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…