Get ready to rage…in the best way possible
I was originally planning to just save my Steins;Gate post for tomorrow. I had spent two long weeks gradually tweaking my essay piece by piece and now that it had been handed in, I was ready to relax. That was, until I was bombarded on MSN by people telling me to watch the newest Steins;Gate. It’s one of those episodes where you can easily be a douche and spoil it for everyone, so it is my duty to quickly get this post up so you can safely discuss it here without ruining the surprise for others. Remember, SPOILERS KILL.
Last episode began with Suzu taking off her shirt, but this episode begins a lot less…topless. Okarin is in a desert and he hears Mayuri explaining some very shocking things to him. Okarin used a time machine to get here, 70 million years into the past, to find the original Mayuri. As the two originals, they are destined to die but have their wills pass on to the Okarin and Mayuri in the future. With that, they disappear and Okarin is jolted back into the present-day reality where Mayuri is innocently tugging at his sleeve.
As Mayuri makes a costume, Kurisu and Daru make a time leap machine. They finish at roughly the same time Mayuri finishes her outfit tinkering. What should be the big moment for them to start sending memories back in time is halted by Okarin. He’s terrified of SERN trying to hurt any of the members, and decides to just sell the time leap machine to another organization. It’s safer than doing human experimentation.
If only I had known all I needed to time travel were headphones and a microwave
We’ve been waiting so long to genuine time travel and wind up watching them prepare for a party? Sheesh. Okarin and Kurisu go shopping for supplies which quickly spirals into their usual serious discussions. Kurisu says how she’s both relieved and a little disappointed about his decision, and even graces Okarin with a glimpse of her dere dere side. The result is some adorable Kurisu x Okarin moments full of blushing, stuttering, and all manner of typical things people playing coy do.
The mushiness ends once Kurisu and Okarin return back to the lab where they can’t exactly be so liberal in their awkward blushing and such. Suzu and Mayuri are next to join the party, and you can imagine how well that goes over with Kurisu standing right there. The two of them argue, Suzu stating that she knows Kurisu will be a SERN spy because of a “prophecy.” Mayuri’s airheadedness convinces them to not fight at least for the night. The temporary truce leads to much festivity, cake and board games. Kurisu even helps Suzu win against Okarin! She’s still ungrateful, but it’s the thought that counts. Okarin storms out in response to his loss of delicious, delicious cake so Kurisu sends Mayuri to follow him. Never leave a mad scientist alone on a roof, especially a cake-less one.
HOLD IT RIGHT THERE! Don’t you DARE try to make a lame “the cake is a lie” joke!
Mayuri, never approach someone from behind with a glowing red light. I thought you had gone into murder mode for a second there…After approaching Okarin with a red light saber, Mayuri drums up serious one-on-one Okarin conversation number 2 for the episode. She tells Okarin that now he’s not lonely, he should be fine without Mayuri as his “hostage.” There’s a pregnant pause that is broken by Daru before they can say any more.
Upon returning to the lab from the roof, Okarin sees all the lab members crowded around the TV. All the subway lines are shut down due to a bomb threat, so everyone is stuck in the lab without a way home. Suzu is instantly suspicious and asks if Daru disconnected from SERN’s network. His answer? Nope. Suzu immediately panics once she realizes they must have heard everything about the time machine, and she high tails it out of there. As she leaves, Mayuri and Okarin start to realize that the hour glass and Mayuri’s pocket watch aren’t working…
I’m just going to tell you that you ARE NOT READY for SERN barging in and holding everyone at gunpoint. They’re here to claim the time leap machine as theirs and take Daru, Kurisu and Okarin into their custody. Why didn’t Feyris and Moeka come to the party, huh? Feyris, we’ll never know, but Moeka couldn’t come because she was too busy BUSTING IN WITH SERN AND SHOOTING MAYURI IN THE FACE. How’s that for an ending?
Leftover Grapefruit Salad:
HEY YOU! We’ve been getting complaints from your neighbours, so can you turn your music down? Thanks.
The moe force is strong with this one.
I hate to say this, Mayuri. But your Chun-Li cosplay is a bit off.
I put my hands up in the air sometimes and I go ayoooo~ Tuturu got K-O-ed~!
End Thoughts: Whenever I go to delay something, it’s a badass episode. It happened before with Panty and Stocking and now it happened for Steins;Gate. Thank God for eager anime fans pushing me to watch things earlier. This was one hell of a crazy episode, with a cryptic beginning and a heart-stopping ending. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? I guess now is a good time to make sense of it all. As for the beginning scene, it’s hard to say why that was placed there during this episode. It’s seemingly just there to make you wary, but I have a feeling it’s going to pop up again. How ironic would it be if that’s where Okarin ends up by the last episode, only to start the cycle all over again? For now, it serves to tell us that Mayuri has actually done (or will do) a lot of time traveling despite her ditzy demeanor. All I can say for sure is that Okarin and Mayuri are the key to something very big and very important.
The second confusing part is…well, most of the episode. Time actually stopped BEFORE Okarin noticed it when SERN busted in, and it stays frozen from then on. Well, I have to be careful how I use “frozen” seeing as the rest of the world is still moving and only time-keeping devices have stopped. What would stopping hour glasses and stop watches do other than freak out the audience watching the show? I have no idea what it does, but I’ll hazard a guess that SERN is behind it and they somehow used it to their advantage to close in on Okarin’s lab.
Last but not least, FOTHERMUCKING SERN BREAKS INTO THE LAB, HOLY SHIT. Furthermore, Moeka was behind it all. The inside man, or girl in this case, was the crazy Shining Finger. And yet I am still so stubborn as to think she’s secretly not really working for SERN. I know, I’m an irrational creature. But whispering that it was all for FB has me thinking she’s just following orders for SERN until she can betray them. She clearly didn’t want to shoot Mayuri, although that could just be because she got close to her. In all honestly, it’s just a vague hunch I refuse to let go of. :B
And now the big punch to the gut: Mayuri’s death. You’ll hate me for saying this, but I loved it. It means I get to see Okarin’s tortured reaction, afterall! Can’t you just see him desperately traveling through time to save her, much like Homura in Madoka? Oh, I would love to see him broken down into a mass of shot nerves, paranoia and obsession. Moreso than he is now, of course. I love vivid depictions of suffering in anime where the series successfully shows a tragedy and makes you FEEL it. THAT is how you do a character’s death. Build a connection over 12 episodes and make that death as meaningful as hell with slow-mo, bleached white lighting, and the suspenseful sound of heartbeats. Perfection!
On a final note (I say this to mentally remind myself to stop writing so damn much) I think Mayuri actually expected to die. Immediately before her fateful bullet to the brain, she said Okarin should be fine without her now that he’s got friends. That’s either EXTREMELY CONVENIENT FORESHADOWING or a big hint to Mayuri’s true role in all this. Now be sure to let out your “FFFUUUUU-“‘s here before you hurt someone. Or just sob in my arms, baby, it’s alright. ;D
Keep calm and El Psy Congroo.