Here's to the crazy ones ...

For those who don’t know: Steins;Gate was one of, if not THE, best shows of 2011. If you haven’t seen it, don’t start here; start by watching the show for yourself. If you are wondering what it is about, take a look at my first impression post, as what follows contains spoilers. The one thing I would add is that this story delivers right up through the closing scene.

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After all that he's been through, Okabe doesn't want to get involved with time machines ever again.

Steins;Gate has been a wonderful show, with only a couple of weak episodes over the run. Last episode was a touching farewell to one of the best characters. Could the ending really live up to what had gone before? Imagine my surprise when this turned out to be one of the best episodes of Steins;Gate so far? I even got a chill in the brief segment before the OP. How is this series so good?

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Okabe Rintarou: You can cry for yourself.

Episode 22 of Steins;Gate was even grayer and de-saturated than usual. Okabe makes a painful decision, and we say goodbye to a cast member. NOTE: due to the nature of the episode, this review contains more spoilers than usual.

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Okabe alone with his thoughts, but making no progress.

Episode 21 of Steins;Gate is aptly titled “Paradox Meltdown”. Outwardly Okabe has returned to his earlier disability. He has taken the responsibility all onto his own shoulders, but in so doing he loses the ability to move. In truth this is used by the show’s producers not to produce dramatic tension, but to give the three principle characters an opportunity to breathe.

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Hououin Kyouma makes Rukako cry again.

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.

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Feyris has a ten year alternate life.

In Steins;Gate episode 17 Okabe gets beat up, Feyris lives a 10 year dream, and Christina gets jealous.

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The satellite disappears.

Episode 16 of Steins;Gate was full enough of twists that I don’t really want to say too much. Suffice it to say that John Titor travelled to the past twice in this episode, and at great cost. It was an oddly emotional episode, with enough surprises to be quite entertaining, but by no means have the Future Gadget Lab members resolved the most important problems facing them. In particular they have yet to reach 1% divergence.