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Steins;Gate episode 3

I was going to look for fanart of Large Hadron Collider-tan after this episode, but I’ve been burnt before when it comes to fanart for adaptation material. I was spoiled for a pretty large plot twist in Durarara by something as innocuous as fanart before and I don’t want the same thing happening again. If anyone has any kawaii LHC-tan fanart to share then that would be greatly appreciated.

Watching Steins;Gate is less a process of seeing if the next episode is as entertaining as the last one, as it is hoping that the next episode won’t be the one that sees this show derail completely. I’m just so wary that SteinssemicolongGate will go the way of the dreadful VN adaptation plot-focused route and turn into complete nonsense (Umineko, Ookami Kakushi, ChaossemicolonHead), that it colours how how approach every episode. Mind you, it hasn’t diminished my enjoyment of the series thus far, so maybe it’s not such a bad thing. The mystery is still unfolding at a perfect rate. It’s still focusing on the little strange things that are unsettling rather than head off into sheer gaga land as a mystery of this type is bound to do towards the end. Also, now that we’re 3 episodes in, we’re starting to uncover a Bigger Picture here, what with CERN (not SERN you stupid anime) being connected to events and this whole story starting to come into focus a bit more. Obviously it’s throwing up more questions that answers, but we’re 3 episodes into a 24 episode long series. That was always going to be the case. I’ve been massively impressed by the pacing of the show so far, so long may that continue.

Huuooouuoouuiiin Kyouma is as awesome as ever. The two pillars that make this show enjoyable are himself and the ever-expanding mystery. My personal favourite parts is the subtle little changes from self-proclaimed nutjob to actual nutjob to grounded individual. There’s very little difference outwardly between the three versions of him, but the flit between them happens in mid-conversation so it can catch you off-guard and you only realise afterwards what he just implied. Walking off from dinner without paying is a pretty well-worn joke (although it still made me laugh), but it was other little things like his commenting on the otaku’s hacking capabilities or the conversation with Kristina (drop the -tina) that this flitting between states was used to the greatest effect. I also love how the eccentricities of his lifestyle are naturally dropped into regular conversation with his fellow researchers. Yeah, I still grin at every time he calls one of his contraptions a ‘Future Gadget #5’ or whatever, although still my favourite was his remote control in the shape of a ray gun.

Because Kyoma and the mystery make up most of the show, it manages to still be an incredibly enjoyable show even when some of the other areas are a little patchy. The animation and artwork are decent enough. I get what they’re going for, trying to make the scenery oppressive by running every single frame through a grey filter apart from some select items (well, mainly just those incredibly vivid bananas) but it does leave the whole thing looking a bit dull. Mind you, at least they’re doing something to make what is essentially a whole load of dialogue a bit more interesting to look at as it would do in its original format (take note, Bakuman producers). The BGM is non-existent for the most part. Well, unless you count this as BGM…

I think I prefer the summer sound of wood pigeon here in Ireland/England to the summer drone of the cicada. You know, the wood pigeon call. It’s all like whu whoooh, whuh whooh, whu whuuuu whoooh…yeah, bird calls don’t work very well in text format, do they? I tried to find a video on youtube of the cry, but all I found were a bunch of people shooting pigeons. Anyway, my point stands that it’s an infinitely more enjoyable background animal noise to have than a cicada chirp, although perhaps not as menacing and foreboding a noise as Steins;Gate wants. Hard to be foreboding over pleasant birdsong.

Away from bird calls and back to cartoons, there was the entire skit with everyone calling each other perverts, which caused a brief moment of relapse as I remembered Fractale. The classic line I heard someone Fractale as was “I quite like Fractale when it’s not making pervert jokes. In other words, I hate Fractale“. But then Steins;Gate actually did something legitimately funny with the whole thing, even if having the otaku ask for Kurisu to repeat a sexually suggestive line involving a banana has been done before. But then it went on with the pervert jokes and the Fractale flashbacks returned. No more pervert jokes Steins;Gate, please. You’re not really hurting yourself that much. It’s just you keep having aspects to your show that other dreadful anime had. Same with the plot-focused VN adaptation worry. I’ll get over it eventually, but only when Steins;Gate proves it truly has its head screwed on correctly compared to its predecessors.

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  1. Nebulous
    Posted April 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    No comment on girls being “insufferably nice to each other”?

    Huuooouuoouuiiin Kyouma is carrying this entire show, and he’s doing it well. Not really buying the SUPA HAKA shit a bit played out, no?

    • Raspy
      Posted April 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

      For the first time that one comment does really mean there is one comment. =o

    • Scamp
      Posted April 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

      At least the SUPA HAKA seemed to at least have some understanding of how hacking works. Well, not that I know, but tossing out a line about sql databases is all I need to go “yup, that’s a SUPA HAKA all right”

      I’m so easy to convince…

      • Anon
        Posted April 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

        Using SQL injections to dump a few tables from a webserver database is a common way to obtain user credentials. That’s how Gawker was hacked recently. Security would have to be pretty fucking low for a method like this to work, but in the real world, it almost always is. You don’t really need to be SUPA to do it, but at least it wasn’t just random technobabble.

      • alexvoda
        Posted April 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Permalink


        Not realy Supa Haka material.
        First of all, a system that stores the paswords themselvs and not just hashes is pretty insecure, so you would expect some world rulling guys like CERN to know that.

        Secondly, if you really try to hack something you are more probable to talk about network protocols, encription algorithms, bypassing firewalls, etc. rather than SQL(which is a language not a system for databases, or tables as in one of the subs).

        Thirdly, this may not be hacking but phishing(you know, send email to users, claim to be company, ask them passwords to accounts on companys network, stupid users tell them to you, you’re in), in which case indeed you may talk about DBMSs (Database Management Systems). Knowing that phishing attacks were efective against for example the US electric grid, this is belivable. But still, phishing is not real hacking.

        On a scale from 1 to 10 (where 1 is ludicrous tehnobable and 10 is real science/technology/etc.) I would place S;G somewhere around 6.5(note: most sci-fi shows of any kind are somewhere around 2).

      • alexvoda
        Posted April 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

        @ anon 8:53:
        SQL injection, wow that is pretty low.
        I don’t think you can talk about security anymore if you alow SQL injection.Frameworks like .net allready have coutermesures builtin for such a thing.
        As I said, you would expect some world rulling guys like CERN to know that.

        P.S.: Didn’t know that was how Gawker passwords were leaked. LOL. Long live identity decentralization long live OpenID because it alows you to host your own identity on your own server..

      • Anon
        Posted April 21, 2011 at 6:13 am | Permalink

        Yes, the amount of flaws necessary for such an attack is endless … but from the Gawker example, we know people do suck that bad. Of course you’re right that a secret world-dominating conspiracy organisation should have better security than that. I’m just glad we’re not seeing CSI: Miami level bullshit :)

      • Scamp
        Posted April 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink


      • alexvoda
        Posted April 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

        @ Scamp 7:11 :
        I am not sure you are using that term right.
        I think the above posts would rather make us geeks.

        @ anon 6:13 :
        I wonder, is there a show that uses tehnical notions right? One without tehnobable but with real tehnical dialog.(A show that is not a documentary, those do not count)
        Shows usually either bend the meanings to fit the story and sound inteligent, or simply replace any real terms with their own.

        I should probably check tvtropes for this but I’m not in the mood for a wikiwalk.

      • Anonymous
        Posted May 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

        @Alexvoda, hacking is the act of gaining access to restricted data or modifying things to achieve previously impossible goals. Though usually people know it to be gaining access to computer systems. ‘Hacking’ is a very broad term though.

        Phising is, indeed, the act of using email to fish for information, usually understood to have as goal the acquirement of credit card information. Regardless, it is a form of social engineering, which in turn is a tool used in hacking. The same goes for SQL injections, also a tool used to hack into computer systems.

        Anonymous used both SQL injections and social engineering to hack into HBGary, a big, real-world security firm, just to ruin their shit. Saying that an imaginary physics-focused institute like Steins;Gate’s SERN should have a better security system in place is a stretch of the imagination that rivals the suggestion that they have none whatsoever.

        The fact that you, and I as well, even bother talking about ‘hacking’ and whether there was any hacking in Steins;Gate (there was) makes you a nerd. The fact that you deny being a nerd and instead claim to be a geek instead makes you doubly so, you double nerd. Now let’s geek/nerd some more about anime.

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted April 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    My god, we have those birds here in New York and man re they annoying. We get cicadas too. I fucking hate Cicadas.

  3. Posted April 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Krizzly made the only LHC-tan pic you need to see: http://twitpic.com/4n098m

    My opinion of Steins;Gate is definitely getting better by the episode. Like you, I’m enjoying the pace at which the mystery is developing, and now that a few more details are released, I feel much more engaged by it.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      Oh lordy me, it even has permablush

  4. Rex
    Posted April 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    So far I’ve been very impressed, given that I did enjoy much of the mind screw of ChaosrandomsemicolonHeads. I wish I had a SUPA HAKA friend that could hack into “SERN” >_>

    Yep, loads of LHC-tan on pixiv.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

      Welp, now I know where to look for the next Steins;Gate post’s header image

      • Daniel
        Posted April 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

        Wait you didn’t know about pixiv?

        You know about niconico right?

      • Scamp
        Posted April 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

        I knew about pixiv. I just had no idea what sort of tag to search for

  5. Posted April 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    is this the bird call you mean?

    i love kyouma more with each ep. he’s such a brilliant character. and i love his interactions with other characters like his random banter with daru and his onii-chan protectiveness of mayuri whats her face. i shipped them for like 5 seconds before i was fascinated with his interactions with other characters.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted April 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Permalink


    • Scamp
      Posted April 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

      Ah, so it’s called a Mourning Dove. Man, I feel kinda stupid now for getting the name wrong.

      i shipped them for like 5 seconds before i was fas­cin­ated with his inter­ac­tions with other characters

      I lol’d

      • Posted April 21, 2011 at 7:33 am | Permalink

        maybe it’s a regional thing? you know, like chips/french fries, torches/flashlights, etc? that’s what i originally though when you said wood pigeon

        /ignorant american

  6. romulus
    Posted April 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Fractale flash­backs you say???
    i have them constantly because of Kana Hanazawa. That happy-go-lucky voice of Nessa/Mayuri Shiina is so fucking annoying in 2 consecutive seasons.
    But her melancholic roles deserve every possible praise. I love her totally brilliant voice acting which gives boosts to many good shows (she’s in Durarara too) and saves some from total oblivion. Look her up if you don’t know which one I mean, and it’s not Fractale. That one was beyond redemption.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

      A voice actor has such a little effect on the quality of the anime that I don’t even mention it in my posts. Although even I’m getting kinda sick of hearing HanaKana in half the currently airing anime

      • OHEMGEE
        Posted April 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

        Nah man. I enjoy hearing her all the time D:
        It makes me a happy girl~

      • Anon
        Posted April 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

        Actors have almost no influence on the quality of a show? Huh. I can’t imagine Zero working without a VA like Jun Fukuyama, and Alucard and Anderson just wouldn’t be so awesome without Jouji Nakata and Norio Wakamoto. I’d say the voice acting has influence on par with that of the (visual) character design.

      • Scamp
        Posted April 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

        Lelouch was great because of his lines and flamboyant attitude, not because of the delivery of his lines. Also I only ever watch Hellsing dubbed.

        I get this watching movies as well. I care so very little about how they tone their voices but pay huge attention to how they hold their body or their facial reactions. Maybe I’m tone deaf or something, but I care so little about voice actors that I simply never bother to mention them

      • romulus
        Posted April 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

        I agree with both Scamp and Anon – with real actors the voice doesn’t matter that much. BUT the animated characers get 50% of their personality from the voice actor. Just a few examples: the cold voices of Tenshi (Angel beats), Kuroneko, Amano Touko (the book girl) played an important role to achieve a state where they are great charachters even when the anime isn’t that good. Or think about Light Yagami/Huuoouuiiin Kyouma and that EPIC evil laugh – same voice actor, no coincidence.

  7. Posted April 21, 2011 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    So I think obviously your task for the summer is to make Youtube wood pigeon videos. All. Summer. Long.

  8. Nop
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Large Hadron Collider-tan gives me a large ha…Nevermind.

  9. mcm38
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    A diamond among the mytery/sci-fi anime. Huououin, just got on my top 10 fav anime char list. He is similar to Lelouche, at how he deserves the main char role. An epic evil laugh….
    Seriously, you can change any of the other characters personality design and the like, but just like Lelouche, Huououins can’t be changed. All the fun would disappear if you did change it. Unlike most other anime S;G is one of the few ones (like CG) who manage to present a decent interesting male lead, and a female lead with a contrasting personality to the male one, yet CC might not be as contrasting to Lelouche as Mayuri is to Huououin. Altough it’s still not sure wether it’s realy Mayuri.

    And is it me or did Daru’s face realy widen a few times?

  10. Posted April 22, 2011 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    If there’s one thing that’s impressed me like it has many others, it’s the pacing that Steins;Gate has so far. I was quite pleased that this episode was less keen on cramming character introductions in as well, which helped it move along at a good clip without getting ahead of itself.

  11. hikaru
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    I lol’d at Hoouuuiiin Kyoma calling Kuristinaaaaa a biiiitchi =D

    I don’t think the pervert jokes are really pulling the show down because I actually find them funny (unlike in Fractale). I think it’s not so much the jokes themselves but the characters that make it amusing. Hentai tensai shoujo indeed.

    I’m surprised that Mamoru Miyano is voicing Houuuiiin Kyoma. I’m so used to his higher pitched hyper character voices, that he’s really impressing me in this show. I’m finally getting over my bias against him (because he voiced Tamaki in Ouran).

  12. Posted April 24, 2011 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    I am absolutely in love with this show, all of the characters are awesome, and so is the mystery. Pretty funny, to.

    I was halfway through Hare+Guu, but Master Scamp keeps mentioning this “Fractale” show, guess I should just stop watching Hare+Guu, and devote my resources to Fractale.

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