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Steins;Gate episode 2

As I said in my Fireball Charming post, I have no plans to blog Tiger and Bunny, Nichijou or Hanasaku Iroha, the three shows I’ve had positive things to say about the first episodes of. Tomorrow the first episodes of [C], Ano Hana and Denpa Onna to something something Shaft show air, all of which I have some degree of interest in (along with that JC Staff anime where a generic male lead has flat chested teenage girl voiced by KugiRie with special powers fall into his lap, which I have zero interest in), along with the airing a few days later of Deadman Wonderland and Moshidora. At least one of those I plan on blogging, alongside Fireball Charming and SteinssemicolonGate. Because SteinsrandompunctuationmarkGate is setting up to be a fascinating little sci-fi mystery series. Or a glorious fuck up, either of which should be fun to blog.

Leaping into blogging SteinscloselyrelatedindependentclausesGate is a bit of a risk due to its visual novel origins. The law holds true that VN Adaptations Suck (mwahaha go my biased views go) and not even this show can escape its roots by having an accursed cycle through horribly generic harem cast of bishojos. Why oh why did this series need a trap anyway? Why did every single one of these girls have to conform so perfectly into standard harem female stereotypes? The nervous silent one. The energetic maid that adds nya into her sentences. I didn’t mind Mayuri so much in the first episode because she was by herself, but added in with all the others and she becomes the brain dead optimistic one. At least Kurisu appears to have a bit more originality to her, but that’s more because she hasn’t displayed much personality yet to pigeon-hole her. Character archetypes aren’t necessarily a bad thing, but put some more effort to make your character stand out!

Showing off our lighting effects wooh!

Okabe is still the chara-wait, I mean, Huuooouuoouuiiin is the character that holds this together. I do like the various reactions everyone has to his personality. Some of the girls fully embrace it, playing along perfectly, leaving me not quite sure how many of them believe him as much as he does, or even more than he does himself. Mayuri just happily accepts it, leaving him to carry on his ramblings as long as it makes him happy. Our resident otaku gets into arguments with him, which is pretty funny because it often drags Okabe out of his ramblings to argue over something a lot more mundane, like what to do with the bananas. Probably the best of all is Mr.Braun the TV man, who is the only character who totally rejects his self-projected mad scientist personality.

Despite my obvious depth of knowledge I display here on this blog, I’m still a rather young man, only 20 years old. So when this show started referencing John Titor, I had to do some wikipedia research to find out what the hell it all was. For those of you as young as me and too lazy to wiki, he was a self-proclaimed time traveller who posted on message boards back around 2000-1. The reason he was paid attention to was because he had so many bases covered, from what the time machine used to how time travel worked to what was happening in the future. Plus, because his version of time travel included the many worlds theory (kudos to the subbers for translating Japanese netspeak, I got a good laugh out of “in b4 multiple worlds”), that meant his theory was infalsifiable. From a newbies perspective, I thought the whole thing looked like nothing much more than conspiracy theorist bait, but still a pretty cool point to work this series from. Although I did feel cheated when they skipped the entire time travel debate between Kurisu and Okabe, wait no, I mean Huuooouuoouuiiin.

Like I said after the first episode, it’s the little things going wrong that make a mystery like this work so well. The lack of John Titor’s existence would be like me waking up one day and finding nobody remembers the Crazy Frog (although I think humanity has desperately tried to erase that part of history from their collective memory anyway). Insignificant, but still unsettling. Then there’s the banana re-attaching itself, which again is such a small thing but pretty creepy to those observing it. Especially since one of them likes to pretend he’s delusional and now is actually having delusions. What does he believe now? He’s spent so long pretending he’s delusional that maybe he’s started to believe it, or that now these things are just his mind going too far. Poor fella, but at least he has a harem of generic female archetypes to fall back on.

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    It says ‘one comment’, but there’s no comment. One comment, but it’s not there. What did you do Scamp? Where did you put the comment? Tell me after I’ve watched this episode, kthxbye.

    • Posted April 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

      It is always like that.

      • OHEMGEE
        Posted April 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

        Don’t let it get to you man. Just roll with it.

  2. Shinigami
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    ty for reminding me of the crazy frog -_-

    • Scamp
      Posted April 14, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Humanity must remember its folly so it may never be repeated again

      Posted April 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

      I think I avoided youtube for days after watching crazy frog for the first time. Terrifying, annoying, and down right shameful all in one. No thx.

  3. Posted April 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    >ignoring Inazuma Eleven GO

    …Because I totally needed to remember Crazy Frog.

  4. Posted April 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    And Scamp is blogging a mystery harem vn adaption anime. Hurray! I am… estatic. *sigh*
    If this shall turn out awesome just as you expected, then I shall eat my words, but if this bombs, then… I’m still gonna be happy, I guess, because I’m a sadistic girl like that who likes to see people suffer. *holds hand to her cheek*
    Nah, but if this bombs, it shall bomb spectacular. Like, really bad. That would be fun to write about. And comment about.

    The same could happen to T&B too, it could morph from a fun and mature cop/superhero series with slight but clever cyn­icism in it to a boring, totally cheesy superhero show about the POWAH OF FRIENDSHIP!!11, of course, but at least then I have doujinshi to drool on. Yes, I am shallow like that. You may now lose all your respect for me. Except you didn’t have any to begin with. Hurray! Let’s all be losers! At least the japanese girls seems to be with, at least judging from the amount of fanart already out on pixiv. Let’s scrap that, the second episode was already cheesy, and it was great fun too.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted April 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      Who ever said cheesy was a bad thing?


      • Posted April 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

        That’s what I said. “Let’s scrap that, the second epis­ode was already cheesy, and it was great fun too.”

        I meant it was cheesy in a good way. *pats head*
        Are you… also so obsessed with T&B that you check pixiv all five minutes?

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

        I don’t even know how to use Pixiv.

        Tbh, shipping people bores me. I’ll write the occasional DoctorxMaster/JohnSimmxDavidTennant/DavidTenanntxOC fanfic for my friends, but I’ve sorta dropped off the shipping scene.

        Porn bores me.

      • Posted April 14, 2011 at 7:18 am | Permalink

        Ah, okay. Then I guess I’m the only one. :(

      • Scamp
        Posted April 14, 2011 at 10:44 am | Permalink

        I know it’s easy to forget, but..umm..I am a hetrosexual guy who prefers hot anime girls to yaoi. Not that I think much of the girls in Steins;Gate anyway, but still…

  5. Jared
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Feris Nyan-Nyan. Goddamn Feris Nyan-Nyan. Potential jailbait, genki, and has a verbal tic. -.- Semicolooooooooon. *shakes fist*

  6. Posted April 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Strange thing is, I don’t think there is romance in the VN. Could be wrong though.

    And the end is in sight for new anime being released. I’ll be happy to no longer have anime upon anime to check out.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 14, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      Until they all bomb and you’ve got to wait until next season to get excited again

      • Posted April 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

        Ain’t that how it always goes?

  7. Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Also completly unrelated, but has either of you ever watched “There she is!!”?
    It’s so…. touching. Cute. Tearjerker-ish. Strong. Cathartic.

    • Posted April 14, 2011 at 12:30 am | Permalink

      Added to watch list.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 14, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Oh I know that. The really well rated flash animation. Don’t know anything about it beyond that

      • Posted April 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

        It’s about how love will overcome all boundaries. If you liked Chobits, you will love this one.

        I mean it’s like… just watch it. Come on, just five episodes. Which are all five minutes long. And you can watch it on youtube.
        Epic Soundtrack. Ah, it’s korean.


  8. Posted April 14, 2011 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    Yuu Kobayashi is enough reason to put a trap into the cast in my book. Gosh dang that voice.

  9. Thrashy
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Okabe pisses me off. Dude needs to get a job. I’ll stick with the show for now, though, since I’m a sucker for sci-fi and I’m interested to see how it integrates the John Titor mythos.

  10. Posted April 14, 2011 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    Okabe’s become my favorite character of the new season. While eccentric, it’s easy to tell that he has a general grip on reality, and simply chooses to believe in the imaginary demons that he feels plague society in a sinister and overarching manner, rather than believing in them by default.

    It does well in contrasting with the part of him that’s enough of a realist to know when something strange is going awry. Whether this’ll turn out well or not is left to be seen, but I have high hopes for Steins;Gate.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 14, 2011 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      Exactly, that’s what makes him work. More than anything though, it’s because he’s got a sort of grip on reality, which makes him seeing stuff that doesn’t make sense even more unsettling for him

  11. Posted April 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    The girls may be generic, but I kind of like them. Even the trap. But that just may be because I like seeing how they interact with Okarin as opposed to the girls in of themselves.

    I didn’t know the John Titor thing was a reference to a real hoax until someone pointed it out…But now that I know, it’s a pretty cool little plotpoint they stuck in there! Can’t wait for more~

  12. Posted April 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Although nobody will probably care, I won’t be commenting for a week because of holidays. Just thought I could say that.

    • Posted April 15, 2011 at 3:02 am | Permalink


      Also, why so negative lately? Smmmmmmile, Leah, smile!

      • OHEMGEE
        Posted April 15, 2011 at 3:22 am | Permalink

        I’ll miss you ;_;

      • Posted April 15, 2011 at 8:24 am | Permalink


  13. Raspy
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I hope that this anime turns into another Flying Black Panther incident if you decide to blog it. That would be hilarious. xD

    Also bye Leah-san have nice holidays.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

      Oh godz no, no more Magical Flying Panthers pleeaaasssee

  14. Posted April 15, 2011 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    lol harem. it’s official. i’m sold on this.

    mostly sold on this since this anime has a very…code geass feel to it. like a select few characters are awesome and are even more awesome when interacting with other characters and carry the anime through, even when the plot has gone to hell. not a fan of the dead girl, however. i even prefer the generic bishoujos ;/

    it took me until hearing the main guy’s war cry to realize that his seiyuu is miyano mamoru. i recognize that weird yell anywhere lol.

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