Steins;Gate is set in the summer of 2010, approximately one year after the events that took place in Chaos;Head, in Akihabara. The anime is about a group of friends who have customized 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.
The art in the anime is done in a way that makes it seem grim sometimes as compared to its Visual Novel Counterpart, which was done with very bright and vibrant colors. Although, I do believe the VN’s art is better the anime’s does suit its purpose especially when things turn on its head.
The character in Steins:Gate are just awesome in my opinion. I mean you know who every single character is. Every Character has a specific personality to just fall in love with. The characters’ emotion are done so brilliantly that you will be able to sympathized with most of the cast, even the antagonists. Cry for the devil indeed! The main cast is lovable, no annoying characters. Makise Kurisu is your typical genius tsundere with some hilarious guilty pleasure. Mayuri Shinna (~Tuturuuuu!!~) is a moe cosplayer otaku, the purest, most innocent character of the show who has great intuition about the horrible events that the crew is getting into. Okabe Rintarou is the main character, and my favorite character of the show. The guy is a laugh. He claims to be a mad scientists, stated to desire chaos and disorder, seems like a big jerk at first but he truly cares for his friends. His exaggerations and imagination are the best with him ranting about his made-up “Organization”. He has a habit of talking to himself on the phone, I can’t describe it but it’s funny. Daru is another otaku with a perverted attitude. Daru along with Okarin make one of the most hilarious anime comedic duo ever. That is only the main crew, the side characters are also interesting, but I won’t get into that. I will just say that I like Feyris’s moe-ness nyan.
At the beginning of the anime, there are very few BGM to be found. You’ll hear the sound of the Cicadas mostly. That is for the mood.However after a few episodes,you’ll hear beautiful Piano pieces and the main theme from the Visual Novel when shit gets real.The voice acting is flawless, every voice actor fits to every character like a glove. You can feel the emotion of the characters perfectly when they are happy, sad or shocked from the twist of the story.
The most impressive part about this anime is that, everything starts to connect together and makes sense for what this anime had confused me for the first few episodes. In fact, you shall be amazed by how creative and how smart the author is to come up with such an amazing plot. My advice to people who want to start off this anime is this : Do not drop this anime until you have watched episode 4 or so. It’s true that the first episode give so much confusion to us and many random things, if not, come out one after another. At first, I was like what the hell is going on? But the truth is, to me, you need concentration to watch this anime, because you’ll find most of the details from the earlier episodes are explained in the latter episodes. You’ll know what I mean after you watch it.
The story has alot of twists and turns, and the anime has adapted the visual novel story perfectly without changing too much. Just when you think the story has become predictable, there is a twist or two to excite the mood.
Steins;Gate is a suspenseful ride that you will not forget any time soon after you’ve finished watching it. It is so incredibly thrilling and it has so many plot twists and mind blowing events, that you’ll hold your breath or scream at the screen multiple times. It features amazing voice acting performances by talented seiyuu and a great soundtrack, including the opening and the ending. You will end up loving all of this show’s characters, since they all of their own charm and they’re all incredibly likeable.
The animation is fairly good, and the sound effects are incredibly dated, but don’t let that scare you off. Steins;Gate is a masterpiece. It will twist your emotions in multiple ways loads of times. It’s an absolute must-watch, and it’s definitely one of THE best thrillers in the history of anime.
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