Steins;Gate – 08
「夢幻のホメオスタシス」 (Mugen no Homeosutashisu)
“Homeostasis of Dreams”
Intent on keeping his loveable mad scientist persona, HOUOUIN KYOUMA unsurprisingly ignores Titor’s suggestion of being “The Messiah,” and restarts the D-mail experiments. It doesn’t seem to be too far from his mind however, as part of the reason for his experiments tries to prove he has the ability to shift world lines while retaining his memo- *ahem* reading steiner. How can Makise find that embarassing to say? I’d totally say it in a serious face with oomph, and impress KYOUMA’s weakness to possible fellow mad scientists. Contrasting Okarin’s reading steiner, the other characters appear to “share” the same memory as Okarin’s previous world line. For example, in Moeka’s world shift, Makise asks if another world shift occured, implying that she remembers the Lotto one. So what this proves is that, whatever the characters did before the world shift, they’ll remember, even if it was their 40th world shift. In this case, Moeka was never introduced to the lab, but everything the lab had done till now, still happened. The only way someone like Makise could not remember the Lotto experiment is if Okarin sends a D-mail before the Lotto experiment occurred, and changed the past from there. The convenience of the many-world’s theory is really showing its leniency now.
Switching from Moeka last episode, Rukako also finds herself attracted to the phone microwave, and earns herself the moniker of “Lab Member 006.” The trap antics led to some good laughs, and I’d say his trap levels are pretty Hideyoshi tier. This is when you can capture girls as a guy dressed as a girl, and cause men to ease on over to, “this could be okay too… right?!” Even if traps are common fare in anime territory, Rukako’s little stint proved Daru’s fetishes can be pretty lax, and I’m not even sure what he meant by, “a guy is even better.” Sixteen episodes to possibly find out!? Due to Moeka missing, Rukako also learns of the D-mails, and (I totally called this) asks for a D-mail to change
her his gender. They hit the wall I mentioned last time, as their phone microwave can only work as far as cell phones existed, so instead they opt for pagers. “Eat vegetables for a healthy child” is actually a pretty good message that I thought could actually work, barring the unrealistic myth that it would morph the baby into a female. No surprise that it didn’t, though the thought did come to my mind that perhaps Ruka would be just as flat-chested as a female. What changed indeed..?
I wanted to address this general “confusion” last week, but I had only cleared it up in my mind after I had posted. Basically, there’s two kinds of time traveling going on in the series. One is the typical going back in time via an actual time machine, which John Titor and Suzuha “appear” to have done. Okarin’s method isn’t exactly time traveling. The text messages he SENDS time travels back and branches the world line, of which Okarin has the special power to move on over to the new one while retaining his old memories. He is not really time traveling. Really, he’s a dimensional slider.
On something from the last episode, I’ve started to notice that the orange numbers that flash across the screen everytime he shifts world lines is always something like 0.xxxxxx. In the lotto shift, it was 0.571015 and in Ruka’s shift, it was 0.456903. Moeka’s removal was 0.523299, which is a bit less than the lotto shift, and while the shift from the first episode wasn’t as clear, the last number that appears stable is 0.571024. They’re decimal values that can go over 1.0 when the numbers roll, but they always land on a number below it. At first I thought this could be the 1% divergence Titor was talking about, and that the decimals could be some kind of measurement on the magnitude of the shifts, and what’s needed to prevent the dystopian future would require a shift over 1.0. But if you compare the magnitudes of the changes, they don’t really match up, so then I noticed the numbers were going down every subsequent world shift. If we were to look at the difference as the measurement, it would make a bit more sense. The lotto shift seemed to change the least, so it’s the closest to the “original” world from episode 1, with a difference of only 0.000009. Ruka’s shift, the latest, would mean it’s the “farthest.” As to what is the “original” basis to measure off of, I don’t know, maybe it’s 1.0. Maybe the 1% divergence is actually measured in decimal, so it’s 0.010000 they have to aim for. Maybe the decimal numbers even double as a ID# for a particular world line. Maybe. Anyway, I know this can all probably be googled, but then there’s no fun in feeling like a mad scientist trying to figure things out~
oh god the synchronized tuuttur-hnnnnnnnnng
Also, the show is nearing plot that heavily relies on suspense, so it’d be appreciated if spoilers aren’t even remotely hinted at. It’d ruin ma’ day, and a few hundred others I’m sure.