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Steins;Gate episode 14

Time to take a break from new season ‘enthusiasm’ and from patting myself on the back for a job well done, and return to the bread and butter of episodic blogging. I would have written this post yesterday, but I was too busy responding to the bizzilion odd comments left. That post is an example of why I can’t respond to every single comment like I used to. This may make me come off as a bit of a dick for saying that, but if I pursued that policy, I’d get much less actual posts written. Besides, I earned a few good karma points for my humility in that post, so I think I’m allowed to be an egotistical prat this time around.

inb4 this post gets no comments at all

Let me just  burn the image of gel-tuturu into your skull forever. Not that she was actually sent back to the past or anything. Jellyfied Mayuri would not still have her clothes on, for a start. Or her skin. It was just more of that ‘holy fucking shit, look at Mayuri being dead and stuff!’ that Steins;Gate has been pulling for the past 3 episodes now. That’s not a complaint by the way. I quite like how they’ve handled it. It’s not desperately trying to get us to feel sorry that she keeps dying. It’s more trying to give us a feeling of shock and horror. Look at how big a deal this has become. Contrast this with the first half where they were all goofing off in the lab with these shots of Mayuri dying over and over. Perhaps you could call it a bit overblown, but as someone who proudly named his blog after Code Geass, I like overblown presentations.

This episode was less about Mayuri though, and more about the sheer helplessness of Kyouma. I prefer that they decided to skip over the various times he tried to leap back in time to save her. After the last episode, where we came to the conclusion that Mayuri was destined to die, we didn’t need to show Kyouma trying again and again. We just needed confirmation that he had tried several other methods with no success. The question as to why he kept trying the same method was explained too. The time travel machine had been programmed in by Daru and Kurisu to go back those 2 and a half hours, something Kyouma didn’t know how to change because he didn’t make this version of the time travel device. He also couldn’t send back a D-Mail because they had modified the time phone microwave to become this new machine. He didn’t try change the time settings on the machine because he neither had the time nor the knowledge how to do so. In short, the only way he could change this pattern of events is to get someone who did know how to change the time travel machine.

And this is where Kurisu steps in. Otherwise known as Cristina. Otherwise known as The Zombie. Otherwise known as the Good Female Character in Steins;Gate. After the last few episodes mainly focused on Mayuri, it’s nice to get a female character with some actual depth to her personality back in. I heard prior to the episode about her Mad Scientist laugh from twitter, which made me rather pissed because I thought it was a spoiler. That Kurisu had joined Okabe in her attempts to save Mayuri, but had gone mad in the attempt to do so. In retrospect, it should have been obvious that wouldn’t happen. Steins;Gate isn’t the kind of show that would change a characters personality so drastically like that. But that did bring up the prospect of ‘what would happen if Kurisu really did go completely bonkers’? What if, in trying to fix the problems in the timeline, she goes mad from trying. She certainly has the capability to do it. That would be great if it did happen. We’ve revealed in the latest episodes that Kyouma is a real scared human once you send him off the deep end. Imagine if sending Kurisu off the deep end resulted in the total opposite.

Mad Scientist Kurisu…my knees are starting to go a bit weak…

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  1. mcm38
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    The revelation as to why Mayuri is calling herself Kyoumas hostage. Truly well written drama! (Superflag!)
    Kurisu cheering up and saving the helpless Kyouma. Magnificent! (Superb Romance/Comraderie!)
    Part-time revealing herself as JT the timetraveller from 2036. Unbelievable! (Amazing plot!)
    And as last but old news, Moeka the traitor and murderer of Mayuri.

    Steins Gate is realy the anime of the year atm. Now to see wether or not Guilty Crown can top this.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

      Nah, Madoka is still quite a distance above Steins;Gate in my book. Easily has second place, if I discount movies like Arrietty

      • mcm38
        Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

        Unfortunately I still didn’t watch Madoka. So it’s nr.1 at least for me.

      • mcm38
        Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

        Good news is Usagi Drops first episode just aired. And it has this character named Reina, who looks alot like the voice actor of Rin the main character. They’re cute. This makes 2+ to the cute litle shoujos this season. Do we have a total of 4 now?

      • mcm38
        Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

        Geh, forgot something. Daikichi the other main character is voice by the John Titor voice actor, Hiroshi.

  2. Aerxes
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m surprised that you didn’t comment on the end result of the episode, and how now it seems like the focus of the series will end up turning towards crossing the “1% divergence barrier” in efforts to save Mayuri. It worries me that the series might become entirely revolved around saving Mayuri – it would be disappointing, to say the least. I’m of the opinion that Mayuri needs to stay dead, as she is now, as it could give an opportunity to develop Okabe and the others more.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

      Well, I didn’t have anything interesting to say about it. Ooh, whatsherface is John Titor. We hadn’t guessed that, like, 10 episodes ago :P

    • seansky
      Posted July 8, 2011 at 4:54 am | Permalink

      it cant take more than 1-2 eps on saving mayuri tho, since okabe still need to invent time machine. i bet it takes a long while to invent a time machine. :)

  3. Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    word, im all for driving all of the characters into insanity. especially christina. she’d gain like 20 points from me (and maybe lose 10 if she was still tsundere).

    her mad scientisto laugh caught me completely off guard, btw o__o

  4. Lametta
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    would be cool if mad scientist okabe really goes nuts :o

  5. 3242
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    and when Kurisu goes mad, she starts working for SERN.
    Everything makes sense now!
    Also, the mention of the thread device..
    hoorah! The many theories saying that thing was an ID of sorts to the world line were all good and right!
    Also; Steins;Gate put my theory of the magnetism to the original into much better words.. much more understandable better words..

  6. Posted July 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Since Puella Magi Madoka Magica ended this year, Steins;Gate is only competing for second place — unless the rest of the series keeps ratcheting up the tension and throws us for losses and ends with a much better ending than Madoka’s somewhat disappointing ending.

    So far, after the last three episodes, S;G is amazing cyberpunk time travel.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

      It’s been weird seeing people calling Steins;Gate cyberpunk. I always thought that required it to be set in the future

      • Posted July 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

        Actually cyberpunk is more about the mix between high tech and low life as opposed to future setting. Cyber = cybernetics and punk = failure of society. Cyperpunk stories consists of hackers and robots and megacorps. Steins;Gate fulfills at least two of them and is decidedly a mix of high tech w mundane life.

        I’ll be here all week.

  7. luffyluffy
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    This episode was heartbreaking. I never want to see Okarin like that again D:

    Also, I swear I ship him and Christiiiina with the force of ten thousand mini suns.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

      This is totally off topic, but I figured you’d like to see this:


      Perhaps there’s a reason why you like shows aimed at fujoshi…

      • mcm38
        Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

        Wtf? Who were those 6000 idiots who answered ‘yes’ to that question. I bet most of them don’t even know this blog.

      • Posted July 8, 2011 at 4:04 am | Permalink

        LMFAO. that’s golden XD

        brb, still dying of laughter.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

        Ah yes, we’ve mucked about with gender analysers on twitter before. They say every single anime blog is female. Even blogs like Baka-Raptor and Eye Sedso

      • Someone Else
        Posted July 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink


      • Anonymous
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

        You do realize that that site is so often wrong that it’s hard to say whether they actually analyse shit, or just flip a coin for gender. The latter would be far easier and equally probable.

  8. romulus
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Uninteresting ep for sure. Okarin deep inside is not a Mad Scientist at all, that’s everything we didn’t know. Other things as Part-time Warrior coming from the future or that they need a big(ger) change to undo Mayuri’s death were already known. The story is developing nicely, Okarin started to fall apart under the stress (seeing one of your loved ones die over 9000 times sure sucks) so a little character development for Makise…

  9. Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    I’m a little surprised that you’re so taken with Kurisu. Outside of her Basil Exposition role, I don’t find her all that interesting or deep– perhaps on the same level as Mayuri, the only difference being I like HanaKana and not so much Imai Asami.

    So, pourquoi? :)

    • Scamp
      Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      Tempted to just write ‘tsundere’ and leave it at that…

      She’s got several layers to her character, and puts on a different face for each person she interacts with. But they each have a clear correlation between each other and why she would act like that. She’s multi-faceted and it’s trying to work out what exactly she is thinking that draws me to her.

      Mayuri is simple. She is what she says on the tin. She isn’t even capable of acting any other way around people because she’s too thick to wrap her mind around any other way of thinking. She’s a one-sided character.

      One is a tsundere and the other is a simple moeblob

      • mcm38
        Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

        Simple, but kind and tougthfull of others. Those kind of women are not easy to find. She is the least likely to suddenly turn mad. Which makes her in a way the strongest personality.

      • Posted July 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

        ???? except most women don’t have a facade for each person they meet anyways. maybe professional face vs. whatever face, but nothing more than that.

        to me kurisu is your typical tsundere with a DARKKK PASTTT~

  10. Posted July 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    I find that the more I’m wrapped up in the plot of a particular show, the less I have to generally say about it since my expressions can be boiled down to variations of “OH MY GOD” and “HOLY COW”.

    Which is to say that I’m toooootally wrapped up in the plot of Steins;gate now.

    Also: “Screw you, future me” Probably got a way bigger laugh out of me than might’ve been appropriate.

  11. Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    In this post, you bring up one of the things I appreciate the most about Steins;Gate: the fact that it has thus far been very concerned with tying up its own loose ends and staying within its own boundaries. Science-fiction always works best when it realistically explains and stays within the parameters that it establishes for itself from the beginning.

    I remember that you congratulated Madoka for doing just this, and noting that it was one of the reasons that made that series so successful. Hopefully, you’ll be able to do the same with Steins;Gate as well.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      Some of its science has been a bit fishy at times (black hole condensing terabytes into only a couple of bytes?) but they explained it using something that resembled logic, so I’m happy to go along with its own version of science.

  12. Rex
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    inb4 Okarin changes the world to a timeline where Christina dies.

    On a side note, did anyone get the “myspoon” and “myfork” references? I was utterly confused.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted July 8, 2011 at 3:04 am | Permalink

      Christiiiiina’s already dead.

      I figured that the lab was poor and therefore they had metal spoons but plastic forks

    • Posted July 8, 2011 at 4:11 am | Permalink

      I assume it’s a metaphor for herself as a spoon and Okabe as the missing fork. But then again, I’m an irredeemable pervert. :)

    • Scamp
      Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      Fork is her harsh, pointy side, used to jabbing things harshly, which a spoon is smooth and used to slide underneath things.

      aka tsundere :P

      • mcm38
        Posted July 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

        Congratulations on just creating a synonym for tsundere: Forkspoon! Please ascend the stage to receive your reward of feeling accomplished by a genius and kind act.

      • Posted July 9, 2011 at 1:48 am | Permalink

        That’s actually an interesting spin but tuen why did Christina blush so quickly when she insisted that Okabe not figure it out? It’s not as embarrassing for women to admit that they have a soft side than admitting they want a screw especially an independent straight shooter.

  13. Kyubey
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    “Let me just burn the image of gel-tuturu into your skull forever.”

    Why do you hate that of which you do not understand?

  14. Someone Else
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    So the satellite was a time machine… Okabe must have acquired the Reading;Steiner because of it. Also I forgot about multiple worlds is that there even possibilities of things not existing, people with different relatives and personalities, occupations etc, and that’s what we forgot and got reminded again in this episode.

    Also yeah John Titor in real life may not be Japanese but lol here’s what I thought

    John = commonly used name in Japan (Remember Haruhi’s bamboo leaf rhapsody? Kyon used John Smith, the author probably has a knowledge about titor)

    Ti = Time

    Tor = Traveler (Toraverur or however japs mention english stuff)

    Btw here’s some of the hints on early episodes:

    -Kurisu was curious on what was Okabe (Who has no idea) was saying. Kurisu died afterwards and the living version does not know him at all
    -Satellite crashed on the building
    -John Titor’s name became less known (Although when Okabe googled it, there were still 12 results. One funny thing is there are 12 significant characters, including the hoax prof in episode 1, in this anime)
    -Part time warrior came at the same time when the crash happened
    -Part time warrior looking intently at the news about the satellite crash

  15. Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    Wow, I never even thought about that thing about changing time machine settings. Also, the correct spelling is *rimshot* Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzza zzombie, and Chris Chan.

    Also, Rintarou’s right to not immediately tell everybody else – perhaps he wanted to ‘protect them from the future’ or something, perhaps he thinks ‘they won’t understand and will just stall me!’, and perhaps he just wants to save Mayuri with his own hands. Either way, nice to see that his sane, calculative personality has somewhat taken over again. Though why Kurisu didn’t go back in time instead I don’t know, because if Rintarou’s Reading Steiner ability really is that awesome, he’ll sense the sending of the Memory-Mail at the time when Kurisu sends it, so he’ll have double the memories of that time period, with Kurisu also having those memories, at the same time once that moment comes. That maid [sic] no sense.

    @somewan somewan someone else
    The thing about John Titor’s name becoming less known was merely Suzuha travelling back to a later time than she would’ve, because of Rintarou’s sending of the D-Mail (though he didn’t know it) to Daru. Perhaps this is because if Rintarou didn’t send the D-Mail, Suzuha would not know to time travel to 2010, because the time machine would be built at like 2018 or something, but because he did, they built a time machine in 2010, and Suzuha time travels to that time period.

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