Steins;Gate – 13
「形而上のネクローシス」 (Keijijō no Nekurōshisu)
So there’s a couple of changes in my preconceptions on the plot that were changed this episode. Continuing from the last post, the direction of the plot that played out wasn’t something I anticipated this soon. I thought they were going to get captured for a little while, and then they had to break out in order to travel back in time to change things, but thanks to Suzuha actually running away to turn on the lifter downstairs so that they could time travel to change things (clever girl), we can skip the middle man.
And so, just like that, Mayuri’s back in the picture, and ironically despite her death, is now more prominent to the story than ever. She even gets some more background development, but I think it was still largely more important of a development for Okabe than Mayuri. The hostage metaphor was explained, and even the mad scientist cover was apparently all for Mayuri, which goes to show how deep of an affection Okabe has for her. This does kill another one of my assumption that Okarin created the persona as a coping mechanism from his parents, but it’s not completely ruled out that there may be some relation still. Also, young Okarin looks dashingly handsome, which made that hug in the rain like a scene out of some romance.
Going back in time over and over again to save Mayuri was not completely unexpected, and even though we’re finally seeing “time travel” being used for a purpose other than experimentation, the reason of usage isn’t that special (Madoka, Haruhi). It’s not a complaint, but having seen other series do it when they’re not even time travel shows, I’m hoping for some more unique reasons in the show that is finally all about time travel.
When he first traveled back, I had figured he was still in the same world line, but then came the question, is this going to be Back to the Future style or you can’t change fate style? Because if it were neither, it would be a paradox. Being the absolutely amazing show S;G already is, they of course avoided the paradox and went with fate. Okarin can travel backwards in time, but he can’t change what happens. You can’t change the past. It will always fix itself. Hence Mayuri continuing to die over and over, which must’ve been terrible for Okabe, and even got little Nae involved!
I don’t know how long Okabe will go on doing this, but knowing S;G, it will probably only last half an episode more before he succeeds or switches it up (another good thing about the writing). My solution? Go back in time, then shift world lines to one where she doesn’t die. Pretty simple. Okabe should think of it soon…
Guardian Enzo will pick up S;G beginning next week. Out of all the shows I’m blogging, I will miss doing this one the most.