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Steins;Gate episode 18

Disapproving waitress in the background was the best character from this episode. At least, she was the one who came out of it with her reputation unscathed and actually improved. Can’t say the same for the rest of the cast.

I could spend this entire post pointing out the faults of the episode. I could complain about how the anime took a step into rotating through the haremettes storyline for no reason other than padding the material to keep the fanboys of the original material happy, lest the anime fails to acknowledge their favourite characters’ routes. I could talk about how annoying it is for Steins;Gate to suddenly remember Kurisu is a tsundere and therefore do a tsundere thing, rather than let it occur as a natural part of her character. I could question the morals of Okarin and how the anime seems to expect us to side with him in his quest to save Mayuri by destroying the livelihoods of many of his closest friends.

But I won’t. I do worry about coming off negative too often. Even for Steins;Gate, an anime for which I slobber all over using these poorly proof-read blog posts as my metaphorical salivia, I wish I could turn off my negative side and bask in its glory. I don’t enjoy being hyper critical…well, OK, I do, but not all the time. At least, not as frequently as I’ve been recently (especially with that final Break Blade post coming up). So let’s take a break from all that and try to put a positive spin on recent events.

Take Okarin’s questionable morals at play when he reverses Rukako’s gender and kills Feyris’s dad. My problem with both cases (apart from not giving a shit about either charact-no Scamp, be postivie!) was Steins;Gate seemed to be presenting both of these in a positive light. Obviously Okarin, being the slightly unhinged individual that he is, would side with the ‘Save Mayuri’ choice. He’s obsessed with saving her to the point that this has become less about Mayuri and more about simply going through with this plan of his. He’s invested too much time jumping timelines and reversing D-Mails to go back on this quest of his now. There would be something very poetic if, in his effort to save Mayuri, Okarin was the one to destroy the future. If in reversing every single D-Mail resulting in Kurisu joining CERN SERN and starting this whole dystopian future.

What these last two episodes have done is create a scenario where Okarin can’t go back on his plan. Before this, he could have theoretically given up and defeated CERN SERN some other way. But he can’t redo those two D-Mails. Both cases were reversed by a second D-Mail sent to pretend they were both pranks of some sort. You can’t reverse them by sending yet another D-Mail. That will just be considered more prank material. Also, because they were in an old timeline, he can’t undo the sent D-Mails. There is no return. He has sacrificed too much to save Mayuri. He can only keep going, even if his actions cause the destruction of society as we know it. He is in blood stepped in so far that should he wade no more, returning were as tedious as to blah de blah poncy quoting of Shakespeare.

Or maybe I just really want to see Evil Kurisu…

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    I-I want to go on a date with Okarin…

    Seriously, this episode was only good for seeing Okarin get a costume change.

    … and I’m okay with this.


    But it’s not like I’m grateful or anything. B-Bwaka.

    • Posted August 4, 2011 at 1:54 am | Permalink

      Only Moeka left, then… I can’t really say. We just have 7-odd episodes left, and that makes me really worried. Oh yes.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      Never doubt my good taste again

  2. Posted August 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Worst episode of the show so far? Oh yes.

  3. Gagagigo
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    The magical flying panther is maybe on the prowl. ^^

    • Scamp
      Posted August 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      Please no please no please no

  4. Repel Lugubrious
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I never thought that my Steins; Gate would be reduced to some random yaoi-shit fan pandering. Okarin I am disappoint. Though I liked seeing HOUOUIN KYOUMA again. It’s been too long you so cool sonuvabitch!

    And this episode deserves negativity.

    • Posted August 4, 2011 at 1:51 am | Permalink

      (posting from the workplace)

      As this is technically the end of Ruka’s active role in the game, it’s safe to say the following: the only OTHER choice Okarin had in this particular path was to just let Mayuri die so that Ruka could remain Rukako… Which kind of made Okabe seem like a huge dick, pun not intended.

  5. mcm38
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Well, I sure did enjoy seeing Okabe’s uncertain attitude troughout the first part of the date. But that was probably more or less the only thing. Btw, is it me or has he been ignoring Mayuri lately?

    • Posted August 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

      He has from our perspective, but it has only been a couple of hours from her perspective because he kept resetting for several weeks.

  6. Posted August 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Be more postivie. I like it better

  7. fathomlessblue
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    The last two episodes really remind me of the dating aspect in the Persona series; find a girl, complete her story, share a vague ‘special moment’ and then move on to the next. Expect Persona carried out this formula with far more subtlety and without affecting the main story.

    Still, I like really enjoyed this ep, however silly it actually was.

    If anything, Okabe’s beginning to remind me of Roland Deschain of the Dark Tower series; a tragic figure so obsessively hell bent on gaining what he desires that he ultimately sacrifices far more than he could ever imagine. Hopefully Steins Gate will end on a more positive note than that.

    • Posted August 4, 2011 at 1:58 am | Permalink

      Unlike Roland though, Okabe’s persistence in the game DOES make a difference in the end, and he never gets stuck in the endless cycle the Gunman has to experience.

      This is only in the true end of the game though, so who knows how the anime will tackle this with the episodes it has left.

    • Posted August 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      Very astute comparison. This will be proven or disproven within the last 7 episodes.

      Truth be told I wasn’t happy with this swerve into side quest territory even tho it served the main plot, cuz the tone lurched from scifi to quasi-yaoi.

      At least the Mad Scientist made a cameo in the last few minutes.

  8. Posted August 4, 2011 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    Also, there’s as for Plan C that Scamp was suggesting… There isn’t any, at least as far as the source was concerned. It’s either save Mayuri, or suffer endless torment, and that’s just HALF of the total story of Steins;Gate.

  9. Bob101
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Does anyone else want a timeline where an older Mayuri walks in a cat suit and shoots her younger self? I know its crazy but I have my fingers crossed its going to happen.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

      That would make no sense whatsoever, but it would be oh so awesome

      • Bob101
        Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:32 am | Permalink

        It’s funny how this episode and the one after it are so different in tone and style. It reminds me a bit of Higurashi and its shift in tone from episode to episode.

        Oh and since I’m a grammar Nazi, its = it’s.

  10. Posted August 4, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Well Kurisu is a tsundere. Plus the date was hilarious.

  11. Posted August 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    The timeline will be changed, but it will be Disapproving Waitress who will kill Mayuri instead of Shining Finger. Alternate timeline vengeance is a go.

  12. Posted August 5, 2011 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    I would love if Okarin did all that to save Mayuri, then she just gets hit by a truck or some shit out of nowhere. Just some kind of random event unforeseen that would end with Okarin losing all his progress and Mayuri dead.
    I mean if I were him, my main focus would be obtaining the IBN again, though saving Mayuri might just be a means to that end. Oh well, Moeka arc’s supposedly up next, here’s hoping it works better than Ruka’s.

  13. Posted August 5, 2011 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    This was at least better than Feyris’ episode.

  14. Someone Else
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    Wait people, have you guys noticed!? If Rukako knows Okabe and likes him even before remembering the previous world line memories, then why is HE/SHE CLOSE TO HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE!? I doubt its because of Mayuri because Okabe was the first to know him/her unless he just didn’t know that Mayuri knows her already. Could it be that the world line isn’t actually many but only 1 and they are just tweaking it?

    This could either be a plot hole or an actual another hidden hint that this anime is doing ever since the very first few episodes

    • lostsage
      Posted August 5, 2011 at 5:46 am | Permalink

      When Okabe first starts sending D-mails he notes that relationships don’t seem to change between world lines for whatever reason. So it’s just kinda set that she/he likes Okabe.

  15. gw_kimmy
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    kinda silly and pointless ep, but it was amusing at the very least.

    kyouma’s awkwardness on the date was beyond hilarious, and slightly endearing. i also noticed that (in my opinion), this ep had the most believable kyouma x christina moments then any other ep. when she dressed him it was like an old married couple. damn her.

    oh god, if all of this d-mail erasing shenanigans results in christina being leader of cern whatever and kyouma being the destroyer of humanity (ala terminator 2), then this anime has all of my praise forever. poetic irony ftw.

    • superfid2006
      Posted August 6, 2011 at 5:34 am | Permalink

      The funny thing is: the “most believable Kyouma x Christina moments” are in an episode which is supposed to center on Rukako.

      • gw_kimmy
        Posted August 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

        exactly! i almost felt bad for ruka…

  16. lostsage
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    C’mon Scamp, you knew this episode was coming. These past two episodes were Stein’s;Gate’s beach/hot springs episodes. Some people like them most people don’t but they are mandatory.

    I’m just glad that Kurisu didn’t pull another “I won’t remember you called me Kurisu huh?” The line gets me everytime

    • Scamp
      Posted August 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

      And since when were the beach/hot spring episodes considered good? We didn’t even get the bonus of Kurisu in a swimsuit that a beach episode would provide

  17. Posted August 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I think the show portraying the reversals in a positive light was because the attitude that Okarin (and Feyris and Ruka) have towards the changes are that the other time line was the original, and these other time lines are not the ‘correct’ ones. Feyris even said it was like this time line was a dream, and something she needed to wake up from. But this perspective isn’t how the viewers see it, because we think of each time line as its own distinct future without one specific time line being the ‘original’. A future where Feyris’ father is still alive and where Ruka is still a girl is from the same root time line as the one we originally saw. It gets a little confusing, but I guess you could say that Okarin is just jumping around until he finds a time line where Mayurii doesn’t die.

  18. Terra
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    We’ve already been joking that Okarin is an anime adaption of my fiance, from physical appearance straight down to thought process and mannerisms. I near about shat myself when Okarins dress wear also happened to perfectly match my fiance’s only good dress wear. XD

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