% Divergence Number to prevent dystopia.

        Not sure if this has been expounded in episodes 11 or 12 yet, because I SHALL STICK TO STEINS;SUBS, UNLIKE THE REST OF YOU TRAITORS

  2. mcm38
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Kyouma is using his mad scientist front/mask as a middle to push his more human and sane side forth. Remember he hesitated before sending a D-mail to himself, but suddenly regained his courage and evil laughtered like a mad scientist.

    Yet the strange thing is, all of his personalitys are him. They are not split personalitys, they are personalitys that support each other. They are in perfect harmony.
    The sane, rational and more human personality acts as a parameter to seal the mad scientist side of him when needed (this mostly happens when he’s dealing with a sad harem girl in front of him like the time when Christiiina~! suddenly got scared by Huouoins outburst,….).
    The crazy, daring and briliant mad scientist personality is still the core of his actions. He uses his mad scientist mostly to interact with his general surroundings, but he also uses it to get rid of any doubts and hesitations. He also sometimes uses it to cheer up Kurisu or another (harem) girl.

    Strange tough I keep saying harem and I mind you this is a harem, but I never got the feeling they intentionally made it a harem. The plot and interactions flow so well with each other it becomes truly natural and not obviously put together like all the other f*cking harems. You know those in which a girl suddenly falls down on the male lead. Or a girl suddenly crashes into him while running/while riding a bicycle (f*ck you Rosario+Vampire). *sigh* Even remembering them makes me wanna puke.

    • lostsage
      Posted June 10, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink

      Scamp pretty much nailed Kyouma’s character. Isn’t really part of his personality but more of an act. What made him to decide to send the D-mail was that madness deep down surfacing. I imagine it went something like, “Should I really keep messing around with the past? Something worse than losing the IBN may happen… WHO THE HELL DO I THINK I AM? I’m Hououin fucking Kyouma and I control the past. Let’s do this.”

      The mad scientist bit is just an amusing character that he plays which lines up with his interests, inventing apparently. He is more than capable of normal conversation but where is the fun in that? He uses it to break the awkwardness that follows being genuinely nice to people, usually girls, like with Kurisu and part-timer.

      Also thanks for reminding me of R+V blehblehbleh

      • Scamp
        Posted June 11, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

        There’s a reason I have this tag

      • mcm38
        Posted June 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

        nice tag

  3. Posted June 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    It’s a harem in the sense that there’s a gathering of girls, and isn’t that what the word means in the first place? Correct me if I”m wrong.

    Anyways, it’s definitely not a romantic harem since Okabe probably doesn’t feel much attraction to a lot of the lab members. He has a soft spot for Mayuri but I would bet that he’s eventually going to be pining for Kurisu. It just seems that way from all the situation they get into. And anyways, Okabe said it himself, he was probably setting up the lab group to attain a group of friends. Though it was a little side comment, those little tidbits that slip from characters’ mouths shouldn’t be ignored. After all, there’s a trend these days for shows to slip a little bit of info in attempt to expand on a character or a plot point a little. Plus, it helps facilitate discussion and makes people like you and me feel smarter about ourselves. Oh, look at how I prod at the Butterfly Effect’s meaning.

    But in all seriousness, the little glimpse of the butterfly after Okabe talked with Suzuha probably alludes to the fact that the past was changed. There was already an obvious change, the satellite vanished from its crash site, but whether it has any significance besides just being there remains to be seen. That, or, I just haven’t been attentive enough.

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    in before everyone is John Titor

    • luffyluffy
      Posted June 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      So, I’m rereading these as I watch the episode, and I just now realize you mentioned the TARDIS

      It shows a lot to my skimming skills doesn’t it?

  5. Posted June 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    i have a feeling that part-time girl is probably a time-traveler and her father is probably also one. father probably time-traveled somewhere else when kyouma told himself to follow the girl, and when he didn’t the girl probably time-traveled herself. but that’s just blind speculation.

    dat scene where mayuri expected kyouya to be all mad scientisto and then he did it. i am officially shipping them two now. fuck christina. i guess now we can’t speak anymore ‘-‘ lol.

    i agree that kyouma is such an expertly crafted character. the layers of insanity v. sanity make him such an unpredictable element, even to himself. and his interactions with the other characters are so genuine and untainted with the tropes you’d expect from harems or whatever (except for christina, but that’s intentional since she’s a Tsundere TM).

    dude i cringed at the ruka feel-up scene. i mean, i know it was meant to be funny, but i actually felt really bad for kyouma lol. unintentionally getting to second base with what you thought was a guy. not sure if win?

    • mcm38
      Posted June 10, 2011 at 12:55 am | Permalink

      Which scene was that when Mayuri expected Kyouma to be a mad scientist? Can’t remember it. I only remember her being all melancholic about Kyouma doing all the time travel stuff.

      But other thant that. I almost literally rofled at Mayuri chopping the mushrooms this episode. XD Gotta love how Huouoins remark on this was only the one about mushrooms are not needed.

      • Posted June 10, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

        the one where she was all like “what’s wrong, you’re all quiet, normally you’d open your phone and be like ‘it’s me, they conspired and raised the price of beef'” or something like that. and then kyouma realized he was being distant with her and was like “no it has to have a norse god in it” and proceeded to do what she explained he would normally do. it was a strangely touching scene.

      • mcm38
        Posted June 10, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

        Oh, Mayuri was realy cute there doing that.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 11, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      You can’t ship KyoumaXMayuri! They’re just friends, there’s absolutely no romantic tension between them.

      Pah, you’ve just had it in for Kurisu since the start

      • Posted June 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

        i refuse to speak to a non-believer.

      • mcm38
        Posted June 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

        XD Kyouma is totally in for Mayuri! I agree. (But I slightly got the idea he might be thinking of her as a sister.)

  6. Someone Else
    Posted June 10, 2011 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    The mail doesn’t change anything, Kyouma just traveled to another possibility using the mail as the “spaceship” and there’s most likely to have genderswapped versions of every character somewhere out there. The mail just lets you travel to the closest possibility on whatever is the intention of the mail. I don’t know about the veggie turning someone into a girl though lol.

    This anime surely reminds me of Noein because the theme is time traveling and multiple parallel worlds

  7. lostsage
    Posted June 10, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Don’t think you totally followed what happened at the end with part-timer. She left because she didn’t find her dad at the meeting, and she also didn’t meet him after Kyouma line-jumped but he stopped her from leaving town and brought her back to the lab for party time.

    This has led to a theory that Daru is actually part-timer’s dad, because her not seeing her dad at the same meeting Daru was supposed to go to lines up with Kyouma tricking Daru into skipping the meeting.

    • mcm38
      Posted June 10, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

      Lol, you missed some things too.

      The meeting was planned by Daru. When he was tricked by Huouoin and came back the meeting got cancelled. Titor the father of part-time, was supposed to come to the meeting, but Huouoin caused for it to get cancelled, so it was actually all Huouoins fault.

      • lostsage
        Posted June 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

        Did he really arrange the meeting? I was under the impression Daru was just a member rather than the leader and that the meeting just happened without him when he didn’t show. Although to be honest, we don’t get a whole lot of information about what happened at the meeting anyway.

      • mcm38
        Posted June 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

        Daru said he cancelled the meeting. Tought he was the arranger. Might also be my misuderstanding.

  8. JustCurious
    Posted June 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Where is the Summer 2011 chart? Will you ever make one?

    • luffyluffy
      Posted June 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

      Scamp doesn’t do charts anymore :(

      • JustCurious
        Posted June 10, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

        So my only reason to visit this Website is gone

  9. Posted June 11, 2011 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    I think the whole Daru not showing up at the meeting is a red herring. Interesting, but it’s just too out there for me to take that theory seriously.
    Still, Kyouma is the glue that holds this show together. While that’s a bit obvious, it’s likely that the real goings on with the part-timer’s father are directly related to him somehow, and not just because he followed her instead of helping to prepare the meal.

    Not sure where I’m going with this, but that’s about all the theorizing that I can make at this point.

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