26 of 26 episodes seen
It is quite an admirable show story-wise.
Emotions were brilliantly invoked at the right time, this single aspect alone made 60% of the show's impact. It wasn't rushed or exaggerated.
The first half of the show was definitely awesome. The story was good but it was the progress and script that really shines. They handled the atmosphere of the show brilliantly while subtly adding minor themes that would later make sense when the story nears its climaxes.
After experiencing the thrill and excitement of the story's first two parts you can palpably notice a decline in the quality of the story, a disappointment. You know the final part could have been better, a lot better. You might get the feeling that it was somewhat rushed. Although some of you might beg to differ, those who were planning to add this anime to their all-time favorite probably noticed it. It showed its true color, being a visual novel, with multiple routes, endings and heroines. In the end of the day, there was this single big loose rope, looking for someone to tighten it.
The ending was ok, yet again disappointing. I've always have thought this kind of story would end tragically but I wasn't expecting to be that vague and unsatisfactory. (8)
Nothing special in art and animation. It was mediocre but tidy and consistent. (8)
Background music and effects has always been the invoker of emotions. One might not notice it but even the subtle sound of insects or even the mere silence can bring out the deepest emotions, given that they are played in the right time. In that aspect you can say that the show made the best out of their music department. (9)
It is refreshing to see a cast of non-stereotypes, well might not be completely. All characters are likeable. Each one of them are involved in other one's life. You can really see good connections on each on them and to the main character. They were also developed beautifully. Drei's development was quite noticeable. Not only her physical but also mentally. I would like to further discuss but I would rather avoid spoilers.(9)
The show should've been a lot more enjoyable if they have only they have put more effort on the final act and focused on building a solid relationship to one of the heroine. But it was still a great show to watch because of its good direction and plot.(8)
Overall this show was worthwhile to watch. It is definitely a must-watch for those who loves action, underground organizations and those who want a non-cliched show.
24 of 24 episodes seen
A "mad scientist" with his "hostage" went to a conference and saw a dead woman. Trying to send a message after being shocked of what he saw, he suddenly finds himself back in an altered time!
WTF just happened!!!!
What do you get when you try to merge sci-fi, mystery and thriller? You get a complicated plot, not to mention it also got drama,action, comedy and romance and it's all about time travel! But that's a no problem for Steins;Gate and it masterfully portrayed it, some of the few that made it.
Although it gets all my praise for being a masterpiece, it still has its downsides. The story, as it goes, slowly loses its complexity and becomes more and more predictable but that didn't make the series lose its spices, it was still very exciting, heartbreaking, tear-jerking, and thrilling till the last second. I just can't stop watching it from the first episode, a day passed by me quickly, as if the show itself was a time machine!(10)
Art was above average. The style was addicting.(BTW I haven't read yet the VN so I can't compare the visual style bet. the two)The background was splendid. Animation is very fluid, no complaints and at some point extremely excellent. Character design was beautiful and cute ( Nyan!), +very for Kurisu(Chris). Lighting, hmm, most of the time is good but sometimes its just dull-it was overdone.(8)
BG music's quite few but played perfectly in key parts, greatly added the depth of current atmosphere in the show(loved at mystery spoofs! creepy!), it didn't redirected the viewer's understanding what is currently happening(is this a mystery?/WTH just happened!). Subtly playing in right times and most of the times none, this actually helped amplify it when it's played, like the silence before the storm, though in some sense this is also its downfall, not enough flavor was distributed throughout in some episodes just to make the others extra spicy.
Voice acting, superb! Well you got the some of the best in the industry like Miyano and Hanazawa(two of my fav seiyuus)though not as famous as the others, I loved Imai's performance and she did it perfectly.(9)
No stupid cliches overdone to the point of annoyment, no psychos and retards(Moeka is debatable)as most of their actions are justified and are perfect image of human nature-in anime world. Development went as swimmingly as possible though seems to be lacking in depth except for our main protagonist and heroine, well its a lot better than most 24 eps series out there although not the best. It's good enough for you not to have difficult time understanding them hence leaving no loose ends and misunderstandings.(sorry but this is the best I could say about characters without spoiling too much). (9)
Only few anime has given me this enjoyment. Enjoyment of having a great time experiencing all kinds of emotions in one show, enjoyment of a good ending, enjoyment of finding out that a good anime can still exist and didn't extinct. (10)
Overall, "in my opinion", it is one the best anime I've ever watched. Why? Because even though it is not the best in the sci-fi and thriller it is one of the few which actually manage to merge it with romance and drama splendidly. I am truly glad to have watched this series and I hope you find this review compelling enough to make you curious and watch the anime for those who haven't yet and for those who have change their opinion, just a little bit, about the anime, because it's a one of a kind.
P.S. my first review made at 3 am and is edited once.