The timeline is still really strange in Steins;Gate. How can Rintarou get the IBN5100 if he’s already met Suzuha? Think about it:
1975: nothing happens
2010a: Rintarou doesn’t have the IBN5100
2010b: nothing happens
2012: SERN takes over world
2038: Suzuha goes to 2010b, creating Timeline 2
20XX: world at peace
1975: nothing happens
2010a: Rintarou doesn’t have the IBN5100
2010b: Suzuha goes to 1975, creating Timeline 3
2012: SERN takes over world
2038: Suzuha goes to 2010b, creating Timeline 4 (which is the same as Timeline 2)
1975: Suzuha gets the IBN5100
2010a: Rintarou has the IBN5100
2010b: nothing happens
2012: nothing happens
2038: nothing happens
20XX: world is free
The key point is that when Suzuha goes back to the past in 2010b and in 2038, her two travels make two different timelines. The line that would lead to their success is created when she travels back to 1975. There’s no reason why her travel back to 2010b takes her to the same timeline. Then again, a story about Timeline 3 would be as boring as watching paint grow on a grassy wall, so it’s forgiven.
P.S. What is Reading Steiner? If anybody stuck their memories in the time machine, they would be able to retain their memories through world lines—because it’s not their bodies travelling through time, it’s the information. If, say, Mayuri used the time machine to implant Rintarou’s future memories into herself, she’d not only travel through time, but would inherit a different identity! That would’ve been an interesting device for, say, Kokoro Connect…
The greatest part of Steins;Gate was its climax, when Rintarou did all sorts of crazy shit and it all connected back to the beginning like some bizarre circular argument typical of time-bending tales.
The greatest part of Boukan no Rebellion is its climax, when Daru did all sorts of crazy shit and it all connected back to… things.
What I’m going at is, Boukan no Rebellion focuses on Suzuha and so her most emotional moment was finding her father. Mayuri’s train of logic was executed well and there was no dearth of cheesy/teary goodbyes, so I guess it was a good scene.
That is, IF THE ART WEREN’T SO *~QUALITY~*
I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE ABOUT SUZUHA
Not Suzuha and Rintarou, not Suzuha and Kayano, but about SUZUHA’S MAGICAL ADVENTURES IN STONED HIPPIE DISCOLAND (a.k.a. the 70s). Maybe 70s Japan had fewer hippies, but the Zeitgeist is still there. IT’S THE FEELING THAT COUNTS
AND THE AUTHORS ABSOLUTELY SQUANDERED IT
Gone is the golden age of anime. Gone is the explosion of the Japanese auto industry. Gone is the unprecedented Japanese growth that pushed them into becoming the second-largest economy in the world.
What do we get as compensation? Backstory (read: rape)!
Because a free world means oppression! An oppressed world means freedom! If you oppress all the people who would oppress people, then nobody will oppress anybody! Except yourself! The joys of doublethink are myriad.
To be fair, Kayano’s arguments are pretty damn solid. Even Suzuha could only ignore the debate and focus on saving Nae. That’s why, y’know, people want world peace. And freedom. Steins;Gate provides a false dichotomy in which we must choose between the two—it’s pretty thought-provoking, but it’s nothing people haven’t done before. I’ll bet 70% of fictional dystopic utopias have an oppressed but peaceful society.
The whole rape insanity doesn’t really add anything except degrade Kayano as a character. Her ‘only believing in peace because mental breakdown’ shtick fallaciously destroys her arguments in our eyes, and we end up rooting for Suzuha to liberate the world. And disco.
Except not disco CAUSE THEY’RE NOT GOING TO THE SEVENTIES christ dig a rock
Rushing off to some Churchill thing to select courses now. Please be patient, boys are now EASTER LONG WEEKEND YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH your post’ll come later…
…but who said it would be about Steins;Gate?
I don’t know.
On one hand, Boukan no Rebellion really feels like it should be read after watching Steins;Gate. Otherwise, you wouldn’t understand the whole drama around Suzuha, you wouldn’t understand the bond between Rintarou and Mayuri, you wouldn’t understand the pain and torture Rintarou went through after Mayuri died fifty thousand million times.
On the other hand, Boukan no Rebellion really feels like it should be read before watching Steins;Gate. Otherwise, all the mystery around Suzuha is already spoiled, all the suspense around Mayuri’s death is unsuspenseful, and all the drama around her dad is wasted.
Read and watch them simultaneously. Send a D-Mail to your past self to tell them to do that. Oh, and tell your past self to tell me to do that too, will ya (although then, the me who’s writing this post presumably dies. forever. not even in a well off the coast of finland…)?
Huh? You want me to make a post on something like this…?
OK, EVERYBODY TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY SO I WOULD HAVE WRITTEN EVERYTHING IN THIS POST IN CAPS LOCK, EXCEPT I DON’T ACTUALLY USE CAPS LOCK AND MY FINGER’S STILL BROKEN SO HOLDING THE SHIFT KEY REALLY HURTS.
Anyways, the Manga Abbreviated First Impressions Agglomerate (MAFIA) is the mango version of animu’s first impressions. Here, I’ll clump all of October’s new (somewhat decent) series into one post.
Also, some minor other bits – as manga typically goes much slower than anime, I’ll be writing posts every 13 chapters; a Manga Quarterly Review. If I’ve blogged a series already, but stopped after a while (such as Angel Beats: Heaven’s Door, which is now at Chapter 7), I’ll wait until the 13th chapter for an overall review.
However, if the manga’s already past the 30th chapter, I’ll just wait until it ends, instead of blogging stupidly long reviews (cough cough Bleach). It’ll just be a manga completed post.
Why would I do Manga Quarterly Reviews for some, while not for others? An example of this would be SWOT, versus the obviously much better Tower of God.
One thing to note is content – whereas SWOT typically has 19 pages every week, Tower of God has what, 3 – 5 pages a week? Also, the scheduling may suddenly change; SWOT’s serialized on a large magazine, whereas Tower of God is merely a webcomic. Finally, laziness; I’m not going to blog everything! Well, not everything every time a new chapter comes out.
Anywho, the five in my line-up today are Fractale, Donten Prism Solar Car, To-Love-Ru Darkness, Steins;Gate, and Steins;Gate Boukan no Rebellion. I can’t even imagine saying that out loud…
Just washin’ my face here, nothin’ suspicious at all…
In the 22nd century, technology has made it possible to create a VIRTUAL WORLD. Almost everybody now uses ‘doppels’ as their real-life ‘avatar’, but that has nothing to do with the story at hand.
Anywho, Krein’s just an ordinary guy, listening to moosic on his not-yet-outdated iPod Nano while exclaiming that 64 GB data cards are excellent, 100 centuries in the future. Suddenly, a GIANT EVIL ALIEN SPACE MOTHERSHIP appears chasing some girl on a HOVERCRAFT ROCKET-POWERED SCOOTER. Then for some reason, the HOVERCRAFT SCOOTER EXPLODES so Krein has to take the girl, Phryne, home because hospitals don’t exist, y’know.
MOORE WAS WRONG – ONE HUNDRED YEARS IN THE FUTURE 64GB CHIPS WILL BE ART OF THE STATES
Apparently some EVIL SMILING PEOPLE WITH FANGS AND WITHOUT EYES were chasing her, so she had to see someone smile or something. Then she goes all crazy and suddenly some nurse appears downstairs and Krein’s parents mysteriously disappear.
I’ve no idea what’s gonna happen now, but it seems that it’s quite a good manga (getting an anime adaption Winter 2010, IIRC). I get a lot of .hack/Yureka vibes from it; everyone’s using digital avatars of themselves now, some lone guy has to save the world or something, etc.
However, the pacing here really threw me off. It’s not a oneshot; why’s everything presented so… quickly? Maybe you needed the main characters to appear, sure, but why end it on a cliffhanger so early? I’d much rather have the cliffhanger occur after Phryne falls from her HOVER-ROCKETTED KRAFT-POWERED DINNER, but that’s just me and my isolationist tendencies.
I do hope though that they achieve a mix between fantasy and sci-fi; hopefully, they won’t go into some long and obviously false explanation about how so-and-so is possible (cough cough Bankara – LIGHTNING HIT HIM SO NOW HE CAN CONTROL ELECTRICITY cough cough), yet still retaining some amounts of realism (cough cough I HOLD THE POWER TO DESTROY THE ENTIRE WORLD WITH THE PRESS OF A BUTTON… and it isn’t nuclear cough cough).
Though a twilight manga would be original… WAIT WHAT
Donten Prism Solar Car
Next is Donten Prism Solar Car – a new Jump-serialized manga. Might as well switch this with SWOT after another quarter or so, because it definitely looks far more interesting.
Solcar (cause that sounds so much cooler, and I don’t need to type as much) deals with Kaneda Shouta (by no means from Taiyou no Shisha Tetsujin 28 Gou), whose first/last name I don’t know because of lack of a scanlator naming convention. His dad died in a car accident when he was ten, so he had to work in some iron corporation owned by his uncle, aiming to save up enough money to eventually go to college.
I’m lovin’ it.
SUDDENLY four EVIL MEAN people BARGE INTO his warehouse with a GIANT TWUCK. They have names but it DOESN’T MATTER
cause this ain’t the SECOND CHAPTER and anyways they just CHATTERED while Shouta GOT A LADDER and they got SADDER while he got MADDER and then he hit them on the head with the LADDER like a RABBIT
They’re from the Touyou College of Engineering and are using the warehouse to build a SOLAR CAR. They want to win the SUZUKA DREAM CUP, a large SOLAR CAR race.
Proudly sponsored by Yotsuba.
Twenty pages later, Shouta’s had enough of these SPOILED RICH KID BRATS taking up his warehouse to build a CAR, which KILLED HIS DAD. He explodes on them and then it ends, leaving us to guess as to where this will now go.
It’s pretty obvious though, isn’t it? They somehow convince them to help them, they lose the first Suzuka Dream Cup and are convinced to try harder, Shouta goes into college or something and everything’s resolved until a major accident happens just before the cup, but he recovers in time to win and it ends (or continues, with evil hell aliens invading the earth and only their solar car can stop them).
Though, this isn’t like most sports manga; not like most sci-fi manga; not at all like most Jump manga. This… well, let’s just say that this has great potential. I’m definitely looking forward to it; as long as those pesky aliens don’t appear again :V
To LOVE-Ru Darkness
Hrmm… I don’t know… lemme see… FIVE DAYS MAYBE :W
Maybe fueled by the latest Motto animu adaption, To-Love-Ru begins anew!
WELL NOT REALLY BECAUSE IT’S EXACTLY THE SAME AS BEFORE
She also mentions that her ultimate goal is to build a harem, but that picture isn’t that… y’know, worksafe :V
Except this time Momo FINALLY breaks that damned fourth wall.
Oh, and zombies attack too. Totally not related to that Kurosaki Mea person. Nope de doop, not at all.
I’m from another dimension, where an evil spirit has ruled the world! His name is Aizen and I need your help to defea*shot*
Seriously, am I even going to blog this? Probably not. It’s the exact same as the last one except it’s even worse, because now they want to make something called a ‘plot’ or something. A plot? I’m sure the author’s never heard of the term! Unless he studied English in high school, which he probably did.
These things are so unlikely that’s it’s stupidly funny now – I can’t even begin to describe the stupidity of this manga, which is why I probably will begin to describe that sometime in the faraway future (e.g. 2101 AD). I’ll probably finish sometime between the estimated time of the Big Crunch, according to a closed-universe hypothesis, or heat death, from an open-universe perspective. Either way, prepare for it, because it’s going to crash your computer just from loading it.
YOU HAVE A TAIL AND NOBODY’S NOTICING IT THAT’S WHAT’S GOING ON
(I couldn’t add more emphasis without the improper usage of vulgar words)
Steins;Gate was originally a visual novel (extremely similar to ChäoS;HEAd), but became a manga… a year ago. THIS ISN’T FIRST IMPRESSIONS WHY IS THIS HEAR HUH WHAT WHERE HOW WHO YEAH WHY WHAT
Unfortunately, I have not played the game, so all I can tell you now is that this plot is /extremely confusing/.
(almost as confusing as whether that was just regular italicized writing or a caption of a blank image that failed to load due to some time machine crashing into my computer)
“CURSE YOU SUWAKO! WHY DID YOU HAVE TO SEND ME TO THE HUMAN WORLD?!”
In Akihabara, Okabe Rintarou is attending a press conference of the successful invention of a time machine. He bumps into Makise Kurisu (who happens to also have DETACHED SLEEVES) after shouting that the invention was directly copied off John Titor, a supposed ‘time traveller’ who appeared on internet chatrooms (read: 2ch) in the year 2000.
He dials his phone, and suddenly, everyone in Akihabara disappears. A satellite crashes straight into the building he was just in.
Shiina Mayuri, a childhood friend, doesn’t disappear, and tells Rintarou that there were never anybody there in the first place.
He meets Itaru Hashida, a fat otaku guy, when suddenly Kurisu appears again. Apparently, the conference was cancelled due to the satellite crash that Rintarou attended.
They didn’t ignore you; see, one even offered constructive advice for you!
He goes home, and… Titor appears on 2ch again, but ten years later. Apparently, nobody remembers him, and everything people wrote about him also disappeared; Rintarou is the only person who actually knows about Titor.
…Then, they discover that their microwave has turned into a time machine…
This… this is excellent. By far, judging from just the first 4 chapters, the best of this month, or maybe even year. Science, drama, confusion, mystery – Steins;Gate is so awesome that I DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND IT.
Seriously, if you’re too busy/lazy/hate to-love-ru too much to read anything else, read Steins;Gate. I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.
I think you’ve…
Steins;Gate Boukan no Rebellion
The second side of Steins;Gate is from Amane Suzuha’s point of view – she’s a time traveller from 2036 to 2010 to change the world.
After CERN invented a time machine, world peace was created, at the cost of human liberty (1984 anyone? War is peace). So, Suzuha wants to stop this, but THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE HA HA HA.
PLOT CROSSOVER WARNING WARNING
Suzuha had to shoot people, but failed at the last second because her heart’s not made out of steel. Because of that, all her friends died. TWICE.
Then, it’s revealed – Suzuha’s dad, who travelled into the past before, is John Titor. He created an almost fully functional time machine, with one main fault – it couldn’t go forward in time…
Sandwich Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire?
Yes, yes, and yes. I’ve read only two chapters of this so far but definitely loving it. It’s like Durarara, with more on the stakes, less improbable Dullahans, and more confusing storylines.
Anyways, here it is; the MAFIA for October, 2010. These are all still being published; whereas there were some that were just scanlated, they were finished already; and there may be some that are still being published, but aren’t scanlated. If you’re looking for something to do, these four manga might just be right for you.
Of course, that’s discounting To-Love-Ru because it is THAT MOTHERFUCKING HORRIBLE
And if you don’t have time for all; just read Steins;Gate. It’s the only manga that’s actually made me want to get the game it was based on; because it just seems that awesome (seems, but hopefully it will be).
…Actually, now if you’ll excuse me…