An Otaku’s Will


Let’s face it, in the midst of an apocalyptic crisis, Otaku will save the world

Befitting of a climactic second to the last episode, I have to say, this episode gave meaning to everything that Steins;Gate showed us. The entire buildup and super troll for the past episodes in order to establish this wtf revelation is marvelously executed.

I mean, this anime had Okabe and the viewers running in a couple of misadventures, looking for ways to save Mayushii only to reveal later on that everything was a set-up for this single moment’s execution. And I think it was brilliant. Well, everything still feels like a troll but with how things made sense, I love it.

Every event that Okabe experienced was a necessity to establish the requirements in order for the mission to succeed but we can also assume that everything has been an experiment, or rather, a working experience from Future Okabe. Who knows how many times he did this method for his past self to succeed? If we assume that everything went as Suzuha told, WW3 occurred and Okabe became some terrorist group’s de facto leader, devoting his life in order to create a time machine to fix everything in the past. But why wait for that long?

Why did the future Okarin see it as a necessity to prepare his previous self for the moment to save Kurisu? Does this have something to do with the Attractor Field Convergence?

With every plan laid out and set in motion, let’s see what Present Okarin would do to cross the impossible and reach Steins Gate.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Seinime
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 01:39:00

    This episode was epic. Watched it while depressed and hyped up again.

    Never forget. El psy congroo.

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  2. Shizuo
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 14:15:01

    I am the mad scientist, Hououin Kyouma…

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  3. baka~
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 17:38:29

    @Seinime

    the “Never Forget. El Psy Congroo” reminded me of Fullmetal Alchemist :p

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  4. Keiri
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 23:01:54

    Well, everything still feels like a troll but with how things made sense, I love it.

    Likewise! I think with Steins;Gate, a good majority of the series has probably more to do with the character developments than the underlying plot itself because if Okabe hadn’t naively fooled around with D-Mails and simply let things run their course, Steins;Gate could have just been about Episode 1 and Episode 23 to the finale with everything else in between omitted. It still feels a little weird how the dynamics in Okabe’s relationships with people like Kurisu and Moeka have been reset now that he’s back in the beta worldline but…that made me realize the aim of the whole series could have very well been about Okabe and his single mission to overcome fate and destiny to save those he loves.

    On a separate issue, I wonder if we’ll get some sort of concrete explanation about why people like Kurisu, Mayuri etc. experience all of their previous memories overlapping. Okabe’s case of Reading Steiner aside, I’m still curious about the details behind that phenomenon since it’s crucial to the plot and the relationship dynamics between the characters. I mean, if Kurisu and Mayuri hadn’t retained their memories like that, their outlook towards Okabe wouldn’t have grown into something so deep and meaningful, probably taking on whatever experiences they went through in any specific worldline. For a story that was written as brilliantly as Steins;Gate, I’m hoping it’s not just a convenient plot device. Hmm… Then again, I guess there’s no need for me to be finicky about minor details at this point. Brilliance is brilliance already, and I should just look forward to the final episode with eager anticipation. 😀

    Phew… Finally found time to catch with at least this before the finale. ^^

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  5. baka~
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 23:26:40

    I wonder if we’ll get some sort of concrete explanation about why people like Kurisu, Mayuri etc. experience all of their previous memories overlapping.

    I think this is the only unexplained fact for this anime. If we’ll browse through the previous episodes, it was mentioned that Okabe experienced the sensation of Time Leap before, as a child. He felt feverish and was in so much pain that he was reminded of the similarity of that sensation with what he was experiencing.

    If anything, that small hint may even be used to create a spin-off or another narrative on how he gained the ability and why and for all we know, this may even be tied to those around him.

    Take for instance the events in Bleach. Iirc, it was mentioned that after Ichigo developed his powers, he somehow influenced his friends and helped them develop theirs. Perhaps, Okarin’s exposure to Time Leaping caused him to influence his friends, more specifically, those who involve themselves in changing the past.

    I mean, if Kurisu and Mayuri hadn’t retained their memories like that, their outlook towards Okabe wouldn’t have grown into something so deep and meaningful, probably taking on whatever experiences they went through in any specific worldline.

    Well, I don’t know about Kurisu but I have a feeling that Mayushi has always held Okarin in such regard. Perhaps, the events of her revealing how she dreamt of her past experiences is simply an opportunity to share her relationship with Okarin to the viewers. But well, I am a hopeless romantic and your analysis of Kurisu and Mayushi developing their feelings because of what they experienced sounds awsmly cheesy as it is XD

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