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What are the programming and computer references in Steins;Gate?

SQL is mentioned, as the question suggests. They even used company and trademarked names: MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, SQLite, Access, ANSI Of particular interest is the fact that ...
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What is the joke behind "fork" and "spoon" keywords?

According to an interview with the scenario writer, Naotaka Hayashi, featured in Dengeki Games Magazine about the heroines of anime/game that weren’t explained in the main story: Why did Kurisu want ...
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What is the joke behind "fork" and "spoon" keywords?

According to the Tv Tropes page, the explanation for the "fork" and "spoon" is an inside joke from 2chan for "lover" and "friend": Apparently "my fork" and "my spoon" was at some point 2chan slang ...
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What was Okabe going to say to Kurisu in the first episode?

Around 9 minutes into episode 24 (try watching from 08:30), Okabe from the future (episode 24 Okabe) bumped into Kurisu on the stairs in the radio hall building. He was going to say he would save her, ...
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Have there been any anime with actual product placement?

Here. This one's from Nichijou. And yes, it's the real thing as is featured in the credit: (0:59 in the ending 2)
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Could Okabe have saved Mayuri in the alpha world line?

Disclaimer Needless to say, this answer contains spoilers. Therefore, I have chosen not to spoiler it. No, Okabe could not have saved Mayuri, as he found out by himself the hard way. Mayuri was meant ...
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What are the programming and computer references in Steins;Gate?

Aside from what's mentioned in Wally's answer, following programming and computer-related items appear: IBN 5100, a clear expy of IBM 5100 that was featured in the original John Titor forum posts: @...
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What is the relation between Steins;Gate and Steins;Gate 0?

As mentioned by one of the official translators that has worked on most of the Sci-fi Adventure series:Source Steins;Gate Zero will not be a direct sequel, no. Remember when Okabe stabbed Kurisu ...
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What are the meaning behind the operation names in Steins;Gate?

Being Icelandic and speaking the language (which is the closest language to Old Norse), I noticed that Norse mythology is prevalent throughout this series. For example, immediately on episode 18 ...
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Divergence numbers in logo: Steins;Gate easter egg?

As Eric notes in the comments, 0.571024 (the number down the side of the "i") is the divergence number of the worldline Okabe is in at the very beginning of the show. The numbers hidden in the ...
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How could Feyris send her message in the past if she was miles away from the phone microwave?

It is logically accurate. The necessary conditions for a D-Mail to work are listed on the Wikia as: D-Mails are sent through the Phone Microwave and can only be sent from devices connected to the ...
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In Episode 9 of Steins;Gate, why did Feris's message affect the past?

The mistake you're making is that the phone attached to the microwave is irrelevant—any phone is okay. The phone that matters is the phone that the microwave phone sends the message to. The message ...
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Steins;Gate, Chaos;Head, Robotics;Notes, and Occultic;Nine naming convention with semicolon?

The best answer that I could make out myself for the use of the semi-colon in the names: The semicolon in the names are used as a form of "pertaining to," however "not in possession of....
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What is the joke behind "fork" and "spoon" keywords?

This answer will not provide you with any deeper meaning on what it would mean to own your personal spoon and/or fork, but it will tell you how Makise got her spoon and why she wanted a matching fork. ...
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"Wish" in the credits of Code Geass and Steins;Gate?

I'm not sure about Steins;Gate, however, from the screenshot above, Wish refers to an animation company. In the screenshot above, the company is credited for Finish Animation (仕上 shiage), and the ...
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Why does Suzuha disappear when travelling back to the "present"?

I would love to just write this off as "the writers wanted a good goodbye scene" since quantum teleportation in the temporal dimension(time travel) is really not my forte when it comes to quantum ...
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Inconsistent D-mail Dates in Steins;Gate Season 1 and Steins;Gate 0

Pardon me for this somehow lengthy response. The episodes 1 and 7 of Steins;Gate tell a lot. In the first half of episode 1, Okabe received a video mail from the future. It was received on 28 Jul ...
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What are the original memes mentioned in Steins;Gate?

Some of the phrases are explained at the Steins;Gate wiki's Real-Life References and Glossary. Regarding the phrase「エル・プサイ・コングルゥ」(El Psy Congroo), according to Anime News Network, FutureGadgetLab is ...
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What's the proper reading order for the manga in the Steins;Gate series?

if you read them in order of publication date, you should be fine. All of the manga to date (excluding the multi-artist anthologies), listed in order of publication date: 『STEINS; GATE』11/2010~9/2013 ...
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Does "group date" mean something else other than "a date with many people"?

When asked by Feyris what Okarin's plan that day, he replied with "gōkon". Is a group date [...] a date with many people? If "a date" implies "those who are already in relationships", then ...
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Why didn't Suzuha mention the destruction of Nakabachi's paper in Episode 23 (β)?

Since episode 23β is a prequel, Suzuha knows nothing of the plan. So either she simply doesn't know to bring it up, or she doesn't even know that Nakabachi's paper is the cause of World War 3. Suzuha'...
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What is the recommended viewing order of Steins;Gate?

I think like Monogatari series, this is also a bit opinion-based question. However, going with release order is fine. I would not recommend the chronological order for the first-timers. You will miss ...
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Where is Kurisu Makise really is?

Ok, there will be spoilers for Steins Gate 0 so be sure to watch that before reading this post or just read the overall part. In Beta timeline Kurisu is dead. The Beta timeline is the timeline we ...
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Which is the first D-Mail?

(Answer edited to fit what was discussed in the comments as well) TL;DR: Whether or not the message Okabe sent is a D-Mail isn't something he has control over, at least not at the beginning of the ...
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In Episode 9 of Steins;Gate, why did Feris's message affect the past?

Her message was sent back in time to her father's phone. The message she sent changed the fact that he had gotten on the plane and died. Without her father in the picture, she sparked the existence of ...
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"Wish" in the credits of Code Geass and Steins;Gate?

The section of the credits you're looking at there is 仕上 shiage "finishing", which is the task of finishing the coloring of a scene. Wish is a studio that does subcontracting for this kind of work. ...
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Have there been any anime with actual product placement?

Great Teacher Onizuka features a Vaio laptop: There are also Infiniti and Nissan placements in Ghost in the Shell: Arise
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What is the joke behind "fork" and "spoon" keywords?

In addition to Jon's answer: In Japan, people usually have their personal set of dishes, which they may call my+something. e.g マイ箸 for chopsticks... It is also trendy to prepend this "my" prefix for ...
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What is happening at the start of episode 12 of Steins;Gate?

James wrote, Steins;Gate sort of uses the many-worlds time travel theory referenced by John Titor. There are many discrete worldlines, like parallel universes. When Okarin leaps to the past, he is ...
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How are Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, and Robotics;Notes connected?

The phrase "Whose eyes are those eyes?" appears in both Robotics;Notes and Chaos;Head. In the first episode of Robotics;Notes you can hear Airi say it. It's the same phrase Nishijo Takumi repeats ...
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