Steins;Gate – 05
「電荷衝突のランデヴー」 (Denka Shōtotsu no Randevū)
“Rendezvous of Electrical Charge Conflict”
Houtou Hentai Tensai Shoujo… the elongation continues.
I really can’t get enough of Okarin and Makise, and even with 60% of the scenes just them bickering, I’ve no complaints. Daru’s active imagination never hurts either. There’s definitely more flair to Makise’s tsundere than your average, probably because she actually has some intellect in her comebacks, and yet still reminds us she’s a “fragile” girl. Most of the hilarity this time around came from Okarin finding common ground with Makise with the lab coat shenanigans, and the Dr. Pepper, as if “accepting” her by his standards, which just pisses Makise off to my entertainment. Hmm, I like Dr. Pepper and hope to wear a white coat someday too. I must have been unknowingly participating in intellectual patterns. Okarin’s approval received.
So what was Bike-chan holding? Some symbol? It looked quite futuristic, and from the scenes that followed, here’s my speculation. Bike-chan must be from the future, one far far far away, where helicopters drop bombs, and Makise Kurisu is some sort of tyrant/rebel (lol sounds like Half Life 2). Basically, a dystopia of sorts, and seeing how she doesn’t even know what fireworks are (among other things), she must have been born and raised in a world without them. It goes along with her talking about how she’s a soldier last episode, and naming herself as a warrior on her text messages. What’s mysterious is her childish front, because I can’t tell if that’s a lie, or she’s just conveniently bipolar because anime likes to ignore human psychology. But seriously, that’s the first time there was some serious suspense. I thought the plot was gonna hit the ground and run at full speed when she took her battle stance. Eh, it’ll happen soon.
What followed in the latter half was completely driven by dialogue, but oh so gripping. Anyone who presumed that the Jellyman alias was humans becoming jelly like the bananas were indeed correct. Confirmations all around really, as we now know that SERN has been researching time travel for forty years, succeeded in sending back people up to thirty years, but just not able to do it with the people alive. Now, there’s the problem of requiring the ability to travel faster than light, which is why it’s interesting that there’s a natural formation that can also be used to time travel, that which is black holes. However, according to current theories, such a time machine would only be limited for the traveler to only go back as far as to when it was first created, similar to Primer’s time travel theory. That much info isn’t given yet by the anime, only describing SERN as using black holes and aluminum aircrafts, but due to the fact that they were able to push people back thirty years, that already goes past the limitations of wormhole travel. Maybe they can put together something like, accelerating the wormhole with their faster than light methods, thereby breaking such limitations. No explanation is fine with me too.
Like the episode before it, the plot is seriously ramping up. It’s subtle, but White Fox is doing a great job with everything. I feel like the studio’s all eagerly waiting (and holding their budget) for the insane parts to come before they pull out their trump cards and wow us with some seriously trippy animation. I’m happy there’s a respectable level of writing and amount of info the show had put into it, and the continual spiral into what appears to be a gigantic scale of a story is intensely promising. The race for the first time machine is on! Please don’t suck, please don’t suck, please don’t suck, please don’t suck…