Have you ever heard of Steins; Gate? It is one of the most successful time travel anime of all time, and one of the most intriguing things is its name and mentioned words. With that in mind, in this article we will unveil the true meaning of Steins Gate and El Psy Congroo.
If you haven't watched the anime yet, run and watch it because it's the greatest experience you'll ever have. If you've seen it, you know that Steins Gate is just a word coined by Okabe that mixes English and German, but with no apparent meaning. Really?
What is the meaning of Steins Gate?
In the anime it is not shown, but in the original game by Steins; Gate in a given dialogue and mention of the game’s name in Japanese he makes a kind of wordplay.
The famous phrase That's the Choice of Steins; Gate in the game is written:
Steins; Gate mentioned by Okabe is written [運 命 石 の 扉] which in Japanese literally means “the stone gate of destiny”, but which has the furigana reading (in parentheses) sutainzugeeto.
The correct reading of the ideograms [運 命 石 の 扉] for this meaning would be something like “Unmei-seki no tobira”, but the play on words did the following:
- 運命石 - unmei-seki - Stone of Destiny - Stein;
- 扉 - tobira - gate, portal - Gate;
The first expression takes a word from the German language while the second takes a word from the English language, but both were represented correctly with Japanese.
In a 2009 interview for the news portal Dengeki Online, game scenario writer Naotaka Hayashi said that “stein” has two origins.
The first is that “stein” is derived from Albert Einstein, whose theory of relativity plays a role in history. The second is that “stein” is the German word for “stone” in the term “stone of destiny”.
Gate is an English word that usually means gate, but it can also refer to a door, portal or passageway. Probably referencing the path from one timeline to another.
Stein's gate itself is a pseudo-term created by Okabe as part of his delusions of grandeur and has no real meaning in the real world.
What does Reading Steiner mean?
The same is true of another term he coined to refer to Okabe's ability to retain memory between timelines.
The term Reading Steiner in the game in Japanese is written as [運 命 探知 の 魔眼] which literally means something like: demonic eye of destination detection.
It may seem strange to use Ideograms to create words with incorrect readings, but this really exists in the Japanese language and is called Ateji.
A great example of this is in the name of some countries. Brazil for example can be written using the ideograms [伯 剌 西爾] pronouncing burajiru.
What does El Psy Congroo or Kongroo mean?
This is another jargon spoken by Protagonist Okabe in which he says he has no special meaning. But if we analyze the word, can we find a meaning for El Psy Congroo?
El Psy Kongroo “is the password that Okabe Rintaro uses whenever he ends a telephone conversation pertinent to his crazy endeavors.
The expression possibly comes from a mixture of Spanish and Latin which means something like "The mind agrees" or "The mind is congruent".
The phrase El Psy Kongroo is a reference to the @channel meme “La Yohasoh Steana” and possibly something related to the real world John Titor code word, “Tempus edax rerum”, which means “Time, the devourer of all things. "
Although the anime translates as Kongo the correct spelling is Kongroo, it can be seen in the scene where the video is received by Okabe by email [email protected] where the initial five letters means Steins Gate El Psy Kongroo.
The Meaning of Steins Gate Operations
In addition to the word Steins; Gate, in the daydreams of the protagonist Okabe, he created several operations with strange names. Usually the name of the Norse Gods. How do you feel about seeing the meaning of your operations?
The names of the three operations refer to three Norse goddesses called Nornas who are born from the source Ur fonte (source of life) and lived protected by one of the branches of the Yggdrasill tree. These three goddesses are responsible for people's fate.
This operation is mentioned between episodes 01 to 12. Its first appearance occurs in the presentation of the characters and in the learning to change the past with Microwave Telephone.
Urd according to Norse mythology refers to the goddess of the past. She was represented as the figure of a woman or a mythical being who lived in Uroarbrunnr, sometimes represented as a Valkyrie.
The Verdandi operation takes place between episodes 13 through 22 where Okabe tries to undo all the D-mails in order to save Mayuri from death.
The Goddess Verdandi is the goddess of the present, or goddess of the event. She is a young woman who always looks at the present. It appears in the verses of the poem Edda.
The Skuld operation takes place between episodes 23 and 24 of the anime, where Okarin tries to change his future without changing his past in order to reach the Steins; Gate line.
Skuld is the goddess of the future, her name can also mean debt. Skuld, Verdanti and Urdu form the three goddesses of people's fate, their name also appears in Edda's poems as a Valquiria.