Steins; Gate 09 — Butterfly Effect

This episode picked up where the last one left off in expanding on the effects of time travel. As I predicted last week, the IBN 5100 has disappeared from the lab and seems to be getting further and further away with each of Kyouma’s efforts to recover it.

For an episode purporting to be about the “butterfly effect” in time travel, the cause and effects for all of these changes didn’t seem too far-fetched to me. I would guess that Moeka sent a message related to the IBN 5100 (what else would she send?) which could explain why it wasn’t at the shrine. My guess is that Moeka actually did take it originally. Then when Feyris prevented her father’s death, the machine was no longer donated to the shrine. The main question I have is why was it at the shrine originally? Did someone else use time travel to get it to be there? The shrine seemed to be holding it specifically for someone who would come looking in the future. Anyway, casualty has gone kaput in this multiverse.

All the time travel aspects are fun to think about, but the best part about this show is just watching the interactions between Kyouma and Christina. Christina really brings out the best side in Kyouma by actually bothering to argue with him. And as I’ve said many times before, Kyouma has the best evil laugh I’ve heard in a long time. His voice actor deserves an award for this. I still can’t believe it’s the same guy who did Setsuna F. Seiei.


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