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Steins;Gate episode 11

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.

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40 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    For Sciency!

  2. Posted June 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    ahh this episode was amazing <3 im thinking that in another time thread christina was a part of cern or whatever and that maybe part-time girl now is keeping an eye on christina "just in case". who knows.

    dude i was on the edge of my seat during kyouma's sketch run back to the lab. of course the shipper in me was kyaa-ing over his concern for mayuri, but i did half expect something to have happened to the two of them. and thank god we didn't get a pervert joke after the shower scene. that would have just killed everything. thank you steins gate for having common sense.

    • mcm38
      Posted June 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      Yeah realy. Steins Gate is doing it in a more appropiate and acceptable way.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

      Boo hiss, Mayuri shipper

      Kyouma X Kurisu FTW

      • mcm38
        Posted June 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

        Just curious, why are you shipping Kyouma with Kurisu? If you think they go along well, I say Kyouma goes better with Mayuri.

      • Posted June 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

        you’re just bitter since yours is never gonna happen ‘-‘

      • Scamp
        Posted June 17, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

        Noo, they don’t go together at all! There’s no romantic tension there whatsoever. There is between Kurisu and Kyouma though. You guys just hate mai waifu

      • Posted June 18, 2011 at 7:36 am | Permalink

        lmao, i thought husbands to waifus were supposed to hate competition, even 2D competition? XD

        oh there’s tension between kurisu and kyouma. it’s one sided though. whereas kyouma needs no tension between him and mayuri since their interactions are natural~ and he cares for her <3

  3. mcm38
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    And he once again used his Mad Scientisto personality to cheer up Chirstiiina!~
    And why is Kurisu still not used to unexpected situations and turns of events with Huouoin, like this one in which he found out another of Kurisu’s secrets. Altough it shouldn’t be a complete secret anymore since last time.
    Yet, the only thing I was a bit disappointed with is how they keep trying to show Kurisu more and more as a tsundere with her blushing in front of Huouoin and getting in denial mode occasionaly.
    Well, at least they’re making sense out of it unlike other tsundere characters.

    But all that aside. That head realy got me and those moments in which he suddenly panicked and ran in pencil mode to check up on Mayuri. (I should hereby call out for everyones attention. It was Mayuri he was worried about, not Kurisu.)

  4. Posted June 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I really liked how the shower scene maintained the suspense right up until Kyouma threw the door open. Hearing the rushing water and nothing else was really ominous since you’d expect there to be lots of talking and giggling (and fondling and ‘kyaa’ing, since everyone knows girls in anime can’t keep their hands off each other in the bathroom).

    It’s not that I don’t appreciate when you talk about production values, it’s just that there isn’t much to add beyond pointing to them and explaining why they’re good.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

      Girls do that in real life too. Don’t ruin my perverted fantasies

      • Posted June 16, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

        I thought you hated yuri.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

        He doesn’t hate Yuri, he hates girls being insufferably nice to each other, which tends to go hand in hand with the yuri genre

      • Posted June 16, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

        in rl girls compare breast size ratio to waist size. and try to hide their “not good enough” ratio from other girls.

        i have no idea how yuri was even invented.

      • Posted June 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, those two ARE insufferably nice to eachother. That’s why I’m saying this.
        And girls don’t do that in real life, unless they are lesbians. Or very… weirdly close.
        So, if it’s two hot girls rubbing against eachother, it’s okay, but girls actively trying to pursure a relationship are not okay for you, Scamp? :( I don’t really get it. If you would read Yuri, what can’t of Yuri would you want to read?

        Oh, and I turned 17 two days ago. Hurray!

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 17, 2011 at 12:30 am | Permalink

        Scamp is a man.

        Do you like Touhou scamp? It seems right up your alley, what with the hot girls with little personality and all.

      • Posted June 17, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

        Yuri for Scamp: two girls are generally mean to each other yet enjoy sleeping together and fondling each other. But they’re not tsundere. Actually, I can totally think of a oneshot by Ken Kurogane that fits that description exactly.

      • Posted June 17, 2011 at 8:29 am | Permalink

        But Touhou is moe. And Scamp does not like moe. At least he tells us that in almot every post he makes. Or maybe he’s secretly tsundere for it?

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

        How is Touhou moe?

        I mean, Patchy is cute with her pajamas and stuff but the other girls? Nope.

      • Scamp
        Posted June 17, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

        I don’t have something fundamentally against lesbians or anything. It’s that the anime I’ve seen featuring them have almost always been horrendously boring. However I will not complain watching two hot naked girls fondling each other.

        I am totally indifferent towards Touhou. I played one of the games, thought it was decently fun, but had zero interest in the characters. They were just girls in frilly dresses bickering with each other, distracting me from shiny coloured balls filling the screen

  5. Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    This episode was really creepy! I mean, I was genuinely scared for a short time!
    I’m liking Okabe more and more, he’s just captivating and a great point of view since no one else can tell what he’s thinking really (and sometimes they can tell that all to well, which makes him look dorky and makes him endearing). I’m also really feeling with him. Go Okabe!
    I like all of the other characters too, I guess. This and Tiger & Bunny has really strong characters. And Steins Gate is successfull in fueling my paranoia. Damn it.

    And while they were talking about memes, I kinda had the idea of anthropomorphisms of internet sites and programs indulging in Gurren Lagann/video gamer/epic magical girl style in grand, colourful battles with memes and manpower, and being general assholes in a cyberspace-just-updated like world, which can bring you to other places per… a click, and where weird, slimy guys try to sell off their things in adverts, but sometimes they attack you with viruses and teleport you through weird places, and *breahing* the “normal” characters are weird floating robot people with TVs as faces which can put on any face they want too, and stuff… maybe it’s like every site has a representantive of their manpower and 4chans, who has kinda a personality like Haruko, only evil, is super powerful, and has a weird mask on, and Youtube works now for Google which he can’t stand at all, and Google, who is kinda like an information broker loves to control everything and stalk everyone, and Wikipedia doesn’t care and they can transform and put mecha suits on and it’s tear inducing like coloured and when they fight they are accompained by beats and *shot*

    I have too much time to think about that things.

    Any ideas for characters?

  6. romulus
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    One more great ‘visual directing’ stuff: After a supposed great change (e.g. a time leap) until the characters are not shown again, you can’t tell whether they still exist or have just been cancelled from existence. It’s used often, like that moment in the silent, dark lab. (girls in the bath)
    This anime… it does everything right. Jokes, drama, a trap, scientific terms, a coherent plot–>many animes have bled to death after falling short of their own objectives while S;G not merely has all these, but they are done well. This episode introduced another one, fanservice. The bishoujos were already here, so I saw that coming.
    What about Daru? I haven’t seen the guy for 20 minutes at least. Maybe the pervert was incompatible with the brainwave things and seriousness… or he is the spy, Revealing the time travel thing to practically everyone tends to invite undercover spies. Normally I would suspect Moeka, but Daru must have known about the connection between the lab and the CERN.

    • Posted June 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

      And he would pull it all off with a trollface. Daru must be the spy!

    • Scamp
      Posted June 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      Steins;Gate doesn’t do everything right, like the overuse of Dutch Angles. But yeah, it gets a hell of a lot right too

      Daru? I can see him being a traitor if a cute cat eared girl told him to do so. If SERN started hiring cat eared girls, then we know they are the true face of evil

  7. Posted June 15, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    I just gotta say, I have never been more relieved to see a shower walk-in scene in my life. That is some quality direction & writing right there. Makes me incredibly curious to see what the VN was all about.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      The VN hasn’t been translated into English yet. Which is a shame, because it’s the first VN I’ve ever been interested in checking out myself

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

        Maybe the success of the anime will inspire people!

      • lostsage
        Posted June 17, 2011 at 7:05 am | Permalink

        It probably won’t be for a while, because apparently Nitroplus uses some crazy stuff to people people away from their code.

  8. Anonymous
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    It’s a bit depress­ing that your mind con­sists of no more than 36 bytes of data, but there you go.

    That was never said to be the case. The temporal lobe makes up about a quarter of the brain and Christina even noted that she is unsure whether even part of that could be transmitted with only 36 bytes. Sure, that’s still ridiculous, but remember that SERN made the LHC to do even more. Likely the LHC is capable of sending A LOT MORE data back in time than the phone-microwave-TV combo set up Hououin has available. It wouldn’t be surprising if the LHC had enough back-in-time bandwidth for parts of the temporal lobe to be transmitted back.

    There’s still a whole new timeline being cre­ated

    God dammit, again, no. Stop trying to think Scamp, you’re crit failing every time you attempt to speculate about Steins;Gate in a most self-defeating manner. Just make more fun of the ridiculous crap as before. Hell, no comment about how painfully awkward and forced Hououin’s groping of Rukako was is worrying. Can we get old blogger Scamp back? The one that didn’t bother emulating other bloggers and (crappily) pointing out the art direction and voice acting qualities of the show.

    Steins;Gate has made it pretty clear that you can’t send bod­ies back into the past

    >Part Time Warrior runs/cycles around
    >claim Steins;Gate has made it clear physical time travel is impossible
    The show has cocked the relevant Chekov’s Gun in regards to physical time travel being possible in the world. Just because the unreliable narrators that are the characters say it’s not possible doesn’t mean they are right.

  9. fathomlessblue
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    As great as that running scene was, I think White Fox studio really missed a trick by not playing A-Ha in the background. Unbelievable!

  10. Posted June 17, 2011 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    Can anyone explain to me what the hell is a “lifter” and what did the TV in the beginning of this episode have to do with it?

    Does the TV being turned on satisfy a requirement for the D-Mail Microwave to be “on?”

    Sometimes there’s no lifter around, yet they can send D-Mails… May need to rewatch the whole thing again.

    • lostsage
      Posted June 17, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink

      http://lmgtfy.com/?q=lifter

      It’s the third link. And they could only send Dmails during a certain time because that’s when the shop was open and the TV on.

  11. Posted June 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Somebody might be jelly…

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