Steins;Gate 0 Episode 21: I’ve Missed Hououin Kyouma

Steins;Gate 0 Okabe Rintarou

Right, as much as I kind of feel Steins;Gate 0 has been overly drawn out for the amount of content it has and that about half the characters in it haven’t been needed for much of anything, I cannot deny the pure joy I got out of this episode. Hououin Kyouma is back.

Steins;Gate 0 Episode 21 - Hououin Kyouma

There’s been some fairly solid narrative reasoning for Hououin Kyouma to have been missing in action for the majority of this season of Steins;Gate and yet the pure joy at his return, the way the whole show seemed to spring to life with his presence, and just how much more entertaining everything was just made me realise exactly what I’d been missing this whole time. And I get that the contrast is there for a reason, but all it did was emphasise that I haven’t really enjoyed spending time with a defeated Okabe. It might be argued that the long wait makes the return even sweeter, but for me it just makes it clear I don’t plan on rewatching this particular branch of Steins;Gate ever again. Once has been enough and there just wasn’t enough fun in the journey for me to do it over.

Steins;Gate 0 Episode 21 - Okabe and Amadeus

That said, I’m very keen on seeing how it finishes at this particular point in time. There’s been some interesting ideas along the way and some solid plot work weaving a parallel narrative that hasn’t undermined the original series. While I personally didn’t end up enjoying the characters as much as the original, I can’t deny the effort to make this fit in with the larger story.

So other than the resurgence of our favourite mad scientist, what did this episode do?

Steins;Gate 0 Episode 21 Okabe in a lab coat

Well, Okabe completed over 3000 time leaps to make it back to the lab in time to try to save Mayuri yet again. This was impressive given how many times he might have wanted give up and how many things could have gone wrong with the plan along the way. Yet it really does show us just how committed Okabe is to his new resolve to no longer accept that there are fixed events that cannot be overcome. Which makes the end of this episode even more affective because just when it seems our hero is thing control of the situation fate or time or whatever decides to mess with him for one more round. While I don’t feel this will break Okabe’s spirit again, it is definitely not the outcome he was hoping for.

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7 thoughts on “Steins;Gate 0 Episode 21: I’ve Missed Hououin Kyouma

  1. I agree. I missed Hououin Kyouma so much!! Just seeing him back made this episode brighter and better which says something. Steins;Gate just isn’t Steins;Gate without him and whilst his absence made sense, it did take a lot away from the show. Still, it will be interesting to see how it all ends because the ending Okabe wanted did not come about this week. One thing I was glad to see was that we didn’t have to witness every time leap he made because that would have been a drag really.

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    1. Oh yeah. That would be like the worst joke show ever just showing us Okabe time leaping back two weeks at a time and then two days at a time for 3000 times. Forget the Endless Eight. That would be absolute torture.

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