Reviewing Saya no Uta was a lot of fun, enough for me to consider playing a whole lot more visual novels and reviewing them too. Problem is, due to the nature of the stories in a lot of visual novels, I may end up not enjoying an awful lot of them. Hence I might end up with yet another overly negative post series. The alternative is to simply revisit all my favourite series and write some proper reviews of them, but they may end up coming off as spazzy fanboying. Whatever you guys want, there’s a poll on the sidebar to decide for me.
Right, back to Steins;Gate.
Some enterprising folks had guessed this from the last episode already, but Daru is Suzuha’s dad. I found the mental leap of faith that someone would have sex with Daru too difficult to make. I guess that, upon hearing that he gets himself a lovely waifu, he starts working out a bit. It’s not like Steins;Gate hadn’t already given us hints that Daru was Suzuha’s dad. Remember the fateful rainy day when Suzuha went to the meeting of nerds because she heard her dad was going to be there? Well, remember who else was showing up at that meeting until he was called away when Okarin informed him he would get to eat something by Feyris? Damn you Steins;Gate and your hints I never picked up on!
The plot has been taking a turn for the silly lately. When you take a step back and stop immersing yourself in the Steins;Gate world, you realise this episode had a tearful farewell to a time traveller, wishing her all the best in saving the world. Toss that in with the “I am your father”, the dystopian future, the full body leather catsuits, the evil organisation in masks, the moeblobs being pushed out in front of trains, and you realise that Steins;Gate has long since passed the grounded tone of the earlier episodes. It’s not that much of a bad thing, as I’m quite partial to slightly silly plotlines myself, but it does destroy a little part of Okarin’s character. One of the parts I really liked was how Okarin’s Mad Scientist persona was totally at odds with his surroundings. His grandstanding was a mask over the reality that he was a poor young adult who could barely pay his rent, his only claim to fame being he had a microwave that could make bananas green and gloopy. Introducing all these new plot elements certainly hots up the story a bit, but it does take away from that part of Okarin’s character I really liked.
I was having difficulty following the plot from the last episode, but I walked out with the assumption it would all make sense later. This episode simply assumed I had gotten to grips with the plot and ploughed forward in rather uncharacteristic speedy fashion. Let me just check if I’ve got this right. The reason Suzuha was travelling back in time was so she could get the IBN, then wait for a looooong time before she can give it to Okarin, right? Or did she need to decode something back in 1975? I think it was the second option, because Okarin already had the IBN once earlier on in the plot. Besides, why did she need to translate whatever it was again? To prevent
CERN SERN from doing…something or other, god only know. I can’t follow it anymore. I’m happily taking Okarin’s side in all this. All that matters is the ‘Save Mayuri’ plot.
On that note, it appears Okarin, upon realising that neither the time machine nor the time leap machine worked, finally caved in to what hundreds of people were crying out for him to do and simply send a D-Mail. The problem is, a D-Mail is the most unreliable version of the lot, because we don’t get to see what happened as a result of the D-Mail. Was Okarin scared away enough by his own D-Mail that he stopped the production of the phone microwave in the first place? It’s not like he can reproduce that either. The phone microwave was made by Daru, while the time leap machine was made by Kurisu. Also, seeing as there’s no phone microwave, that means Kurisu had no reason to join the lab in the first place. This means instead she gets picked up by some folks at
CERN SERN and become the evil world conqueror that Suzuha said she would become. But more importantly, this means she’s not going to get anymore screentime. Curse you Okarin and your slapdash approach to time travel!