Time travel: now possible even without using a curved yellow fruit!
Du du ru~ Cool-chan desu~! Good to see you’re back for another episode of Steins;Gate, because there’s some actual time traveling to be had this episode! Sadly, just as things are getting good in Steins;Gate, things are getting rough in real life. No, no, nothing emotional, just a lot of homework. I decided to take Japanese (plus a psych course) over the summer for fun and…well, let’s just say I’ll only be doing my Metanorn work during the night.
The time machine microwave is upgraded to be doorless (courtesy of Okarin) and able to send D-mails to any phone (courtesy of Daru’s programming skills). Their only obstacle is Mr. Braun and his complaints about lightning bolts emanating from their window, like any sane landlord would. But hey, he’s away for the day so it’s a perfect day to experiment like mad!
After a quick test run with Mayuri’s text to see if it still works, Kurisu brings back food from the convenience store as they discuss what to use the time machine for today. This may not sound important: but there was no Doctor Pepper at the store so Kurisu pulled the kind of trick I do in terms of forcing my friends to eat healthier. Vegetable juice aside, they come to the conclusion that using it to win the lottery is a good first step.
Moeka tries to steal their computer again, so she gets babysat by Mayuri, who shows her around. As Moeka takes pictures with her camera (you’d think she could see through clothes with the amount of photos she takes), Okarin hesitantly follows through with picking the winning third prize number for Loto 6. Kurisu warns him about possibly causing a time paradox, but no one seems worried enough to stop him. Okarin sends the text to the past, and there’s suddenly a huge shift in the room.
After static and a flash of light, Okarin is startled back into reality. From his perspective, he just sent a D-mail a second ago. For everyone else, they still hadn’t planned what to do with the D-mail yet. Okarin freaks out since no one can remember that they JUST sent a Loto 6 D-mail, only to be interrupted by a guest. Ruka hands him a Loto 6 card with the same numbers as the text he received. Well, the same except that he botched one of the numbers up, otherwise he would have won. The others stare in amazement, wondering how he could have sent a D-mail when they don’t remember it.
Wait, what is Mayuri grabbing there? <_<
Okarin excuses himself to catch his thoughts outside. Suzu notices he’s a bit down and asks if he’s been brainwashed. Okarin playfully responds with a yes and she literally slams him down onto a bench and throws herself on him like a derranged chimp. She checks for chips in his eyelids, and then backs off when she finds none. Okarin doublechecks to see if she or Braun’s adorable little daughter saw a spark outside his window earlier, but they didn’t. He really did move to a completely different timeline.
It’s Deadman Wonderland all over again
Suzu, who knows what’s going on, insists that she’s on his side. Okay there, Spazzypants, okay. She does give some good advice though: call John Titor. He IS the self-proclaimed time travel expert after all. Okarin sends everyone away so he can text Titor about his dilemma, with only Kurisu staying behind to idle about and contemplate. He gets a bunch of texts and calls from EVERYONE ELSE except Titor.
When Titor finally does respond, he is quite baffled with Okarin’s predicament. Explaining the time travel is one thing…it has a set theory that if you go back and change the past, you’re just jumping to a different timeline. Okarin moved from the timeline where he didn’t buy a lottery ticket to the one where he did. Explaining why his memories of the other timeline remain intact when they shouldn’t is the main issue. Okarin is most likely a special case, and Titor goes on to ask Okarin to go past Divergence 1% and stop the world from careening into a dystopia. He must become a messiah.
Moeka’s Picture Folder:
Fun fact: when you’re that fat you can hide things like a fan in between the rolls of fat.
Welcome to The Price is Right! Guess right and take home this beautiful TV! Mayushi included!
This is why you leave the sexy wink thing for girls to do
End Thoughts: Wow, some actual action! The first part had me worried that it would settle into another slow episode, but about 1/3rd through things finally picked up to just about the right speed for me. Finally, some actual time travel! For a show about time travel, we haven’t had a lot of, you know, time travel. Unless you’re a banana. I’m hoping that we’ll shift away from theories and get more into the actual DOING. Speaking of theories, I’m sure most of you know the basics of how the whole time travel dealio works for this show, but I’m going to link you to the best anime description of the alternate world view thoery I’ve seen thus far anyways. It’s a clip from Noein, a pretty darn good anime that I finished about a month ago, and is basically spoiler-free. Hint hint, watch the anime…it’s good.
It’s speculation time now. This week, my accusing finger points at the mousey text-fiend in the corner, Moeka! I accuse her of being a time traveler. Or less so of being a time traveler, and moreso of being acutely aware of the fact that jumps between timelines can occur. I’m convinced the reason she takes so many photos is so that she will have memories of the previous timeline whenever someone “goes back in time” to change the past. My suspicions grew when they showed her during the part John Titor was saying Okarin was special for being able to retain his memories despite jumping through timelines. All that will be dashed if the photos from her phone are deleted when they jump timelines, but this show is all about magical phones that change the fabric of time, so I’m going out on a limb here and saying her phone might be special. (That, or maybe she has the same ability as Okarin and taking pictures is yet another memory cue sort of thing).
Other than Moeka, it was nice to see Ruka again. What a trap, wearing a shirt with a back lower than any dress or top I even own…He’s prettier than Mayuri and her furry caterpillar eyebrows! Please, someone…tell me I’m not the only one who stares at her goddamned eyebrows for every closeup…Anyways, he doesn’t seem to be playing a big role aside from doing Okarin favours, and Feyris has since faded into darkness. Hopefully they get rolled into this katamari of madness soon as well, because things should be picking up now. Don’t disappoint me, Steins;Gate, KEEP UP THIS PACE. We’ll see for episode 8, shall we? Stay alive, and out of the Organization’s grasp until then, my friends. El Psy Congroo.