It’s so good to see the entire cast back and this episode really served as a nice epilogue to the series, with the type of hijinks you’d be expecting from an OVA and the more serious stuff with regards to the other world lines and the Reading Steiner ability that Okarin posseses. It was a really solid standalone episode, especially for us Kurisu x Okabe fans. Hell, if you weren’t pleased with Kurisu in a maid outfit, something is terribly wrong with you.
The gist of the episode was the Future Gadget Lab members embarked to Arizona to meet up with Kurisu, apparently studying abroad. But it was much more than that, as Kurisu had many questions for Okabe with regards to strange dreams she’s been having. These dreams were actually the memories she had with Okabe during the other world lines, something Okabe notes that others are supposed to not remember events that happened in other worlds. Of course, the real kicker is that Kurisu remembered about “that” event (the kiss), being a tsundere and all makes it quite hard for her to explain that part of the questioning to Okabe. It took some crazy antics with the entire cast, “but he’s a guy” Rukako included, for Okabe to realize how much Kurisu remembers from the other world lines and pulls off a very confident and calm way of expressing his love for her. Crowning Moment of Heartwarming? Oh, yes indeed. The other great parts of the episode were Kurisu’s blatant tsundereness, the random engrish and Okabe. The guy is in his own category of awesome, though this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s seen the series.
The identity of the Suzuha look alike, combined with the Steins;Gate-like style of dropping subtle hints, was actually that of her mother. While it was sad for me that we didn’t see anything of Suzuha besides flashbacks, part of me is really glad that she gave up being born for another seven years to set things back together. Of all the Steins;Gate characters, I really liked Suzuha for not only representing the Steins;Gate way of balancing comedy and drama, but her sacrifices to eventually save both Mayuri and Kurisu seem to have gone unnoticed by many, though I for one really admired her for being completely selfless.
Overall, the way in which this OVA was handled – blending every really awesome aspects of Steins;Gate in just 24 episodes – definitely deserves kudos for the staff at White Fox. Not only did they successfully adapt a complex visual novel, but they also made it a work of art in its own standing. These are a very competent group of animators and scriptwriters that grasp how adaptations ought to be approached and handled. You bet, I’m looking very forward to Jormungand in April. If, for whatever reason you’re reading this without seeing the series – please, check it out! You’re missing out on one of the best experiences you’ll ever be seeing from an anime. Drama, Romance, Comedy and Sci-Fi blended together to make one really amazing series.
El Psy Congroo.