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Steins;Gate episode 24 (finale)

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…

Wait, what?

A STEINS;GATE MOVIE!?!

EL PSY CONGROO LIVES AGAIN!!!

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30 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    In a world, SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

    Steins;Gate has the feel good ending of the year.

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    Thank you Steins;Gate, thank you so much.

    and you too Scamp! Thank you and thank you again! Without you, I probably would have passed this fantastic series up.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted September 16, 2011 at 4:39 am | Permalink

      Wow, Steins;Gate and Bunny Drop really held hands for this one.

    • TheG4Be
      Posted September 16, 2011 at 5:24 am | Permalink

      Oh… tell me you did not just spoil T&B for me!

      NOOOOOO!

      That makes me a sad panda =´(

      Stupid anime blog comments…
      Stupid me for reading them.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted September 16, 2011 at 5:53 am | Permalink

        We’ve still got an episode left, and uplook is generally upbeat. He could be asleep. That would be just like Kotetsu, falling asleep just at the right time!

      • luffyluffy
        Posted September 16, 2011 at 6:31 am | Permalink

        Perhaps it would have been better to say ‘bide your time and hold out hope!’

      • mcm38
        Posted September 16, 2011 at 6:38 am | Permalink

        Meh, good thing I wasn’t realy paying attention when I was reading.

  2. Posted September 16, 2011 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to the special and the movie. Hope they don’t make the movie a condensed remake, though.

    • Someone Else
      Posted September 16, 2011 at 3:51 am | Permalink

      So-So ending, but oh well it was fun till the end. Also it seems the movie will cover Suzuha’s adventures in 2036 as she fights with Sern which means it will be at the same timeline with Okabe trying to save Mayuri

  3. Duelit
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    I hope the movie takes place on the Dimension Divergence 2.615074% line, where he is part of the rounders, but I have a feeling this is going to be a TTGL moment where they piece together the series into a hour and a half movie with 5% new animation. Other than that, Thank You Scamp!! I’m glad to have followed this and other series and I’ll be following in the future. ^^

  4. gw_kimmy
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    quaint happy ending also disappointed me; i was half expecting mayuri to magically disappear for some weird time paradox reason, but that’s just the weird part of me that loves tragic endings.

    still an awesome series, though, and the ending was satisfactory, at least. 9/10

  5. TheG4Be
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Hey Miiister.
    I have my own movie, it’s so cooool!
    Sonuvabitch.

    —–
    Without you blogging this I most likely wouldn’t have watched it.
    I’d say it speaks multitudes for what I think of Steins;Gate, that I felt like coming out of the woodwork here at the end of all things (except not really).
    Thanks for blogging this Scamp.

    Back to lurking, as is my nature.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 19, 2011 at 9:26 am | Permalink

      Yay lurkers coming out of the woodwork!

  6. lostsage
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    This was only the finale in name really, it was mostly a wrap-up of everything that had happened; the real finale was 22 and 23. Everything had been set up and all he had to do was follow through with the plan. And you suggesting that him dying in the past would have been anything other than the worst ending ever is kinda silly. Because then the Okabe he saves wouldn’t get a message from the future Okabe because he would be dead. Then he wouldn’t figure out how to save Kurisu and then we would get into some crazy time paradox shit.

    And I thought it did a good job holding people’s hands through the time-travel stuff but I guess it is a lot to try to wrap your brain around at once. Since I never saw any plot holes, just logic holes I guess I’d call them, but that’s expected of wtf howdoesitwork time-travel.

    And we have just been spoiled on happy endings as kids so now that we are grouchy, world-weary adolescents we can’t appreciate endings where everybody is happy. I loved the ending but know what you mean. I wanted just a little something more, maybe I just wanted Okabe to sacrifice Mayuri.

  7. Posted September 16, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Actually at this point I’m convinced that 5camp can’t appreciate a series anymore unless something somewhat tragic happens in the end. There are better ways to end a show than to have your character caught, shot, captured, die, commit suicide, or be killed. That would, really, be depressing, and not really entertaining in the least, at least for me.

    And this was BEFORE I read the first five chapters of Syd Field’s ‘Screenplay’ (as a primer for my class, but still informative).

    • Scamp
      Posted September 19, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      What I don’t like is an ending that doesn’t gel with what has come so far. Since people demand happy endings, that’s the ending type that I often will end up disliking. But I equally dislike an ending forcing a sad ending on us, like Cannad After Story’s retarded ending

  8. Anonymous
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    The time travel mech­an­ics were incred­ibly dif­fi­cult to fol­low

    Bullshit, you’re not that dumb. Good to see you enjoyed the final.

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  9. Ty-chama
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    I also felt the finale was somewhat lacking. I’ve had so much do-rama shoved down my throat during my 2 year long anime watching career happy endings just feel odd and somewhat forced. Finishing with Okarin thinking to himself how happy he is just to know that Kurisu’s alive somewhere in the world would’ve been enough for me!
    Still, hugely enjoyable show, 8/10

  10. Ty-chama
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Oh, and thanks for covering it Scamp, you the man!

  11. romulus
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I think I am unsatisfied with the ending, as it simply copied Angel Beats (enemy defeated, characters being themselves, They Pass By Each Other and we don’t know if they still recognise their Chosen One) but it could have been worse (as i liked the final ep of AB). The scene with Okarin bleeding was done really well.

    Hell Yeah, a movie is coming…. wait, it would take at least a year and a half. F***.

    What next? Your plans? I am sure that we will scream/curse/laugh/facepalm together dependin on how Guilty Crown turns out, but what else? OK it was a poetical question, pilot eps are still weeks away but I sure have plans.

    Do you know why wine is a noble beverage? Because it improves with age. Same goes for the best of the best animes. For example LoGH or Evangelion willl never fade out, a newer example could be FLCL.
    In this Hall of Fame is a series called Touch. Many eps of goodness. Sideburns, long skirts, CRT TVs. The fanservice it has is todays staple. But there is more to it than nostalgia. It utilises ALL what animation was capable of that time. The way it handles everything it has is marvellous. The characters, the feelings, all conveyed so well… It deserves every possible praise.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 19, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      Plans for next season will almost certainly be Guilty Crown and Last Exile.

      Haven’t seen Touch, but I’ve seen Cross Game and I’ve heard they’re basically the same

  12. luffyluffy
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Well, Steins;Gate is over now.

    Now go watch Blood-C

    • Scamp
      Posted September 19, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      hahahahaha

      no

  13. Posted September 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    > if the series ended on epis­ode 22

    > Died alone in a world where nobody knew his full story

    The stage was all set perfectly! I’m sure the director was ITCHING to pull another Texhnolyze right there. But alas, this is written by Nitro/5pb and not CHIAKI KONCRAZYKA.

  14. ~xxx
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I should have watched Steins;gate…
    Well, there is always time for everything.

    Will this be a part of the top 30, I wonder?

  15. me
    Posted September 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Think about it though, Steins;Gate is a show about time travel. The possibilities are supposedly endless, so there has to be at least one timeline where everyone can spit in the face of fate(/destiny~) and live a happy ending. Even if it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

  16. Posted September 18, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    loved this anime, ending was nice.

  17. kkg
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    when i watch/read time travel stories, I usually hope for a sad ending/turnout. But this is one of the story where I truely rooted for the main character, I truely wanted Okarin to succeed. I was satisfied when I saw Okarin finally achieved his goal :D

  18. SENSAYSHUN
    Posted January 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    this is the ending he deserved. I didnt feel it forced or too happy or anything. Cuz after all, only he remembers those 3 weeks. He had to see his best friend die over & over again, fight his way back to his original timeline, & even then he had to choose the world over his love. I thought he deserved to save her at that point. It was really rough watching such a confident & likeable character be broken down time & time again, each time more harsh than the last. When he gave a sense of self-repairment you could still tell he was broken on the inside. Vert painful to watch, but nonetheless this is 1 of my favorite anime now.By far the best anime ive seen in the last few years & i couldnt have hoped for a better ending.

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