Transport is so unreliable these days…
It wasn’t just a dream – Steins;Gate is really getting crazy good! It’s become yet another one of those shows that I have to watch as soon as I see subs uploaded. I see, I download, and I watch hunched over in my chair like one would sit if they a leopard about to pounce on a hapless rabbit. For some anime, I mentally calculate how much bandwidth it will consume before clicking the download button. For others, there is no forethought. There is only the lightning fast twitch of fingers and the feeling of satisfaction.
Flashback: Tuturu died. Hopefully this is not news to you. After shooting Mayuri squarely in the forehead, Moeka points her gun at Okarin and threatens to turn him into the next red stain on the floor if he doesn’t move away from the corpse. Before she can pull the trigger, Suzu busts in and takes out 3 of the armed SERN goonies with nothing but pure martial arts. A woman after my own heart, indeed. She ends up in a stalemate with Moeka, guns poised and ready. All it takes is a quick mention that she turned on the lifter downstairs, and Moeka is distracted enough for Suzu to shoot and Okarin to activate the time machine. During the process of transferring his memories to the past and time leaping, Kurisu is shot in the chest.
Instead of directly cutting to the new timeleap location, we’re treated to a memory from the dark recesses of Okarin’s mind. It’s about Mayuri, and how her grandma died when she was young. Mayuri kept her grandma’s pocket watch with her at all times and visited her grave every single day. Although Mayuri often stared at the sky as if waiting to hear from her grandmother, on one particular occasion it looked like the sky was going to take her away in a beam of light. Panicked, Okarin ran to hold her and instruct her not to leave. She was to be his hostage, afterall.
But seriously, what happened to Okarin’s hair when he got older? Those split ends are killer.
Okay, now back to the day of the party where Okarin has just received a bunch of his future self’s memories. He has a major spazz attack, snapping at all the lab members to cancel the party and get as far away from the lab as possible. He sprints all the way to the shrine to try and find Mayuri, but arrives 30 minutes too late. On his way to try the next location, he gets a call from Kurisu. As sharp as always, she clued in on the fact that he must have done the time leap. She tells him not to do anything stupid, and manages to calm him down slightly.
Okarin’s bubble of serenity is instantly burst when he sees Suzu. He starts speaking a mile a minute to try and find Mayuri, quickly abandoning the poor part time warrior once he’s wrung the information out of her. He finds her staring at the first star of the night in the middle of the street. Ah, how nice and peaceful. Let’s violently grab her and drag her to the train station!
Mayuri, I’m kidnapping you for real now, hope you don’t mind kthnxlet’sgo
Mayuri obediently follows her seemingly-more-crazy-than-usual friend to the busy station. There are no trains in service, however, because of the bomb threat. Okarin mentally facepalms for forgetting something so important. Bad decision #1 becomes an even worse decision when he’s held at gunpoint by a SERN agent. A rushing pedestrian passes by and shoves them apart, allowing Okarin to grab Mayuri once again and make a run for it.
The agents catch up to them and tackle Okarin to the ground without too much trouble. He screams at Mayuri to run, and three steps later she gets hit by a car. Creepily enough, Moeka is the one behind the wheel, meaning she killed Mayuri yet AGAIN. Okarin musters enough strength to run back to the lab and time leap a second time to try this all over again.
What time is it? Time to get a new watch! Ha hahaha…ha…ha….
On his 2nd timeleap, Okarin manages to be slightly less spastic in telling his labmates that the party is cancelled. But only slightly. Instead of missing Mayuri at the shrine, he calls Ruka first and tells everyone’s favourite trap to keep Mayuri there until he arrives. So far so good, as Okarin manages to meet Mayuri before she can run off to fetch Suzu for the party. Once again, he drags her off. To the subway!
Even Mayuri knows something is up, and she’s dumber than a doorknob. She asks Okarin to explain why he’s been running around, yelling and suddenly deciding that a trip with no suitcase of supplies is a good idea to him. She apologizes for being unable to help him, and is then promptly pushed into the path of an oncoming train. Goddamnit, keep your kids on a leash, will you?
Too much…anime…can’t…blink anymore…
GEE GEE GEE GEE BABY BABY BABY~ …Ooops, wrong headphones.
No Dr. Pepper this episode? HOW WILL I SURVIVE?
Death by loli – it’s more likely than you think.
End Thoughts: Oh Okarin, I just knew you’d loop back in time again and again and again to save Mayuri. I had the sinking feeling she wouldn’t last very long no matter what Okarin did from the beginning, and yet I still was shocked whenever she died. You would think character death in an anime where time can be reversed at the press of a button would be meaningless, but Steins;Gate orchestrates the deaths beautifully and powerfully. Slow motion, bleached colours, the sudden lack of music that dare you to not even breathe. The directing for this show is just beautiful. I’m not sure if the pocket watch actually means something important, or is just for artistic style anymore.
I thought Okarin would be kidnapped, escape, and THEN use the time machine to keep going back over and over to save Mayuri…but he’s doing all his time travel right now. Will episode 14 be more of his futile attempts to save her, or will something radically different happen eventually? I can see things potentially getting worse (maybe he’ll save Mayuri, but then Kurisu will die) from doing different things each time he does the timeleap, I guess. There must be something coming that will shake things up from the “go back in time, fail at saving Mayuri and repeat” agenda coming up soon. Ah, it’s killing me…what’s going to happen?!
into the subway tracks aside for a moment, I’m glad Suzu came back to save them. Okay, I’ll buy the fact that she’s one of the good guys now. I just can’t think badly of someone who can royally kick butt AND handle a gun. Okarin should have just told her about timeleaping and gotten her to be his bodyguard. You know, so he doesn’t end up at gunpoint or held down by SERN goons? It’s not like she’s unwilling to help either. Although it was a little suspicious that her sister was there to push Mayuri by accident and yet she wasn’t anywhere in sight. Not even Mr. Braun. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume 8 year olds don’t go wandering the subway by themselves. So once again, we’re left waiting until next week to get some much-needed answers. Don’t let SERN catch you before then! El Psy Congroo.