Shaft head tilt!
After refusing to use stupid unnecessary punctuation in anime titles for my season preview, I suppose I should really continue that trend with Steins Semicolon Gate episodics. What the hell is the semicolon for? Surely it’s a gate belonging to some fellow called Stein. Hence, unless I really suck at punctuation, it’s Stein’s Gate, right? I’ll just call it that from now on.
I’m bored of traps. They were amusing originally. Suddenly a character you thought was one gender would turn out not to be so, and you would laugh at your own shocked response and the similar responses of the characters. But now I’m just bored. I feel like everything that can be done with them, has been done. From the totally nonsensical side of the Hideyoshi, to the totally serious side of Wandering Son, to the perfect balance of the two in Moyashimon, it’s all been done. The jokes just aren’t funny anymore. Or, more like, the simple fact that they are a trap does not warrant laughter. Nor does such a half-hearted attempt to gain our sympathy with our residents traps desires for transgenderism work on me. I’ve seen it all before. I’ve seen it all done better before. There’s barely any effort put into Ruka’s character in Steins Semicolon Gate so it’s hard to care about him and the jokes are just “he’s a trap, laugh at this”. Considering a good third of the episode was made of Rukako doing his shtick, you can probably guess I wasn’t so fond of this episode.
What this episode did do well, though, was be a massive tease. Every single time Kyouma goes into one of his time-skip thread jumps, a little part of me starts to panic. What if he moves to a timeline where, due to some crazy set of circumstances, there is no Daru? Or Kurisu has died again? Or Mayushii moved away and we never see her again. Or if the silent girl stops existing all together? Well, maybe not so horrifying on that last one, but the idea that one of my favourite characters was going to disappear hung over every thread leap. Damnit Kyouma, you call yourself a scientist? Don’t you know what could happen? Your beautiful lab assistant could disappear if you’re not careful! Why are you messing about with the time travel so haphazardly! Argh, it was torture sitting through it, particularly that one time Kyouma came back into the real world and everyone surrounding the microwave had disappeared. For that one second, I thought everybody in the show had disappeared forever.
My mind is rather going blank for what to talk about on this episode though, so instead I’ll return back and try to make out what on earth happened in episode 1. Kyouma went to a conference about time travel where some old bloke nicked all his theories from John Titor. At least, I think it was John Titor. Then Kyouma went into another room and saw Kurisu looking rather dead. Now here is where my internal timeline gets messed up. After this, he goes outside and sees the satellite stuck in the top of the building, but I seem to remember there was a load of police surrounding the scene at the time, presumably for Kurisu’s death. But it strikes me that around this point is where Kyouma did his thread jump. Fast forward to later where he’s taking a video of himself, introducing the lab and talking to the llama on his TV, we’re now definitely in the new thread. He asked Daru about the conference and Daru told him it was called off. The thread jump occurred somewhere between Kyouma seeing Kurisu’s death and him in the lab. The question has to be asked then: What the hell does that satellite have to do with anything? And why did Kyouma jump in the first place?
Wild theory: The satellite was a time-travelling satellite that they fixed the jellification for but not the co-ordinates and it got stuck in the roof of a building. Flimsy theory, but let’s see you lot do better.