The dark untold story of Steins;Gate that leads with the eccentric mad scientist Okabe, struggling to recover from a failed attempt at rescuing Kurisu. He decides to give up and abandons his lively scientist alter ego, in pursuit to forget the past. When all seems to be normal, he is seemingly pulled back into the past by meeting an acquaintance of Kurisu, who tells him that they have begun testing a device that stores the memory of a human and creates a simulation of them with their characteristics and personalities. Okabe begins testing and finds out that the simulation of Kurisu has brought back anguish and some new unexpected tragedies.
Zero explores events from the Beta Attractor Field's future that contribute in making the end of the original story possible.
"Steins Gate is just a stupid delusion"
This review might contain VN spoilers only if I need to compare it with the anime adaptation, I will update it when major events happen.
Story - 10
Steins;Gate 0 starts off a few months after the death of Makise Kurisu and Hououin Kyouma. Rintarou is now a "decent" student, barely staying sane thanks to medication and therapy. Welcome to the Beta attractor field, in a worldline with no hope for humanity.
If you watched the original anime, you know that the world is inevitably going to converge towards World War 3, Nakabachi's paper has made it to Russia and it
is only a matter of time before the time machine race begins. But most importantly, how are the main characters involved anyway ? How does the conflict escalate ? Who's pulling the strings this time ?
Steins;Gate 0 introduces a few new themes. Among them, and in my opinion the most important one in the current story arc : A.I.
"Humans also think of themselves as hardware and software" -Amadeus Kurisu
I get to work with artificial intelligence and I am extremely satisfied with its depiction. Lots of references are made towards the sudden progress the field has made in the early 2010s, along with the difficulties it's facing, mix that with a sci-fi breakthrough in brain science that you're familiar with. In these 6 episodes it often made me think "this is how sci-fi should be done !". The characters' interactions with A.I are brilliant, most of them think of Amadeus as a box of memories and logic, focusing on the obvious quirks of the program. However, those who regularly interact with it soon realise that its personality *diverges* based on its environment, just like any human's. I'll paraphrase Amadeus again : what in the world is it ?
My biggest disappointment with the story so far is in its pacing, I feel like it's skipping over a lot of interesting details. For instance, I enjoyed watching Victor Chondria's conference, and it could've easily lasted an entire episode if it followed the VN. However I understand that the change in media is especially more difficult to handle with Steins;Gate 0, and the amount of work the went into story-writing for the adaptation is impressive, I'm looking forward to seeing how the story will fit together.
Characters - 10:
"I want to tell the me back then : don't do anything careless !" -Rintarou
I like how Okabe's depression is portrayed in the anime, born from the fresh memory of killing Makise Kurisu, and the firm conviction that the future can never be altered. Depression quickly turned into crippling fear of witnessing the end of those he cares about. You can see how much it affects his decision-making, making him unable to even attempt time travel.
I find it really interesting to see how the characters have matured during these past few months, there is definitely more to them than what the original series suggests. Now that they aren't used as mere "plot devices" for comic relief or time travel, we get to follow the story from their perspective as well, they interact with each other and advance the story in... unexpected ways.
Holy cow ! The current new characters were properly introduced, their personalities are quite interesting and *complex*, and they're properly linked to the main story through Lintahlo.
Animation - 10:
While the original anime gave you a sense of permanent danger with the overwhelming white lighting, 0 uses darker colours and a style that tends to induce despair and regret. That, and tons of blood and mutilated bodies.
Some characters are a bit lazily drawn in my opinion but it's not noticeable as the animation is extremely fluid. I have never been a huge fan of CG, but it's well used as the VN mentions that the models and voices for Amadeus were outsourced.
The rest is pretty much what you'd expect from Steins;Gate, I really like the new outfits for the fall season.
Sound - 10:
By far the most outstanding aspect of Steins;Gate 0. The main theme "Messenger" perfectly exposes the horror of the Beta attractor field and all the pain the characters are going through, as well as all the determination needed to diverge towards a brighter future. Other soundtracks were brought back from Steins;Gate and rewritten to better fit this story.
The opening and ending themes are in my opinion darker and more intense than their Steins;Gate counterparts, yet sound extremely similar.
Enjoyment - 10:
I am amazed by the quality of this adaptation. Despite the fast pacing the the creepy animation that made me feel uncomfortable at first, it is clear that Steins;Gate 0 doesn't hold punches, it is both brutal and thrilling.
Overall - 10:
Rather than a sequel or a spin-off, Steins;Gate 0 feels like the true story of Steins;Gate. Beyond time travel and conspiracies, it manages to add several layers of complexity to the main plot and handle them with the same consistency and coherence as the original anime.
Now that the first story arc is over, I feel like it's only going to get more insane.
This is my second review ever so cut me some slack :p, I will also be updating this review periodically
Steins;gate zero is an alternate ending to the original series we all love steins;gate, in this ending okabe fails to save Kirisu and he gives up all hope of saving her and goes into depression.
Story: As somebody who has played the VN i am happy how the adaptation is turning out, I especially like the psychological scenes. The pacing is also better then the original steins;gate because we don't need to introduce every single character which happened in the original steins;gate (a good 10 episodes or
Art: So white fox is at it again, we have all the characters we know and love in some different outfits that look quite nice in my opinion, especially Okabe looks fantastic in that black suit. It really highlights that he is going through a very tough time and that he isn't the cheerful mad scientist anymore. The backgrounds look very nice and have a lot of details.
Sound: Oh boy, oh boy the moment I heard Kanako Itou was doing the opening again I knew it was gonna be fantastic and she didn't disappoint. (besting Hacking To The Gate is impossible but she did a really good job) Some tracks from the original show also made a return and of course they added some twists and turns left and right. Adding sad/depressing songs was a must for this show, but they delivered with that as well.
Characters: This is where steins;gate truly shines. All of the characters are so lovable it isn't even funny. They feel so real and you truly care about them. Seeing these awful things happen to these characters makes me sad. We are also more attached to them because we have known them for so long. They are also very interesting and are not flat characters without any spine.
Enjoyment: What is there not to enjoy? We are talking about steins;gate, each episode up until now has delivered and i am eager to see where this adaptation will lead us.
Overall score: 10 (9.7)
(This review is subject to change as more episodes get released)
Steins Gate 0 is a story about Okabe losing Kurisutina and falling into depression because now his harem is incomplete. Not awesome. With the power of epic deus ex machina writing stuff, person close to Kurisutina puls a random personality capturing device out of her butt and a trip towards harem restoration begins. Awesome.
The writing is a mess. A total clash of random ideas. The amount of different plot elements from asspullery science-save-us-all devices to reading steiner super powers inserted inside slice of life harem settings about.... depression, is absurd. It mainly reminds me of the chaos that Code Geass R2 was. Inb4 who was
riding the time machine? Predicting it.
When it comes to the build-up, last time White Fox did an impressive job by fooling people into thinking that the show isn't good. Steins Gate generating mean score close to 7.00 during its first episodes. With Steins Gate 0, they did the opposite by fooling people into thinking that this series is good. Advanced trolling. gg I guess.
Surely an anime with generic and weak story can be still good if a) the characters are amazing b) the overall execution as a whole is truly unique and impressive.
Okabe became depressed so he would look the exact same as during Mayushii rescue arc. Tutturuus are starting to feel old. Suzuha is still a whine with fabulous hair. Nyan nyan terrible excuse for a fanservice animal girl. I am still not sure if Rukako has a dick or not, but hey token traps for men of culture, amirite? Maho is just a midget with long hair. At least she doesn't have to claim she is ACHUAYLLY 700 years-old vampire in 7 yo girls body. My morals thank thee. Kurisutina is there only to insert one of each archetype into the harem mix. Daru still speaks like he is mentally handicapped... Some people call this series a masterpiece for its characters, by the way... They are just really dull and boring. Even the girls in 'White Album' had more characteristics.
When it comes to the overall execution, basically this is just a parody series which doens't recognize itself as one. Even 'Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu' was more self-aware. Okabe's traumas are handled super poorly and in a manner much worse than in 'Mahou Shoujo Site' which is another "dark" series from current season. Whenever Moeka appears and the 3 seconds long dramatic tension BGM starts playing while Okabe looks like he will get a panic attack, I bury myself in double facepalm. And whenever our characters speak of building a new machine it mainly reminds me of 'Galilei Donna' where 6 years-old kid "build" a huge, advanced airship in a day. Steins Gate is exactly as convincing for that matter. I have yet to meet a person who gets fooled by the thriller side of this show. Super cheap shit-is-getting-real running scenes which end with comedic reliefs... It's almost nauseating. And when they threw that amnesia/memory loss cliche I had no choice but to pause the stream for 5 minutes and think if the writing can even go more ridiculous than this. It's not really even funny, just sad.
The songs are inferior to the 2011 anime. I must have listened Hacking the Gate for something like 2036 years. This time there is no note-worthy songs outside the OP and ED. Especially the supposedly emotional piano songs used in supposedly emotional scenes are just awful. Practically all the rest is elevator music... if there even is any. There almost never is any music playing or if it plays, it plays super quiet and doesn't typically even sound like music. Mainly remind me of the PS3 menu sounds. The voice acting is identical. Of course there are some awkward engrish and wapanese scenes this time which could as well not be there. The art is the same, nothing to complain about that one. At least one thing which I don't have to get annoyed by...
Based to the first 6 episodes, this has the potential to be the worst anime I have seen since 'Guilty Crown' back in 2011-2012. There is almost nothing the series has done correctly (so far).
"the flow of time is an illusion, that the past, present and future are equally real, and that time is tenseless"
there i go presenting the review of probably the best science fiction series world of anime has to offer . They say you can't improve on perfection, yet Steins;Gate 0 does just that. Taking what made the original story so great by awesome characters and a much darker theme makes Steins;Gate 0 the perfect continuation to a story.
"no one know what the future holds, thats why its potential is infinite"
I love how Steins;Gate 0 embraces the Beta timeline.
As i mention steins gate 0
involves a much darker theme and more thrilling impact than its previous season.As we seen in previous season, the series left off at the end of its 23rd episode, except in this version of events our hero Okabe didn't go through with the heroics that brought Steins;Gate prime to its happy ending. Instead, Okabe has gone full on tortured fallen hero, even going so far as to don a jet black ensemble to reflect the depths of his anguish. he is emotionally exhausted, burnt out on play-acting, and haunted by trauma that flares up whenever he's reminded of that one cruel summer. This episode's idle conversations between very familiar friends did a great job of asserting how badly Okabe had suffered, making his resistance to Suzuha asking for further help feel entirely natural.
In short with giving much spoiler's ahead i feel story seems much more darker and thrilling than previous season. Its still lacks some originality also i feel it skipping some of its detail's but it has great potential, some starting episodes are bit drafty and will surely able to give chills through its darker theme's.
Animation and art(9/10)
White fox absolutely fantastic job here.The episode does a great job of tweaking the series into something much more unsettling than Steins'Gate's early episodes; dramatic closeups and moody camera work ensure that the audience is never unaware of the deep psychological stress that haunts Okabe at all times.
On other hand it also feel's somewhat limited by its color palette and a little lethargic in its pacing.Its similar to Re:Zero, appears to be applying some of the same elements and themes from Subaru’s hellish existence when bringing Okabe’s visions to life.though its still great and you will get what you expect.
"My one constant, the one truth that never failed me was you"
Its not unknown that this series got some awesome character complexity that is mostly one of the major requirement of sci-fi thriller story.However i feel everything you learnt about characters like Mayuri, Daru and Moeka Kiryu in Steins;Gate may now no longer be true. You will still find their characteristics the same – Mayuri is still a cute, ditsy young girl, Daru still the pervert and Moeka the shy reporter who hides behind her mobile phone.
Okabe however seems depressed and hopeless and seems like a shell of his former self, its make audience more curious about Okabe's future.
Steins gate 0 is absolutely amazing in every way. I really loved original SG and was waiting for really long time for this. It is definitely at least as good as the first.Its unpredictable,more darker, and always have potential to surprise viewer's with unexpected ending's. Its really fun series for Sci-fi Thriller lovers as well as in short its more like anime verson of christopher nolan's movie's got similar addiction, excitment,unpredectiblity and thrills.
Hands down to one of the most amazing sci-fi series ever produced I believe Steins gate zero has absolute potential as going down as a contender of best series of this year. If you are the fan of 1st season like me you surely find yourself in heaven while watching this series.
Its surely on par with its predecessor's high standards. It remains to be seen if the show will be able to make a compelling story out of a scenario that fans already know a happier outcome for, but the quality of this premiere has assuaged my fears. Even if poor Okabe has to suffer for it, it's good to have Steins;Gate back.
"EL PSI CONGROO"
In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.