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Steins;Gate episode 22

Are you the kind of person who shuts off the video as soon as the ending song starts playing? Did you do that for this episode of Steins;Gate too, even though the ending song was different and you probably should have realised that something was up? If you did shut it off, then quick, go back and watch that ending song the whole way through. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

*doo-be-doo-be-doo*

You done?

Right, Steins;Gate post time!

I really could not have picked a more angsty picture to kick this post off with, could I?

Why do anime have to do this? Why does any story have to do this for that matter? When it reaches an important, climactic, emotional piece, why do they decide to drag it out far longer than needs be? The scene with the sewing up of the coat should have been touching, but it dragged on too long. The scene where Kurisu told Okarin that he would just go mad from repeating was dragged on waaaay too long. Madoka Magica did this in its final episode too. There’s a beauty in brevity. For the most part, Steins;Gate realised this. It’s been slow paced, mainly because it liked to leave the characters stew in their own emotions, but those scenes were generally short in of themselves. It’s like the writers get carried away with themselves when they reach emotional high points like this.

The kiss scene though?

OK, I liked that scene. I liked it even more for Okarin admitting that this wasn’t his first kiss by any stretch, but the others weren’t necessarily that romantic. As far as kiss scenes go, I give this a 9/10.

I don’t care to talk about voice acting. I’ve said this time and time again that most of it washes over me. I don’t care to remember names nor comment on performances. I don’t care who voices whom in what show at what point in their career with what style voice. So you’ll have to understand what a big deal it is for me to say that Mamoru Miyano performing Okarin’s proclamation of victory before and after the world line jump was one of the most powerful pieces of voice acting I have ever heard. Done wrong, and it would have come off as either full on Mad Scientist mode, or too unsure about his actions. Mamoru nailed this scene, accentuating the Mad Scientist side just enough so it sounded like Okarin was putting too much into that side of his personality, while keeping the sob in the back of his throat. I like to praise any scene that performs the ‘show, don’t tell‘ mantra. This time, instead of the voice simply adding to what is already being said, the tone of voice said everything that was needed about that scene. Shame they didn’t follow this mantra for the first half of the episode a bit more, but whatever.

Oh yeah, that scene after the credits. Fucked if I know what’s going on there, and I can’t be bothered theorising either. I will say it was an incredibly clever trick they pulled too, the whole rewinding the music and the images, interrupted by a keyboard typing. Mind you, the choice to use a new ending song was probably less rooted in artistic license and more because they weren’t allowed to modify the actual ending song for derpy legal reasons.

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30 Comments

  1. gw_kimmy
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    this will probably come off as “i mad”, but i found the kiss/confession scene far too cheesy and straight out of a shoujo manga ;/ at least it had a few original touches so that it wasn’t completely unbearable.

    anyways, i sort of have a problem with kyouma loving christina and then still killing her to save mayuri. also with that scene of christina talking about kyouma’s feelings for mayuri that transcend time or whatever, i had the weirdest feeling that mayuri and christina are connected in some way.

  2. romulus
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    When I was watching this ep, I was nearing the end of an anime-filled summer and I was starting to lose interest in animation itself. After all the anime goodness, season starting, subbers warring, shitshows dropping I became jaded, hungry for more. I even started a ‘real’ series, and a darn well-known one to boot. But yes… this ep…
    Fuck yeah Steins;Gate.

    That scene even made Scamp praise voice acting, but I think it’s not only due to VA performance. VA’s only speak perform, but in that scene the dominating good point was the ‘show, not tell’ thing. That means, half the glory goes to Director-san. Scamp, remember him well.

    It was truly glorious, a godd VA is worth a thousand words as they say ;) That said, can anybody name shows where they show, don’t tell? I am hungry for masterpieces. Maybe some from that top 30?

    But, as a reviewer would say, this ep was far from perfect. The illness of all anime, dragged out, unreal romantic relationships was plaguing this. The kiss can only be first, one must run back to the other and sh*t like this. I was still original, but the clichés were used and we don’t like that.

  3. mcm38
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Still need to watch it -.-

    • mcm38
      Posted September 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

      K watched the episode now- OMFG! Holy sh*t, look at that episodes ending!

      Well, I also would like to have seen a little less about those love scenes. And I definitly would have deleted that airport scene if I were the director. Or at least make it shorter, cause it would still have done it’s purpose

      At any rate, I felt this episode was realy at a 50-50 balance, meaning I didn’t like the first half with all that unbearably long love scenes, but yeah hate the sinner not the sin. Don’t drag out those scenes longer than needed!
      The second half was a whole other story. Great resolve of the first half, voice actor did his job I’m gratefull, and nice ending with all those symbolism effects which kind of feeled a tad bit like an American film.

  4. Gentlegiant
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Haha, I’m usually the type that finds out I missed something at the end of the last episode only when I start watching the next episode. Caught this one though, I almost want to decry that they didn’t end it on this episode, would have been a great stopping point. I’m sure the last two eps will tie it all together though.

    I do have a problem with continuity here, Suzuha should have been back in the story like… 2 D-mails ago shouldn’t she have? I know they sent her back in time to try to get the IBN5100 but they jumped world lines, why is she not back? I’m not thick though, I know there’s a couple of details the writers had to skip over to reduce confusion and simplify the plot.

    • lostsage
      Posted August 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

      “simplify the plot” What? How would any of those D-mails make her reappear? None of those D-mails affected her future enough to change what happened, 1% divergence boundary and all that. So she just keeps going back to the past to get them the IBN

      • Gentlegiant
        Posted August 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

        Let’s take the case of Feiris sending her D-Mail then. When this D-Mail was sent Suzuha was still around, right? As Okarin begins to undo them he’s also jumping entirely out of the world line where Suzuha went back to the 70’s (?) to locate the IBN5100, no? If this is the case why isn’t Suzuha back in the picture once he undoes Feiris’ D-Mail (or any of the others for that matter)?

        If I’m correct in this then I’m simply calling out a continuity error. If I’m wrong then my understanding of the world lines is flawed. And don’t get me wrong, this is the best series I’ve seen in a while, I’m not ragging on it.

      • 3242
        Posted August 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

        she diddnt reappear because whenever okarin sent out that in the rain
        d-mail that ruined her time machine, it made it so she went back that night instead of him catching her to stay, and the d-mail original and the cancel out one cannot be undone anymore :(.

      • Posted September 1, 2011 at 2:15 am | Permalink

        This is a different Suzuha from a different world line with a different purpose. It’s as simple as that.

        The Suzuha (world like Alpha) who went back to the 1970s was born from a future that CERN is lording over everything; THIS Suzuha (world like Beta) is more like Kyle Reese, from a future embroiled in war.

      • mcm38
        Posted September 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

        She’s not exactly a different Suzuha, because I think no matter the timeline relationships between and humans don’t change.
        I mean she is the same Suzuha only did not go back in time in this timeline and didn’t meet Okarin and the others to go back to the 70s.

        But since we’re on it, I’ll tell you this. They did not destroy the microwave that can send D-mails. So if somebody still found it and upgraded it to make D-calls it would make sense that Suzuha is able to get into contact with the past even tough the full fledged time machine wasn’t created.

      • Kansokusha
        Posted September 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

        Yes, the nature of one being won’t change no matter what, but this Suzuha is a different person in the sense that she got different experience, different purpose and is on a different mission. Worldlines are inconsistent with each other. Whereas Alpha has a dystopian future, the future of Beta is far darker than that. When we are talking about time travel, the past is also subjected to a change of future. And I can tell you that relationships do diverge among worldlines – one tiny change of action can bring about a big difference. The Butterfly Effect is a beast. It will be kinda a spoiler if I go on, all I can say is that according to all those supplementary materials, there do exist worldlines where the casts have completely different relationships.

        It’s just a coincidence that the phone microwave becomes a time machine. It will only work with the 42″ CRT acting as its lifter. And Okabe is the only one having the knowledge of the phone microwave’s potential now…

      • mcm38
        Posted September 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

        Well, I’d rather you say ‘changed’ instead of ‘different’.
        ‘Different’ makes it seem like the other still exists. And in my opinion when timetraveling, the other world does not perish nor does it continue in it’s own course without the timetravller who ‘went to a new timeline’. I believe the old one just only changes into a new one.
        Suzuha may not have been existed anymore after the timeline changed, but she did appear again meaning it’s the same Suzuha only changed.
        Not exactly the old same, but also not a different new one we haven’t met. It’s the old Suzuha changed.

      • Kansokusha
        Posted September 4, 2011 at 4:06 am | Permalink

        ^Yes, that’s basically what I’m saying. There is always one “core of being” for each individual only. In the world of Steins;Gate, the Attractor Field Theory isn’t the Parallel World Theory of RL. There’s only one plane of existence, the “active” timeline. All the other timelines are mere possibilities. It’s like a mask, filtering out all the other possibilities, and reality is within the scope of the mask. Yes, Suzuha is Suzuha, so I said her Beta self is a different person “in terms of” her experiences and purpose.

  5. Anon
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    what about mayuri, after the victory proclamation, mayuri’s line was the one that clinched it.

    oh yeah, i forgot that you hate mayuri…

    I don’t why, but after hearing suzuha say WWIII I was rofl for 3 minutes.

    • Ted417
      Posted September 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

      The John Titor that posted on forums from 2000-2001 said that there was going to be a WWIII in the year 2015, where the Russians bomb the US, Europe, and China and the US strikes back. Most of the US destroyed, and Europe and China are completly destroyed. The last two episodes should reveal the dark side of Suzuha. O_o

  6. Aerxes
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I was watching this episode in my university’s common center (after about 2 hours of studying). I could feel my emotions welling up in me until Okarin made his sobbing victory proclamation, where, despite trying SO DAMN HARD, I actually let a few tears out.

    It was probably because of how much emotion I’ve invested in hoping that Kurisu and Okarin at least emotionally communicate with each other.

    • mcm38
      Posted September 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      Wow, am I glad I watched it after work which is mostly my ‘to tired to even fart-mode’.

  7. Jump
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for waiting, Scamp :) I actually didn’t watch the final scene.

    To the VN readers: Is the WWIII thing an arc in the regular story? Or is it just a thing that can be done in a single episode? I kinda got the feeling that this could be stuff for a seacond season. Am I the only one with this thought?

    • Posted September 1, 2011 at 2:27 am | Permalink

      Yes, and in the game Suzuha’s call came almost EXACTLY in the same manner, just as the credits to the ending were rolling.

      However, in the game it just meant that one could now play through Timeline Gamma’s story, which is more than (if I remember right) ten hours’ worth of game time. I don’t see that being squeezed into two episodes.

    • Posted September 1, 2011 at 2:28 am | Permalink

      Timeline Beta I mean. Stupid lack of edit function…

      • mcm38
        Posted September 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

        I can only feel ya with the lack of edit function. Oh well, means we gotta concentrate on what we’re writing and be carefull and not write down any embaressing secrets for fun, which could be realy dangerous.

  8. luffyluffy
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    I screamed.

    Legit bro, I jumped up, slammed my hand on the desk I was sitting at, and yelled “KISS HIM CHRISTINA” at the computer.

    And then she did.

    And then I screamed.

    It felt good man. So very good. And then the ending changed, and it tricked me into thinking it was the last episode, which made me cry, and then Daru interrupted it and all was well again. Kinda.

  9. Red
    Posted September 1, 2011 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    I played the psp version of the vn. I read the last chapter several times as the ending greatly impresses me. The game time is about an hour or 2 I think. 2 episode is just nice.

  10. Posted September 1, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    I thought this episode was marvelous. You can say its dragged out, but I thought it was fine. The kiss scene was lol, reminded me of Toradora’s “mou ichido” except better.

    • mcm38
      Posted September 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

      …except more Steins;Gate 2!

  11. AzarelHikaru
    Posted September 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Scamp, ever the tsundere.

  12. Suckit
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    The ending wasn’t a new ending song, it was Gate of Steiner, S;G’s main theme.

  13. Posted September 2, 2011 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    I didn’t care much for the kiss. I like that Okabe didn’t fumble too much while being dragged closer, but that was about it. While I like his relationship with Kurisu much better than that with Mayuri, it still felt a little artificial.
    But I will wholeheartedly agree that his victory speech was very well done.

  14. Posted September 2, 2011 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    I really liked this episode, unlike the great Master Scamp, I was too busy concentrating on the characters dilemas and their interactions to notice any dragging out, or you know, Shonens have trained me to be patient or something.

    The ending was interesting, I don’t really know why I even listened to the ending song, I guess, I just felt I’d honour the episode by listening to it’s slightly different ending.

  15. seansky
    Posted September 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    as i said, jump to a different world line please. :)

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