Steins;Gate’s approaches the end with its 21st episode and with that, the series summits straight into a river of emotion – differentiating it from its previous affairs is the centered story on relationships.
With Okabe knowing that either of his choices will incur the death of one of his beloved friends, he literally lays in the sun contemplating his options. He begins worrying his tsundere lover Kurisu-tina through his depressed outlook, although he has little other choice. At first his progress was seemingly flawless yet it began to take a rough path over Moeka’s traumatic end-result – then however it was assumed it would get no more difficult, how wrong that turned out to be unfortunately.
There are no apparent options available – Okabe is at a total standstill as there is just no way to avoid Mayuri’s death, hope has not been lost, yet is seems impossible to advance even 1% beyond that point.
Mayushii’s death was near at one point within the episode as a vehicle was oncoming at full speed intent on running over Mayushii – Okabe even attempted to sacrifice himself in hopes of altering the world lines by jumping in front of the car, and thus, changing the subsequent outcome of Mayushii’s death. Even that saddeningly beautiful effort to save her life was wasted as Mayushii simply dives in front of the motoring bullet to rescue Okabe’s life, thereby exchanging her own for death.
Kurisu-tina recalls all of the prior events in which she assisted Kyouma up to that point – she’s becoming upset herself to see him moping around and understanding from the depressing sight of things, an issue must surely have arisen. She pesters Kyouma for him to tell her the matter – reluctantly, Kyouma finally gives in and lets her know. If he returns to the beta world line, she will die.
The world line in which it all began, someone stabs Makisu Kurisu and disappears without a trace of evidence – leaving only a bloodly tsundere body for Kyouma to find.
As obviously Kyouma will not allow either of his friends to die, he remains living in that repeating routine temporarily as he comes to devise of another plan. Meanwhile, with Kurisu-tina learning of the devastating impending death she faces, she trots off to the point of her possible demise had she been a part of the alternate world line.
Ideally, the combined forces of Kurisu-tina and mad scientist Hououin Kyouma (AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!) will manage to work a solution around this one.
All while worrying, Kyouma recalls his time spent with Mayushii as he comes across her speaking of it to the grave of her grandmother. Needless to say, if you want to describe this episode of Steins;Gate as perfectly as one possibly could, you have to start crying a stream of tears – words simply cannot encompass the overflowing emotion present.