Time machines just aren’t made like they used to be
I officially finished driving school on this scorching summer’s day, and I feel as free as a bird. It’s 46 degrees celcius and so humid it feels like you’re swimming when you walk though. Whoever thinks Canada is perpetually knee-deep in snow and wrought with polar bears needs to be experiencing this right now…Anyways, I’m safe and sound in the comfort of AC so there is no need to fear! I can enjoy my Steins;Gate without sweating like a pig.
After all that hullabaloo about finding Suzu’s dad in episode 15, he’s not even there. The “barrel-like” man ordered the pin and will be coming back later to pick it up. Other than that, the man won’t reveal his client’s identity. Okarin stakes out in the alleyway to catch this mysterious man. The one who made the order…was Daru! He claims to have ordered it just to give Suzu a bit of hope, but there’s a lot more meaning to the purchase than just that.
Bad Daru! Stop buying backalley dakimakuras from strange men!
Back at the time machine, Daru is still toiling away to try and get it finished in time. Just as he finishes, Mayuri comes to an amazing conclusion. Daru is Suzu’s dad. She figures this out based on the name of the time machine (named after a lab gadget), narrowing it down to only people who know about Okarin’s Reading Steiner, and many other clues. Wow, I guess her head isn’t just full of tiny little bunnies rolling around! All of a sudden, the meeting becomes a happy reunion that brings Suzu to tears.
Along with her trusty bicycle, Suzu heads off to 1975 to try and set things right. The time machine can’t go forward, so she’ll be living out the rest of her life from then onwards. The time machine vanishes, but not much else happens. No change in the divergence number, no Okarin spazzing out from a timeline change…Nada. The lab members wait for the older Suzu to arrive (after having aged from 1975 until now) but instead get a letter from her delivered by Mr. Braun.
The letter from Hashida Suzu is not the bearer of good news that they expected. Suzu suffered from amnesia upon arriving in 1975, only remembering who she was one year before her death. She failed to obtain the IBN 5100 and stop the chain of events that would lead to the dystopian future she lived in, and thus committed suicide in the year 2000. If she hadn’t searched for her dad in the year 2010 or if Okarin hadn’t had stopped her that rainy day, this might not have happened.
Okarin takes all the blame, and immediately decides that sending a D-mail will be the best course of action. Of course, this means everything from today including Suzu’s touching reunion will be erased. Still, he does it. Right after the jump, he asks Mr. Braun how he knew Suzu. Apparently she looked after Mr. Braun and left the divergence meter with him. Hmm, I don’t remember it being that high. Could it be that Okarin’s D-mail made the divergence number tend towards 1? Afterall, this is the time that the trains shouldn’t be operating and that Mayuri should be dead…but she’s fine. At least for now, the timeline has changed enough so that Okarin’s friends are safe.
The killer is Mrs. Red. In the kitchen. With a whirly camera.
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The last thing he saw before his fat devoured her (like a Kerr black hole)
Good old 1975, when everyone was bald.
End Thoughts: I don’t think I’ll ever stop being impressed at the pacing of this show. I keep expecting it to slow down again, but it never does. What I liked the most about this episode was when Okarin sent the D-mail. All of his recent jumps have been after a short period of time, but this one was after about 2 days of waiting. Suzu finally meeting her father like she had always wanted to, Suzu growing close to everyone, all those peaceful moments…they would be gone. This is the first time I really didn’t want the timeline to switch. Mayuri’s complaints drew even more attention to the issue at hand. I’m starting to get the feeling ‘ol Tuturu is a bit smarter than she lets on if she managed to figure out Daru’s identity.
I liked that moment more than Suzu meeting her father. As much as I like Suzu and recognize that this episode had a lot of great moments with her (especially that letter. OH MAN THAT LETTER.), that sort of drama is very hard to relate to for me. Time travel issues can be tricky to portray because it’s such an alien concept, and trying to understand what a character is going through isn’t as simple as simply watching and immediately getting it. I don’t know what it would be like to have a Reading Steiner and have everything erased. I can only relate that to what I know of loss or being forgotten. It’s not that I can’t intellectualize what they’re feeling and put it into words, but I just don’t feel any emotional reaction to it. Of course, not every dramatic moment can be easily relatable, so every person will find certain things more depressing than others. That’s an entirely different topic though, and I don’t want to get too off-track.
In other words, I had no idea what to feel when Suzu met her dad. Her future dad. They went from just a slight connection to suddenly being father and daughter. How would you feel if you suddenly met someone who would be your daughter in the future and they were looking for you? It’s like suddenly forcing a close relationship on someone. It was a great scene but it was really weird to watch. Awkward, almost.
Anyways, dorama and my withered heart aside, the next episode looks like we’re onto something. Nothing TOO big since this is only episode 16, but enough to slowly bump up that divergence number. Mayuri is safe but only AT THE MOMENT. I wouldn’t be surprised if, say, Kurisu kicks the bucket next and Okarin has to start panicking to save her now. All is fair game in Steins;Gate and anyone could be the next target. Even YOU……..Yeah, pretend I never said that. El Psy Congroo, you crazy guys and gals.