Steins;Gate – 03
「並列過程のパラノイア」 (Heiretsu Katei no Paranoia)
“Paranoia of Parallel Process”
Steins Gate is first uttered on screen… and it does not mean what you think it means. Actually, according to Daru, it doesn’t mean anything.
The bout with Kurisu was strikingly similar to Bakemonogatari in how it spins to a different topic, especially a sexual one, playing a game of “who’s the pervert.” You know, Daru’s asking of repeating the phrase with an upset tone wouldn’t be so hilarious if I had zero experience with such a typical expression a million times before. Hentai Tensai Shoujo has such a nice ring to it, too.
I didn’t expect the microwave to go out of action so quickly when it’s been building up to become the “time machine,” but at least Okarin was able to realize “his” creation before it was too late. Makise pretty much just bolted out of there, and considering her background in time travel and proving it wrong with string theory, I’d say she went to go research some more. The major introduction this time around would be SERN (or CERN), the European Organization for Nuclear Research, more famous to most people because of the Large Hadron Collider, because people were actually scared it could create a mini black hole. Relating SERN to time travel is clever, and using a corporation on research to eventually turn into a controller of society is kind of like Terminator’s story with SKYNET. But though it is clever, it’s still part of the original “story” on John Titor, and this episode is basically still integrating Titor’s legacy into the plotline.
In terms of character development, which almost feels forgotten, Okarin spends some quality time with Mayushii, and saved her without hesitation from the microwave explosion earlier. It’s great how he’s supposed to be the crazy and obsessed mad scientist, which gives off the impression of single mindedness, but actually takes some time aside to “entertain” Mayushii. Given how aloof she is, it’s cute that he kind of takes care of her (vice versa too). If I were to assume every scene had a purpose, Suzuha (bike-girl) on the surface didn’t do anything. She acted as the jump board for Okarin to rush upstairs and contact Titor, but is that really all? Although explained, her knowledge still comes off highly suspicious. Only time will tell.
Unlike our reality, we have Daru to crack SERN’s email, revealing info about a Z-project, a dead human, and implications of a created mini-black hole. The general synopsis pasted everywhere states that SERN eventually becomes aware of Okarin’s little group, and decides to hunt them down, of which I then assume the time travel manipulation should begin to avoid being captured by hiding in time. Damn, that sounds cool.
I’m starting to think Hououin Kyouma is just a name he uses to surf the web with. :/