Is that you, Madoka? It’s me, Okarin.
It’s cherry blossom season here~ Yesterday I went out with my friends to see the sakura trees in full bloom and take lots of pictures. To be perfectly honest, they look a bit more magical in anime…Maybe it’s because there were so many stupid Canadian Geese parading about and begging for food. It’s a real mood killer.
The press is going crazy over the satellite that crashed into the building, even interviewing citizens off the street to add more to their news scoop. They try to talk to Moeka, but she’s scared of people so she slinks away immediately. Meanwhile, Suzu chows down on gyuudon with Okarin and Daru. The entire gang of Lab Member crazies run into each other after they leave the restaurant, so Suzu quickly goes back to work.
Back in the lab, Okarin starts a round table discussion in order to explain everything to Mayuri. She isn’t surprised, but not much surprises something as flighty as her. They start talking about their next move, such as perfecting the time machine and figuring out how it works. Then they dash that idea and start trying to give a name to the text messages that go to the past. I’m still tempted to call it NOSTALGIA DRIVE, but they settle on D-mail.
The many faces of insane asylum patients, er, Lab Members
The first test is to send a D-mail at the same time as the other D-mails they sent, since they don’t really know the conditions needed for it to work. Time for another banana, another text, and Okarin opening the microwave as it crackles with electricity that still doesn’t drown out his insane laughter. In short: it works. The banana becomes gel, like when Kurisu stumbled upon their experiment.
NO OKARIN, STOP IT! PIKACHU WAS NEVER MEANT TO EVOLVE!
Okarin and Daru go out to buy supplies to celebrate their successful time travel, and Okarin freaks out over melon jelly. No really, he does. When he leaves the store he sees Moeka aka SHINING FINGER, who tries to communicate via text. Except Okarin left his phone at home. Instead of just verbally asking about the IBN, she leaves in hopes she finds him with his cell phone next time. Oh, and Daru gets shafted.
If it’s not one crazy girl, it’s another. Okarin sees Suzu on the way back and asks what her deal with Kurisu is. Apparently nothing bad happened between them “in the past” and she says this is her first time meeting her. If that doesn’t fuel the “SUZU IS FROM THE FUTURE!” argument, I don’t know what will. To change the subject, she mentioned that Mr. Braun is going to raise his rent if he doesn’t stop making the building shake so much with his experiments.
While Okarin was out buying food, Kurisu found out more about how the time machine works. For one thing, the timer adjusts how far you can travel into the past and the texts are too big to go in all at once, so they separate into multiple texts. Way to go Kurisu! Useful as always, Okarin spends the next while dozing and having psychedelic dreams about black holes. Ominous, and yet ridiculous.
Okarin awakens from his delusions to receive a slew of texts from none other than Miss Shining Finger. The most recent text being “I’m in front of your door.” Oh my goodness is she a creep, she would NOT get away with that if she wasn’t so pretty. Anyways, she comes in and takes photos of the IBN 5100, but doesn’t get to borrow it as she wanted. However, she ends up becoming Lab Member 005 when Daru, Mayuri and Kurisu accidentally talk about the time machine in her presence. She knows too much so she has no choice but to be a member.
Lab Member Secret Diary:
Epiphany in aisle 12
Classy ass shot
MR. BRAUN IS A CYBORG FROM THE FUTURE WHO EATS SCRAP METAL. You heard it here first.
On one hand – YES MEGANE. On the other hand – OBESE SLOB WHO IS XXXL.
End Thoughts: Are some of you losing patience and skipping episodes while waiting for me to tell you when things get really exciting? After episode’s 5 sudden increase in speed, episode 6 feels like it was at a standstill. I won’t deny that Steins;Gate is a slow burn and just barely has enough substance per episode to keep me hanging on. But I could never leave myself hanging after coming this far. Of course, if all this build-up doesn’t have a magnificent payoff at the end, I’ll be the first one to say it wasn’t worth the slow build up. Maybe I’m just blinded by optimism, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel and just keep going. Besides, these episodes aren’t BAD, they’re just horrible teases that could have been condensed.
We did cover some important stuff this week though. Kurisu and Okarin figured out how the time machine works (sort of) and Moeka was forced into becoming another lab member. If she accepts, I suppose. But I only really perked my ears for when Moeka showed up at Okarin’s door. I really like her character, as much as it only hinges on “I text instead of talk! I’m so quirky!”. Why does she need that IBN 5100 so badly? I still haven’t the slightest whether this chick is good or bad, but I wouldn’t have let her in on the secret if I were Okarin. Would you really trust a creepy stalker like that?
Oh, and let’s not forget the floating through space thing, which gave me vivid flashbacks of Digimon. Or Madoka. Or every other anime which thinks floating through space in your birthday suit is edgy. Sure, it was ominous and all with the “there is no eternity” talk, but it was so out of place I couldn’t focus on anything else but Okarin’s celestial nether region.
Next episode hopefully has more Moeka and more meat to it, because even I’m starting to get antsy with this pacing. I’m still enjoying the sharp writing, Okarin and Miyano Mamoru’s gorgeous voice – but I want more! Come on guys, get that time machine up and running. That or maybe Moeka will have some interesting input, or reveal what her intentions are. El Psy Congroo.