Typical, isn’t it? The final episode of the series I’ve being loyally covering for the past 6 months and the one time the internet fails me. But hey, here I am, enough about me and my desperate search across town for a working wifi connection and onto Steins;Gate episode 24. The finale.
I’ve been saying for a while now that I thought Okarin would not get a happy ending. Either he’d have to sacrifice one of the people he loved (which, if the series ended on episode 22, would have been a perfect end), or that he himself would have to die to save the people he loved. The way the final episode played out, I was convinced that was the very direction it was heading in. Thinking back, that would be a rather lame way of ending Okarin’s life. Died because he didn’t have any ketchup on hand. There’s something so very avoidable and pathetic about that.
Imagine the scene though. Him, wandering around the building, trying to find a place to hide his body so there wouldn’t be any confusion when a dead Okarin showed up in a world where he also lived. Died alone in a world where nobody knew his full story, but content in the knowledge that there lived a different world in which Kurisu and Okarin lived and could theoretically meet up. Now that is an ending I would have liked. That sad yet successful end, stuck making a split second decision that he knew would end his life, but did so because he had to end this cycle he had gotten himself into.
But no. We have to have a happy ending. Even Okarin meeting back up with Kurisu again had this forced happiness to it, in a similar vein to that of the Angel Beats ending (although I had long since stopped giving a shit about the Angel Beats story by that stage). I do like the idea of Okarin being the only one who knew his story. Instead of the false grandstanding of his Hououin Kyouma persona, now he has a more reserved approach to his genuine Mad Scientist side. That I like a lot. Strolling about town, handing out lab member badges and declaring them members with absolute certainty. It’s the certainty to his declarations that have changed, to the point that Daru doesn’t mock him for this side anymore. It’s no longer a persona. Okarin has lived the true Mad Scientist lifestyle.
The plot has never been the strong point of Steins;Gate. The time travel mechanics were incredibly difficult to follow and often attempting to follow them wasn’t worth the hassle as it just left you pondering the plot holes. Plus it got into incredibly silly territory in the second half of the series. The ending just highlights the plots weaknesses. But it also highlights the series main strength, as I’ve said time and time again during these posts: Okarin. Okabe Rintaro. Hououin Kyouma. El Psy Congroo. Possibly the greatest anime character I’ve ever seen, standing alongside Yang Wenli from Galactic Heroes and L from Death Note in my all time favourites list.
And so ends SteinsSemiColonGate. I hope you enjoyed reading my posts these past 6 months. Unless this is the first post you read, in which case I hope you enjoy going through the backlog of 6 months of Steins;Gate posts. But now we’ve got to close this chapt…
EL PSY CONGROO LIVES AGAIN!!!