Hello dreamers, Mali here.
Lately I’ve been watching a lot, and I mean A LOT of anime. I finished three series with around 20 episodes of them in one week and I can’t stop! In this blog post I wanna talk about a really interesting anime called “Steins;Gate”
**NOTE** THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD SO IF YOU DON’T WANT TO GET SPOILED, LEAVE!
In Steins;Gate, we see a self-proclaimed scientist known as Okabe Rintarou, who’s an 18 year old guy, living in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. His “alter ego” is Hououin Kyouma. He lives in the “Future Gadget Laboratory”, a.k.a his apartment. He and two of his friends (Itaru Hashida and Mayuri Shiina) created the Future Gadget Lab, where they would do all sorts of experiments. One day, Okabe decides to go to a science fair and listen to a lecture about how Time Travel isn’t possible. While there, Okabe keeps proving the lecturer wrong and decides to leave shortly after. After he leaves, he runs intо Makise Kurisu, a physicists who after a while, Okabe finds lying in the floor of a janitor’s closet, on top of a pool of blood. He later texts Itaru, who had connected his phone to Future Gadget #8: Phone Microwave (Temporary Name) (The “Temporary Name” is an actual part of the name, no joke) about the event of finding Kurisu dead, causing the Phone Microwave (Temporary Name) to have an electrical discharge. When the discharge happens, Okabe feels something odd, only to realise, his text actually changed the past – Kurisu is alive and well. He was able to read the text about Kurisu being dead and managed to save her.
He had officially (and accidentally) invented the first Time Machine.
Kurisu joined the Future Gadget Lab and helped invent the “Time Leap Machine”, which had the same concept as the phone microwave, but instead of texts, compressed brain signals were sent back in time. With the invention of the time leap machine, they also theorized about “World Lines”, basically paralell universes with another name. There was only one problem: only Okabe had the ability to contain memories from one world line to another. From there, he goes to a world line in which Mayuri – one of his best friends gets killed, so he tries to go back in time to save her but no help, she still dies. He goes back over and over and over again but still no luck, it’s like her death is bound by fate. So he’s stuck in a really awkward position – if he goes back in time where Mayuri doesn’t die, in that world line Kurisu dies. So basically he has to choose between Mayuri and Kurisu. While in that world line, he meets Suzuha Amane, a time traveller who explains that Kurisu was gonna be the inventor of the actual time machine and there’s gonna be a third world war, in which over 4 billion lives will be lost. The only way to prevent this war would be going back to the original world line, and save Kurisu, without altering past events. He uses Suzuha’s time machine to go back in time and try to save Kurisu without altering the past. How is he gonna do that? Save Kurisu BUT, make the original Okabe see the same sight that he saw – Kurisu lying in a pool of blood. Okabe manages this by comfronting the attacker, and getting stabbed himself, creating a pool of blood. Also I can’t remember how, he manages to make Kurisu faint. There, Okabe sees Kurisu thinking she’s dead, but she’s not, hence not triggering the Phone Microwave, and ends up saving both Mayuri and Kurisu.
Phew. That was a mouthful.