The universe has a beginning, but no end. Infinite. Stars have beginnings too, but meet an end of their own making. Finite. History has shown that those with wisdom are the greatest fools of all. This could be considered God’s final warning to those who resist.
I was looking at this image and
wondering if maybe the fact that Okabe is facing Mayuri reflects the
fact that Okabe chooses Mayuri in the end.
But then, it’s a little misleading to
just say that he “chose” Mayuri, as though he made the
decision in a vacuum, free from any and all outside influences. Of
course Mayuri is incredibly important to Okabe, but there are also
The future of this worldline is a
distopia. Even the surviving Labmems aren’t going to be able to be
The beta worldline was the original
worldline (presumably), so everything that has happened in the alpha
attractor field can be seen as something that should never have
happened in the first place.
If Okabe lets Mayuri die now, then the
sacrifices he’s made so far will have been for nothing. If he’s going
to let Mayuri die, then he might as well have done it in the
worldline where Luka was a girl and Faris’ father was alive.
It’s what Kurisu wants. She doesn’t
want Mayuri to die for her sake. She also wants Mayuri to live for
Okabe’s sake. I think Kurisu sees Okabe and Mayuri’s relationship as
this beautiful thing that she doesn’t have any right to get in the
way of. She knows Okabe cares about her (Kurisu) very much, but she
firmly believes that Okabe can’t be happy without Mayuri. Kurisu is
also well aware of the aforementioned reasons that it would be better for
Okabe to choose Mayuri.
So really, I think it would be more accurate to say that Okabe and Kurisu made the decision together.
According to the Steins;Gate Ouroboros
light novel, Okabe started distancing himself from Mayuri around the
time he started middle school. He did so because he was embarrassed
to still be playing with his girl childhood friend. After that,
Mayuri began spending more time with her grandmother. Less than half
a year after that, Mayuri’s grandmother passed away, and for the next
six months, Mayuri didn’t speak a word. Until the day Okabe made
Mayuri his hostage.
The point of all this is that when
Mayuri stopped speaking, and when Okabe thought she was going to
disappear, he thought it might be his fault. So guilt was one
of the driving forces behind his becoming ‘Hououin Kyouma’ to save
Now, there are various differences
in the light novel compared to the VN, so this doesn’t necessarily
all apply to the VN. But I think it would make a lot of sense. It
also strengthens the parallel between this event, and Okabe trying to
prevent Mayuri’s death, which he also saw as his fault. (‘If only I
hadn’t told Daru to hack SERN,’ 'If only I hadn’t insisted that we make a
time machine,’ 'If only I hadn’t made Moeka into a lab member.’)
Of course, Okabe would have tried
to save Mayuri even if he didn’t feel like it was his fault. But the
guilt just makes it that much worse.