Groping and flirting in every timeline imaginable
Now that E3 is over, it’s time to go back to my regular anime posting schedule. Watching conferences, trailers, and gameplay videos is surprisingly time-consuming. We’ll hit you guys up with at least one more E3 post too, so the magic isn’t over yet! Then again, some of you might be taking shelter here from the onslaught of VIDJYA GAEMS on the front page. Whatever the case, you came here asking for Steins;Gate and Steins;Gate you shall receive!
It’s not a horrible nightmare, all the moe has disappeared, including Mayuri’s part time job location May Queen Nyan Nyan. Apparently they met Feyris during the Rai-net tournament when Okarin and Mayuri filled in for Daru (he got sick from potato ramen). Mayuri, with her powers to make every and any girl fall in love with her, got on Feyris-tan’s good side and befriended the pink-haired cat girl.
But why is all the moe gone?!
Everything else seems normal, except, uh, Ruka is a girl now. Okarin makes even more of a fool out of himself by trying to grab Ruka’s junk and getting abused by Kurisu. Everyone else knows that Ruka was always a girl except Okarin, who is used to Ruka hiding a little package under those feminine clothes. After a lot of explaining and torture, he sulks with Suzu outside.
The part-time warrior manages to convince Okarin to bike ride with her so they can talk a bit. Not so much about Okarin’s issues, but about why Suzu came to this city. She’s looking for her dad with only two clues. 1. he left behind a badge. 2. He will appear tomorrow at a certain place. If she can’t find him by tomorrow, she admits that she’s going to pack up and leave town. Okarin, having a soft spot under that mountain of lunacy, offers to make her a lab member and send a D-mail to her dad. If not, she should at LEAST come to the lab later tomorrow whether or not she finds her dad so they can either cheer her up or celebrate.
JESUS CHRIST HATO, GET OUT OF MY SCREENSHOT ALONG WITH YOUR BROTHERS
The other lab members all agree to make a nice little banquet for Suzu. This seemingly quaint development is destroyed by a text Okarin receives saying “I’m watching you.” with a picture of red jello to serve as some sort of death threat. Okarin is paranoid and jittery the entire time he goes shopping with Mayuri. Only calming down slightly when she stops and has a chat with him. It’s in the middle of a dark street that she reminds him of the time he got a high fever and she used a shooting star to pray he wouldn’t die. More importantly, this fever is actually when Okarin developed his Reading Steiner ability.
This episode is high on the sentimental spectrum, offering a nice Kurisu and Okarin bonding moment as well. As if bonding with Suzu and Mayuri wasn’t enough. The girls get so into cooking that they start fooling around with the lab gadgets until they create a blackout. As the rest of them look for the breaker, Kurisu admits how much she really needed a friend and how she treasures her time in Okarin’s lab.
Suzu never comes to the lab, so Okarin sends everyone home. A while later he gets a text from her saying “goodbye.” He races out in the rain to try and find her but fails. Except he doesn’t, because he has a TIME MACHINE. He just texts himself a message that says he should follow Suzu and poof – he wakes up the day after the party with Suzu. She never did find her dad, because he never attended a certain time travel forum IRL meeting. The same one Daru missed out on. Suzu’s dad is Titor. Barrel Titor.
Where did Ruka’s gel-banana go?
Cherry-flavoured Apocalypse…coming soon to a theatre near you!
…Nevermind Okarin, it’s an airplane. Forget everything I just said.
Call me yandereshii nyan nyan~
End Thoughts: It has taken a LONG time to finally get to where we are now. Things are really starting to take off, although it’s still a bit slow for my tastes. Nonetheless, two major events occur regarding the timelines. 1. Ruka is now a girl. 2. Okarin altered time yet again to keep Suzu in town. As for Ruka, she most likely became a girl from that vegetable text since she looks the same as a boy and as a girl. Feyris’s text might have done it too, but I don’t think it would change the whole city AND make Ruka a girl. Don’t ask me how the woman eating vegetables changes ANYTHING since gender is dependent on sperm.
As for Okarin, he needs to stop using the goddamned time machine like that. He knows it works and that each time he uses it, things are irreversibly changed, so why keep impulsively sending texts? He keeps fighting away his logical side, because responsibility seems to terrify him. Instead, he just wears the mad scientist mask and faces the world with a crazy grin because it’s a lot easier. Something tells me his text to himself to follow Suzu may have led to more than just her staying in town. Let’s not forget that before the timejump the satellite was in the building but afterwards it was gone. Is Suzu or her dad connected to the satellite somehow…? Furthermore, what IS the satellite? I’m seeing speculation here and there that it’s a time machine, but how do you use a satellite to travel through time?
More on Suzu’s father, at first I thought he might be Okarin, but then I realized that Barrel is not John, so that doesn’t work. Terrifyingly enough, I’m starting to think her dad might be Daru. Same hair, he also is part of the time travel forum, he’s a Titor fan, and he didn’t get to go to the meeting because Okarin stopped him. It’s just a crazy theory, but he’s the only one we know to be part of the forum that didn’t show up despite the fact they were supposed to be there. Yep, you know you need to stop speculating when you propose Daru actually found a 3D woman.
As for the next episode, I hope the whole “YOU’RE BEING WATCHED” text is addressed. Maybe it’s some creepy Organization text, or something sent by SERN. Whatever it is, never has a photo of red jello been so capable of instilling fear. Let’s not forget the butterfly at the end of the episode. That’s not just to be pretty, it means something big has changed. At least, I hope. Keep it up, Steins;Gate. Give us more drama (and the occasional crotch grab) in the episodes to come! El Psy Congroo.