Steins Gate 18 ~ first date
August 3, 2011
Steins;Gate episode 18 continues pretty much as expected. Okabe (AKA Hououin Kyouma) needs to reverse the change he made for Ruka. This episode featured a lot of Ruka, played by the great Yuu Kobayashi, but what really impressed me was that they followed up on the “bleed-over” of the Reading Steiner.
I mentioned last episode that I was worried about Feyris-nyan’s ability to remember across world-lines. This time they did not explain the phenomenon, but they did address it, which gives me hope that there is a reason for having introduced it, beyond the convenience of the plot in a single episode. Random Curiosity has a good summation:
Just why is it that both Feyris and Ruka regained memories of the old timeline, even before the timelines themselves reverted? Is Okarin somehow able to share his Reading Steiner by touch? Is it the mere act of telling the person what happened that causes the memories to become confused, a kind of archetype of the collective unconscious hidden inside their brains waiting to be triggered?
It is possible, I suppose that they both were affected by touch. Personally I think this is potentially dangerous, because I’m not sure it is a good thing if Okabe accidentally causes Moeka to get memories of him running away from her over and over again. Although, I suppose, it might freak her out since she is already afraid of lost memories. I guess we just have to wait until next week to see what happens.