Steins;gate 20: Grave of the dragonflies: a visual haiku

by dm00

Sometimes, though very rarely, anime gets it right. I’ve tried to be careful not to include any spoilers below (and so am leaving out some things I’d include otherwise), but this sequence from Steins;gate episode 20 is one of those times when sound design, direction, editing and imagery combine to a perfect dramatic moment.

A visual haiku.

Well played, White Fox.

(Update: Title changed to “Grave of the Dragonflies” (Tomb of the Tombos?) — old associations have a tendency to leak out my fingers when I’m in thrall to enthusiasm for something I’ve just seen.)

2 Responses to “Steins;gate 20: Grave of the dragonflies: a visual haiku”

  1. 1 shinigamilist September 3, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I wondered if I shouldn’t watch it, but I feel it might be a bit too much for me. You say that it gets it right sometimes… and yet, you take out a snippet form Stein’s Gate and say it’s well done… Would you suggest this anime to a person who has been staring at the description and wondering if they should see it?


    love the screen shots!

    • 2 dm00 September 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      It depends a lot on your taste. Or: what are you afraid of?

      It does have moments of intensity, and its characters do suffer — both uncertainty, and with a sense of powerlessness at avoiding a fate they see rushing at them headlong. But it’s not a horror or thriller title, and it is a cartoon, which helps add a layer of abstraction that lets you step back from the intensity.

      It also has some wonderfully cute and amusing moments (the first two thirds of the series are heavy with these). But: people do die in this series. The question is whether they stay dead, or if time-skippers can go back and patch reality enough to keep them from getting killed. So far, that’s an open question.

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