Steins;Gate ep 8: Risk Rise

Despite the close calls of this episode, I would like to applaud this anime for following a somewhat realistic scientific progress flow. Not every experiment gets to be a success and I don’t think it would give this anime justice if they skipped out the process of experimentation itself.

Despite the timely chills and comedic cracks, there’s nothing major rolling on in this episode. They made progress regarding the development of Okarin’s power as a “Reading Steiner” but relating the plot in its entirety against SERN or the fate of the world is still a mystery. I guess there will be a use for this later on once the anime stops its experimentation phase but let’s leave it at that.

It seems that Keiri’s assumption on Amane Suzuha being John Titor might be right on the bill considering how she seem to be fully aware of the conversation Okarin had with the “guy”, especially after she asked which part of what Titor said Okarin could not understand. Also, her evasion on the issue pretty much sold her out.

But the greatest shock in this episode came from Ruka. Not only did she look so sinfully kewt with her cosplay but how she intends to change her bender definitely came out of nowhere. We still don’t know if it ended in failure (Okarin only assumed it failed because of DFC) but what if Ruka’s gender did change? He received a massive shock from the world line move after all. Something major must’ve happened if that was the case… In which I’d like to speculate, what if Ruka’s mother has some ties with either SERN or John Titor? I mean, the IBN that they had was left there in order to address some prophecy but as fictional media teaches us time and time again, people do not leave valuable things without a guardian. I mean, Obi-Wan looked over Luke Skywalker in that desert planet, Nagato (talking about the DIsappearance) never let the Kyon and Mikuru in her room be found out, and why Haru (of Rave Master) got the 10 commandments. That IBN wasn’t probably entrusted to Ruka’s family for no reason. Most likely, someone knows them enough to leave such a valuable thing at their hands and if Ruka’s mom is affiliated to either SERN or Titor then it makes sense how that pager message changed everything drastically.

I also find it tricky how Ruka’s visit was avoided because she overheard Okarin’s statement. I do not know enough information on how theorists go on with the concept of time travel or paradoxes so I really can’t follow anything related with it but this incident had me wondering if changing the past only delays the turn of events from happening or it changes everything differently.

For instance, what if Moeka wanted to visit Okarin in order to see the IBN but since she got her mail asking her to not change phones, her intention has changed/delayed and she’d decide to visit him at a later time?

Advertisements

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tsuki
    May 28, 2011 @ 22:28:20

    “For instance, what if Moeka wanted to visit Okarin in order to see the IBN but since she got her mail asking her to not change phones, her intention has changed/delayed and she’d decide to visit him at a later time?”

    I was just more under the impression that Moeka changed the actual contents of the D-mail. Considering how Moeka was desparate for the IBN5100, I wouldn’t be too surprised if she had actually told her earlier self where to find it.

    If she did tell her past self where to find it, she would never need to speak with Okarin in the first place; because she would have already gotten her hands on it. Thus, Moeka wasn’t there after the world line shift.

    Or at least, that’s how my speculation goes. no idea how correct it is 😛

    Reply

  2. baka~
    May 28, 2011 @ 22:38:05

    hmm.. Never actually thought of Moeka betraying them, changing the contents of her message. From the looks of things, it seems that Moeka still existed and still had her connection with Okarin but never became a member of his gang in that timeline.

    If anything, I have been suspected that whoever sends the message gains the Reading Steiner ability. If Moeka sent the revised message, then she’d probably had her memories intact but this may not be the case.

    Reply

    • tomphile
      May 29, 2011 @ 11:23:55

      That’s an interesting idea. But if everybody were to get the Reading Steiner ability, that would make Okarin’s secret lab gang much too powerful, wouldn’t you say? After all, if around six people could change the world through their messages, a lot of things could go wrong, whereas if you had one person, it would be slightly more in control.

      Granted, the power makes Okarin special and I think that’s one thing the anime staff don’t want to get rid of, the fact that he’s a rather unique character with a unique power.

      Reply

      • baka~
        May 29, 2011 @ 12:20:58

        It would be chaotic, true, but perhaps, I merely wanted to find the origin of Okarin’s power. Something magnificent as that doesn’t get bestowed for free right? So I thought, maybe his power came from using his phone to change world lines and probably, whoever uses it would also become unaffected by the memory wipe

      • Keiri
        Jun 01, 2011 @ 20:47:01

        Same here. I’d like to know why Okarin was given those powers. It’s easy to pass it off as a straightforward, convenient case of him being the special Chosen One but in a fairly elaborate series like this, I’d like to think the writers had put in slightly more effort into creating a reason behind it. Could it be that it was triggered by a certain condition which his actions met in Episode 1…perhaps the condition of encountering a murdered Kurisu and sending a text message related to it? IIRC, that was the first time his ability manifested and it led me to believe Kurisu’s murder will somehow play a central role in the long run. And while we’re on the subject, is it possible that Kurisu was murdered by someone from SERN and given that the murder was found out by Okarin, the organization could have done something in order to try to reverse Okarin’s discovery and that in turn triggered the first time paradox? Come to think of it, why was Kurisu murdered? Was it just a simple crime? Or could it have been a conspiracy by some organization?

        So I thought, maybe his power came from using his phone to change world lines and probably, whoever uses it would also become unaffected by the memory wipe

        Looking back, it seems anyone can trigger the time paradox phenomenon (Moeka and Ruka both used their own phones to send their D mails) but perhaps there is a particular threshold for it to take place i.e. why the time paradox did not happen in Daru’s case but it did in the others. I wonder how grand in scale must this “history changing” threshold be in order to trigger a time paradox, assuming the phenomenon is caused by a significant change in history?

  3. baka~
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 23:12:28

    Could it be that it was triggered by a certain condition which his actions met in Episode 1…perhaps the condition of encountering a murdered Kurisu and sending a text message related to it?

    Wouldn’t this be a paradox in itself where Okarin got his powers [probably] because he created a world line move that enabled him to experience it for the first time? It’s as if going back in time to give his present self the ability that he’s been using in the future =/

    My head hurts… orz

    Was it just a simple crime? Or could it have been a conspiracy by some organization?

    Worst case would be that Amane did her in.

    I wonder how grand in scale must this “history changing” threshold be in order to trigger a time paradox, assuming the phenomenon is caused by a significant change in history?

    Well, I think any sensible message that fits in the character limit would cause such a change.. Then again, Okarin’s “Eat Veggies” (or something along those lines) in this episode caused a major world shift experience for him… Damn, didn;t know that asking people to eat vegetables could shape the world… orz

    Reply

  4. Trackback: Steins;Gate ep 9: The power of words « BLOG: Where stupid ideas run wild!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: