Your doom is nigh! Let all who disregard the sanctity of science quake in terror before the mad genius of Hououin Kyouma! MUAHAHAHAHA!

So after considering a few other possibilities for a Halloween costume decided to just reprise what I did last year. Part of the reason was just that it was simpler than choosing and purchasing a new costume. But also I genuinely enjoyed taking on the mantle of Okabe Rintarou last year and was more than happy to do so once again. Plus, I've been playing the original Steins;Gate game recently, so I've had plenty of time to get inside Okabe's head again.

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For those who are not in the know, Okabe Rintarou is the main character of Steins;Gate, a visual novel about time travel (and romance) which was later adapted into an anime by White Fox (as well as a play). Okabe fancies himself a mad scientist and goes by the name Hououin Kyouma in public, declaring himself a rogue genius on the run from the nefarious (and completely nonexistent) Organization which controls the world from behind the scenes. At heart though, Okabe's actually a pretty sensitive nerd who covers up his lack of confidence and social skills with his alter ego.

Anyhow, in high school I was prone to similar declarations of grandiosity and for this reason, and a couple of others, I identity more than a little with Okabe (though he's much more committed to the act than I ever was).

Here's a couple more pictures, selected from among the best I took:

Anybody else dress up for Halloween? I know we're all a bit old for trick or treating, but I know there's some pretty talented cosplayers on the Deck and I'd be interested to hear what you got up to (if you feel up for sharing of course!).