Just when Okabe thought he had saved Mayuri by negating the effects of one of the Dmails he’d sent, her watch still stops and Moeka still arrives with Rounder a day later.
It’s near impossible not to be a fan of Feyris after this episode.
Once again he also reaches out to Kurisu for help and after hearing what he has to say she’s convinced that he could save Mayuri if he negates the messages that have already been sent. Also going dere once more on him about how she won’t remember him calling her by name when he goes off to negate the Dmail that Feyris met. So he sets about finding her only to have her take his hand and run, explaining to him that she’s being chased by a group who didn’t exactly like losing before. As they attempt to escape her attackers Okabe also finds out that she doesn’t remember sending a Dmail however he convinces her that he’s telling the truth by telling her about the Akihabara he knows and the maid cafe she once owned, through which images start to come back to her.
He also goes into some detail by showing her where it would be and how it was where they met, giving her the memories she would have had and even when told that Mayuri’s life is at stake, she has some hesitations about telling him what she sent. The reason being that she had used it to save her father’s life. However before she can tell him more, their attackers find them and beat the crap out of him when he tries to protect Feyris. Luckily before they can go another step further, her father arrives and scares them off, just glad that he arrived in time and truly thankful to Okabe. Once again Okabe asks him about the IBM 5100 and with what he now knows he finds that Suzuha had succeeded, passed it onto him, and he had passed it onto the shrine. However in this worldline he received a message telling him that his daughter Rumiho had been kidnapped, and was forced to sell it to come up with the funds.
It’s because of this that Okabe now feels conflicted, he needs to negate the message to save Mayuri but in doing so he’ll be trading Feyris’ father’s life for hers and negating the ten years she was able to spend with him. At this point though, Feyris appears before him and confesses that he’s her prince and with Mayuri’s life at stake she confesses that she had used the Dmail to send a false message telling her father that she had been kidnapped, where the last thing she had told him was that she wanted him to die. Having seen the ‘truth’ she’s also seen the past ten years as being a dream which she needs to wake up from and feels that saving her friend is more important. Simply asking if she can cry and Okabe sure that she’ll remember it all as she sends the message.
Following this he finds himself in the lab with Feyris’ phone in his hands and she finds it odd that he doesn’t react in his usual way, also telling Kurisu that they just fought a great darkness. However even with this message sent the IBM 5100 still wasn’t at the shrine.
Once again it was nice to see another Feyris centric episode, as a heroine in the story she may not carry the same amount of importance that Mayuri or Kurisu do but she still feels to carry a decent amount, on par with Moeka and Rukako but a step below Suzuha. Yet she still hasn’t had many episodes based around her, or even appeared in one in a while.
That said I can’t really say that there was a lot to her story, it may have had a great impact in what it forced Okarin to realise (and the way it played into the ending still remains a highlight for me), but in the end it would simply come down to finding out about the message she sent and reversing it, it could and was all settled in around two episodes. But despite that it was still kind of nice for what it was and Feyris turned out to be adorable and loving towards Okarin, and through a naive wish she had saved her father and in the end you couldn’t say that she didn’t genuinely love Okarin. And with it our protagonist was also forced to weigh a few things up, sure he wanted to save Mayuri no matter what but would it really be worth sacrificing the ten years of happiness that Feyris had? What’s there really to say that his wish to save his childhood friend was more important than her naive and somewhat pure wish to save her father?
With this story it was also interesting to see that she may be developing a Reading Steiner of her own or even perhaps that Okarin had the ability to allow other people to obtain their memories from worldlines he had been in. Either possibility is interesting no matter how you look at it, if we’re to accept the former it would place her on a similar level to Okarin as someone who remains the still stone in the raging sea, one who remains in place as the world shifts and changes around them. But if we’re to accept the latter it would mean that Okarin’s Reading Steiner is growing, that either its continued use now allows him to pass on someone’s memories from another worldline or even that he’s finally starting to figure it out the other ways it can be used. As now that you think about it, it’s really only something he’s acknowledged recently. Either way all these possibilities are interesting in their own way.
Finally it was also great to see the direction in which the story will be heading for the next few episodes, that while they all messed around with the Dmail at the start of the series, at this point they’d have to clean up the mess they left behind. Slowly untying the knot by negating all the major, if not all, the changes they had made on a whim until they were back at the start. With this current direction it’s also quite easy to grasp the message that it’s supposedly trying to pass onto us, that it’s not right to mess with the past and that in the end it’s best to allow things to run their course. It’s something that quite a few characters have been shown to believe but hardly something Okarin has taken in, only Mayuri’s fate has forced him to start to fix things. However with it, it’s also quite possible that he’ll have to end up making a difficult choice at some point, that he may have unknowingly crossed a divergence point to save someone at the very start.