Time, the devourer of all things

Steins;Gate Zero – Kagari Shiina and Divergence from the Epigraph Trilogy

A recent magazine scan has shown a few new interesting details about the enigmatic Kagari, Mayuri’s adopted daughter from 2036, as well as the story’s relation (and departure) from the plot of its source material, the Epigraph Trilogy.

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I will provide a translation of the scan below.

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New Information on Steins;Gate Zero! An unexpected person makes an unexpected appearance…?!

Zero is the upcoming follow-up to Steins;Gate, a work that has captured the hearts of countless people. The content we’ve received this time is nothing short of astounding. It’s the grown-up version of Shiina Kagari. She was first introduced as a young girl that accompanied Suzuha back to the past. What chain of events led her to becoming a grown-up? Please enjoy our pictures and commentary.

The feelings that pass through time, and shake the world–

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“It’s hopeless… nothing I do will work……”

The story begins with Okabe Rintaro failing to save Makise Kurisu. The painful event lit by the dim evening sun will surely incite heartache.

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“Why? Why are you forcing Okarin to shoulder the future?”

Mayuri argues with Suzuha as the girl soldier looks down at Okabe with an ice-cold stare. She knows what Okabe went through to save Kurisu better than anyone else.

-Will there be salvation in this tale that begins with despair?-

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“Why are you whispering? Are you trying to hide me from your friends?”

“Amadeus”, the artificial intelligence that uses Kurisu’s memories as the basis.

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The Beta World Line’s Future.

In a world without Kurisu, the “PhoneWave” is never created, and the few events that greatly affect the future are never resolved. It is the world line in which nothing but the cataclysmic Third World War awaits.

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A grown-up Shiina Kagari makes an appearance!?

A grown-up Shiina Kagari. We don’t know what kind of life she led, but it seems like she makes an appearance in the time period when Mayuri and the group operate as LabMems.

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The girl had her young design revealed a long while ago, but here we have her as an adult. This CG might be surprising to those that have read the novels.

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Kagari wearing a Shrine Maiden’s outfit. It seems that she has a lot of interactions with the rest of the LabMems.

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The reliable time traveller showing off her martial arts as she protects Kagari from a sudden attacker.

Suzuha high kicks the attacker trying to restrain Kagari!
Is she being targeted by someone…?

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Is this adult Kagari, too?!

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The Time Traveller’s Connection

Shiina Mayuri gave Shiina Kagari, her adopted daughter, to Suzuha, and the two went on to time travel to the past, where they meet Okabe and the others. The connection born between the two survivors of the war-ridden world is one of the key points of the plot.

Original stories that are fresh even to the readers of the novels!
Zero is based on the three side-story novels, Epigraph of the Closed Curve, Pandora of Eternal Return and Altair of the Point at Infinity.

However, it also has its own, completely new scenarios.
The product will have sharp drama for both those who have never read the novels and those who have.
Those who can’t wait for the release and want to avoid spoilers, feel free to read the novels before the end of this fall.
This contributor was greatly amazed by the speedy pacing and the shock value of the original works and always wished to see them adapted into a game, so I expect a lot of things from Steins;Gate Zero.

It also seems like it will also have scenes told from the perspective of other characters.

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“Oh, Okarin. It’s been a while.”

So yeah, to summarize… this is extremely different to the material it’s drawing inspiration from. I’ve read the Epigraph Trilogy and the Kagari featured in that story is nothing like this. So huzzah, I’m just as much in the dark as everyone else now, I don’t know whether to rejoice or panic.

Either way, seems things became more interesting, that’s all for now.

– Steiner

11 responses

  1. Woah. Looks like the game is going to have alot more to it than just a variation of the Epigraph trilogy. Looks really interesting and I can’t wait to see how this folds out.

    November 18, 2015 at 8:48 pm

  2. BobTheLawyer

    Really interesting to know! Guess I can safely keep reading the Epigraph Trilogy then~

    November 18, 2015 at 9:02 pm

  3. Is there a translated version of the novel I can read somewhere?

    November 18, 2015 at 9:25 pm

  4. Anon

    Now I always thought Kagari looked similar to Kurisu… but dear God I thought it was Kurisu from the downsized preview. Only real difference is the bust size, eye color, and style of bangs.

    I guess it definitely was intentional.

    November 19, 2015 at 3:19 am

  5. Sweet, knowing this makes me want to finish the novel and wait for the game.

    And it will be spoilers free for the game, great.

    Thank you Steiner.

    November 19, 2015 at 6:16 am

  6. Thank you as always! Damn,now I want the translated versions of the Epigraph Trilogy’s Novels… >_>

    November 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm

  7. The promotional material keeps talking as if the PhoneWave/Microwave Ophone/whatever “doesn’t exist”, but that’s… inaccurate, isn’t it?

    I mean yeah, it was dismantled/thrown out, but that means it did exist at one point. The Time Leap Machine though, yeah, that didn’t exist.

    November 22, 2015 at 1:56 am

    • It was thrown out before they could do anything substantial with it.

      November 22, 2015 at 4:48 pm

  8. Kououin Hyouma

    Where is Altair at the Apoapsis of Infinity translation :v
    Can’t find it anywhere 😦

    December 23, 2015 at 5:24 am

    • There is no manga for Altair of the Point at Infinity, thus, nothing to translate. I’m not in a position to work on a LN translation right now.

      January 5, 2016 at 12:15 pm

  9. Cloud

    While the Phonewave was “thrown out” There is something I noticed that is said in the VN, when Okabe notices Mayuri eating her juicy chicken number one. What was said, was something along the lines of “Oh Daru put that microwave together from a load of parts we found” And he states how difficult and time consuming it was.. I think that shows that the Phonewave is still there..

    January 26, 2016 at 12:57 am

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