「並進対称のアルタイル」 (Heishin Taishou no Arutairu)
“Altair of Translational Symmetry: Translational Symmetry”
The sad truth is, there’s really no good way to go about this for me. When I take stock of where I am with Steins;Gate 0 right now, it’s not pretty. But nothing good will come from savaging it, especially since after last week’s episode much of what made this one so weak were repeat offenses. And we’re so close to the end that it only makes sense to see it through, especially given the enormous affection I have for the first series.
Still – this show really is a mess at the moment. The writing seems mostly trying to do damage control, to hold things together by whatever means possible even as the structure the first series (and of course the VN before that) built crumbles all around them. Admittedly, it will help tremendously if the combat scenes are over, because they’ve been legit some of the worst I’ve ever seen in anime. It would also help if Kagari were out of the picture, though apparently after having been shot like 15 times she’s going to be just fine. And please – can someone turn off the soundtrack?
As far as the Prof. Leskinen development goes, that’s been telegraphed almost since his first appearance. And honestly that’s fine – I don’t think it was supposed to be a surprise that he was the big bad (I sure hope it wasn’t). I could have done without him literally dissolving into evil laughter so often, but I knew he was going to be outed as a supervillain sooner or later. And the idea of him hatching this plot with his future self is one of the more interesting elements “0” has introduced to the equation.
As to what happened with Suzuha and Mayuri, we may be staring at one of those cases where “time paradox” is used as a pretext for “gaping plot hole”. If nothing else it’ll be interesting to see how the writing extricates itself from this. If Mayushi died, she never adopted Kagari in the future, and Kagari never went on a rampage. If they escaped the missile and got to the past, why didn’t Okarin’s Reading Steiner activate? Did they actually go to the future instead of the past, maybe because of the missile? Maybe now that there’s really no time for the extraneous ridiculousness that’s gummed up the works in the second cour, Steins;Gate 0 will be forced to focus on the bare essentials and salvage something from this narrative crater the last few episodes have left it buried in. I sure hope so – if “0” is the way Steins;Gate goes out as an anime, I want it to be on a higher note than this.