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Steins; Gate 0 – 06

「軌道秩序のエクリプス」 (Kidōchitsujo no Ekuripusu)
“Eclipse of Orbital Ordering: The Orbital Eclipse””

Suspicious people gonna suspicious.

I must confess, watching Steins;Gate 0 I feel for Okabe Rintarou in a way I never quite did before. Don’t get me wrong – he’s always been a great protagonist. His charisma – fueled by Miyano Mamoru’s sizzling performance – has always been the spine of Steins;Gate. He’s a fascinating and likeable character who seems quite up the challenge of carrying this story whatever it throws at him.

Things are quite different with Rintarou in “0″, though, even as the series as a whole grows more and more to resemble its predecessor. The overarching sense of the narrative is of the past hunting Okabe down relentlessly, its tendrils reaching out to grab him by the ankles and pull him down into his personal Hell. This Okabe is a changed man from the one we knew – more sober, more restrained, far more cautious. There’s not much of Hououin Kyouma left in this Okabe Rintarou, and that’s when he could still try and convince himself that he’d left world lines and reading Steiner’s behind forever.

Part of that torture is Kagari of course. It’s not enough that talking to Amadeus is like talking to a ghost – now in Kagari, Okarin has to share the lab with a living and breathing reminder of what once was. It’s still to be determined just exactly what connection Kagari might have to Kurisu (her amnesia conveniently keeps that and other things about her a mystery), but Steins;Gate is not big on coincidences (that may be one of the biggest understatements I’ve ever written). Sadly for Okabe, Kagari’s appearance could be a coincidence and her presence would still be a dagger in the heart.

It’s a sure-fire sign that the hidden world is closing in that Okarin is having strange visions, after-images of other timelines. And all the characters we know to be suspicious (and some we didn’t) are acting suspiciously. Tennouji has “something he needs to do” on New Years, and sees strange figures lurking in alleys. Moeka is, well- Moeka. Even Leskinen and Judy Reyes are giving us strong reason to believe they’re up to no good – it’s possible the lingering camera shots of Reyes this week may be a diversion, but that seems less likely than the alternative giving this series’ proclivities.

We’re at the point in Steins;Gate 0 now where the illusion of safety around Rintarou is starting to crumble piece by piece, and it’t not pretty. When Maho takes a call from Amadeus at the New Year’s party, the cat is out of the bag as far as that secret is concerned. But there are much more immediate problems to worry about – uninvited guests are coming, preceded by a telltale malfunctioning of mechanical devices. It wouldn’t be a huge leap to take a guess at who they work for, and only a slightly bigger one at who might be in cahoots with them. But the most interesting question of the moment for me is just how well Okabe is going to be able to keep it together – because, as usual, it looks like everything is going to depend on the poor guy.

May 18, 2018 at 3:24 pm
  • May 18, 2018 at 3:28 pmKim Pine

    Huh? My watch isn’t working.

  • May 18, 2018 at 4:20 pmtrophy hunter

    what is recommended? watching the anime first and right after the visual novel or the opposite?
    as to the original i watched the anime first, and i think this was the right decision.
    in chaos child i regreted it a litte for watching the anime first. thats why i ask.

    • May 19, 2018 at 12:39 amMagnus Tancred

      The bigger regret is watching Chaos;Child in the first place. :P

      The length of the series makes a difference: 12-13 episodes is nowhere near enough to make a decent adaptation. Often the pacing is breakneck, or too much story details are lost; that’s why you feel the need to play the VN first.

      That’s not the case with the Steins;Gate anime. It’s a good enough adaptation that you can thoroughly enjoy it without needing to play the VN first (I haven’t played the VN at all).

    • May 19, 2018 at 11:23 amLyfe

      To break it down for you.

      Steins;Gate VN – First Season Episodes 1-24
      Steins;Gate 0 VN – First season Episode 23 New End -> Episode 1 of Season 2 onward.

      Beta Okabe(From Steins;Gate 0) is the Okabe from Episode 24 who sent the video message back in time to the Okabe in the first season.

      I think that’s the best way to explain without spoiling anything.

  • May 18, 2018 at 4:58 pmyoloalchemist

    I think this new crisis is what’s gonna involve him yet again in time travel, time travel being the only solution to his current predicament.

    • May 18, 2018 at 8:48 pmJames

      i believe in this timeline Show Spoiler ▼

  • May 19, 2018 at 2:29 amHenrietta Brix

    My hair wasn’t standing on ends… It was literally trying to pull itself off the skin when my watch stopped working!

  • May 19, 2018 at 2:42 amMagnus Tancred

    Same cliffhanger as the original, but the situation is worse: Suzuha is with them this time, who’s gonna bust in and save their asses? :O

    • May 19, 2018 at 2:59 amTravelers

      Maybe Mr Braun? I think he already knew something fishy about that man clad in black.

      • May 19, 2018 at 9:04 amMagnus Tancred

        It’s possible– he’s probably a Rounder in this timeline, but with his daughter in danger, he might just do the right thing.

  • May 19, 2018 at 4:06 pmRenaSayers

    They say it’s important to build a good work relationship with your team. Time to dish out hugs…