A few months after the events of Steins;Gate, Rintarou Okabe and his group of friends are invited to tag along with their acquaintance Faris NyanNyan, who is participating in a Rai-Net battle event in the United States. There, they meet up with an old colleague: Kurisu Makise, who has been recalling fragmented memories of events that happened in the other world lines in the form of dreams. She confronts Okabe, questioning him as to whether these events—particularly the incidents between the two of them—did indeed happen.
Instead of a generic beach episode that we witnessed maybe a million times already in many different anime series we get a true sequel to the Steins;Gate anime series in this special titled: Oukoubakko no Poriomania or in English Egoistic Poriomania.
And this special has everything. EVERYTHING!
Extremely funny comedy moments. Strong plot moments. Romance. Okarin speaking hilarious English. Christina with cat ears and in a maid uniform. Daru in an Hawaiian shirt. A Suzuha 'look-alike' that drinks with Okarin in a bar.
White Fox knows how to spend their budget right. If you seen many anime series you know that usually in
these kind of special extra episodes we get some crappy beach episodes and not true sequels to their respective series.
But White Fox knows how to make their anime good and that's why I love you, White Fox.
We can now safely say that Steins;Gate boasts with an amount of zero filler episodes, every episode has a very strong importance to the plot.
The story in Oukoubakko no Poriomania starts on-the-mark from the very beginning.
We see Okarin walking in a desert-like road speaking to himself on his shiny closed cellphone (Damn I want a cellphone like his), saying the usual stuff we expect from him such as 'This is the choice of Steinzu Gaaiito (I always heard this line like he says Shota in za Gate) and El Psy Congroo.
After that the next scene shows our lab members preparing to go in a trip to America sponsored by Feiris.
And after that our lab members are shown in America, and Okarin obviously doesn't know English well so he gets himself arrested (A couple of times, even).
Almost every character (except Suzuha, but that's expected if you watched the main series) has their own special moment in this special. Okabe, Kurisu, Mayuri, Ruka, Feiris and even Daru and Moeka (Moeka even blushed for a bit! HNGGGG, my heart).
This special is indeed a very strong fanservice to the fans, just without any boobs or ass. What I mean by fanservice is a service with strong plot moments and hilarious comedy.
Art & Animation: 9
The art and animation have improved by a whole margin from the main series. Characters are drawn better and the animation looks more fluid than ever, with much less 'QUALITY'.
The America scenery is also believable and looks great.
Miyano (Okabe) and Imai (Kurisu) sound much like in the main series, and their voice acting along with all the other characters is top-notch. Hacking to the Gate is used as the ED, and some tracks from main series along with some new additions are present.
Okabe - Much like in the main series, he is crazy and lovable.
Kurisu- Tsun done right, Dere done even better.
Mayuri- Has her moments.
Daru- He looked awesome in the Hawaiian shirt.
Ruka- Daga Otoko Da.
Moeka- Quiet and has her secrets.
Suzuha- Wasn't shown in this special, but we get to see a 'look-alike' of her.
Mr. Brown and Nae- Not much to say about them.
I have received a very high enjoyment from this special. Everything was in the winning formula, much like the main Steins;Gate series.
This special shows that anime still has a future. Every anime studio should learn from White Fox how to make their anime good.
I'll be also writing reviews for:
1.The main Steins;Gate series after I'll finish reading the visual novel.
2.The Steins;Gate movie.
3.The inevitable Robotics;Notes anime adaptation in the future.
I am a huge fan of the Steins;Gate series, but this is a really unnecessary addition which has nothing to say.
The OVA which trots every character on the screen just long enough to do something in-line with their dominant character trait before trotting them off again. Even the main characters feel underdeveloped, you learn nothing new about them and the build-up to the finale is almost non-existent.
The problem is it's about the relationship between Okabe and Kurisu and the main series has already told this story and did it a million times better. All we're left with is the bits we didn't need to see
told in the dullest, least imaginative way possible.
Steins;Gate is still one of my favorite series of all time because it makes you cry, laugh and feel something you've never felt before. In the time I finished steins;gate series, I decided to watch this.
This OVA is perfect to watch after you finish series, because it's happening just after it all ended. You just get this feeling like:" I missed you all ". I was a bit skeptical about this OVA, but I'm not disappointed, because this made me cry once more. There is no real plot or something interesting so anyone who didn't watch series, don't watch this neither.
Characters are still the
same, Okabe is a "mad-scientist" with this charismatic voice and funny acts, Daru is a pervert who still likes Faris, Mayuri is still a lovely girl who cares a lot about her friends and Kurisu is still denying being Okabe's assisstant.
I can't explain how much I enjoy listening to the ending song, it just brings so many memories, ESPECIALLY after this flawless end of the OVA that just makes you feel better. (If you have been depressed after you finished series)
How can you not enjoy this anime? I simply don't understand. Everything is perfect, characters are just so well made, everyone of them has their personage that makes them special in so many ways. I just want to recommend this anime to everyone who enjoy this genre, because steins;gate will always be the 1# anime for me.
After marathoning the whole TV series I could not resist watching its sequel, this OVA, Oukoubakku no Poriomania (or in English, Egoistic Poriomania) right away - and I was not disappointed at all. It is just as beautiful as its prequel, and I am talking about the final scene. It was not serious, but it would be redundant anyway. Feiris has to go to America and invites her friends - the laboratory members. They visit Kurisu, but she lost her memories about the other world lines, but her life in the other world lines always appears in her dreams. The kiss scene in episode 22
also once appeared in her dreams. In the end of this special episode, Kurisu and Okabe are finally together again. I was so happy when I saw that scene.
Actually Steins;Gate has not changed here. Okabe is still the mad scientist who gives others odd nicknames, Daru is still perverted, Makise is still a Tsundere, and Mayuri has not changed as well. It is refreshing to see an episode after the whole drama in Steins;Gate where everyone is just happy and it is all about comedy. In this special episode, we also got to know something about Suzuha's mother and Daru's wife, which is pretty good I think.
The art and animation has not changed really much, actually it has not changed at all. Of course the animation was not as good as in Steins;Gate, because in certain scenes really good animation is used, which was not the case here. The Seiyuu cast did an amazing job as usual and the background music is awesome as well. The scenes where Okabe is arrested were pretty hilarious, but they did not make really much sense, but I did not mind that too much.
Everyone who loves the TV series is practically obliged to watch this OVA. This OVA is just as funny as the TV series and it actually shows the real ending which was beautiful. It is Steins;Gate with Comedy and Romance in foreground and Drama and Sci-Fi in background. It is definitely a refreshing experience.