Revelation: TIME TRAVEL CHANGES THINGS.
Overcooled: I off-handedly mentioned that I might have something special for you in my next post, and I wasn’t lying. Do you like tag team posts? Multiple perspectives in one post? Names that start with the letter J? If not, I’m afraid this isn’t really something special and you will have to leave now. For everyone else, you get to enjoy some Jrow goodness down yonder in the end thoughts section.
Did you miss Feyris-tan? Well within the first few minutes of the episode she overhears Daru and Okarin talk about D-mails in the maid cafe and easily extorts info from Daru. Looks like she’ll be a new lab member soon. As for now, Okarin has his hands full with his current team of oddball lab members. He spots Kurisu having a very emotional phonecall on the roof, and she later denies the fact she was crying. Okarin comforts her the best way he can, by laughing heartily at her misfortune.
Harem undertones you say? Nonsense!
Okarin’s next great idea is the physically send someone or something across time successfully. Kurisu is quick to point out that if they can’t even send more than a few characters in a text, how do they expect to send an entire person and have them end up in a NON-gelatinous form? If SERN couldn’t do it, how could they? Still, Okarin thinks they can do it with time and effort as long as they keep up the work. Too bad the IBN 5100 is missing.
…aaaand the harem takes an unexpected turn for the worse
Apparently after the timeline jump from either Moeka’s or Ruka’s text, Okarin and Kurisu never brought the IBN 5100 from the shrine. In fact, it’s not even at the shrine anymore, and Ruka has no idea where it went off to. And thus, this series shows another example of the butterfly effect where changing one decision ends up changing a whole lot of things in the long run.
Doggedly chasing his next lead, Okarin heads to Feyris’ house with Daru and Mayuri. Afterall, her father should ahve given the computer to the shrine. On the way he hears Shining Finger mumbling about the aforementioned computer on the street and he chases her down into an alley where she has collapsed. FB gave her info about where to fidn the IBN, but she couldn’t find it. She asks Okarin if he know where it is, and he obviously doesn’t, so she leaves. To add to the shock factor, Ruka’s vegetable text was enough to change the timeline to one where the other lab members has met Moeka again.
Time to get back on track and go to Feyris’s posh apartment…with a butler. She’s actually a rich kid whose father owns all of Akiba. She’s the one responsible for bringing moe to the city! What a godsend. She asks to send a D-mail, to which Okarins stupidly agrees to if she becomes a lab member. She won’t even let him see the text! AND SHE WON’T STOP NYA-ING.
He calls Kurisu and manages to (eventually) get her to turn on the Phone Microwave so Feyris can send her selfish little whim to someone 10 years in the past. She presses send, the timeline changes, and all of a sudden Okarin is standing in her apartment with her…dad? As he leaves, Mr. Feyris Nyan Nyan (that would make a killer business card) tells Okarin he gave his computer away, but not to the shrine.
On the way home, Okarin contemplates how much things have changed from the original timeline. It’s probably impossible to go back now. His train of thought is broken by Mayuri, who tells him she has to go buy a doujinshi. He tries to tell her the store should be right there, only to realize that all the moe, otaku stores are gone. All of them.
Something tells me that Mayuri is very very good at her job
So I heard you like Mayuri, so I put a Mayuri in your Mayuri!
Those seductive, bedroom eyes that only appear when she’s insulting someone.
My next plan? Paint all the white buildings pink.
Overcooled: You definitely picked a good episode to join me, because it was probably the most eventful episode in a while
Jrow: Yeah. Maybe a tad slow in the start, but definitely picked up in the second half. I like how they did the ED theme this week. Added to the surreal-ness of how much time traveling changed this week.
Overcooled:Oh, that ending scene was incredibly dramatic with the way they faded into the ED theme. I haven’t felt that excited about steins gate in a while
Jrow:You’ll definitely have to use the subtitles in the scene with Makise speaking 2chan language.
Overcooled:I did a double take when kurisu started talking in memes lol
Jrow:Haha! I rewinded it a couple times myself just to make sure. I thought someone hacked Crunchy’s subs or something.
Overcooled:I thought they were troll subs too. I guessit’s true all scientists are nerdy
Jrow:Yeah. But since Okarin’s a mad scientist, that doesn’t really apply to him. Upgrade to creeper?
Overcooled:Lol, I don’t think he actually knows very much about science, he just researches crazy things on wiki. Okay, so I really want to know where the IBN is disappearing to…
Jrow: Yeah, that was really strange to me. It’s not at the shrine, Feyris-tan (or her pops) doesn’t know where it went. WHO HAS IT! Maybe Shining Finger knows now that she’s back…
Overcooled:I had originally thought Moeka stole it after her text, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Oh, you know who’s missing this episode? Suzu.
Jrow:That’s a good point. Weirdly absent this week. I wonder if the timeline is creating any effects on her.
Overcooled:She might have stolen the IBN…But it’s hard to tell at this point. As you said, we haven’t seen how the timeline’s affected her so I wonder if she still has the part time job…or if the change is even bigger
Jrow:Well, if your theory holds true and she has stolen it, she’s probably at some hidden location setting it up for something… or someone…
Overcooled:That Titor fangirl..I still don’t know if she’s good or evil
Jrow: Such murderous intent in those eyes… I don’t trust her.
Overcooled:Same o_o Her fixation on Kurisu is scary and she’s just far too psycho for me to take her seriously
Jrow: Unless Suzu’s a time traveler and she’s there to save everyone from Kurisu. Far-fetched much?
Overcooled:I don’t know. I think Suzu is from the future but I don’t know what the hell she’s up to. Kurisu isn’t even doing anything bad yet, I don’t know why Suzu’s not more worried about Okarin
Jrow:…all the more reason to be concerned. Like who was she talking to on the phone earlier. I think it’s really the only time we’ve seen Kurisu alone.
Overcooled: True. It’s probably one of the most suspicious things about her
Jrow:I feel like we need to go character by character in trying to make sense of the mess the Phone Microwave is causing. Everyone now knows Moeka again, and she said something about FB telling her it was there.
Overcooled:Yeah, maybe she’s part of FB. The FB being some sort of organization involved in time travel somehow.
Jrow:Avoiding the obvious joke, perhaps a rival to SERN?
Overcooled:Haha, probably. Although they probably want to time travel for selfish reasons too. Just..different ones than SERN
Jrow: Alright, so after Moeka sent a D-Mail, Ruka sent one also last episode.
Overcooled:Yeah, the vegetable one which somehow changed things
Jrow: And then Feyris took a shot at it. And now the world isn’t an “Otaku Haven” anymore.
Overcooled: I really want to know what she wrote because she changed a LOT
Jrow: I’m confused. One idea is that her wish was something related to the city and now that’s changed. It could be family related.
Overcooled: It’s so hard to tell. I think it might be related to her dad since he was in the apartment and that’s…the only lead I have…lol
Jrow:If anything, I’d seen for so long on MAL that this was listed at 24 episodes. They should change it to 12 eps.
Overcooled:At this pace they could probably dick around for 24 episodes, but it’d be nice if they could wrap it up at 12.
Jrow:I’m thinking it’s gonna be 12. With significant plot development for pretty much most of the characters, a missing computer and a change in the cityscape, we’re going to see S;G be more eventful in the weeks leading up to the finale.As I’ve been watching Steins;Gate, I actually liked the slower pacing of the series. I kind fear that in the end, too much will be going on too fast and that the show will start to collapse on itself.
Overcooled:I think there’s a lot they could cut that would actually improve the series by quickening the pace, but yeah, I can see it ending on episode 12. If it does, I’m going to be a bit disappointed though unless things suddenly get a whole lot more…grand.
Jrow:Well, there’s the chance that something “grand” could happen and somebody could be lost in time or that SERN could finally step in and maybe kidnap someone; maybe a death here or there.
Overcooled:Maybe kurisu will die again :3
Jrow:Ah yes, history does have a way of repeating itself.
Overcooled:Alright, Jrow, let’s wrap this up with some final thoughts!
Jrow: This episode moreso than any other in the series really opens up the forum for what could happen in Steins;Gate. The whole time travel thing is getting almost beyond control, as Okarin states at the end of the episode. We’re seeing that the world line is being affected bit by bit, with the most recent wish from Feyris having what could be the most significant effect as the city is turned into something much more ordinary. We mentioned that Suzuha wasn’t seen once this episode, so her appearance next week (gotta assume) can hopefully shed more light on the whereabouts of the IBN and what’s really happening with these time changes.
Overcooled: Quickly echoing Jrow’s sentiments, I’m quite pleased that the piddly little experiments from last episode actually had a much bigger impact that first thought. Without there being any consequences for playing God and rewriting time, things were getting a little stale. This fresh direction should be enough to bring things to a climax and keep me guessing. Why did some texts alter the timeline and others didn’t? Is it dependent on something else like how strongly they want it to happen? WHERE THE HELL IS THAT IBN? Anyways, until next time. El Psy Congroo.