Steins;Gate,Anime tv series (2011)

Timetravelling. From movies such as Back to the Future and The Terminator, it has always been a concept that is endlessly fascinating. And why not? Would it not be incredibly awesome if one day the concept would become a reality? And where would you go? Would you travel to the past and correct certain mistakes that you have made ? Or would you head into the future and see what your life would be like there? Whatever choice you make, it will never be entirely without consequences. Who is to say that correcting a past mistake might not end up resulting in a future that is even worse? And when you already know what might happen in the future, would that not take the fun out of living your life? A lot of movies that deal with timetravelling deal with questions such as these. The highly rated and fanfavorite Anime series Steins;Gate is definitely no exception to this rule.

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When Steins;Gate starts we meet up with the strange and pretty goofy character Rintaro Okabe. He sees himself as a “mad scientist” and pretty much can’t stop talking about that fact. Seeing conspiracies everywhere, he also runs a labarotory in his appartment together with his friends the loveable Mayuri Shiina and Itaru Hashida. One day Rintaro attends a conference about time travel, a subject that has become a complete obsession for him. A firm believer in the fact that this can really be achieved it is not long after that he and his fellow lab members find out by accident that there definitely is a truth to this fact. Unfortunately however, Rintaro and his friends are about to find out that playing with time has it’s consequences. Ironically enough the imagined conspiracies Okabe has been afraid of all his life, will soon become a reality. And the lives of everyone he loves, as well as the fate of the world itself will hang in the balance….

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Steins;Gate has been recommended to me be my so many people that is was a very hard show to resist. Featuring time travel, one of my favorite science fiction concepts, already had me interested in it. Seeing the very high ratings this show has received over the years, I expected a lot from this series. And…..I am sorry to say that these expectations were not met. The first half of this series is just incredibly slow. I don’t mind slow series at all, but with all the quirky and crazy things happening in the beginning it was at times hard to stick with it. But I already knew that, as everyone kept saying that the series would redeem itself in the second part. By the time I had reached episode 12 the series really did change. It became very dark, and it was almost as if you were watching an entirely different show.

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Although the second part certainly had a lot of amazing twists, and some very clever timetravelling concepts, I still could not get into it enough for me to truly enjoy the series. One thing I did enjoyΒ though were the characters. Rintaro reminds me a lot of Mel Gibson’s character from the briljant movie Conspiracy Theory. Completely nuts at times, but still a lot of fun to watch. The same goes for his childhood friend Mayuri, who is simply adorable, and one of those characters that you just instantly care about. The animation style and music also really fit this series. Even though there are certainly shows out there that have a higher level of animation, it just seemed right for this show.

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The plot of this series is clever, but because of the sometimes weirdΒ humor in the series, I often had a hard time wondering what this series wanted itself to be. As a comedy it certainly worked at times, and there were also quite a few episodes in the second half of the series that had me on the edge of my seat. Overall though the series was a bit too slow for my tastes. I have no regrets watching this, and it really is one of those series that does keep sticking around in your mind, which I guess is a good thing . Maybe in a few months time I will rewatch this series and might even rate it somewhat higher. For now though I can not help but feel slightly disappointed by the show after the incredible amount of hype this has received. As with everything, this is just a matter of opinion, so certainly don’t take my word on it alone. Go and judge this series for yourself, but do take your TIME for it though…..

I give Steins;Gate a 7 out of 10 score.

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26 thoughts on “Steins;Gate,Anime tv series (2011)”

  1. Shame you didn’t enjoy this one that much. I loved it but find I have to space out rewatches because it is kind of thing that requires a lot of focus at times so definitely not a switch off from the world kind of story. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this series.

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  2. I so need to watch this, but like konosuba and grimgar keep putting it off. XDD that pun, well I guess you’ll be going BACK TO it then at some point πŸ˜› xDD.

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  3. I always love time travel, but slow is one my least favorite things in a show. I really like the premise for this though, so I’ll add it to my list to maybe give it a look sometime.

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  4. Time travel is and will always be my favorite sci-fi concept. Forget reality, think of all the possibilities in fiction alone. *drools*

    Ahem.

    It’s a pity the show didn’t really work out for you. I have yet to see it (soon, soon) but now I know to be prepared for a slow first half. I won’t mind as long as the series as a whole is worthwhile. Which is the next anime on your list?

    And as always; great review!

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    1. Well as I said the series was not bad, maybe I just expected to much from it, considering the amount of hype it received. Still, later this year I will give it a second watch, and who know, maybe it will get a higher rating then 😊 Haha, lol…yeah the possibilities for fiction alone are pretty much endless….Hmm….now I start drooling too…ahem.
      As for the next anime, I have just started on Blood C, and still in the middle of Monster (awesome series, but with more than 70 episodes it takes a while). After that I have yet to decide…but with so many things still on the list it is hard to pick the next series 😊 If you have any suggestions, they are always welcome πŸ˜€

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      1. That’s true. Hype can ruin things sometimes. I was half-afraid that might happen to me with Yuri on Ice but thankfully it didn’t.

        Blood C is on my list too. I loved Blood+ but I think the two are seriously different. I stopped Monster at 7 eps and have since been planning to get back but…never managed to. :/

        Suggestions, hm? I recently fell in love with Yuri on Ice and K. Natsume Yuujinchou is also unbelievably awesome but it’s got 63 episodes across 5 seasons.

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      2. I have not seen Blood +, but after seeing one episode of Blood C, I think this series is going to be enjoyable. As for Monster I am currently at episode 21, and it really is still very good. Despite an occasional slow episode it still manages to keep my attention. It really is a very good show, and well worth the watch 😊 Thanks for the suggestions πŸ˜€

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  5. I think we talked about this a bit ago, and that the main reason I hadn’t watched it yet was the hype. Based on your reaction here, I’m going to make a note to myself to lower my expectations when I do get around to it.

    Hype is the one thing I really can’t handle. It gives me such unrealistic expectations, and I almost always end up disappointed. Psycho Pass managed to surpass the hype, in my mind. It was the rare one.

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    1. Ahhh…Psycho Pass, yes that was such an incredibly terrific series. Enjoyed every single minute of it. Yes, Hype can at times make your expectations too high. Might go and watch this series again in a few months time. I do think this series deserves that 😊

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      1. With a bit more realistic expectations, it may present itself in a better light. I’ve seen a few shows that, separated from the hype, were actually really good, just in ways that were different than what I expected.

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    1. I did not even know that a sequel was in the works. I am definitely going to give this series a second screening in a few months, as I think it deserves that. Agree with the fact that the series absolutely got better after the first part 😊 Thank you for your comment 😊

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  6. I’ve had this show sitting on my DVD shelf for over a year now and I still haven’t gotten round to checking it out yet.

    It seems like it’d be my thing and the hype has me very curious as well.

    Nice to see your thoughts on it, a pity you weren’t into it as much as you’d hoped though. Look forward to your next post πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, and I know the feeling. I sometimes look at the amount of series I still have to watch and wonder if I will ever get through everything. Still, I am also never bored, so I guess that is a good thing as well lol 😊 Thank you for your comment and the kind words! 😊

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      1. I know how you feel, my Anime backlog is humongous. It’ kind of scary how many shows are on my Plan to Watch list.

        At least, as you said, we never get bored!

        And no problem. I always enjoy your posts πŸ™‚

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  7. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t rave about Steins;Gate so I know what you mean. I haven’t finished it yet but I know it’s supposed to be awesome and so my expectations might be a bit too high.
    I kept being told about how mind-blowing it is so that might have put me off a bit, in a way? I don’t know but I agree the anime is incredibly slow, at least in the first few episodes. We’ll see what comes out of there πŸ™‚
    Great review, as always!

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    1. Thank you very much. It is probably because my expectations were so high, that I enjoyed it less. That is why I think this series deserves a rewatch. The series takes a while to develop, but by the time you reach episode 12, things will really pick up. Hope you will enjoy it…looking forward to your thoughts when you have finished it. And ofcourse thank you for the kind words and your comment 😊

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      1. Thanks, I plan on sharing them! ^^ I’m actually super intrigued by the anime, which I’m sure will backfire on me and leave me feeling very unsatisfied… Oh well.
        And no problem, you deserve it, as always πŸ˜‰

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  8. Don’t worry, the Organization can’t find you here… you can say you really loved the show!

    All joking aside, it’s a fairly simple concept at its bare bones. Making mistakes with time travel and fixing them one world line at a time (also the title of my review), and nothing totally epic like what many people make it sound like. What made the series so enjoyable for me were the characters and Okarin’s changing mental state as the story progresses.

    Comparing him to Mel Gibson’s character in Conspiracy Theory isn’t far off, except Okarin seems to know it’s all just pretend (or thought it was). Conspiracy Theory was a great movie though. Good taste, my friend πŸ˜€

    Hopefully on a rewatch you find more than you did the first time around. Until then, there’s plenty of other recommendations for you to work through. Thanks for trying this out and letting us know what you think!

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    1. I had some very shady characters following me today….I think they were from the Organisation, and I do think they found me…despite yiu saying that they did not 😱
      Well, I plan on seeing it again somewhere in October. I think that I will like it better the second time around. As I mentioned in my review, it is a series that does keep floating around in your mind, which is a good thing. Thank you for the kind words, always appreciate it 😊

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  9. You might like the Visual Novel better (if that’s a form of media you consume) as it gives you a lot more information on the way Okabe thinks. While he’s a good character in the anime, his train of thought and emotional destruction simply hits harder on the original visual novel which this is based off of.

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