High intensity computer shopping!
This weekend I’m getting my internet service upgraded, so I’ll be able to both download more and download it faster! Both of my computers are second-hand from my cousins so they’re not the swiftest of machines when it comes to carrying out my commands. But this means I can torrent everything faster and get to my CHRRISSTINNAAA in less time! 😀
Daru and Okarin are dumbfounded by the results from hacking onto SERN’s database, and these are only a fraction of the entire database. Daru tries to look at the Jellyman Report for further details on why a human had to die in the experiment, but can’t crack the code at all. He takes a break for now until Okarin remembers what John Titor said about needing an IBN 5100, and promptly shoots him a text with a photo of the code in question.
Hacking and behaving like a mad scientist is apparently quite rigorous, as the boys have accumulated a large pile of sweat-drenched clothes. Okarin and Mayuri go to the Laundromat together but run into the increasingly insane-seeming Suzu who insists that she is a soldier. We also learn she lives in the same building as Mayuri and even gave her a Rai-net card as a present.
John Titor suddenly texts Okarin back to tell him that he definitely needs an IBN 5100, to which he reacts by racing home and shaking Daru excitedly. He’s hot on the heels of his biggest lead yet, but Daru would rather sleep and Mayuri has work. You’re all alone, Ho-oh-in. All alone except for incessant texts from Shining Finger and oh wait, there’s Kurisu…let’s drag her along!
As much as the redhead denies that the microwave was a time machine, she is very curious in what Okarin has to say. Most notably, she has a kneejerk reaction when he mentions The Organization, but refuses to comment on it when pressed further. He manages to at least keep her with him all the way to the Laundromat (since she didn’t know where to find one) and almost convince her to come back to the lab. However, she seems to have her guard extra high because her dad was obsessed with time travel, and it got him nowhere.
Just you, me, washing machines and some awkward grabbing
Okarin is without a real lead until Mayuri of all people provides him with some useful information: Feyris knows about the IBN 5100. Instead of just being able to ask her, Okarin has to participate in some card game akin to Yu-Gi-Oh! or something else of the sort. Okarin initiates plan G-BACK which is just code for “jibaku” or “explode.” His brilliant plan was to just get Feyris to explain everything as long as he participates and therefore lose as quickly as possible to get his information right away.
Feyris saw an IBN 5100 at the Akihabara Shrine, and luckily Okarin can ask Ruka for a little favour. He’s on his way there when he calls a call from Kurisu, who is starting to believe Okarin more after she checked out this whole IBN coding thing with another contact. She asks where he’s going then hangs up as soon as he tells her. When he gets to the shrine, lo and behold, look who’s back for more.
Yo, who’s dis bitch and why is she all up in my shrine for?
They actually have the computer and are willing to give it to Okarin! Creepily enough, the person who donated it 10 years ago said a young man would ask for it one day. John Titor..? Anyways, Kurisu and Okarin lug the massive thing back home to get to work on phase 2 of their mission!
This is getting ridiculous, we need to buy you some sunglasses or something
My thinking process is accelerated by 150% when I’m not wearing pants
Wait, no! You’re not supposed to be the yandere of the show!
Ugghh why is this box of porn so HEAVY?
End Thoughts: Here we have another episode that slowly and steadily builds on what happened from the last episode. This time, we might really get a lot answered in the next episode. Now that they have the IBN 5100 I just want to see them hack into the database and read all the secret documents!!! That is, if the computer even works (or if Daru can manage to use such a dinosaur of a thing). Even if IBN 5100 is a tease and ends up being a dead end, Okarin’s large number of useful contacts will probably come into play again. I think the time to spring something big should be near.
The current pacing is leaving me really curious about what’s the happen next. Steins;Gate clearly is good at building tension and keeping you roped in. This week’s hook that have my gears turning are Suzu, Feyris and Kurisu. I’m only a little concerned with Suzu, who is acting more and more like a nutcase in each encounter. I just want to know what her deal is. Feyris is potentially some sort of mastermind. Despite her nyan-nyan-supa-kawaii appearance, she’s shown with a serious expression in the OP. Also, if she’s the country’s best in Rai-net, a game I would assume is dependent on strategy, she probably knows a lot more than she lets on. She’s probably a bit like Okarin, who acts a lot more daft than he really is. As for Kurisu, I wonder what on earth her father was like. Once the characters are probably woven into the plot, I get the feeling they’ll be a lot less one dimensional than they seem at the moment.
I feel like Steins;Gate is dangling a carrot in front of me, only giving me a nibble every now and then to keep me interested. It’s working, that’s for sure. The plot is definitely a major pull of interest that keeps me going, but so is Okarin. I could watch him converse with any character, no matter how dull, for an entire episode. He’s such an offbeat character with an around-the-bout way of doing everything. His insanity is (for the most part) just a way he chooses to act because of..boredom perhaps? I don’t know how he got to act this way, but his interactions with everyone are a joy to watch. You won’t encounter many conversations in real life like those with Okarin.
We’ll have to wait a week to see just what computer can do. For now…El Psy Kongroo.