Interest probably grew in the Otakusphere towards Steins;Gate because of Black Rock Shooter since it is illustrated by the same artist Huke and, I admit it was the art that caught my eye in the first place when I saw an article about the game. Then it was the story line.
Since I can’t discuss the game spoilers in the forums I might as well pour it all out here. I’ve written this all from memory so there will be places that are inaccurate and I’ve tried to slim down to the most important points.
Needless to say, for those of you watching the Steins;Gate Anime TV series, spoilers ahead. Be warned! Although you might want to read about the individual character endings that the show probably won’t cover.
Prologue, Chapter 1 – Time Travel Paranoia
Episode 1, 2, 3
The story starts off with Okarin (Okabe Rintaro), a “chuunibyou” with delusional “mad scientist” ambitions, who goes to attend a presentation about time travel but discovers Kurisu Makise, a young genius, murdered. When he sends a message to his friend Daru about the matter, he suddenly finds himself in the streets of Akiba with everyone gone. Mayuri wakes him up and he finds the presentation cancelled with a large satellite crashed in the very building he was in earlier.
Dawn at Ryoza
In a great blizzard, Shunan’s army of Toudahs gather at the plains. He is surprised to find his brother Nugan was also gathering his army together there. Nugan considered his actions treachery but also wanted to witness how far his brother was going to go. Even the Grand Duke himself who was burdened heavily with sickness was there to witness the moment of change. As a play of Jeh’s descent goes underway, Erin finds Kiriku wounded outside the stable. She tends to him just like any other injured person. Kiriku wanted her to leave with him but she refuses because she knew the events that were about to unfold were going to decide the future. She was determined to see through her own responsibilities. After taking one last look at Erin who reminded him of his own sister Tayan, he prays Erin will live on with happiness and leaves. As Kiriku struggled through the blizzard he encounters Iyal. A duel breaks out between them but they are surrounded by Damiya’s men. They manage to defeat them all together and using Kiriku’s mask as a disguise, Iyal sets out to assassinate Damiya.
Troubled you’re a poor speaker?
Try conversing with your eyes. You’ll want to talk soon enough.
Mana spots Touya and she wasn’t pleased. Immediately she walks off and takes the taxi Touya arrived in away. Meanwhile, Yayoi manages to buy the negatives from her stalker. Misaki on the other hand, meets Tamaru at a cafe. He wanted her to write an article about Touya’s affair with Yuki’s manager Yayoi and shows her photos. Misaki refuses but offers to be his girlfriend again if he doesn’t publish such an article. Just as Tamaru was getting excited, Menou shows up. It seems they knew each other from long ago and Tamaru seemed very anxious and surprised to see her. She offers him something more exciting to write about and together, the four of them go off to a studio set to take some sensual pictures of Menou. Just like Misaki, she did not want Tamaru to write about Touya’s secret and quickly shoos him away. Menou claims to be a childhood friend. Later that evening, Mana drops by to visit Touya’s father but is mistakened to be Yuki because his condition was getting worse. Touya was spending the night at the cabin with Haruka. He was surprised when Haruka came out of the shower naked. She confesses her love and that she didn’t want Touya to act like her brother. At first, Touya turns away but after taking some time to reflect on how he had always depended on her in times of need, he decides to “thank” her and go with her wishes.
Akun Meh Chai
Over the years, Saju had made a memorial for Erin thinking that she was dead. She had a daughter and she wondered why Erin’s memorial was aside from the rest of the villagers – Was it because she was an “Akun Meh Chai”? Meanwhile, Erin arrives at the Razhal Conservation Centre for adult King Beasts. She had brought along a dagger with her, ready to committ suicide if she is ever forced to create the Great Sin again. Damiya demands she raises an army of King Beasts to bring about the miracle that Shunan had proposed towards the current Shinoh, Semiya. Erin decides to make use of the misconceptions people had about her tribe, the Aohrol. She tells Damiya that she was an “Akun Meh Chai” meaning a child born between a couple who weren’t supposed to be together. Her father was an average human while her mother was an Aohrol and Damiya knew very well such people were forbidden to be together. She also lies that such children were born with special abilities and in Erin’s case, she can control the King Beasts unlike other people.
Damiya was skeptical but Erin decides to prove it to him. Picking a random King Beast, Erin plays the harp again. Deep down, the fear she had when Lilan attacked her was welling up again but she ignored it and stayed calm. She managed to calm down the beast. One of the other staff members try the same but fail but this did not change Damiya’s mind. He threatens Erin that if she doesn’t manage to create the miracle, everyone at Kazhalm including her best friend Yuyan will be executed. He also reminds her that if the Grand Duke were become ruler, use of King Beasts may become forbidden and it was then that Erin thought to herself this maybe the only hope she had to save Lilan and her family.
I’m really lagging behind shows.
Bugs have it nice, don’t they?
They shut themselves in their shells yet they are still claustrophobic.
Rina is transferred to a rival company M & M Music (M3) as another part of Eiji’s payment for the painting and the Sakura Group is disbanded. Yuki was still troubled that her best friend would no longer be there to support her and decides to go visit Touya to talk to him about it. However, just as Yuki was dropping by to briefly visit Touya’s father, Yayoi reminds him of their own relationship and that he must help her make Yuki realise she must no longer rely on people for support. During the weekend, Touya secretly decides to drop by to visit Rina who was having her last performance at Ogata Productions and there, a crying Rina seeks comfort from him. Yuki leaves an important dinner to visit too and just manages to see Touya leaving.