Steins;Gate – 09
「幻相のホメオスタシス」 (Gensō no Homeosutashisu)
“Homeostasis of Illusions”
I’m sure if the mad scientist had a “bug list” that details all the things that were going to be changed before or after sending a D-Mail, those cheeks would be more rosy. Continuing from last week, Rukako’s gender issues are completely dropped, and whether or not that will be resumed is hard to tell, considering they’ve already switched world lines once more (ie. some things may have reverted). Suzuha missing from the episode was a bit weird as well, and while it could mean something, she probably just didn’t have as much relevance this time. The story’s gone to the point where anything in the episode can be interpreted as “meaning something”. A bit of a problem I suppose.
Okarin’s proven quite easy to forget the dangers of time travel, hastily suggesting physical experimentation, which isn’t even possible yet. It had to take the loss of the IBN 5100, one of the more important things to him, for him to be utterly scared as he realizes there might be unreversible changes he doesn’t really like, which basically sums up the general direction of this episode. Throwing in the Butterfly Effect gives even more leniency to explanations, but honestly, it’s one scary concept. Changing one small particular thing could lead to world destruction, no matter how unrelated, but I like to think that the natural order of the universe would keep things simple.
I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with how the show’s been managing to tie in the rest of the support cast, this time being Akiha “Feyris” Rumiho. Because of her high position, her father practically owning all of Akihabara, she has a past that is highly influential, as shown by the results of her own D-mail (lack of stores for anime goods). As to what it actually was, her interest in Okarin and excusing the reason of secrecy her being a girl were flashing lights that point to possibly changing the past so that she might have a relationship with Okarin. After being instilled with the fear of “possible unreversible changes”, I was dumbfounded that he didn’t outright refuse to help her unless she told him what the D-mail was. Not only did he not bother to find out if there was anything else changed with Rukako’s D-mail, but now he doesn’t even know what to expect! C’mon Okarin, I know mad scientists tend to fail because they can’t keep things in order, but you want to surpass them right? Take some responsibility. You’re letting people play with the fabric of time. Way too casual, bro.
The other facets of Makise’s life appearing was unexpected, with her chatter on the phone resembling almost like a girlfriend arguing over a misunderstanding. However, given her daddy issues, it’s more likely it was her father. It’s too bad Okarin gave up his suave words to keep up his mad scientist image. Those were good lines! The scene between them on the phone had me going the entire way, because on the phone, Makise had the power to not put up with him. I knew he was going to eventually cave in and behave, but it was hilarious still anyway. And damn, Okarin has like, what, seven nicknames for her now? It must be a measure of his passion.
Following the theory of the orange numbers, Feyris’ shift was 0.409420, which is about a 0.04 difference from Rukako’s. It is still decreasing, so perhaps the 0.01 divergence is the goal here. What would make things easier to assume is if the changes actually compounded every shift, but as proven by everyone knowing Moeka again, anything goes. This anime just doesn’t want to make it easy for me…
I would like to see the statistics of success on this secret move of stirring while staring into someone’s eyes for information. The level of attraction the stirrer has must be the leading variable…