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.