Posted by psgels on 14 June 2011 with categories: Steins;Gate



Looking back on this season, I really have to say that its big strength is storytelling: showing interesting stories, and deliver them well, ranging from the wonderful pacing of Ano Hana, the impeccable timing and dialogue of Hyouge Mono, the great ideas of Tiger & Bunny and C, the outrageous Deadman Wonderland and Kaiji, the action-packed X-Men, the really well detailed Hana-Saku Iroha, and of course Stein’s Gate with its excellent delivery of its plot twists and atmosphere.

This episode took a step away from this focus in order to focus on one of the main characters, Christina, and show her background. At least, or so I thought until Okabe got that phone message out of nowhere, followed by a very artistic and stunning piece of animation about him running back. Seriously. That was good. That’s how these artistic animation bits should be used: instead of random clutter they bring out even more out of the characters than what conventional animation would be able to do.

Really, the ideas of this series rock. It’s also the way it gradually became clear at the end that Cern (I still refuse to call it Sern) pretty much let themselves get hacked (probably using its data as bait in order to find out about the microwave). I also like how this show is being really vague on who exactly is from Cern, and whether or not that mysterious message sent to Okabe was from one of them. Also, did Okabe check the number where it came from? It didn’t look like it came from anyone he knew, or there must be characters in this show using multiple cell phones.

As for the annoying parts in this episode, I’m not going to list the “accidentally walking in the shower”-scene because it was well built up for once. It’s just about the most terrible twist you can pull right now, but at the very least I am glad that at least the creators put some meaning behind it as an anti-climax. Seriously, this is more than just about any other show that pulled this crap during the past number of years. Instead, what annoyed me about this episode was the point where the characters started talking in various internet memes I didn’t understand up to the pint where the dialogue became hard to follow due to all of the random rambling.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

13 Responses

  1. Ransom says:

    So I suppose that with this episode the introductory part finally ends… Next week hell is gonna break loose.

  2. UnknownVoice says:

    Next week’s episode is going to explode the internet… :)

    as for memes – the point is very basic, Makise’s hobby seems to be 2chan, which is very well known as basic chaotic gathering of internet consciousness full of stuff ranging from very obscene material to complete nonsense.

    All Your base are belong to us is mostly the MOST famous meme in the world and it actually started quite a long time ago(20? 30? years)

    What I think is interesting is that it is still good character development.

    Okarin understands her. Let’s face it a generic scientific community would never know what 2ch is. And here she has a person who is quite obsessed with science and yet, at the same time, is not disconnected from the world and not just from the world, but from the world she longs for and is in. Someone she can relate to.

    Its quite interesting to note that each of those interactions almost always lead to Makise opening up to Okabe a little bit more.

  3. Frost says:

    I love Christina (haha), she is pretty much a tsundere done right… Its just so cute how she is obviously falling in love with Okarin but has trouble admitting it (but doesnt outright deny either)

    I expect great things for the 2nd half

  4. AznCoffee says:

    Okay, let’s see… Who: Has Okabe’s cellphone #? Is very suspicious? Was after the IBN computer?

    No spoilers here folks. But it was pretty obvious to me who the spy was.

  5. passingby says:

    @UnknownVoice

    i’m pretty sure that the “generic” scientific community is aware of them, i’d go as far as to say that a lot of them used it during their uni yrs

  6. tomphile says:

    Huh, strange, I never considered Moeka to be the spy, but it certainly seems likely now that you think about it. She’s been elusive all this tim and was shocked when she heard about the transplanting of memories into electronic data.

    Also interesting though, is Suzuha’s knowledge of a lot of the going-ons at the moment. She knows a lot more than she’s letting on and that basically fuels the theory that she’s a time traveler.

  7. UnknownVoice says:

    @passingby
    And just how many of the hardboiled scientists you know who are still using it? :)

  8. Joojoobees says:

    Regarding the threatening message. It is an email he receives (at least the “from” is an email address. I was a bit frustrated that Okabe isn’t sharing the fact that he received the threatening emails, because Daru might have helped him trace the sender by looking into that address (although I think it was a Gmail-like address).

  9. Mi-Mi-Mikuru says:

    @psgels
    I’m really wondering that you so often don’t get or don’t know some of the most obvious things (like akiba, 2chan or that japanese cellphones have numbers AND email addresses), despite watching so many anime.

  10. Animevo says:

    Watching anime is my hobby and this episode is currently being watched.

  11. Kiseki says:

    2ch (2channel) ≠ 2chan (Futaba channel, the image board) though.

  12. AKI says:

    What an amazing episode! Next week might be when the show starts to get serious.

  13. hoiut says:

    I heartily concur with Animevo. And especially Frost.

    Christiiiiiiiiii~na da (!)

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  • Vincent
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 10:01 AM)
    Watched Letters from Iwo Jima again. Ken Watanabe is a great actor.
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 09:32 AM)
    Note that it’s not just regular AIDS, which is definitely treatable if caught early, it’s some dtug resistant SUPERAIDS that the character in question got from a blood transfusion soon after being born
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 09:29 AM)
    It’s not that the disease being AIDS is really all that important. You could even replace with anything, even Sudden Moe Death Syndrome from Clannad and the emotional impact would still be as blunt and forced.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:02 AM)
    Oh for fucks sake sword art? You put HIV drama into your show?
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:57 AM)
    Pretty much looking forward to the next two episodes and hope it gets more seasons too.
    I also liked how bleak it was.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 AM)
    *how twisty
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    . I was told to stay away from story six. Story seven was the most developed and ambitious of the selection but I feel mixed on it and didn’t really get into it until midway or so.
    Still I do love weird tales anthology stuff and this all fit the bill for me.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    The first story even I have to admit was genuinely horrifying, uncomfortable and got under my skin and of the selection it still stands out as having the greatest impact. The second one was good social commentary but doesn’t really give me much I didn’t already know. Stories three and were the most emotionally investing for me. I thoroughly enjoyed who twisty, twisted, truly nasty and cruel story five was and it is my second favourite of the lot.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    I did however feel that some of the dialogue and acting could have done with some very very slight tweaking in parts/some segments.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:53 AM)
    Okay even though I don’t watch western tv shows all that much I finally properly spent whole day going through black mirror. For the larger part this is creative, unpredictable, well thought out/written, varied, I like the technological end of it, the stories manage to fit into the short film runtime without ever feeling like they needed more time and its clear that Charlie Brooker has a lot to say with this and is very intelligent man, some of it does ring fairly true.

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