Fri 16 Sep 2011
I’ve noticed that despite all the hype from Anime Power Rankings, I have never actually written about Steins;Gate, seemingly everyone’s favorite show. I was hesitant at first; a show related to Chaos;Head in any way, shape, or form kind of carries that stigma. Anyways, now or never. Here is what I thought about the Steins;Gate season finale. SPOILERS AFTER THE BREAK (DUH).
I like this episode because of the great sense of closure. We get a satisfying conclusion and a happy ending. As expected, Hououin Kyouma, mad scientist, manages to save the day. In fact, almost too expected. If I had one bone to pick with the episode, I’d say that it seemed the plan went too smoothly. Sure, Kyouma realized he was out of fake blood, but he seemed to know exactly then that it means he would have to get stabbed. Everything then… works out. There was no hitch at the eleventh hour that adds that extra twist of drama, no unexpected diversion from the plan that our hero somehow navigates regardless. In short, the plan went beautifully. Good for the sake of humanity, but for the sake of drama?
Of course, that’s nitpicking. Nitpicking away at a show that has been nothing but solid since its inception many months ago. Steins;Gate is perhaps the most dramatic, poignant, and well-written action thriller so far this decade. There’s intense emotion — fear, terror, catharsis — yet the show sticks firm to its well developed characters. They are believable and relatable.
The cliche at the end of the episode (two star crossed lovers crossing paths in a busy sidewalk) made me chuckle a little. Surely a show of this caliber isn’t going to pull that trope on us? It has to be a parody of some sort! It got me thinking about the possibility of Steins;Gate 2 being a romantic comedy where Kyouma has to seek the affection of Kurisu, who has forgotten everything. It’ll be like 50 First Dates, except Kurisu is super tsundere moe moe. This is maybe why I should stick to blogging.
Anyhow, it was a really great season. White Fox did a great job landing the plane and Steins;Gate will be remembered for years to come as a shining example of a good action thriller. It tells its story, but doesn’t overstay its welcome. Hopefully there will be more of the franchise in the future!