Steins;Gate is a sci-fi show based on the concept of time travel. I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about this show and I didn’t want to miss out.
Here is my review.
The eccentric mad scientist Okabe, his childhood friend Mayuri, and the otaku hacker Daru have banded together to form the Future Gadget Research Laboratory, and spend their days in a ramshackle laboratory hanging out and occasionally attempting to invent incredible, yet generally useless, futuristic gadgets. However, their claymore is a hydrator and their hair dryer flips breakers, and the only invention that’s even remotely interesting is their Phone Microwave, which transforms bananas into oozing green gel. But when an experiment goes awry the gang discovers that the Phone Microwave can also send text messages to the past. And what’s more, the words they send can affect the flow of time and have unforeseen, far-reaching consequences…
The story in this show was very cleverly written and had me thinking about previous episodes and theories behind most of the scenarios that were taking place. In the first few episodes it was a bit slow as they hadn’t found out how to time travel etc and it was mostly the comedy aspect that kept me looking forward to the next episode. However, the pace of the show rapidly changed when the first D-mail was sent as it caused the main plot to change as a whole.
The animation was very generic and didn’t score any bonus points as I have seen plenty of anime use similar styles like this one. Overall, this didn’t affect the story and allowed me to focus more on the plot rather than how pretty the characters looked.
This part contains spoilers
In this anime, it is very easy to get attached to all the characters and even if you don’t like them at first, the story forces you to like them through the aspect of sympathy via their back stories. An example of this is Shining Finger – aka Moeka- as at the start she seems very mysterious and in one of the timelines, ends up killing Mayuri. As a result of this, the viewer automatically hates her. But as the story goes on, you find out more about her and realise how FB was using her to get what he/she wanted, this causes you to end up loving her by the end of the show.
I would give this anime…
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