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!
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.