A Declaration of Love for Steins;Gate: Egoistic Poriomania

Put on your aviator shades; Steins;Gate is back and it’s gonna blind you with its self-aware awesomeness, America-style.

I’m going to take this opportunity to once again lament not watching this show while it was airing, that I did not watch it until after I had chosen my award winners for 2011.  The show bathed me in a ray of light and serenaded me with a full-on hallelujah chorus.  When it ended, I felt empty inside.  There had been moments of frustration, yes, but the moments of absolute bliss blasted those out of sight and mind. The show had to up and end and leave me wanting more.

But it came back.  And it came dressed to the nines in fanservice glory.

Egoistic Poriomania takes place after the events of the series, and we get to see the lab members back on track with chasing their hearts’ desires.  Everyone is where they belong, perhaps save for our favorite couple, Okarin and Kurisu.  Thankfully, Feyris gives them the perfect reason to pack up and head to L.A., where apparently sleazy motels and pink Cadillacs (minus Clint Eastwood, but still with all the glam of a movie star) are still the norm.  I couldn’t help but laugh at the American stereotypes, and at Okarin’s hilarious outbursts and quick run-ins with the law.  Okabe Rintarou displays all the mad scientist aspects fans of the show love, but with an added glint to his eye that reminds us of all that he has been through.  We also are treated to some very uncharacteristic Kurisu scenes, such as her nekomimi meido form serving up a delicious-looking omurice (I would suspect that sauce of some serious spice…say that 10 times fast).  And how fitting that, like Feyris, she retains her memories of the previous world lines in the forms of dreams.  It would have been too tragic for not only Okarin, but for the audience, too, to lose one of the greatest love stories of 2011.  They are the main focus of this special, from Okarin’s staggering walk through the dust-choked wilderness at the fast forward start, to Kurisu’s welcome at the airport, out of her house and into the crowded motel, and back out where the episode began.  Okarin’s ending declaration of love brought back all the emotions I felt with the original series: shock, awe, and onion-induced tears of joy.  His bald-faced truth humbled me, and I completely believed Kurisu’s difficulty with responding in kind.  My throat dried up and my heart sped up looking at his clear gaze.  I couldn’t look away.  As the music swelled, I found my lips parting just as Kurisu spoke.

I love you, Steins;Gate.

13 thoughts on “A Declaration of Love for Steins;Gate: Egoistic Poriomania

  1. At first I thought that Steins;Gate ended fine and that it didn’t need another episode. After watching it, thoroughly enjoying every minute of, and seeing that final scene I have a change of heart. This episode was wonderful and it was great to see everyone again.


    • This episode was perfectly crafted to bring back that “home” feeling for lovers of this series :3 It seems like pretty much every person I’ve read who has seen it approves of it as a reminder of everything they enjoyed about the characters.


  2. I’ve got to admit not having seen any of it I’m at a complete loss for what this is. I mean I’m guessing it’s romance and I know you thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Also I gotta admit reading your blogs has become a nearly bittersweet thing for me. I really enjoy them, but I’m really missing watching anime right now.


    • This entry is about a single episode released on BD/DVD only. Steins;Gate is a wonderful mixture of science fiction, Japanese otaku culture, thriller, drama, and romance. I highly recommend that you watch the series (of which I have a review as well). It’s a bit difficult to give a concise synopsis, and a lot of the ones out there are pure drivel. Here’s the best I could find:

      Rintaro Okabe is a self-proclaimed “mad scientist” who believes that an international scientific organization named SERN is conspiring to reshape the world according to its own interests. He and his friend Itaru Hashida inadvertently create a gadget able to send messages to the past. The discovery and experimentation of this instrument become the catalyst of fundamental alterations to the present. Okabe is the only one aware of these changes because he possesses a Reading Steiner, the ability to retain the memories from previous experienced timelines. Oblivious of the consequences of their actions, Rintaro and his friends end up creating modifications of grievous proportions. He must then try to find a way to return as close as possible to the original timeline in order to save his precious lab partners.


  3. Best show of last year. Best couple of last year — by far. At first I was worried about the movie, because, like Myst, I thought the ending was fine, and didn’t want them to screw it up. But this showed that they can continue without disgracing what has already been achieved so I am looking forward to even more of Okabe, Kurisu, and the whole gang.


    • I am looking forward to the movie, whenever it comes out. I have higher hopes for it now after seeing this special, though not too high since that too often bites me in the butt later on :p


  4. Thanks for filling me in. I gotta admit I had written it off as something not for me. Not any more though. On the other hand I just mentioned I can’t watch anime and you went and made sure I wanted to see it. So naively nice or subtly mean?


    • Maybe a bit of both? 😉 Maybe just save it for a rainy day or a break whenever you’re able to get one. Despite your busier life, I hope you do take the time to relax for yourself 🙂


  5. Steins;Gate is a great show, and this unaired episode reminds me of just how great Steins;Gate is, in a mere 20 min.. ;D And Okarin made another good quote “I am. Mad Scientist! United States. Chaos! And invade!” ;DD


  6. I loved the extra episode, it made my day when I watched it. Steins;Gate was the sleeper hit for me last year. I didn’t have any expectations going into it, but by the end I fell in love with it. Quite looking forward to the movie.


    • I kind of like the length of time between series and special, and now special and movie. That extra time makes it so that when I re-watch an episode or see a new addition, I get that same level of excitement all over again.


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