Anime Review: Steins;Gate

Details: First aired in 2009. Twenty-four episodes with each episode at around twenty-five minutes. Here’s the myanimelist.net site with more information: https://myanimelist.net/anime/9253/Steins_Gate

I was looking up top ten anime lists on the internet and Steins;Gate came up many times. Steins;Gate is based on the visual novel video game of the same name. While I enjoyed Steins;Gate, I did not feel that it was one of the best anime’s I’ve ever watched. This is mostly because I’ve consumed a lot of fiction regarding time travel and I found the plot points predictable.

The story centers on Okabe Rintarou, a young man who accidentally figures out a way to travel through time and change the past. What follows is your classic time travel tale where the protagonist screws up something, things go apocalyptic and he spends the majority of the twenty-four episodes trying to fix things.

I think the show is good. It’s got a lot of twists and turns and mysteries to keep viewers entertained. The main issue for me was that I’ve seen too many time travel stories. I saw Ashton Kutcher’s movie The Butterfly Effect. I saw Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World. I saw Guy Pearce in The Time Machine. I’ve seen all three Back to the Future movies. I know time travel stories. The reason why Steins;Gate didn’t evoke too much emotion in me is because I’m familiar with the time travel tropes. Steins;Gate is a story that simply combines standard time travel tropes with standard anime tropes.

Further, you can really feel how this story came from a visual novel video game. Most visual novels take the form of dating sims and you can definitely feel that here. Most of the main characters are women who fit the standard anime female love interest tropes you often find in harem anime. There’s the tsundere, the shy girl, the sporty outgoing girl, etc.

Animation was fine as well as the music and voice acting.

Overall, it was a fun show. If you aren’t as familiar with time travel stories as I am, then you might be more surprised by the plot than I was. At the very least, the commentators on crunchyroll.com though the show was excellent and very emotional.

Score: 7.6/10

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