Steins;Gate is an anime about the time traveler and time machine, which full of drama and conspiracy. I think this anime is based on the event that occurred in our real world’s timeline, called Beta World. Because in one other timeline, aka Alpha World, the event would be different. Confuse? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you everything about this anime as long as you say the password “El Psy Congroo”, but please keep it a secret because I don’t want this information leaked to the organization.
Steins;Gate would be a confusing story and concept for anyone who is not familiar with a time machine and its theory. Let’s say: time paradox, mini black hole, butterfly effect and several conspiracies such as John Titor and SERN. But because I’ve been researching the Time Traveler theory for a long time since I was in high school, I can 95% understand what those people talking about (especially Kyouma/Okabe, Kurisu, and Daru’s conversation).
This Steins;Gate anime review will include:
- What is Steins;Gate Anime?
- Steins;Gate Anime Content Rating
- Steins;Gate Anime Review
- Steins;Gate OVA Review – Egoistic Poriomania
- Steins;Gate The Movie Review – Load Region of Déjà Vu
- Overall and Enjoyment
My advice is, try to find some information about time paradox and John Titor first before you watch this anime. After that, you will find a great story in this series. Honestly, this anime becomes one of my most favorite series of all time. The protagonist tried to save the heroines from death several times by return to the past, the concept before Re:Zero was made. It has an as good romantic story as Sword Art Online, and it has the concept to “remembering someone’s name” before the popular anime film “Your Name” caused a stir in Japan and worldwide.
Steins;Gate is the Japanese sci-fi and thriller anime TV series produced by White Fox studio and directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki and Takuya Satou. The anime was broadcast starting from April 6 to September 14, 2011 in Japan.
The Original Video Animation titled “Egoistic Poriomania” was aired on February 22, 2012 and acts as a sequel of the first season. The anime film titled “Load Region of Déjà Vu” was released on April 20, 2013 and also acts as a sequel of the first season and OVA.
Steins;Gate itself is based on the Japanese science-fiction visual novel developed by 5pb and Nitroplus. The game first released on October 15, 2009 for several platforms including Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Playstation Portable, iOS, Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, Android, and Playstation 4.
Madman Entertainment, Funimation, and Manga Entertainment licensed the anime series in Australia, North America, and the United Kingdom respectively. The anime was released on DVD and blu-ray, while the latest blu-ray of Steins;Gate movie was released on March 28, 2017.
Steins;Gate Anime Content Rating
The three of Steins;Gate anime adaptation (including first season, OVA, and movie) consist of:
- Sci-Fi: 92%
- Thriller: 96%
- Comedy: 50%
- Chuunibyou: 50%
- Otaku: 15%
- Mild Ecchi: 15%
- Conspiracy: 35%
- Moe: 15%
- Drama: 69%
- Romance: 23%
Steins;Gate tells about a time machine, so it’s included in the sci-fi genre. As I have mentioned above that you must get some information about time traveler or time machine theory and time paradox in order to avoid the confusion. Through the series, the main protagonist tried to back to the past and wrapped with thriller story. You will be surprised, frightened, and worried about “what will happen next?” in the anime.
However, this anime also contains some comedies and jokes. Most of the humor are based on the character’s relationship and their unique traits. For example, the chuunibyou-mad-scientist Hououin Kyouma who always giving unique names: Leading Steiner, Operation Urd, Operation Verdandi, Operation Skuld, and even the anime’s title itself “Steins Gate” is based on his taste as Chuunibyou.
Since this anime is set in near of Akihabara, so you will also find some Japanese subculture including Moe and the Otaku who always wandering around that area. You will find several scenes showing maid cafe and waitress wearing their popular black-and-white maid uniform and neko-mimi while saying “nyan!” at the end of the sentence they said.
Please note that Steins;Gate also contains mild-ecchi. However, you won’t find any fan-services or panty shots through the series. Mild Ecchi means that they only “speak” some topic that leads to something dirty, but very biased. Instead, you will find more drama and romance through the series. Yes, you will also find romance relationship in this anime, and I’m glad that this anime didn’t turn out to be Harem genre that usually ruins the story.
Steins;Gate also contains a conspiracy based on the real world events involving John Titor and SERN. Make sure you get the information first before you watch this anime in order to get 100% of thriller touch!
Overall: This anime still save for 13 age or older but I’m not so sure for someone under 17 will understand about the story, unless they already know about the time machine, time paradox, John Titor, and SERN.
Steins;Gate Anime Review
The self-proclaimed mad scientist Okabe Rintarou rents out a room in a rickety old building in Akihabara, where he indulges himself in his passion for inventing prospective “future gadget” with his fellow lab members: Makise Kurisu, Shiina Mayuri and Hashida Itaru. The three pass the time by trying out their most appealing contraption yet, a machine called the “Phone Microwave,” which performs the peculiar function of morphing bananas into piles of green gel.
Although miraculous in itself, the phenomenon fails to provide anything concrete in Okabe’s search for a scientific breakthrough; that’s until the laboratory members are spurred into action by a string of mysterious events before stumbling upon an unexpected success – the Phone Microwave can send emails to the past, altering the flow of history.
For those who are still watching Steins;Gate after the first episode, congratulation! You will find one of the greatest anime series of all time, at least in my opinion. The first episode is really confusing and I can’t almost understand the concept and plot. However, starting in the second episode I started to enjoy the anime and wanting for more after finishing all 24 episodes.
This isn’t science textbook or thesis, this is sci-fi anime! However, it looks like science book that you always learn every day in your school. The creator really doing their homework by researching about time traveler theory and its conspiracy. And then, it’s executed well with the interesting story line!
This can be a point in which Steins;Gate lacks the most. Steins;Gate is not an anime series with a huge budget. However, this does not mean that the artwork is poor. In fact, the goal of the art may be to depict the setting as well as possible. The art style purely carries a way more realistic feel to it than several generic anime.
The characters are unique, they have their own personality. The chuunibyou Okabe Rintarou, the tsundere Makise Kurisu, the air-headed Shiina Mayuri, and the perverted otaku Hashida Itaru. One of the great things about Steins;Gate is that the characters development. They are incredibly and perfectly well.
The seiyuu are amazing! They could bring the characters alive with their own unique personalities. The opening is also nice and becomes one of my favorite songs, and the background music is decent. There are some moments where I do believe there might have been made better use of BGM, which is why it misses from a perfect score here. However, it has solid sound in general.
Steins;Gate OVA Review (Egoistic Poriomania)
Several months after events of Steins;Gate first season, Okabe Rintarou and his fellow lab members are invited to tag along with their acquaintance Feyris NyanNyan, who is participating in a Rai-Net battle event in the United States. There, they encounter an old colleague, Makise Kurisu, who has been remembering fragmented memories of events that occurred in the other world lines in the form of dreams. She confronts Okabe, questioning him as to whether these events – particularly the events between the two of them – did really happen.
This Steins;Gate Original Video Animation is perfect to enjoy after you finish the first season, because it’s happening just after it all ended. In other words, it’s a sequel! I was a little bit skeptical about this OVA but I’m not disappointed since this made me cry again.
However, this OVA is not about sci-fi or thriller. This full of comedy, drama, and romance in the end of story.
The artwork and animation have enhanced by a whole margin from the first season. Character designs are drawn better and the animation feels more fluid than ever.
The characters are still same. However, even in this one episode with 24 minutes length, they can develop the characters well again! Especially our tsundere heroines, Makise Kurisu.
Miyano as Okabe and Imai as Kurisu voiced the characters really well. Their voice acting along with all the other supporting characters can be top-notch. They also brought back the opening from the first season! It’s really nostalgic!
Steins;Gate The Movie Review (Load Region of Déjà Vu)
After one year in America, Makise Kurisu comes back to Akihabara and reunites with Okabe Rintarou and other lab members. However, the reunion between Kurisu and Okabe is cut short when Okabe begins to experience repeating flashes of other timelines as the effects of his time traveling start to manifest. These side effects ultimately culminate in Okabe suddenly disappearing from the world, and the startled Kurisu has any memory of his existence.
This movie is a sequel, after the OVA episode “Egoistic Poriomania”, and it acts as a final to the series, finishing loopholes in the story that are not previously closed, and giving it a final amount of closure. The emotional aspect of the story is actually masterfully executed, with the focus on Okabe and Kurisu’s romantic relationship.
The art style can be really similar to the previous series. The texture sin the background shades are marvelously made to attend to the main characters, whose expressions are done realistically and whose movements are fluid throughout the movie which is attractive to the eye.
Steins;Gate the Movie – Load Region of Dejavu has the same seiyuu from the previous series. So you will find how familiar they were, starting from the main characters to Feyris’s “Nyaan” and Mayushii’s “Tutturuu~!”. However, I still have a trouble how to enjoying the original soundtrack. I prefer the opening of the first season, though.
Overall and Enjoyment (100/100)
I will give all the three 100 points! So, in average this anime has 100 points as well. Steins;Gate has become one of my favorite show of all time. It contains sci-fi that made the main protagonist back to the past in order to save the heroines, the concept born before Re:Zero. However, if most of the anime series focuses on how the main protagonist tried to save heroines, in Steins;Gate they tried to save each other, seek of each other just like in “Your Name” anime movie.
Overall, this anime is highly recommended for anyone who loves sci-fi, thriller, comedy, drama, and romance at the same time.
El Psy Congroo!