Steins;Gate ep 9: The power of words

Feyris is way too criminal... she could get away with anything!


It’s safe to assume that with Feyris’ wish of having something to do with her father (probably she wished that they weren’t wealthy), she cleared herself of all suspicion that she’s probably cahoots with SERN. This leaves us with what I believe to be Moeka’s betrayal and Mayuri’s feelings with Okarin’s progress.

Tackling first Mayuri’s behavior in this episode, I have to admit that my suspicion wavered after she reveals how she’s worried for Okarin. While this can be portrayed differently such that Mayuri , being involved with SERN, knows what will happen to Okarin if he progresses any further, I’d rather interpret her moment to be that of a true, childhood friend.

Let’s face it. In anime, the decisions made by childhood friends can either make or break the protagonist. With this, I believe that whether Mayrui betrays Okarin later on or is genuinely afraid of him transcending with his abilities as a Reading Steiner, will play a very important role for this series.

Who the fuck is FB?! - Future... Bitch, aka herself?

As Tsuki pointed out, in his previous comment, it seems that Moeka did change the contents of her message in that it created a world where the gang forgot about her. After Ruka’s attempt to change the past, it seems that another change occurred where the members knew of Moeka but Okarin has not acquired the IBN. This makes me wonder what the phenomenon known as “World Line Move” truly affects: The world itself or people’s memories?

For instance, at first, when Moeka made the world line move, their memories of her existence vanished save for Okarin and it did cause a physical change in that Ruka didn’t stop by, or as revealed, he has yet to come by and visit them.

When Ruka decided to change the past, the gang remembered Moeka but Okarin lost the IBN.

Lastly, when Feyris decided to ditch the wealthy lifestyle (which is how I interpreted it), Otaku culture was relocated to Nakano.

For some reason, the way i’m seeing it, it’s as if Okarin is the one who time travels to a different timeline because whatever he experienced is different from those around him.

Could it be that the Reading Steiner ability isn’t exactly a form of memory retention but a form of possession? What if, whenever the Reading Steiner ability activates, Okarin’s memories are transplanted to the Okarin of that timeline?

A best example of this explanation would be how Aya Brea’s powers work in Parasite Eve: 3rd Birthday. In that PSP game, Aya Brea uses her Overdive ability to travel back in time and change the past by combating monsters. She does this is by sending her spirit back in time to possess any individual she can see, much like a parasite who abuses the host as she faces those monsters. If Aya is in trouble, she can repossess another human being near her.

Dammit! I knew I shouldn’t have watched Steins;Gate after getting home from work! My mind’s a mess!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. feal87
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 03:21:54

    Ahahahahaha, after catching up I have a mess in my mind as well. 😛

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  2. tomphile
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 09:59:53

    I think the world line shift affects the world itself, not only the people’s memories. After all, if it didn’t change the world and just altered minds, how would Akiba have changed back into the relatively small electronics complex it was back in 2000?

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  3. Tsuki
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 10:38:07

    Did she really wish herself to not be wealthy? Considering that they still live in that really expensive looking skyrise apartment, Feyris still seems to be rather well off. Remember, real estate in Tokyo (especially a large, spacious and luxurious apartment) is crazy expensive (x_x), yet she is still living there.

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  4. baka~
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 15:33:47

    @Tsuki

    maybe she wished that Akiba won’t become the center of Otaku culture or that her father won’t be able to obtain the entirety of Akiba.

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  5. Keiri
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 00:19:57

    Tackling first Mayuri’s behavior in this episode, I have to admit that my suspicion wavered after she reveals how she’s worried for Okarin. While this can be portrayed differently such that Mayuri , being involved with SERN, knows what will happen to Okarin if he progresses any further, I’d rather interpret her moment to be that of a true, childhood friend.

    After watching Mayuri reveal her inner concerns for Okarin, I find it hard to doubt her anymore, let alone suspect she’s a member of SERN. It could well be a front to hide her true motives if she has them but presuming she is an enemy with the intel to back her up, she doesn’t seem to exhibit any sense of precaution in her approach even after everything that has happened so far (if she’s fully aware of all of the experiences Okarin went through via his Reading Steiner). She doesn’t show any signs of taking any sort of action at all. She doesn’t even show that she knows *something* like the way Suzuha does. She merely has this uneasy expression which tells that she wishes Okarin won’t plunge himself into situations which he would deeply regret later… Which brings me to what Okarin said at the end of the episode – “It’s possible that we’ve already done something that can’t be undone.” Why do I get the bad feeling that some major sh!t is going to happen soon. I guess it’s bound to happen anyway, but I hope I’m wrong about it being soon. D:

    maybe she wished that Akiba won’t become the center of Otaku culture or that her father won’t be able to obtain the entirety of Akiba.

    I think it’s more to do with the former point. Feyris did say she asked to bring moe culture to Akiba, and she was mainly responsible for spreading otakudom in the area through her works in May Queen. If that aspect of Akiba disappeared, then her wish could have something to do with telling her past self to avoid investing in otaku culture. It does make me wonder why though. Did Feyris harbor some sort of hidden regret with regards to spreading otaku culture in Akiba? Seeing as how her works could have meant a great deal to her in the sentimental sense, perhaps her wanting to reverse that was due to something far more important than otaku culture to her. Also, I’m rather curious about her father. He just suddenly showed up after that time paradox. I wonder if something happened to her father in the past in the previous world line as a result of her being involved with otaku culture, and her wishing to reverse that was a means of having him back in her life?

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