on 23 June 2013
Thriller, Comedy, Sci-fi, Romantic, Slice-of-Life(think this one's mostly used in anime related releases)
There is no way to give any short summary of the series, as it would spoil everything with the slightest mention of a big bunch of things. the short version of this review: Buy it! definitely worth it, i have no doubts about that. Watch it & tell everyone to watch it too.
(no spoiler or anything like that)
Steins;Gate is by my own opinion the best Anime series ever created. I have no idea what genre to call it, how to review it fast or even how to explain the ways this series has inspired me(mostly the characters & their personalities) I have seen quite a lot, a few hundred shows, and out of all, this one caught my eye(probably because the ; looked cool in the title) and i started watching it. As i had gotten through the first episodes; i was hooked. Nothing could tear me away from the tv. What makes this series so great? it's quite simple: perfect story, perfect character's(and development), tons of twists you will not be expecting, intelligent dialogue and magnificent sound design. I bought the set from the US a while back, though i regretted it as it was announced in the UK a few hours after my order with, what i'll call, a more comfortable price.
This is part 1, which means you need part 2 to complete your set. Part 2 is the "you won't be sitting still through this" part of the series, but that surely doesn't mean part 1 is a bad deal, it's quite the opposite. As you've probably experienced for yourself, the anime most subject to "multiple viewing" are often the series with great visual effects, and those that simply sounds better(at least for me), and here you have both, the first 1-6 episodes contains a lot of humour, where the viewer will be introduced to the lab(a recurring location) and it's members: The main character, Okarin, is the best written character any anime has shown to me(at least theres none that can be called better). This is because of simple... originality. He is a self-declared mad scientist, without much professional knowledge of science, though he seems to be a quite intellectual 18yr old. His comments, his decisions, problems, fears, hopes, dreams, screams, his relationship with stuffed Opa plush figures and all he will do for those he cares for. All of this is just a small part of the 24+1 episode anime and yet, Okarin AKA(his self-declared scientist hidden identity) Hououin Kyouma, is an experience in himself. To quickly explain some parts of him: he's paranoid, to the extent where the viewer is left without any clue of how serious this paranoia really is, he is in no way guilt free when it comes to a few perverse actions, but remember, these are people who made their own lab. To go even further into nerd mountain, they named it "The Future Gadget Laboratory". They will obviously have a high interest when it comes to sexual activities. This is the ONLY anime i've seen with a realistic view upon "teenage love feelings puberty" and such things. Okarin's henchmen, to call them the opposite of how they function, hacker, computer genius, lover of 2D Females, close to obsessed with the maid cafe's of Japan: Daru! a character of unusual qualities is only one of his features, do not think he is the cliched character one often might meet in an anime, where the pervert side is awkward, sort of uncomfortable and in no way contributing to the story, everything is integrated into the main plot as you keep on watching the series.there is the always positive, cosplay(dressing up as an animated, drawn or described character from japanese entertainment) Mayuri, who keeps shooting darts of rainbow colors throughout the series and even though part 1 reveals little of anything(it sort of kickstarts in between parts) it is my favorite part of the series, since you don't just have the exiting moments, but the humorous, the beautiful and the mysterious moments as well as a large chunk of pure thriller/mystery/psychological mix that can get anyone over the age of 16 completely addicted. The last character i'll mention is Makise Kurisu AKA Christina, which is the studio behind Steins;Gate's attempt at a love sub plot to their main story and this works out great again! originality all the way, no doubt that was their goal either. Makise Kurisu has an interesting entrance in the 1st episode, and slowly(as a lot of other characters do naturally, comfortably and just perfectly as well)
What makes this so much better than so many other series?
that is a simple question to answer; there are no holes in this story. There's a few unexplained things even after, but y'know, there's a movie on it's way, and it's not the same story as the Anime, so no need to wait for release to watch it all. The whole anime masters a way of setting up a storyline that requires no action in the beginning, as the beginning is about getting you intrigued, and as there is quite a bit of action/thrills/psychological issues and so many other genres in this part 1 as well.
Buy it, Watch it, Tell Everyone You Know About It.
At the end of the day: Think about the series, just sit by yourself and think about the journey Steins;Gate really is.