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.
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.