Monday, May 2, 2011

Beginning Steins;Gate

I wrote the following when I started watching Steins;Gate a couple days ago.

It’s been a while since I actually wrote my thoughts about an anime as I watched it. So I guess I’ll try it again.

I’m about to watch the first episode of Steins;Gate. Now, let me start by saying I don’t usually watch anime while they’re airing. I don’t like only getting 22 minutes of a show each week. It’s like only eating one of those puny serving sizes of ice cream – a cruel teaser. I don’t even watch the new episode of Naruto Shippuden every week. I go several weeks without watching and then watch a whole bunch of them within a day or two.

So I’m surprising myself by trying not just one, but two of this season’s anime – first Deadman Wonderland, and now Steins;Gate. I can’t even see each episode as soon as it comes out – Crunchyroll makes you wait unless you’re a premium member. And I decided back in February to stick to completely legal streaming for my anime sources, so I can’t go hunting for the next episode a week earlier on a different site.

--- A few thoughts during first three episodes ---

Episode 1

This first episode is interesting. They’ve definitely succeeded in getting me to ask “What’s up? Where are you taking this? Something cool is happening, isn’t it?”

Hehe. That main character is kind of fun. He’s completely delusional, truly a mad scientist. Of course, now something wacky has happened for real, something he completely didn’t expect – he sent a text message through time.

I like the interactions between the mad scientist and his friends – they tolerate his delusions in good humor, and they have their own quirks. The hacker is a pervert, but oh well. He looks like a good friend to the crazy guy, and I can understand the otaku aspects of him. Meaning, I know what in the world he’s talking about, even if I dislike his particular brand of otaku habits. For example, I understood the brief reference to his dating games (hentai games, I’m sure), as well as to 4-chan, though they call it @-chan in the anime. I have a soft spot for otaku characters. Especially if they’re otaku in ways that don’t revolve around rather perverted hobbies. Thankfully, this character has other otaku hobbies as well – he’s an excellent hacker.

Episode 2

Poor guy (the mad scientist. I really should learn his name). Now he’s not just delusional – things are really happening, but no one’s going to believe him, I’m sure. For now, at least. This episode just started, though.

I do know this already: Steins;Gate completely beats Welcome to the NHK! in my book. They’re both about delusional guys running from made up organizations, but in this one, it’s not just the guy that’s crazy. The whole world’s messed up. I wonder if his friends will ever be able to tell the difference between when he’s babbling about delusions and when he’s talking about the crazy truth. For that matter, I wonder if I can really tell the difference.

--- Small Spoiler Below ---

Cool. Look at that banana! They put the banana in the Phone Microwave (Name subject to change), and it disappeared from the microwave. It was reattached to the bunch of bananas in its gelled form! Usually they put the whole bunch in the microwave and they all stay in there and turn to gel (since the molecular structure changes). This is new!

Episode 3…

Well, that proved her wrong. Time machines are possible!

Aw man, it’s over. Now I have to wait six days for episode four to become available.

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