Cutting edge of brain science.
Making the memory data is possible.
Not sure if I’d trust brain scientists with that level of botched English.
Good lord, where do I start with this episode? I suppose we’d begin with Kurisu’s idea of sending brainwaves back to the past. It’s a bit depressing that your mind consists of no more than 36 bytes of data, but there you go. Who are we to argue with Kurisu? She’s been to America, wears a lab coat and is a walking version of Know Your Meme. I guess my theory from a few episodes ago that Kyouma was jumping through time streams with every incident of Steiners Finger, or whatever he calls it, is absolute rubbish. Well, not quite. His body isn’t jumping, just his brainwaves. There’s still a whole new timeline being created, but his memories jump through the time streams and into the new one just created, giving him the memories of the previous time frame. At least, that’s my interpretation of events. Steins;Gate has made it pretty clear that you can’t send bodies back into the past, but Kyouma was clearly travelling in some shape or form. Now it’s given us a clear reasoning how he could time travel, it’s merely a case of putting 2 and 2 together. That is, until Steins;Gate decides to throw something else entirely new at us in the next episode. Then it’s back to the speculation board for us all.
Kurisu a member of
CERN SERN? I’m with Kyouma on this one. Either Kurisu has been pulling off one of the single most elaborate false personalities in anime history, or she has no knowledge of having worked for SERN. Now I say ‘no knowledge’ because I also find it hard to believe that the part-timer is lying either. I doubt Kurisu is unknowingly providing SERN with information either, because that would be pretty stupid on her part. Then again, SERN have somehow reverse hacked into their computer and given them full access to their database. Which is about the shittiest hack job you can possibly do. “I’ve hacked into your computer! Now you can see all my credit card details mwahaha!”. But it does show SERN act in mysterious ways I guess, so maybe they’re controlling Kurisu through anonymous imageboards or something. The theory I had regarding why the Part Timer thought Kurisu was working for SERN was because she was in a different time stream. The planets aligned in such a way that she didn’t have the conversation with Kyouma in the lecture theatre and instead gave such a fascinating lecture that SERN hired her. The theory tossed out by a few people is that the Part Timer was the person to originally kill Kurisu in the first episode, although that begs the question of why she hasn’t done that in this time stream.
It’s been 4 episodes since I did any discussion on the production values and visual directing, especially since it seemed to fly straight over the head of most of my readers (well, my commenters anyway). This time we had Kyouma’s panicked stencilled run back to the lab, which was a hell of a lot more effective and less naff that naked floating through space. I mean, I knew the whole way there that all he was going to do was charge in on the girls in the shower, and yet there was still that niggling doubt that maybe there really was something wrong. Once Steins;Gate has managed to get that niggle into my mind, then it’s done its job. As for who is sending him pictures of decapitated heads? It’s pretty pointless to theorise due to the lack of information, but it does serve to make both me and Kyouma incredibly uneasy the whole way through. The stakes are rising slowly but with unhesitating consistency to increasingly dangerous levels, so that even the goofy s’life sequences have a menacing air to them. This is where the use of Dutch Angles might have heightened the sense of gradual unease to the scenery, if the damn show wasn’t throwing in Dutch Angles for the sake of Dutch Angles since the very start, but I guess we can’t have it all.
How about that BGM eh? How it served to heighten the unease in certain scenes, or the introspective nature in others. Or the effective use of cuts for comedic effect, such as cutting off Kyouma in mid-sentence midway through a dramatic speech. Or how he changed tone to hide what he was really thinking only after he had walked out off the side of the screen.
I really, really like this anime.