Series of the Week 3: Steins;Gate

Time travel is one of if not the most difficult things to write about, and I don’t mean the kind of time travel where you use it to get to point A to point B that is just a way to advance a story take Doctor Who as a prime example of this, he takes his companions back in time they do fun stuff there then they go back to the future and nothing has changed. Steins;Gate however tells an intricate story where every little decision with the use of time travel has massive effects on the timeline and everything/everyone in it. take for example what would happen if you told your mother to eat more vegetables when she was pregnant with you, would that effect you? Her? Time? in Steins;Gate that question is asked and answered in the most mind boggling and brilliant ways possible.

Series of the Week 3: Steins;Gate

The Plot

First aired on April 6th 2011 and produced by White Fox Steins;Gate takes place in Akihabara and is about a group of friends who have managed to customize their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN who has been doing their own research on time travel tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them and fix time.

The Characters

Rintarou Okabe (岡部 倫太郎) often referring and introducing himself as Hououin Kyouma (鳳凰院凶真)is a self proclaimed mad scientist and founder of what he calls the “Future Gadget Laboratory” his character is very eccentric to say the least and a joy to watch every time he is on screen.

Kurisu Makise (牧瀬 紅莉栖) often referred to by one of Okabe’s many nicknames including Christina and Assistant, is a child genius being published in science at the young age of 18 as well as working for a top research facility in america she is also fluent in English her character plays as a very well done Tsundere which is a joy to watch as she interacts with the mad Okabe who she truly doesn’t want to be right for both the wrong and right reasons.

Mayuri Shiina (椎名 まゆり) is Okabe’s long time childhood friend and works at “Mayqueen NyanNyan” her hobby involves making cosplay she is also the reason for my latest can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head tune and her character is one of the air head kind.

Itaru “Daru” Hashida (橋田・ダル・至) Daru is Okabe’s best friend and an experienced hacker often referred to as the Super Haker (スーパーハカー) by Okabe much to his displeasure, who is also one of the biggest stereotypes in anime history as he is a fat lazy Otaku who is amazing at hacking. he is often the voice of reason in Okabe’s mad ramblings and aside from being a stereotype is a well rounded character (no pun intended) whom with which i have no real hate or displeasure with just annoyance.

Series of the Week 3: Steins;Gate

Thoughts After The Facts

Steins;Gate has been marked as one of the best anime to come out in recent years and watching the show I can truly tell you that I know why. the animation quality done by White Fox, a production company relatively new to the anime industry is top notch and truly deserves the recognition it gets. on top of the crisp highly detailed and well done animation the voice acting is top notch and truly breaths life into the anime with Mamoru Miyano (宮野 真守) stealing every bit of air time he gets as Okabe.

So with amazing animation and top notch voice acting does the sound track hold up?… YES oh god yes, it had me excited for every episode with its godly opening Hacking To The Gate by Kanako Itō (いとう かなこ) which sprang to the top of everyone’s top 10 opening list within a week of this show airing, not to mention the well done soundtrack played through out the entire series. Well enough with the superficial things lets get down to the really important thing the Plot. Although very slow to start taking a total of 6 episodes before it gets into gear and gets into the edge of your seat stuff once it kicks in you feel it driving you into so many plot twists you end up coming right back around again. As well as all that the show is also very well researched teaching me things about science i didn’t even expect to learn such as who John Titor is and why he was relevant and a lot of new and interesting theories about time travel.

So at the end of the day would i recommend Steins;Gate to you?… yes it is highly praised although not without its faults and is defiantly one of the better anime out there having me guessing as to what was coming next which anime rarely does and rounding it all out with great animation, an amazing soundtrack, great voice acting and you come out with one of the better Animes out there Out of 10 I give this anime a 8, thanks for reading keep with TheAkiba for more great content.