Posted by psgels on 26 July 2011 with categories: Steins;Gate



Talk abOUt a bloody moral dilemma here. Whereas the previous episode was all about Feyris, this one is all about Feyris. I had my doubts about her at first, but heck: this episode really gave her character a different twist by explaining what the message was that she sent back. Spoilers coming up.

So in order to save her father from being killed, Feyris sent a message to her father in ordedr to get rid of a bizarre coincidence that happened to her in the past. Or at least, this is what I made of it: she got kidnapped, at the same time that her father died in a crash. For some reason the kidnappers weren’t able to contact Feyris’ father in time, and my guess is that after that, Feyris probably used her inheritance to set up Akihabara.

Basically Feyris had to choose between her father and Mayuri. If she saved her father, he would still have had to deal with the kidnappers, and he would have gotten the message telling about the IBN5100. I have no idea where that one came from yet, but that is one message that will probably be impossible to erase. In any case, usually when anime pull something like this, they come with this convenient way that allows for both options to come true. Not here though: Feyris deciding to change the past back made all that happened into a bit of a dream.

I really have to praise the creators here by the way: this show isn’t spiraling out of control; it’s getting more and more entangled with itself. It’s currently trying to re-engineer the plot, to the point where the time machine never got made. This forces the creators to go back to all of the major events of the first half. Talk about an awesome plot.

by the same logic, the next episode should then delve into the gender change again. The episode ended with the IBN5100 still not present at the shrine, and this makes sense: it disappeared after the gender change, not after Akihabara’s change. We’re about to find out what the heck could have caused that to happen: why would the girl version of Ruka want to get rid of that machine?
Rating: *** (Awesome)

9 Responses

  1. Rex says:

    There is one plot point i found the most important that Okabe only slightly hinted at, but then they never went back:

    That Feyris has memories from the previous world-lines. Now THAT is pretty damn important.

    And since we are moving back through the episodes now, i urge everyone, like i did here in the comments section in the last episode, to REWATCH EPISODE 1! Seriously, do it now. Maybe it you would spil yourself, but there are a few bits here and there that are of even more interest than before.

    Also, psgels, you made a slight typing mistake in the beginning: “Whereas the previous episode was all about Feyris, this one is all about Feyris.” Wasnt the previous about mayuri? :p

  2. pchicken says:

    I was under the impression that Feyris original D-Mail was a fake kidnapping message to her dad to prevent him from getting on the plane that would crash. So she was never really kidnapped?
    I’ll have to watch that part again.

  3. randomLurker says:

    Really? I thought Feyris sent a D-mail, pretending to be a kidnapper to her father and demanded ransom money, so her father wouldn’t have gotten on the plane and died.

  4. Michael says:

    @Rex: The last episode was all about Suzuha.

  5. Darklord says:

    “In any case, usually when anime pull something like this, they come with this convenient way that allows for both options to come true.”

    In general, in anime I hate it when they do that, but in this case I felt like Feyris gave up way too easily. Instead of sending her father a message that the kidnapping was fake she could have just sent him a message not to travel by car that day – this way he would live and he would not need to sell the IBN 5100.

    It’s still a minor complaint about this awesome show, but I was a bit bothered by it, since it did not seem to be such a clear cut situation where they had to choose one or the other.

  6. Rex says:

    @Michael
    oh yeah, i mixed it up, but you know what i meant :p

    @Darklord
    I was thinking the same, about her giving up too easily, but i guess that they speeded that episode up to get on with the story. Even at 24’ish episodes, it could have used a few more.
    Therefor i guess that it was explained further in the VN but i havent played it.

    (About the VN, the short glimpse of Mayuri turning into green jelly, is explained in full in the VN, but was cut down to just a tiny glimpse in the anime. So i guess they cut a lot of stuff, and also tried to merge one or more routes.)

  7. Psgels, and everyone else wondering, . . .the answer to all of your questions lies in Episode one…

    Watch it again.

  8. Frost says:

    Holy crap I just watched ep 1 and the first 10 minutes are crazy… I love how it is called “The prologue to the beginning and the end”, and its amazing to actually understand whats going on now

    I wouldnt say it explains everything though, not even close… But I just loved the part where Kurisu tells Okarin that he just tried to tell her she was in danger, because he knew she would die… Im guessing somewhere along the line, Mayushi’s dead was replaced by Kurisu?

    Mind = Blown

    What I dont get is why Okarins mail was sent to the past, because at that time they hadnt even invented the D-mail yet

    I cant wait for the story to converge back into ep one and we see it from the point of view of future Okarin, that will be so amazing

  9. Pafiume says:

    I’ve been thinking about watching the first episode again lately, especially since I got so bored by it that I waited like a month or two to pick the series up again. I’m so glad I did though, this is really a great series.

    And yeah, I thought Feyris sent the ransom threat herself. That’s why her D-mail she originally sent was about the ransom, and the message that changed it back was that she, Feyris, was joking about being kidnapped. Although, I wonder what happened with the money her dad would have used though? I mean who was he supposed to pay, his daughter for kidnapping herself? And he couldn’t get any more contact with them… and.. Ya know, it doesn’t matter. Still, like, I feel like they could have kept the computer if nobody actually kidnapped her.

    Anyway, the series is continuing to be heartbreaking, in a wonderful way. Looking forward to next week’s episode.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.

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