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Lovable characters and a weird microwave,
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This review is from: Steins Gate: Part 1 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Have you ever wanted to attach a phone to a microwave and make the turntable rotate the other way? That's exactly the sort of thing Future Gadget Lab (its three members; a mad scientist, a super hacker and a cosplay expert) specialise in but what happens with this particular Future Gadget, the telephone microwave (temporary name), leads to a very strange series of events. Stranger than attaching a phone to a microwave.
The real appeal of the show is its lovable cast of characters that are each a careful balance of ridiculousness and believability that make each and every one compelling and likeable. The pace of the story slows to a crawl after the opening few episodes. However this isn't really a problem spending time with the eclectic cast of characters is fun. Though I haven't seen the rest of the series it does feel as if there will be a pay off to taking the time to get us invested in the characters. If not I still enjoyed this half of the series immensely on its own merits.
With regards to the specifics of the release I don't have a whole lot to say. As is the norm nowadays picture audio quality are a non-issue. This release is derived from Funimation's version and so its competently done, no nasty surprises. I would marginally have preferred the titles be left intact (untranslated) but even for an obsessive like me it's not a serious problem.
I picked up this set on a whim not really knowing what the show was about not really knowing much about the show but now I'm really looking forward to seeing the second half of the series. I had a great time watching this series but to be honest I dithered between giving four and five stars. The tie breaker was some idiot skewing the rating but this show is so much fun it does legitimately deserves all five.