Japanese: シュタインズ ゲート
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2011 to Sep 14, 2011
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisSteins;Gate is set in the summer of 2010, approximately one year after the events that took place in Chaos;Head, in Akihabara.
Steins;Gate is about a group of friends who have customized their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN, who has been doing their own research on time travel, tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them.
(Sources: VNDB, Wikipedia)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Steins;Gate
Alternative setting: ChäoS;HEAd, Robotics;Notes
Sequel: Steins;Gate: Oukoubakko no Poriomania
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Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
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The subject of time travel is no stranger to the world of anime, so it takes a lot of work to make a time travel story stand out. For Steins;Gate, that hard work paid off. This is by far the best-executed time travel story that I've ever seen in my experience with anime, and if you haven't seen it yet, you're definitely missing out!
The story revolves around the antics of Rintarou Okabe, a self-proclaimed mad scientist that goes by the alias "Hououin Kyouma," as he essentially dicks around with time and subsequently deals with the consequences of his selfish actions. I'll be completely honest and say that the incredibly slow and random start to the anime threw me off so much that I re-watched the first episode 4 times over the course of 6 months before I could resolve to just pushing onward and finishing the anime. However, this slow start is balanced out by the fast-paced second half. By the end, it was answering questions that I never thought to ask, pointing out the significance of things that had long been discarded by my mind, and that sense of tying up loose ends is just the most refreshing feeling to have after dealing with so many time travel stories that are too lazy to clean up after themselves.
Unlike many time travel stories, especially in the world of anime, Steins;Gate has no noticeable inconsistencies objectively. I say objectively because this is a science fiction story, and that makes it really hard for everyone to agree on it. The thing is, none of us have experienced time travel in the way the characters in these science fiction stories have (and if you have experienced it, I'm very sorry for making assumptions), so there isn't a clear right or wrong way to write a time travel story. Obviously, if a story contradicts itself, something went wrong. But Steins;Gate seems to obey its own rules, and while a lot of people have made very compelling arguments that point out flaws in Steins;Gate's concept of time travel, they all make assumptions about how time travel works, and no one can really say for sure how things would change if we altered the past.
In the end, this isn't a science textbook, it's a science fiction anime. It's not supposed to be 100% believable, otherwise we wouldn't be able to watch it and say "wow, that was unbelievable!" I give the story a 10/10 because it was interesting, well-researched (many ideas are borrowed from other works of science fiction and played with), and overall just plain entertaining.
I really prefer talking about the art of a particularly spectacular-looking anime or else a particularly underwhelming-looking anime. Since the art in Steins;Gate is neither extremely good or extremely bad, I'll rate it an 8/10 for not influencing my opinion of the anime in either direction. Consider it a passing grade, basically where we should expect the art quality of anime to be in this day and age. Anything better would be remarkable.
I can't say much for the soundtrack, but the voice acting is awesome! Okabe's seiyuu is all kinds of talented, but everything good about the sound in this anime, and really, everything good about life in general, can be summed up in the maniacal laugh of Hououin Kyouma. I can't really speak for the English dub, and while I love Michael J. Tatum's work in Baccano, what I've heard of the dub sounds to be sorely lacking compared to the Japanese voices. Miyano Mamoru is just so cool! Sonuvabitch!
One thing of note about the soundtrack is the lack of one for a large portion of the anime. During quiet moments, rather than listening to quiet music, you're usually just listening to nothing. This is something that I've seen a few times, and I think it's pretty cool. It accentuates the importance of those scenes that do have music, and at the very least creates a nice contrast of mood, not between happy and sad music, but between silence and... not silence.
You should know that while not each and every character is the pinnacle of how great anime characters can be, they're all very interesting, entertaining, and Hououin Kyouma can handle being the pinnacle of just about everything.
But really, my rule for judging a character to be good is that I either like them or appreciate how much I don't like them. There are characters that I like and characters that I don't like in Steins;Gate, but all of them fit, and none of them are pointless and annoying. And yeah, Okabe is startlingly charismatic, and that can take an anime pretty far in the character department.
This anime made me laugh maniacally and cry silently. It also made me think, and it rewarded my thoughts by having closure and clarity, which left me more than satisfied. Easily a 10/10 anime, and now one of my favorites that I've seen! read more
As you may have noticed, Steins;Gate is revered as a masterpiece by most. For those of you who haven't had the privilege of watching this show yet, i'm writing this (belated) review to emphasize just how much you're missing out on.
First of all, you have to understand that Steins;Gate is completely unique compared to other anime, in terms of story line. Now, with such a complex plot, it would be incredibly easy to mess the series up. Except that they didn't. If they did, it wouldn't a masterpiece. Steins;Gate explores the world of time travelling and time lines, putting in acknowledgements to theories such as the butterfly effect and how, once you change a minor thing of the past, the future transitions into one large scrambled egg. Once you pass the first slow starting episodes, the intrigue and mystery begins, and the pace of the series accelerates. The plot throws in numerous surprises and sudden, unexpected turns that, in turn, creates a powerful ending that is almost flawless. Also, you're hit bluntly in the face with quite a lot of feels early on in the series.
One of the great things about Steins;Gate is that the characters are developed incredibly well. Astonishingly well. To the point that you feel connected with them in terms of their feelings and aims. They each have their quirky side too - not everything is all serious. I'm talking about the mad scientist personality, the Dr.Pepper jokes and Daru's perverted jokes which lightens up the series so that it isn't all serious drama. But the trouble is, the more like able the characters are, the harder you find it to leave them behind when the series ends, meaning that even a week after Steins;Gate ends, you'll probably still be thinking about Okabe whenever you spot a bottle of Dr.Pepper.
I didn't really pay attention much to the soundtrack of the series, i admit, due to the fact that i didn't find it all that enthralling or unique. However, i did enjoy the opening and the ending particularly. Aside from that, the soundtrack did it's job of emphasizing the mood/atmosphere of scenes pretty well.
The animation in itself was done really well though - i found that the consistency was great, meaning that (to my eye) there was no sudden drops in quality.
Something that i loved the most was that the ending was fantastic. There were barely any loose threads, and as a poor ending can sometimes ruin a good series, i'm grateful that they executed such a content finale.
I stress that you must watch this series. It's not enough for you to read however many reviews you can lay your eyes on, but to actually experience this masterpiece for yourself.
El Psy Congroo.
As others have said, it's spoilerish to say why but both are similar in that they seem lighthearted at first, but then WHAM; something happens and changes everything.
Yes, it was that peaceful summer day, then lightning struck, changed my life forever. That sort of shit you heard all the time, the kick is this time what's changing is not some sunflower-carrying tuberculous girl's life but the multiverse instead.
Shock element rules the internet. Anything come unexpected goes viral faster and better than average school comedy. Both show utilize viral marketing well but you don't have to admire that, admiring a hot chick's head asplode is much more inspiring, as always.
Both anime focus around different time theories out there. They also have interesting characters.
Both are designed to deceive viewers and troll them afterwards. :3
They also share some tropes (perhaps because of Nitro+) and deal with hopelessness and despair. Amazing mindraping shows.
Time paradoxes, complex plot, interesting dialogues. Excellent animation.
It'd be a spoiler telling you what's similar between these 2 anime, but they're both very good thriller anime. They're incredibly suspenseful anime that will keep you on the edge of your seat all the time.
I cannot say the detail as it is a huge spoiler, but both has exact same theme and plot complexity with repetition. There are also tons of surprising factors, too.
Even if series look very different at first glance, believe me when I say that they have a similar theme going on later on.
Both series are a roller coaster ride of plot twists and dark miss happenings. The setting is somewhat similar, the mood, the art and the unique characters that all play a part no matter how small. Love one and you will instinctively love the other. Two of the best anime ever made.. both completely different yet so alike.
It'd be spoilers to explain it...but both have a rather dark "Well...I didn't see that one coming" moment, followed by many more such moments.
Well, I don't want to spoil people who want to see this shows, so I'll just say that they share a lot, and both are masterpieces.
Both are some amazing anime.
Both have a character running around in a circle.
The authors seem to love giving despair to the cast.
The real similarities are in the spoilers.
Both series are centred around intricate and extremely well-thought out plots, and they are executed to near perfection. They feature a similar premise, in that a main character from both series must...shall we say, shoulder the burdens of the entire world in a manner that can't be appreciated by others.
It would be too spoilery if I explained how. They are just similar. Dark, twists, awesome.
Both based around the concept of time travel in order to change fate. Protagonists of both shows are trying to change fate/have their fate changed.
Dark Plot, Time Travel. Going on would be a spoiler, just see for yourself.
Looks fun until shits goes down and everything changes.
It's kinda spoilerish to say precisely what makes those anime similar to each other, but i can say that both are Masterpieces and both do not really are what they look like.
Both dark themes.
Both have WTF moments.
It would be a spoiler to say how they are similar like others have said, just watch and you wont be disappointed.
Can't really say why these are similar without revealing some major spoilers...but if you enjoyed the later episodes of Madoka, you'll probably like Steins;Gate. If you enjoyed Steins;Gate, you'll probably like Madoka because of its later episodes.
Wel, without any spoiler,l they both have similar concepts :D
Both are light hearted at first but grow into dark, brilliant stories
It's all fun and games until...
Both series have very very strong characters and good writing, the characters' struggles are very comparable
Also both involve time traveling.
Both have similar plot formats in that they start off fun and lighthearted but change dramatically as the plot develops. Okabe and Homura have a very similar goal as well.
All i can say without any spoilers is both show might start off slow and boring but it gets amazingly amazing later on.......
The stories aren't very similar, but both shows involve the characters desperately trying to save the people they love.
Both have a similar beginning in the essence where you have to watch past several episodes to get interest, while Steins;gate has a beginning where you have no clue as to what is happening, mahou shoujo madoka magica has a beginning where it shows a normal school girl, both after 3 or 4 episodes get really interesting.
The middle of both anime have the same plot related issue as well, but I won't spoil anything.
There's a HUGE amount of similarity in here that it'd be a spoiler to tell.
So in short, both are alike except one has to deal in the Science Fiction genre while they other one remains in it's Magical Girl genre.
Both of these are amazing! If you watched one, then you'll definately love the other regardless on the order you watched them. And they both have great music too!
Both have unique drawing and story also both of them show you the brutality of fate and you feel sorry for the characters who try hard really hard to change that fate
Steins;Gate and Madoka★Magica both have a major plot twist were they go from casual mode to "wtf i did not see that coming" mode.
Both are great animes that are definitely worth watching if you ask me.
Both are great mind fucks if you choose to hang around for about 2-3 episodes. They will NOT disappoint you in any way shape or form.
Both have a epic story build up that you will remember and want to spread to all of your friends for a very long time.
Similar story arc and plot points. starts out slow and not great and then builds on itself and gets fantastic.
Both initially seem juvenile and routine, but evolve into a much darker and original being as the series progress. Both deal with repitition to obtain a desired result, and both inject new life into genres that were previously thought to be exhausted.
These two anime are similar in that they both deal with the balance of the world and the changes in different timelines. They also show the different sacrifices that have to be made in order to obtain what is necessary. However, Steins;Gate provides more character development compared to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, probably because of the longer length in the number of episodes.
Like in Steins;Gate, first episodes of PMMM are carefree and joyful. But gradually are shown deeper and darker layers of tragic story about desperate fight to change seemingly inevitable fate of heroines, who too late learn that every power has its price and sometimes brings great responsibility.
Dont be deceived by opening and first episodes!
PMMM is MUCH darker than it appears at first look, I would even say it is far more serious and dramatic than S;G. Story is written by Gen Urobuchi, who publicly "apologized for intentionally misleading people that Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica is a cute healing anime". Wikipedia describes its genre as "Drama, Horror, Magical girl, Tragedy", and MAL as "Magic, Psychological, Thriller".
As a matter of fact, concept of both anime is the same, but in PMMM its revealed very late.
Plot twists, and dark undertone that gets progressively darker as the show unravels. Both implement extremely similar time travel elements at certain points, and many other extremely similar plot devices that I can't say without spoilers. No doubt if you like one, then you will like the other, although it definitely doesn't look like you would by just looking at their box art haha.
Both shows a great drama-thriller series, and an aim to change their fate
Both series include drama because of same sort of tragedies. Also they both have same type of storyline with nearly same outcomes.
If you enjoyed the mystery and thought put into Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, Steins;Gate is a very similar anime in that regard and is very smart at what it does- especially in the second half of the series.
The Anime work with similar theories. They have an interesting cast of characters and the overall story line is dark.
Mirai Nikki and Steins;Gate both involve the use of cellphones that hold the ability/power to change the future. Both are good thriller and suspense series.
A male teen boy who, threw the use of a moblie phone, can change the course of destiny. His love interest is heavily involved within the plot as a fellow lead and there's a strong element of 'God mode'.
Both deal with time and future. Same character scheme Okabe X Kurisu / Yukki X Yunno
Both shows involve using a cellphone to change the outcome of the future.
The love in the stories are quite different, both deal with some time travel one more so than the other but both are also very strong emotional "thrillers" if you will. You wont regret it.
time predicting, fighting with destiny and somekind of odd love. MIRAI is more HARDCORE ONE, keep it in mind.
Main character have mobile phone that can change fate and future. Both have conspiracy and somewhat twist ending.
Mirai Nikki and Steins;Gate have a lot in common. One thing is they both have to do with time. Steins; Gate looks at the mathematical aspect of changing it, while Mirai Nikki gives people to already see the changes and knowing them ahead of time. Both also use cellphones as their main device to manipulate time too.
Each anime has the aspect of a cell phone that has the ability to change the future
Both are thriller animes, and both use cellphones in someway to change the future.
Both series have to do with messages on cell phones. In S;G they send messages to the past as a way to 'time travel' while in MN!, a person's fate is written as a diary. Both animes are excellent psychological thrillers.
Cell phones, thriller, drama, and epic action scenes. What else could we ask for more in both of these incredible anime(s)? Both Mirai Nikki and Steins;Gate also incorporates the usage of cell phones although for different purposes. Additionally, there is romance in both series as well as comedy and emotional drama. As the series continues for both anime, we also see various plot twists and cliffhangers that leaves the audience asking "what's next"?
Both series have the idea of a cellphone/object that can alter time.
If you loved Steins;Gate, you will definitely love Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)! These series are very similar to each other. How they try and fight their locked fates. With fate as their opponent, they need to change what they can do. The anime of Mirai Nikki has just started, and I recommend this to all Steins;Gate fans out there!
similarities between the two
-the future is an important part of the story
-love story between the main characters
Both animes are related withe the time and situations that must be handled according to time rules, the main characters become sort of "time lord". Nevertheless Steins; Gate has a cientific approach while Mirai Nikki get a supernatural like.
Sending message to the future & past
Both share an impossible romance, hard to endure emotional moments, similar time and space theories, character development and backstory, lots of plot twists, awesome music soundtrack and seiyus (voiceovers). In both case, you end up marathoning the whole thing in a day or two =)
• Both anime have time travel themes.
• Both anime have unexpected plot / twists.
One Story is about time Travel the other about reading the future and serious Brainfuck in both
Both animes deal with how the future can be changed through certain actions, the difference is that Steins;Gate is closer to reality, including elements that exist such as "SERN" and "IBN" (that would be the "CERN "and" IBM ") and characters using time machines, since the Mirai Nikki is a game where you can not return to the past but to predict the future, but it is a game of survival and all holders of" Mirai Nikki "have to kill the other carriers.
Cell phones are highly involved in both S;G and MN and hold the power to manipulate the future and so both deal with fighting fate or destiny depending on your actions. There's one big similar point to the two animes but telling it kind of spoils MN. Both deal with fighting fate and conspiracy and using people to achieve the goal.
Both are moving psycho thrillers with a love story but MN is more violent and perverted (blood, boobs, blood, boobs, and so on) and the yandere character's actions can make you drop it. On the other hand, the number of episodes taken to introduce you to S;G also may make one drop it if one is not interested in the context. ^^
Has the sense of mindf*ck and are both very enjoyable series to watch.
If you like anime with good stories with changing futures and nice characters, than watch Steins;Gate and Mirai Nikki ^^^Love both
They both use cellular devices to depicts the future or time travel in steins gate case, they both have very strong plots that make sense for something like time travel being involved, the differences is that Mirai nikki is sooo much more violent I would not recommend it to people who dislike gore.
Both series has a complicated story that involve world line, which make interesting to watch if you like complicated story. really had a brilliant story and confusing if you don't watch it until the last episode.
-Both protagonists use their cellphones to change the future
-Both protagonists try to change the outcome of a future event to protect their loved ones
-Both include a female and male lead that try interfere with "fate"
-Both have a complicated plot which plays with your mind
*P/S: Keep in mind that Mirai Nikki is a lot more twisted if you like that aspect.
Opening Theme"Hacking to the Gate" by Kanako Itou
Ending Theme#1: "Toki Tsukasadoru Juuni no Meiyaku (刻司ル十二ノ盟約)" by Yui Sakakibara (eps 1-21)
#2: "Fake Verthandi" by Takeshi Abo (ep 22)
#3: "Sky Clad no Kansokusha (スカイクラッドの観測者)" by Kanako Itou (ep 23)
#4: "Another Heaven" by Kanako Itou (ep 24)
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