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…