Mind Fucking Till The End- Steins Gate Rant/Praise

December 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

As a fan of scifi drama’s it goes without saying that I like lasers and space ships. I was a big fan of star wars to the point I bought a replica light saber that is probably worth well more than one hundred (a good price seeing I bought it for 20). I loved watching Firefly and even loved Trigun for its uniquely space western tale and whimsical cast of characters and story, Dead Space for its unique monsters in a cramped mining ship with no way out, Halo with its spartans, and lastly Warhammer 40k with its insane universe of space marines and Gothic architecture and belief that it seemed like a mix of metal meets space fantasy. In short I am in love with science fiction stories to the point that I would like to even pilot a space craft and be simply bad ass. Of course space travel is dangerous business but the realm of science fiction is always closer than most people realize that it seems possible to even pilot mechs in space like that in Gundam. Now as for science fiction of course we neglect something that each and every one of us used to believe at some point in our lives; time travelling. If I had the power to travel time I’d have changed things in my past to simply not happen… or become a god >.> Today such a series takes time travelling and turns it into a mind fucking experience with so many twists and turns that it seems there is no hope at all for a happy end. Today I bring you… Steins Gate.

**Warning: Spoilers Ahead**

**Warning: Bullshitting Ahead**

To make this as short as possible, Steins Gate began as a japanese visual novel for the xbox 360 (which I currently am still playing), published and copyrighted by 5.pb (known for their game Chaos Head) and Nitroplus. I remember news almost 3 years ago that a new game was being worked on, and around 2009 a teaser site followed. Seeing as I could not understand japanese so well back then I lost interest shortly after and simply focused on… Dragon Age and other titles (busy busy year). A year after Steins Gate was released and an anime adaptation followed (as well as a manga that I never read) and the first episode did catch my appeal… however… Megavideo cockblocked me as I ran out of time; Impatient as ever I just turned away 5 minutes into the episode and focused on games and anime (blame Megavideo). Just when I had all but forgotten about it my friend Chaz gave me most of the episodes and I sat down to watch it in 360 quality. Frustrated by the quality that I had trouble reading the text I vented my frustration by finding my own copy and torrenting the entire series in the highest quality my laptop can run… best decision in my life. I would also like to say that this is an abridged version of my review so please… please… put up with my bad jokes :3

Steins Gate’s story is purely science fiction gold, set in real life Akihabara the story revolves around Okabe Rintarou (or Hououin Kyouma as he calls himself), an ever eccentric twenty year old college student who believes himself to be a mad scientist (in name) and that a group called the Organization is after him. His loyal companion and childhood friend Mayuri, naively hangs around him in his “Laboratory” (apartment) with his second lab member Itaru “Daru” Hashida (a fluffy computer hacker). Together the three spend their days making futuristic gadgets and at the first episode Okabe talks to the viewers… or at least it seems that way. While he rants on the screen and introduces his lab members and tells his goal of global domination and chaos… shortly after it turns out that Okabe is talking to a camera to a lame video game called “Alpaca Man”. I’ll say now that DeIz kinda messed me up with one of the characters ranting to me and as scripted as it is I can’t help but feel it had truth to it >.>

Mad Scientist "So KEWL!"

Well shortly in the episode we are introduced to several of my favorite characters Rukako and Makise Kurisu (Kuristina :D) both who have my heart. Rukako (Ruka Urushibara) is a strikingly great character with such delicate charms that can simply be put as “Moe” and her voice was simply shy and naive that I can’t help but feel so entranced by her character alone. Such a gorgeous character indeed stirred me up as Okabe repeatedly teased her and Mayuri kept going on about having “him” try on cosplay outfits… Thats when my bubble was popped and I focused more on the text in disbelief, wondering if that was just a type-o error… NAY! I prayed it was a type-o error! And even as Rukako explained that he was a guy and didn’t want to try on such outfits I still held on that it was a girl!… then Okabe, the final nail in my coffin, rapid fired in his mind that he was a guy to snap him out from “naughty thoughts”… in short I had stepped on a land mine called “A Trap”. Fuck!!! I swear one of these days I am making a trap meter and counting down all the traps I have walked in on >.> but anyways Rukako, as gorgeous as he is… is indeed a guy as told by Okabe ;n;

IT'S A TRAP!!!

Traps aside the silver lining to this was being introduced to our heroine, Makise Kurisu, a gifted prodigy who comes to America for undisclosed reasons. Though not as favorite as Rukako (why does he have to be a guy ;n;) Makise Kurisu comes at a close second. Despite her talent as a scientist and her charming beauty, Makise Kurisu… is a nerd! Yes that is right, a fellow nerd like me :3 She understands memes, enjoys otaku related things, and is a pervert at heart (despite how she hides it). Clearly a tsundere, Okabe and Makise don’t get along at first but eventually warm up and work together at the lab. Hell when I heard her make a “Yo Dawg” joke I simply cried from laughter and disbelief, but there it was, memes on an anime… Magical.

Two Mad Scientists. One Love :3

I could go on and on about the characters alone but sadly I must continue. Steins Gate’s plot revolves around Okabe’s love for time machines. At the beginning of the episode he meets Kurisu for a brief moment before he goes inside to listen to a lecture on time machines; frustrated in anger that this guys theory was stolen from someone on the internet and shortly after leaving he comes across Kurisu again… in a pool of blood. In disbelief, he heads outside and texts Daru what happened and accidently alters time. Confused, he heads elsewhere only to find out that Makise Kurisu is alive o.O

Makise Kurisu Za Zombie!

In disbelief at his encounter, Okabe goes home and finds out that his recent project, the Phone Microwave, is a time machine! Yes that is right, a microwave fitted to turn on when he calls the phone attached to it, can send text messages (D-Mails) back in time! Makise Kurisu, who is also in disbelief, works together with Okabe to deduce how this is possible; to do this they hack into SERN’s database and learn of their efforts to build a working time machine. Finding conviction to go through with their plan, Okabe and the other lab members begin testing their own time machine by sending messages back in time, altering the present (one such being my favored wish). Many things in Akihabara change, a welcome change was Rukako’s sudden transformation from a guy to a girl! Rukako sends a message back to his mom (via numbers to a pager), and oddly affects his birth to be a girl! Of course the present has altered and no one has memory of this except for Okabe, who still thinks Rukako to be a guy. When the others tell him he’s wrong Okabe gropes Rukako and… finds no penis 😀

;n; He's a real girl!!!!

After much testing and altering the past, Okabe’s and Kurisu develop a way to time leap… and with it comes misfortune as Mayuri dies from a group called the Rounders, dogs of SERN. In disbelief, Okabe repeatedly time leaps back only to have Mayuri die in various ways with no change in the result. Okabe cannot save her yet his conviction keeps him going, his hope still burning to find a way to save her. Almost going mad Kurisu notices a change in character and deduces he has time leaped, confronting him to learn his reasons; after learning of Mayuri’s misfortune, Kurisu helps him by trying to find a way to solve his dilemma. This is when Suzuha, a strange girl who hangs around with them, reveals her true self to be the self proclaimed time traveller from the internet and tells him to return to the beta world line (a world that might be possible to save Mayuri). Confronted with a huge problem, the only way to return to the beta world line from the alpha world line they are currently in; but due to the butterfly effect they are forced to undo the effects of each D-Mail sent, a task that is not easy for Okabe as he still has to face Mayuri’s impending demise each time he leaps back. After undoing most of the D-Mails, Okabe comes to the realization that in order to get to the beta world line, the world line in which he witnessed Makise Kurisu die, is to undo the D-Mail he sent by mistake.

The Tipping Point

Finding no heart to be able to do this, he struggles to even dare do such a thing as he himself has gotten attached to Kurisu, the one person who has been trying to help him save Mayuri… in short he fell in love with her 😀 and this I approve. Sadly the loving moment is stained by the overwhelming situation that he has to have Kurisu die in order to save Mayuri. Kurisu once again confronts him and asks what is stopping him and learns of her impending demise on the Beta World line. Wracked in bitter remorse, Kurisu willingly accepts her demise and consoles Okabe to go through with it; angered by this Okabe confesses his love for her and the two embrace and lock lips :3 yes!

Brings a tear to my eyes ;n;

Not even love can stop fate, however… and Okabe goes through with the plan and returns to the Beta world line… and I was sad as I watched the credits, thinking that this was it… the final episode or atleast I thought. Near the end Okabe gets a call from Suzuha, declaring that she needs his help to stop world war 3 o.O I got mind fucked. So Okabe comes to the appointed place and he learns that in order to save the future from such a disaster he must save Kurisu from death. Going  back he attempts to save her and fails in doing so, returning back in pain… Suzuha then reveals the real plan, designed by his future self. That in order to save Kurisu and to stop world war 3, he must first have the plans for the time machine destroyed… and to fool his past self that Kurisu is dead. Finding courage once again he follows through with this plan and runs across a temporary flaw in his plan when his tool to fake Kurisu’s blood… is dry. Finding no other option, he uses himself to shield Kurisu from the knife, frightens the villain, and stuns Kurisu before he opens the wound deep and bleeds all over her… When he returns to the present he is then put ion the hospital, but he is relieved that the plan went without a hitch. I thought that he would never see Kurisu but because of Kurisu’s memory influenced by other world line versions of her causes her to meet with him, giving a satisfying ending to such a great series.

Okabe+Kurisu= Finally Together ;n;

Even though I had just spoiled most of the plot in Steins Gate (and I apologize) it does not mean that one cannot enjoy this series. My words alone don’t make this series great and I cannot begin to explain how real each character is and the emotion that is displayed. The story is one thing, but watching these characters react to the pain, love, and drama is what makes this series gold and I highly recommend everyone to watch this. This is a series that must be watched and I ask you to support the official release so we can have more anime’s and games like this! Before you go however… I give you this!!!!

You are so a "Tsundere"

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