Steins;Gate – 07
「断層のダイバージェンス」 (Dansō no Daibājensu)
“Divergence of Fault”
“I didn’t invent the time machine to win at gambling, I invented the time machine to travel through time!”
- Emmett “Doc” Brown, Back to the Future Part II
Oh Okarin, I guess gambling is the limit of your time machine prowess eh? I mean, it can only go so far in history when cell phones/text messaging existed, at least without some modifications. Even so, it shows that it isn’t too reliable, since he gave Rukako the numbers and failed to win the lottery regardless. So technically, not much really changed in the end result. Of course, the experiment proves many things, and time travel is finally happening, so it’s all pretty exciting. The show explains everything rather well, which I appreciate, and I like that it only explains what is necessary, rather than bore viewers with a thorough thesis on World Lines.
As the episodes go on, they’re starting to become checklists to cross off for confirmations and speculations. Okarin is unfazed as he shifts worlds as assumed from episode one and subtly confirmed by the dream from last week, check. It seems to be fact that Okarin will only shift to the same place he was, and only right before the event that initiated the shift. Suzuha gets more associations as a dystopian future warrior from the super reflexes to checking for brain washing and talks about chips, check. What a terrible future. A banana is not required to use the phone microwave, check. Phew, that one’s a relief. Speculation that perhaps Okarin may not be the only one that retains his memories as the world line shifts, check.
I gave Shining Finger another chance to be awesome, and she mostly stood neutral this time. She didn’t do much except annoy Okarin, and ended up absorbing information in the background. But you know, it’s kind of hard to get to know another character when Okarin won’t pick up the only way she communicates. I’m certain her character will make more sense after a couple more episodes anyway.
The whole last scene was simply great. It was like a review of what Okarin thinks of each character. Cool ignorance of Makise, friendly response to Rukako, intense annoyance at Moeka, standard annoyance at Daru, and a soft place for Mayuri. Kind of made me in awe at such a simple scene that is only possible with the invention of cell phones, and yet feel some oddity watching Okarin hold an intense conversation with a time traveler by mere text messaging. Titor was a bit too relaxed dealing with the amazing discovery that Okarin is coincidentally the man that could help him save the future, but lays out several “goals” that hint at possible finales. He describes Divergence 1% as some sort of obstacle that must be “crossed” in order to obtain freedom, and if not, only dystopia awaits, further correlating with Suzuha’s character bio. Okarin’s hesitance in moving on gives a lot of weight in these developments as they go on, and as he becomes more and more human and less and less mad scientist, it becomes incredibly easy to slip in his shoes.
How are they not merchandising these oopas yet?