What’s the show? Steins;Gate 0, Episode 5.
“Blah blah blah, best show ever”? Hey! Were you peeking at my notes?!
I—I was joking! That’s not really what you were about to write, was it? Listen, there’s only so many episodes of a show that can pass that are each executed so flawlessly that I have to wonder whether it’s some sort of omni-fluke or I’ve just lost my goddamn mind. Either way, Steins;Gate 0 is as close to perfection as an anime like this has ever achieved. Well, at least on this world-line…
Wha… what do you mean by “world-line”? Shhh, that’s not important right now.
Er, um, okay. What happens in the episode? A lot. We get to see what the duplicitous and potentially dangerous Moeka is up to, namely here working as some sort of private investigator and attainer of knowledge. Daru has employed her services to find the missing girl, you know the future girl who was ‘lost’ in 1998 as a 10 year old and who looks a lot like a young Kurisu, but I’ve made that connection before haven’t I? Or maybe that was in a different time…
What’s going on, you’re acting strange… I don’t know, anyway, moving on… Maho is once again badgered into facing her true feelings for Okabe, and so goes to Akihabara to visit him only to be stalked~ by an unknown party, causing her to panic dial Okabe en-route to his lab and find herself cornered in an alleyway by an assailant…
Oh no! Except it’s just another ~American~ from the university who speaks in some kind of disturbing faux English for comedic effect until she realises her intended audience speaks Japanese and continues to do so fluently.
Sorry… so what happens next? Well Ruruka (Luka the cutest boy in anime) shows up at the lab, with the ~important request~ she had called Okabe to discuss towards the end of the previous episode. And surprise surprise the person in tow is a gorgeous Kurisu analogue with amnesia and FOR SOME REASON OKABE DOESN’T REALISE THIS IS THE MISSING GIRL IMMEDIATELY WHAT KIND OF GENIUS ARE YOU?!
Whoa! Settle down… I mean maybe you could make the argument that Okabe never actually looked at the photo of missing future girl Kagiri Shiina but really you just finished talking about a 22 year old-girl who’s missing in the city and then suddenly a 22 year old-girl with amnesia appears and you don’t immediately join the dots? Get your head in the game Okabe!
You mentioned something about “world lines” before? Metal oopa! The missing girl has one, except it’s all old, even though it’s something that only came out a few months ago, except it’s different from the one on this world line and this is all very important information!
Time travel is confusing, yo. Hey, that’s my line! And we haven’t even got to proper time travel plot lines yet (I can only assume they are coming). You can imagine my anxious excitement as for what’s to come! Let’s just hope whatever the outcome, Maho can find someone to warm her bed at night. I mean I totally ship her with Okabe, but that’s only to try and keep Daru away from her! Now… where were we or more appropriately, when were we?
If you liked my post and want to support my content, please consider supporting my Patreon page, or donating by buying me a coffee on Ko-fi!