Steins;Gate – 12
「静止限界のドグマ」 (Seishi Genkai no Doguma)
“Dogma of the Static Limit”
Fate is a cruel mistress, but does fate really exist in Steins;Gate’s world? Perhaps, or I may be confusing it with simply foreshadowing in the several dialogues that raised the death flag. It was made to seem as if the first scene in the hourglass seventy million years ago was seen by Okarin of the present, but I believe it’s a scene from the future. Regardless, Okarin’s finally cracked from being scared of the consequences, and despite the time leap machine being created, his mad scientist persona isn’t strong enough to overcome his worries of Mayuri and the experiments themselves. All I could think of at this point was that he shouldn’t have kept SERN’s text threats concealed.
Despite being such a shift in plot movement overall, much of this episode was still dedicated to more of the same goofball interactions between members. Okarin and Makise are getting alarmingly close that even Okarin’s blushing in their little flirts. It’s a weird feeling since I believe Suzuha’s correct on Makise eventually becoming a SERN spy, and that she’ll essentially be a loved character turned bad, but it would make her into such a great character. Actually, due to Moeka being revealed as the potential “lead” behind SERN’s actions, and that her orders were to take them in, I’m speculating that Makise may spy against her will (or maybe brainwashed).
Mayuri’s death was done well. It wasn’t just the screenplay or the sound engineering that was excellent in playing the strings of your emotions, but the almost eerie words of Mayuri beforehand basically proclaiming that she is no longer needed. In a series about time travel, and the subtle essence of what exactly details to be existent, Mayuri becomes an embodiment of the question, “am I of value when my purpose is gone?” What’s interesting is that it could be interpreted as a typical writing predicament. We don’t need Mayuri anymore, so let’s write her off the show kind of deal. But Mayuri is so much more, labeled as the pure with her unaffected view of the lab, and a great deal of background left only to be implied. She’s truly an enigma. Makise’s remarks about her pure view of the lab must not be taken at surface value. Her appearance in Okarin’s shift back in episode one, and the words she spoke in this episode’s first scene suggests she may be of a being even more above time than Okarin is. Even without the fact that the cast will be time traveling again to save Mayuri (because Okarin is nothing without his Tutturu’s), Mayuri’s death is still great because it’s isolated so well. The purposeless girl finally served her purpose. She’s the catalyst to propel Okarin to the ends of all time.
Of course, interpretations in this show, even Mayuri’s demise, is as fleeting as it comes. Moeka’s involvement with SERN wasn’t unexpected, but her decisions are obviously calculated (for FB). It all means something, and I can’t wait to find out what it is. The paradigm has shifted. It’s a whole new ballpark now. Just what I’ve been waiting for…