*sigh* oh well, back to the bread and butter of Steins;Gate episodics.
One thing I’ve liked about Steins;Gate is how deliberate the way everything has unfolded. The contrast between the quieter first half with the manic halfway point. How there were plenty of hints given before plot twists were revealed, such as how Daru was Suzuha’s father. Which is why I’m really not so keen on the dramatic revelation that Mr. Braun was FB. His naming after the original Braun was not a hint. That’s far too obtuse. I mean, maybe I missed some of the clues, but I’ve been paying pretty close attention to Steins;Gate. It’s not like Umineko where I might have missed the hints and explanations because I was either dozing off or laughing at it. You can’t pass it up as
CERN SERN picking Braun because he lived below Okarin, because that happened way too far in the future for it to be of relevance at the time. It smacks more of the show deciding upon Mr.Braun because he was the one character who hadn’t been given importance in the story yet.
That minor piece of whining aside, I really enjoyed this episode of Steins;Gate. I love how Okarin’s character has developed over the course of the show. He starts off as a young man with delusions of greatness, hiding beneath a persona, convincing himself that he’s grander than he is. But the further he delved into the the
CERN SERN conspiracy, the more his Mad Scientist persona was stripped away and the more human and panicky he became, culminating at the halfway point where all illusions were destroyed and he became the scared young man that he really was. Yet, even through all this, there was always a hint that there was a ruthless, true mad scientist side to him. One that would mess with the fabric of reality because he was capable of doing so. The further he progresses through the time leaps and D-Mails, the more detached from human feeling he becomes, ignoring the very person he started this quest for.
But, just as there’s always a Mad Scientist part of Okarin, there’s also always that human side. I was a little iffy about the reveal that he has to choose between Kurisu or Mayuri, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. It’s not like Okarin hasn’t done this before. Didn’t he just erase the life of Feyris’s dad? He perceived that as the right thing to do because that wasn’t the ‘true’ timeline. So now what Okarin? The true timeline is one where Kurisu dies, so why don’t you change it? It’s a little different when it’s a person you know personally, sitting in front of you. Where it genuinely feels like you are the one who’s killing them in order to revive the other. He was able to detach himself from Feyris and Rukako because he never quite perceived them as real, but now his human side is brought into play because he has to kill Kurisu.
4 episodes left, and this is the final decision that makes or breaks the series. My theory is that Okarin will jump to a divergence point where he’s the one who dies, leaving Kurisu and Mayuri both alive. Just so long as it doesn’t pull a bloody Deus Ex Machine ending.