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In your earlier responses, you claim that Luka is not a trans. But by definition of the word "trans", Luka fits perfectly (with dressing as a girl ,and him rejecting the notion of really being a dude.) Why do you think he/she isn't?

If you play the Visual Novel it's very clear that Luka is not a transgendered individual, but a repressed homosexual struggling with how to express his true feelings for Okabe. When referred to as a female, he always corrects people. He uses masculine pronouns. His style of dress is not due to personal preference but due to his overbearing father and his neglectful sister forcing these things on him and him slowly growing used to the style of dress.
His father decided even when Luka was born that he would be the "perfect shrine maiden", Luka's elder sister was a tomboyish biker-type chick who shirked all her responsibilities on to her timid and lithe younger brother. Their father insisted on garbing Luka as a miko and forced him to carry out the duties typically given to females from a young age.
His entire chapter in the original story is about how even if he's 'I' (boku) or 'me' (watashi), that doesn't matter at all. Male or female, Lukako is Lukako in the eyes of Okabe Rintaro, he's a beloved friend and disciple. Someone that does not need to change himself in order to feel more accepted. Okabe comes to terms with how Luka feels for him and, while he can't reciprocate, he can definitely acknowledge them in his own way.
In summary, Luka's desire to become a female is not born out of misplaced identity or gender complications, it is born out of a belief that his confused feelings towards Okabe would somehow become more appropriate to act upon. Luka is of the firm belief that if he were born as a girl, he'd definitely get together with Okabe (though he still has the same shyness even as a girl).
I'm quite fond of Luka's story in the VN, because it's about embracing yourself no matter what you are and not forcing yourself to change.
I believe his character song best sums this up:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMpSmPgHLgM

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what's the MC's struggles in each game? i know that okabe tried building a time machine and then saving her, what about the others? can you spoil me?

Chaos;Head - Paranoid MC discovers a delusional conspiracy set to end the world in a dystopia
Steins;Gate - Childish MC discovers a time travel conspiracy set to end the world in a dystopia
Robotics;Notes - Apathetic MC discovers an A.R./ROBOTS conspiracy set to end the world in a dystopia
Chaos;Child - Insecure MC discovers a delusional conspiracy set to end the world in a NEW WORLD ORDER

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Tell me a joke

A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: ''Argh, that's the ugliest baby I've ever seen!'' The woman sits down on the bus, furious. She says to a man next to her: ''The driver just insulted me!'' The man says: ''Well that won't do. Go up there and tell him off. Go on, I'll hold your pet monkey.''

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So, without any spoiler, are the different routes in S;G 0 romantic? I mean I can guess that the Lesinski one isn't, but I'm mostly worried about the Mayuri one, since I hate this ship. Honestly anything other than Kurisu rustles my jimmies.

Worry not, friend. Zero is not romantic in the least. It's all about broken Okabe's desperate plight, he can't think about betraying his one true waifu during all of that.

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What's the most supernatural thing that you have witnessed or experienced?

When I was a kid I took my dog out for a walk in the evening one wintertime, it was snowing heavily. We're in a large farm field, suddenly I hear a rustling in some nearby bushes, my dog gets spooked and barks at nothing, then starts howling upwards at the sky. I start getting freaked out because this has never happened before. Suddenly I'm hearing some loud, weird noise and my dog just fucking bolts. I fall over and let go of the leash, he runs off. I'm on the ground laying on my back, suddenly I hear what sounds like dozens of voices whispering unintelligible things at me, I see a bright light overhead, I roll over and close my eyes. Voices won't let up, I hear rustling, the voices finally go but I can't shake the feeling that something's watching me. I stay curled up in the snow for what feels like an eternity, I finally get up and my dog comes back, the area looks completely ordinary. I bolt through the woods and get home, but I swear I can hear creaking and rustling, eyes on my back, I get chills as I run like hell all the way home. I didn't sleep that night, I couldn't sleep. I couldn't shake the feeling that something was trying to get me. The feeling subsided the following morning, and that was the end of that.
I'm not really superstitious but sometimes I wake up in a cold sweat remembering that night and I can't shake the feeling that there are eyes on my back.

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Why is Okabe refered to by his last name but Kurisu by hers?

Do you mean from me, the general fanbase, or story-wise?
In the case of fanbase, I'd say that at least for me it's just because we're most used to hearing both from the characters.
Daru and Mayuri almost exclusively call Okabe by his nickname "Okarin", while Kurisu refers to him by his surname as a formality and because she'd probably blush to death if she said "Rintaro".
Okabe, with his rude nicknames and lack of regard for personal space, simply calls her Kurisu because he can. Mayuri, wanting to be friendly with everyone, gives her the nickname Chris-chan, and Daru refers to her as Makise-shi (Miss Makise).
Overall it's about the character dynamics. Okabe is brazen and teasing so he remorselessly calls her Kurisu. Everyone else either uses a nickname or is polite/formal enough to refer to him by his family name, and by extension the audience simply refer to the characters as how they're used to hearing them referred to.

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why is the chaos;head anime bad? never watched it before

Let me list off a few of the things I can remember off the top of my head:
-Terrible pacing (goes through like one VN chapter per episode)
-Horrendous QUALITY (ridiculously silly animation in many of the episodes)
-Removes the suspense horror and puts an emphasis on the sword battling instead
-They included filler episodes that featured a gigantic pink out-of-control construction vehicle, delusional bees, and a whole episode spent on a fake final boss battle featuring INEXPLICABLE ICE MAGIC
-Skipped nearly all of the major New Gen incidents
-Butchered the final confrontation with some weird shit and didn't even include the "transcendent" scene or the proper torture part (Takumi literally melts into a puddle of goop with eyeballs in it, it looked silly as fuck)
These are just a few parts of the clusterfuck known as the Chaos;Head anime. It just didn't do a good job of representing the source material at all.

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Why did Steins;Gate take off so well compared to the others?

It was more accessible and relatable, I guess. It benefited from having the only decent anime adaptation.
Chaos;Head, while my favorite, clearly didn't mesh well with some people who thought the Di-Swords were out-of-place or were repulsed by the ero/guro aspects of the delusion triggers. I personally loved it and thought it all fit in well together. I'm hoping that if Chaos;Head Noah is ever released here, perhaps, people would be willing to look beyond the abhorrent anime adaptation it received and give it a chance. It's necessary to the Science Adventure series, especially as time goes on with the release of Robotics;Notes and Chaos;Child.
Robotics;Notes, while interesting, had a very poor anime adaptation. It dropped the ball midway, gutted the villain, removed all reference to the Anti-Committee, and suffered major pacing issues (which the original VN did as well, so I suppose they adapted one thing right). The release of Robotics;Notes Elite on the Vita improved the pacing and did well to mark it as a worthy title in the Science Adventure series.
In summary, I guess it's because Steins;Gate is exactly what it says it is, a thriller about a college student dabbling in things beyond his control. It doesn't stray too far from its base, and Time Travel gives you a lot of opportunity to do shocking things that can simply be erased. Time Travel fiction is also quite popular so it makes sense that people would latch on to it too.
I'm largely talking about the western fanbase here, as Chaos;Head has quite the following in Japan (though obviously not as much as Steins;Gate due to all the milking).
I suppose a problem I have is people thinking SciADV stops with Steins;Gate. It's so much more than that.

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Who are (in your opinion) the best translators you've worked with?

Haven't worked with many, but if it came down to it, Conjueror and Blick.
Conjueror works very well with prose despite the fact that English isn't his first language, though he absolutely works best in tandem with Gare (they understand each other pretty well, it's actually kind of endearing). Working with Conjueror is a very enjoyable experience as we get to talk about many things and share lots of ideas during the process, he's very receptive and flexible when it comes to writing and suggestions.
Blick is a very fast translator but that does little to diminish his quality, he's greatly competant and just an all-around talented guy. His jokes may be shitty but he keeps morale high with them all the same and his attention to detail is something I respect greatly.
Either of them would be a massive asset to any team.

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Pray that they don't screw up C;C, the last thing we need is more hate from the anime community like the time when the C;H anime aired. The Chaos titles have suffered enough!

It's already got a bad rep in the west because anime-only people are associating it with the trainwreck, or people who are interested are being told bad things or watching the C;H anime because they have no time/interest for VNs. It's sad because I believe C;C is SciADV's masterpiece.

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