Tuesday, 23 May 2017

MT Series Scan: Steins;Gate 4

I am a SLOW binge-watcher (and reader). Two hours is about my limit, after which I need processing time. At the same time, I enjoy watching online reviewers, and reactions to things that I’ve previously watched, to see if they’re similar to my own. So, why not take the time during a slow binge to chronicle my own reactions and speculations?

We've reached Steins;Gate (Disc 4), having previously looked at Disc 1, Disc 2, and Disc 3. Honestly, if you've seen and liked the series, I think you might like my serial (Time & Tied) as well. Note that all be referencing characters with whatever name stuck, given some use more than one. Here's a recap of my theories to date: Completely true theories, #2, #5, #7. Partly true theories, #1, #3, #4. Totally wrong theories, #6, #8, #10. (That said, most of those were wrong because I went too specific. If I’d said “A lab member is a spy”, I’d have been right, but I said “Daru is a spy”.) Still out there:
Theory 9: All the Gadgets will factor in at the end, somehow a set up.
Theory 11: Okarin will find the 1975 (or 2000) time machine to go back (leading to talking to Makise in Ep 1 before we see her).
Theory 12: We reach 1% Divergence (no dystopia) when all lab members work together/initials get on the badge.

20 Finalize Apoptosis

Stream of Consciousness:
-Recap, still Aug 11th, SF & Mayuri die Aug 15th. OP. Okarin grabs crowbar, Makise says to calm down, remember everything. (She agrees with me that the Dmail needs to be undone, not a matter of grabbing IBN.) Spy on coin locker to find FB, aha! (We got it at the same time.) SF/Kiryu joins him, to know the truth. Okarin allows since “no talking sense into you”. Makise and Mayuri scene, also Mr. Braun’s kid (Nae). Braun sees Okabe as happy-go-lucky.
-SF/Kiryu is called M4 as codename by FB. We’re at Aug 13th, a guy takes it. They tail him since “FB is a woman”. (Not convinced.) Recognizable tattoo. He left the IBN on the train! (Mind leap, hahaha, nice.) Stream of photos. Mr. Braun’s truck! (Damn, I thought FB = Braun. Okarin should explain to him about Suzu and her "pay it back" philosophy.) Mind leap to be in a car. SF/Kiryu doesn’t know Braun. Someone picks it up from Braun, to airport, plane to France (where SERN is). They saw no women.
-Confront Mr. Braun! “Why so formal?” They want to meet FB. (It’s him, right?) He calls her M4. (*ZING*). Heard of Ferdinand Braun? Nobel Prize physicist who invented CRT. Same guy. Wrote like a woman to fool people. (What's that even mean.) Pretends to be whoever they most need. (It’s WEIRD for Braun to be speaking so casually about this. Someone playing him?) Suzu name dropped. “Nothing to do with her.” (As I thought, hits a nerve.) SERN offered a thread to get out of the gutter. Became a puppet. Draws a GUN? Bang?! (Unexpected.)
-Alarms. Nae’s alarm. He thought about escaping, but now can’t with a kid. (SERN burnt his house down??) “Failure isn’t allowed.” Kills himself?! (WELL. Let’s undo THAT, good grief.) SF/Kiryu gets last words. Use Braun’s phone to undo Dmail with “IBN Search off. Stand by.” World line 0.571 flashes? Translocates again. He’s at SF/Kiryu’s place. She says don’t need IBN 5100 yet.
-Retrieved from Shrine! Daru’s gone to Comima. Back in time to Aug 13th! Daru’s coding. Makise talks about world line before first Dmail, the beta world line. (Someone make the connection to her death. Also, I doubt that’s the beta world line.) Daru was filled in about Suzu, says Okabe could be a “light novel author” (Hahahahaha!). Tells Makise about her time leap machine too. “Mayuri lives and Makise dies.” CONNECTION MADE, THANK YOU. (Yeah, that’s gotta be Makise in the hourglass credits.) NEXT: Okarin and Makise on roof. Flowers? Uhoh.

Thoughts and Theories:
-I was starting to think that Okarin would end up with either Mayuri or Makise, likely the former. But he’ll save Makise’s life - right? I am curious, did anyone not see this problem coming from the start of when he was undoing things?? Like, it’s not merely me with an affinity for time travel stories, is it?
-Where are we going? Perhaps Makise dies, he thinks they’re in the beta line, but then the Loto 6 reveals that he CAN still make an impact and not be caught by SERN. (Or not Loto 6, he receives a DMail from a more future self?) That leads to rounding up everyone else and tracking down Titor’s time machine from 2000.

21 Paradox Meltdown

Stream of Consciousness:
-“The hacking is cancelled.” OP. (It’s going to stay a dilemma all episode, isn’t it.) Last day of Comima. More cosplay talk. Mayuri brings Okarin water. And her hat. Aug 17th, goes with her. Today, just before 8pm. (Maybe not? She buy Oopas?) Asks Makise for something, wants to come up with a way to save Mayuri without hacking, “can’t explain”. (So he can’t tell Red/Makise either? Or will she simply say 'I can die'.) Hangs up.
-Okarin rejects running plan. Mayuri wonders why he came, but thanks him. Talk of Rukako cosplay. (They’re wringing out the pathos.) Suggests he cosplay; he will if she will, with the others. (Maybe they’ll loop back to this Comima.) Watch stopped, car, run. If he commits suicide, something has to change. (WHOA. Drastic. Believable. ... She just saved him, didn’t she.) “Finally helpful.” (Aww, you made it more sad.) Makise left him note, need to talk. Instead, to Aug 13th, for (not) running the hack.
-Waits until the 15th again. Makise comes up. Why call off? Mad scientist talk. And time leap comes up. (So they developed it even with only the Loto test? Well, duh, he just used it, but didn’t he go back a bit more than 48 hours so is it better now??) Sacrificed all the hopes and dreams of the others. (Good point. Sucks. Though to be fair, real life has no “undo”.) Will throw phone. She wants to help. (She’s gonna offer to die...) On July 28th, when you were stabbed, moved us from beta line to this alpha line. Tells her she’ll die. (I still don’t think that was beta.)
-His phone rings. (Of course it’s Mayuri.) Apologizes for being caught up in Comima. Organization has four leaders, Geppu, Sudachi, Seiyuu and Jakko? (I need to check my Fushigi Yuugi. Oh, he corrects her right away.) Makise can guess conversation, says go to her. Grandma’s grave, been having scary dreams. (She KNOWS? Oh WTF, way to make it worse.) Except Okarin always saves her. She tries to thank, he can’t hear.
-Thinks of her first lab visit; snowing in spring, Organization talk. Can’t tell what he’s thinking like back then. (They need to analyze WHY Makise died. I mean, this pathos is well done, but...) He always knows where his hostage is. Final shot is Makise and red lights. NEXT: Roof talk, rain (well rain is new) and Dk Pepper.

Thoughts and Theories:
-Presumably in the original game, this is where a choice needs to be made - but is it REALLY a choice when a dystopia is on the line too? That’s the other problem they’re not addressing here: SERN, and Okabe’s promise to Suzu. There's more pros and cons than the individual human ones.
-I mean, it’s nice that they’re putting such moral responsibility on the time traveller... Time travel is a problem, and it’s being dealt with well... but this is becoming a bit romance centric. Which again isn’t BAD, because we’re learning some new character things, and yay for emotional investment... but still. Maybe people who didn’t see the Makise thing coming a mile away needed this episode for processing time? Oh well. Next episode is more of Makise’s history, I suppose. I figure something new will happen in the last three minutes of Ep 22.

22 Being Meltdown

Stream of Consciousness:
-His confession to Makise. OP. (Yes, yes.) Now Okarin’s talking to Makise about heat stroke, on broken roof. (Mayuri link there from last ep.) This is after the cemetery. It’s raining. Wet shirt. (Sigh. Really?) Torn lab coat, she can sew. Can’t see the thread. He went to her hotel, when she wouldn’t answer his calls. Now HE’S the one who worries. (Nice little parallel. And cute laugh.) She sensed pain and desperation in this spot. (Ok, nice parallel to Mayuri’s feelings.) Illusion memories. (This is also a bit like Faris and the rest, I guess that’s good foreshadowing in retrospect. In the dark, her hair looks purple, nice catch on the closing sequence.)
-“You HAVE to save her.” (Called that attitude. Still don’t think it’s to the beta world line.) He doesn’t want to abandon her. She tried to find a way around it, found nothing. He refuses to give up. She runs after him, prevents him from mind leaping. “Running will only make it worse.” Time leaping won’t cross the 1%. Okarin’s seen Mayuri die so much, it won’t break him. She smacks him. (I’m so invested in these two.) His heart HAS grown numb. She says he’ll still regret it. “The wish to save her is what brought us together.” (Ooh, THAT'S a good point.) He says been twenty days. Mesmerized by theories, more than a lab member, but admits he can’t save her.
-Why her? What does it mean to change world lines? (THANK YOU, YES, THAT QUESTION. She says all the right things.) Maybe he switches places with a different Okabe. Doesn’t matter? Not true, she’ll still be alive here. Maybe there are doubles in countless lines, forming a single person. Being in all times and all places. (This is why I’m so much more invested in Makise, she speaks time travel language. Fascinating theories.)
-She’ll always be there, he’ll never forget her. Love confession, oh my. He wants to know back (this is so Okarin). Close your eyes. (Gonna kiss? Gyah, when the music cut out I thought it would be interrupted. Yay, it wasn’t.) First kiss? Stored in the hippocampus. Not his first, heh, oh my. Let’s do it over, to be extra sure. (Dawww.) Time speeds up or slows down depending on perception. Relativity is romantic. And sad. (Bittersweet, at least.)
-She’s leaving now. Gift for her, Gadget #2, upgraded. A gift in return, throws Dk. Pepper. Aim remarks, heh! He turns, she loves him. Remember her one time out of a hundred, when she’s beyond the 1% barrier. Final phase of Operation Verdandi, Battle of Ragnarok. World chosen by Steins Gate. HITS ENTER. Makise comes back?? (She feels the same love aaand, there we go. Ripping my heart out. 1.130205 flashes, so I was also wrong about the beta.)
-Message about Dr. Nakabachi’s Successful Time Machine Press Conference. No Lab Member 004. Okabe announces victory. Mayuri says he can cry. (DAWWW!) They don’t need the Phone Microwave now. (Wait, no whammy? Different closing music? What? Nooo, you can’t stop the ep THERE. Where’s the twist? ... And the hourglass is reversing, and typing, and aren’t you crafty devils.) Daru phone: Who is this? Some mystery girl. It’s Suzu, on the roof of the Radio Building. “You have to stop World War III”. WELL NOW.

Thoughts and Theories:
-They actually faked me out there, well played. (I knew there were other episodes to come, but figured they might flash forwards a year or something.) Also, this IS the beta line. I didn’t think they’d get that far. I'll get into some serious speculation now. (I wonder if this was in the original game; I’ll look that up later.)
-What’s worse than a dystopia? Apparently World War III. Do I think we’re going back to the alpha line? No, probably some attempt to find a gamma. The key is what got Makise to work for SERN in the alpha, they need to undo that (along with her death). Obviously Okarin will travel back to talk to her before the conference, likely in the time machine that Suzu has now managed to land properly (OH, OH, OH, Okarin saw it on that roof back in Ep 1, will he remember that??). Also, Suzu probably has a divergence meter, but what does it say? If it’s divergence from this BETA line, is it back under 1%? Or do they have some new threshold to reach, to get them out of this vicinity of “bad future” ropes entirely? (Bet she came back because “Dad” explained they had a device similar to a time machine back in 2010.)
-I still feel like gathering lab members is needed for a proper climax, but I’m not quite sure how that can happen since Okarin’s headed to the past. As to saving Makise but preserving the timeline, all I can think is they fake her death. But then what of the pain she sensed this past ep? More of an emotional pain? Who even would have tried to kill her? (That Dr Nakabachi guy?)
-I also feel like this needs to link back to Okarin being sick during the Y2K. And Titor should be back there in this timeline, but Titor is Suzu, so why does she need to go back? (Presumably after Okarin takes his trip, um, with her?) Questions, questions. I think all my unconfirmed theories at the top are wrong. (In my defence, Suzu’s return in this way was kind of impossible to predict - wasn’t it?)

23 Open the Steins Gate

Stream of Consciousness:
-I feel like there’s a Gatekeepers pun in the title. And the characters go to Comima, so why not?
-Aug 21st. (Oh, so if Makise is brought back to life, she’ll be in America?) The War causes 5.7 billion deaths by 2036. This time machine starts it. Suzu (nice new look) calls Okarin Uncle, says come with her. (Back in time to Makise’s death?) He refuses, having come from the alpha line, can’t let it go to waste. Yet to prevent the war, they must save Makise. (Kinda figured. They need a 3rd plan.) Need the only world line free of “attractor field interference” - codenamed Steins Gate?! (OH MY GOD, what if all the Organization talk was stuff happening in another world line? If so, that’s INSANELY AMAZING. It would explain Y2K sickness as well, maybe?)
-Okarin's future self came up with the plan, along with Daru. Betting on a chance. Okarin doesn’t care about 5.7 billion people. (But does for Makise, of course. I suppose that’s why the focus has been more on relationships.) Machine can carry two. Leave your phone, so as to not interfere with past phone. (I’m not the only one to think of this stuff! Hm, we know Suzuha used to hate Makise, this isn’t a setup to have Okarin arrested, is it?) Suzu already stopped by 1975 and 2000?? (So it can go forwards then. Interesting.) Requires fuel. They can’t change position geographically. (Is that another change?) G-forces. Sparkles, fragments of time appear.
-“Try not to run into your other self.” (Thank you, Doc Brown.) Twenty minutes. She’ll deal with the time machine. Yup, there’s the roof thing. Then to the Oopas, so he needs to take the far stairs. “How do you know my name.” (Yeah, this is awkward.) He runs off. (I can’t even imagine being in that position.) He was warned that taking her outside won’t help, “inevitable” death (like Mayuri, right). She’s reading on time machines. Wants someone to read. (It’s her dad, I bet. So, accidental death? Or SERN plot?) Dad *is* Nakabachi guy. (Clever.)
-He invited her here, so she was brainstorming on time machines. Oh no. She thinks time travel is possible. (Definitely not the same world line. Yeah, he must work for SERN, that’s why when they got the Dmail message notice, he didn’t invite her. Interesting though, does Makise always take up a contrary position?) He wasn’t kicked out, he cut off ties. She wants them both to publish, this is going BAD PLACES. Stealing, yeah (saw that coming). Okarin tackles the guy. He’s “that kid”. Dad thinks it’s a conspiracy. (I suppose that’s a fair assumption. Makise is going to be stabbed saving Okarin, huh?) Dad gets a screwdriver, goes after her. (All of this already happened, this WILL NOT END WELL.) Okarin goes after the Dad ... ... ... ... F*CK.

-Back to the present? WHY? This is *INSANE*. Okarin’s gotta be broken. (I did NOT see that coming.)
-They can do one more trip? There’s an email. (Dmail?) Turn on the news. Nakabachi defected to Russia. Caught because of Mayuri’s metal oopa?! Superpowers in intense race to control time. (Like the moon race.) Okarin has his experience of trying to save Mayuri to know saving Makise at that time won’t work. “I knew this would happen.” (So why did his future self DO that?) Mayuri smacks him, don’t give up halfway through. “You never give up.”
-Got a video file on July 28th? At least one fail to save Makise unlocks it. “Failing once was part of the plan.” (OH MY GOD.) 15 years in future. That pain gave me determination, so I couldn’t afford to undo it. Now the rest of the plan. (I can’t even.) Destroy the paper that gets to Russia and save Makise. It IS possible, but you’re doing it wrong. Don’t undo. Trick yourself. Save her, without changing the fact that she died. (OH MY GOD YES) Time machine is Type C204? “Christina”. Steins Gate doesn’t really mean anything. Operation Skuld. (What, no Belldandy?) Deceive yourself. Deceive the world. "El Psy Congroo." (THAT again? What?) Closing song is new. (0 is the past, 1 is the future, and now is nowhere, I like that.) Hououin Kyouma, hand stretch. (WELL PLAYED ANIME, DAMN that’s so what I would do here if I wrote this, hahaha.) NEXT: Talking and flourishing, way to not give anything away.

Thoughts and Theories:
-Oy, give me a few hours to process that. [Over 6 hrs pass] Back. See, that’s why I can’t binge. Okay.
-So Okarin will go back to try again, but he can’t mind leap because they don’t have Makise to create the tech. Does a second trip in the time machine overwrite the first somehow? (Hence the fragments in the trip?) If not, they’re in trouble. I also don’t see a clever way to fake himself out (lacking holograms, some sort of video screen?), so I think I’ll just enjoy the revelation.
-Okarin does have one BIG advantage - he doesn’t know how the last 3 weeks played out. Was Makise’s body ever found? (Could they time travel her back to present, wounded? Except the machine only takes two.) Where did her father go before Russia? What of other lab members?
-Okarin also has one BIG disadvantage - Makise doesn’t know him, so why would she play along with anything? (I’m guessing there will be a scene where he tells her things he’s learned about her personality.) And how does that metal oopa fit in, does Okarin swap lab coats?
-Incidentally, I think I also twig into the “alpha line” being so different now, even at the start. (Makise now thinking time travel IS possible and all.) It wasn’t that Makise’s father necessarily worked for SERN, it was that they were everywhere, because the company went back in a “paradox” way to be everywhere. In this new beta line, Mr. Braun is presumably not at their behest and his house didn’t burn down (though one wonders how he got out of the gutters). Makise may need to “stay dead” then? To preserve this? She can take on the name Christina.

24 Achievement Point

Stream of Consciousness:
-Recap. Why keep calling Daru "Dad"? (Heh. Interesting that she knows this time.) No fuel for Suzu to return; she knew that. The future will change anyway. (She wouldn't know the new future, so why return. Though why is this fuel not existing in the present?) Unless no change, regrets. He flashes back, assures “failure is out of the question”. OP, which is increasingly fitting for lyrics.
-Looking around lab. Glow stick sabre has fake blood. (Funny remarks.) Mayuri seems to remember Makise? Suzu wonders if Mayuri has a Reading Steiner ability. Okarin says it doesn’t exist, but some part inside remembers, deep down. Talk of feelings. Skeptical Daru, but asks about his wife. (Again, yes. Clever.) They go back. Brought to exact same time. (So they must have overlapped.)
-He goes to get the Metal Oopa now? (But it had Mayuri’s name on it!) He gets out as they come. Now it’s not rare, but cute. (So already new world line, won’t have her name in the news?) Very similar conversation? No, says he’s here to save you. Runs. (Has to pretend to be himself?) Kurisu finds cute oopa? (OH. I’d forgotten that Mayuri lost it. That’s how it’s in envelope?) The envelope should now burn up in airplane accident. (Instead of prof getting hit at security, okay. Missed the accident reference.)
-Now needs to knock Kurisu out. (This is where it will go badly.) The fake blood dried up! (Yup. Use dye? You got me.) Think. What looks like blood. Got it? (This is a nice introduction.) Knife out. She says to run. Okarin mocks? “Could never kill me.” GYAH! (Looks like Okabe hit, but surely it’s the Prof?? No?) He needs a bit more blood, oh MY. Now he has the knife. Dad runs, Makise will call ambulance. She’s on phone. Knocks her out. (I didn’t call all that.) Bleeds badly. (That’s a hell of a sacrifice.) Suzuha helps him away. Wait. He needs to see himself. Wishes himself good luck on the longest, most important three weeks of his life. (Oh my.)
-Suzu superficially stopped the bleeding. “Stay strong.” (Will the time displacement nearly do him in?) She “can’t stay with him”. Oho, she’s not of this world line. See him in seven years?? (When she’s born??) Machine gone. (I didn’t call that one either, but it makes sense.) Closing sequence. Okarin flowers from Mayuri. In hospital. Russian government will deny defection. Out of hospital? Gave Ruka lab pin, member memories “in previous life”. The pin now has OSHMKUFA. (So I sort of called that but not really. And just noticing time’s arrow on it with the screen paused.) Faris next. Then Mr. Braun with new part timer, SF/Kiryu, who helped Nae once. (Well, that’s clever. I see why Suzu needed to be member 008, she’s not born yet.)
-Okarin not at lab, went to buy things. They have badges too. Closing over by now. Suzuha’s pin in a box. Can’t even think 7 years ahead. (HAHAHAHA, it’s literally 7 years in the future now, 2017.) Okarin wonders where Makise is. She has no memory, but what matters is she’s out there, “in this world with an unknown future”. They cross! “I finally found you.” Wants to thank him. “El Psy Congroo”? (Seriously, what?) She retorts with Assistant as if she knows! Aw, wow. “The possibilities are infinite. This is the choice of Steins Gate.” Nice. NEXT: ?? A car, an airplane, and diet Dk Pepper. (Okay??)

Thoughts and Theories:
-Episode ran a little long there. Definitely didn’t call a lot of things, but it all fits together in a tidy package. (So why another ep?) The blood “not being his” the first time he exited the time machine has new significance too. I think every gadget was used twice? So that’s neat. I wonder, when did Okarin have time to make the pins? It would take a week. I guess he was in hospital for a bit, and put out an order - but then, was that broadcast of Makise’s father with Russia a rerun? Oh well.
-Actually, here’s a question. Why did Suzuha previously go back to 1975 in this timeline? (We know she had to be in 2000 for Titor - who probably doesn’t exist now, come to think. Weird how changing the future alters the past like that.) There’s also the fact that Previous-Okarin wouldn’t remember the metal oopa, since it never happened for him - so how would he know to get it? Well, it’s fortunate he’s a Reading Steiner, or that could be a problem. Again, it all fits.
Wallpaper from this site.

25 Egoistic Poriomania

Stream of Consciousness:
-“Poriomania: A passion for journeying away from home”. This series teaches you stuff.
-Can’t believe the future? Organization sabotage? Desert? (Dream?) “It all began two weeks ago.” (Again El Psy. I’m so looking up this El Psy thing.) Now we flashback?? Faris in a Rai-Net American tournament? (This is like a whole extra thing. I figured it was an Epilogue.) Kurisu Makise is also going. Tsundere talk. It's Oct 14th? Okay then. (Braun saying never come back, he’s still funny. Ha, I <3 CRT aprons too, heh.)
-Airport. (Ruka there too? Why her and not Kiryu?) Mad scientist to the passport guys, oh my. (Yup, arrested. Conspiring with “Federation” government, I guess that’s like “Federal”?) Kurisu also talking to herself, heh. She drives off. (I guess that explains the opening? Oh, nope.) Asks for taxi fare? (Sheesh, pushing it much.) Faris, they cancelled hotel. Okarin/Faris playing off each other now. (That’s actually not bad.) Arrested again? (Okay, this is getting a bit too weird.) They’re at Kurisu’s? Mentions how others recall things. All she remembers is him saving and saying thanks. Blushing denial (so no?).
-Motel. Living in mixture of fiction and reality (it's Daru’s 'NOW you ask' which totally makes that work). Mayuri talking about sleeping with him. Yes, we know Ruka’s a guy. Makise will stay too? Now Ruka and Okarin together. Except not. (This episode is way too goofy.) Heh, from yuri to yaoi. Okarin’s out with Makise now. She wants to ask things. She DOES dream about things that she hasn’t experienced. “Whether they should be called real or not is a difficult question, indeed.” (Good point. They're really at their best for scenes like this.) Another dream where they’re -- (well, of course it’s that). Goofy Mayuri moment?
-Oct 15th. (“STAPLES Centre” heh.) Makise is a cat waitress?? (Why??) Ah, they have to help out. Still. “No good comes from chasing alternate world lines.” Someone who looks like Suzuha. (Okay, so we have Daru’s future wife. Why?) He’s following her. (You just said no good comes from this.) Thinks time machines exist in this timeline now. (Oh come on, figure it out.) Others are now worried, except Daru.
-He catches her, she was in tournament, going to Vegas. (The shorter hair, not something I’m fond of.) Daru sneezes. (Yes, we get it. So now it's the opening, Okarin’s stuck, with no taxi? And Makise saves him?) Dead phone battery. Yup. “Mirage. Now she has no gas. (Haha, okay, they ARE so alike. Well played.) This back and forth is nice. He admits love first. “Not fair” that he knows her. Notes longer than even the three weeks (true enough). Her answer? (They roll credits? No, “Close your eyes”, aw, that’s even better!) Now the OP as the Close, Extended.

Thoughts and Theories:
-I only *just* got Kurisu as Christina. I am not a names person. I liked that Okarin and Makise got another moment together, owing to both of them being so similar in personality and getting stuck, and there were some nice callbacks. This felt like a "filler" episode though, which is weird for the END of a series. Also, in the broader context, Faris and Ruka could really have been rolled into being a single character. Could just be that the shrine mister did nothing for me emotionally, or even comically, really... and he was just kind of "there" this whole episode. (Okay, "El Psy Congroo" is apparently a reference to some @channel meme. And it should have been spelled with a K. Related, "Ruka" is apparently "Luka".)

And that's it. Definitely glad I watched it, and as I said at the start of this post, I think people who like this anime would like my story. (Slow build-up, eventual dystopian future with temporal hijinks.) Noteworthy, while I feel like I called almost EVERY plot point problem early, I consistently DIDN'T call how those problems would be resolved. Kudos. Even some of my incorrect theories were strung along for a few episodes. I don't think I'd give a perfect score (it got tedious at times), but I'd only knock off half a star.

*I was curious about the visual novel. http://steins-gate.wikia.com/wiki/Steins;Gate_(visual_novel) It's a sequel to Chaos;Head (about delusions), and had two novels after. Of note, the Faris ending there seems not only interesting but Dmail different.
*There’s a movie. Of course there is. http://funi.to/2m5fHF5 has a recap and info.
*I previously saw "Recognizing a good anime" by DigiBro, which looked at Steins;Gate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kQrT8S2Mrw
*7 Things you don’t know about Steins;Gate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6qcVVrnmXQ (Includes how manga has spinoffs with other characters, the fact that John Titor is based on a REAL LIFE STORY including the IBM 5100, and there's a sequel Steins;Gate Zero ... anime teaser “Episode 23B” will lead into that new anime adaptation?)

Thanks for reading! Assuming anyone did! Feel free to comment with how great or terrible of an idea this was. I have "A Certain Magical Index" and "RWBY" which I may do in some similar manner.

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