Before you ask, no this isn’t timely. In fact, this is a few days before it would be considered laughable to put a post like this up. With that said, Steins;Gate sure set itself up this week for a grand finale. So either it’ll pull through and be one of the best anime series of the year, or it’ll tank horribly and still end up better than most. All it took to bring this on itself was the almost fervent determination that Kurisu had to make up with her dickhead father, in a particularly sad case of what’s known as “Daddy, please love me and be proud that I achieved something” Syndrome.
So yes, Kurisu’s time travel paper is the real cause of the third World War, the catalyst being her death at the hands of her greedy father. I felt many similar vibes to Moeka and her abusive, yet estranged relationship with Mr. Braun, so maybe this is the angle that Steins;Gate likes to play up above any others in order to elicit some kind of response from the audience. It feels a bit like pandering, but I’m not one to complain when the story is set up almost perfectly for a thrilling conclusion. With that also said, it looks like Okabe’s going to need to save Kurisu from her untimely and brutally tragic demise in order to prevent six billion people the world over from dying.
Strangely enough, the only character without a horribly pitiful backstory is Mayuri, who happens to be the blandest sentient life form in the anime universe behind Mio from K-ON and a paramecium accountant. This utter lack of any sort of personality or shortcoming beyond not being very bright only fans the flames of passive aggressive disdain toward her.
To put into context how little I think of Mayuri’s existence, I was shopping around at a local con (Pictures pending) and found two figures for sale: Ruka and Mayuri. Since I didn’t find anything else worth buying and I liked Ruka, I figured I’d might as well splurge and plop down the $30 for Ruka. The person in charge offered Mayuri for half price as part of a set, but I staunchly refused on the grounds of “I wanted her to die in the show, and was actually pleased when it happened again and again, so I doubt I’d want to be in possession of a figure of her.”
Anyway, Kurisu’s utterly broken. While she was never the strongest protagonist, she was a good character who had previously shown her estrangement with her father through nothing more than calm acceptance. It was a little strange to see her lose her composure in front of him, even offer her work in order to get back on speaking terms with him. However, since it was never elaborated on much in the series, I’m willing to let it slide.
Okabe’s also at the end of his rope, showing that he’s beginning to grow as tired of the constant time travel as we thought he would early on. It, coupled with him being forced to see his friends die horribly again and again. Appropriate with the remaining length of unaired episodes, Okabe only has enough in him for one more trip back to the past, where he’ll have to save Kurisu from the malevolent, pasty hands of her father. Also Fate.
Ordinarily, I would’ve avoided writing a post like this. I don’t have much to say on the episode that I haven’t said earlier, there isn’t much to glean from the material to form an analysis, and it had very few things that it hiccupped on. But the one thing that caught my eye and gave me the idea to write this somewhat short post was the strangely specific way that Kurisu had to be saved, which made it sound like Fate had to be fooled into thinking that she was dead.
Basically, in order to keep her alive and prevent the third World War, Okabe must somehow have her lie in a pool of blood in a specific part of the lecture building without her dying in the process. I tried thinking of the many ways that this could be accomplished, ranging from the somewhat probable under stressful circumstances to the downright silly. Here are the more logical ones that I thought of.
– Drugging’s always a viable option for this task. Short of explaining things to her, which she most likely wouldn’t be inclined to believe, it’d be the safest and surest way to make sure she lies down in a pool of blood… though she likely wouldn’t thank Okabe after all was said and done and would be sure to report him to a psychiatric ward or law enforcement. Since Okabe is sort of in love with her, that’d be counterproductive.
– He could just tell her, but the chances of her just ignoring him would be too probable for only one trip possible back to the past.
– Doing things Carrie style without her knowing who the instigator is, with a banana peel thrown in to make sure she falls in the pool at the opportune time.
Unfortunately, running on limited imagination, these were the best options I could think of. So on an impulse, not expecting any answer other than “Chloroform!”, I posed the question on Facebook and unsurprisingly received the following responses:
I think the moral of this story is that I need some new friends.
If my dear readers can think of any other ways that those circumstances can be brought to fruition, please let me know in the comment section. Otherwise, feel free to laugh about and disregard this post when the new episode is subbed and up for mass consumption. I know I will.