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"
"The universe has a beginning, but no end. —Infinite.
The stars too have beginnings, but their power accompanies their decline. —Finite.
It the wise who are the most foolish. History has taught us as much.
The fish of the sea know not the world of the land. Were they to possess wisdom, they too would experience decline.
It is more absurd that humans should surpass the speed of light than it is that fish should start living on the land.
This can be said to be God's final warning to those who resist."
Oh god, what am I doing? Just please don't prosecute me this is my 3 review (2 because
one of them is a joke). Also a final warning to you all this is gonna have some spoilers (including you anime watchers)! As of 16-05-18 (DD-MM-YY) Though, I will try to keep it down
First the setting
This setting is from the continuing of ep 23b.
More specific this is a world line where he doesn't get a video by old Okabe to try again.
Okaba tries to save Kurisu, she dies
he comes back with the time machine
doesn't have a video message and because of that succumbs to despair
doesn't want anything that involves Hyouin Kyouma and his past
tries to get over Kurisus dead by going to a psychiatrist
There you go this is where we are now in the series.
Okabe is in complete utter despair. I will say the VN pointed this out much more, but well that is what happens to the anime when it's trying to compress a VN that doesn't just need to go with the true ending.
This is because you need to clear a route that sends a D-mail to the past, to even get the true ending. Not only that, but the other routes also give so much perspective to the story. You can see what they have changed with the anime in ep 4. We are in a scene that is WW3, but suddenly everything is changed. This just seems strange, and some don't like it (👀). I think this is on purpose really. EDIT (13-09-18): I believe this change from the scene of WW3 will be adapted to the OVA, can't say why wholeheartedly but probably because it has too heavy indication to who the "villain" is. They could also do it after this episode (21), but don't think it's good timing for that.
Well here we go
Story - N/A
I know what the story is from the VN, and I would give it a 10 alright. I just won't really give it a definite number.
It really seems cliched, but god damn that is a wrong assumption (👀) It's really the small indistinguishable things that has an aspect to it and really the future will use these cliche looking things and change it and give it a new perspective. I would also say around ep 16 there will be a real emotional scene alright (I predict this out of my knowledge from the VN( EDIT (23-05-18): nvm then ep 8 it is. they really jump the story on us)) that really will punch you in the gut and after ep 20 our heart will race. It could also be fun if they did little fillers, but really that is a slippery slope I don't want to take. EDIT (13-09-18): Hey, atleast i got my prediction right with our heart racing after ep 20, many thing changed from the VN, but nothing is "worse" per say. More up to how you enjoy it, but seems lige i am gonna binge this thing after it ends and rewrite the whole thing
Art - 9
Hey, what am I gonna say, it's just as normal. Just great.
Sound - 9
Again, it's great. Nothing much to say there. Normal S;G stuff
Character - 10
Everyone is exactly the same, except that Okabe is depressed, Suzuha is pissed off at Okabe and doesn't know much about Hououin Kyouma, Mr Braun is colder, Daru is Daru. Pretty much the main cast is the same. Well except that Kurisu is dead (for now), and is an AI (for now) 😢
Then there is new additions.
Maho, "Oiii soko no lolico". She is Kurisus Salieri, pretty much tells you everything you need to know about her
Kagari, a girl that has lost her memories, well at least for now 👀
Leskinen "Holy cow! So I said we should come soon", just a REALLY lovely guy that likes shaman girls, no /s 👀 Is also a meme
Reyes, well. A LOVELY voluptuous scientist, nothing more though 👀
Enjoyment - 10
It's really slow right now and is a mindfuck, but really that also how S;G also was for non-VN readers, but this time even VN readers are mindfucked most of the time. I really like it, while at the same time I don't. I have fun really.
Overall - 10
This little quote is everything for this series
"Steins Gate is just a stupid delusion"
Oh ps while you go through this remember what the video Okabe said at the end of S;G
EDIT (13-09-18): rip this, they changed it :/ No matter, was just as epic and great feeling
"BRING MY LABCOAT!!"
"Yes, this is it! This is my holy white armour! This is the moment of Hououin Kyouma's revival! I've finally been awoken from my long slumber! FUWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
El psy KONGROO~~
Well, what a train-wreck. 18 episodes in and everything is dull, predictable and badly animated.
This episode contains big reveals which anyone saw coming from at least 5 episodes before, and some from episode 1 itself. The plot is absolutely predictable, the characters cannot connect 2 dots even if they were drawn in a piece of paper, and there is absolutely no tension.
The villains are obvious, their actions are obvious, how they get to know what they know is obvious, what they did was obvious. Characters die but come back to life just long enough to be convenient for the plot. How can they expect to
call this a thriller when there is nothing thrilling at all? Solid 3.
Art is passable but the animation, especially during action scenes, is horrendous, to the point of breaking suspension of disbelief. People can dodge bullets shot from 10 soldiers surrounding them, missiles fly sideways, explosions break pass through items, etc. About a 4.
Music and sound effects are passable, but there are no memorable songs like in the first season. Honestly I give it a 4 because nothing is terribly bad either.
Oh... characters... where to even start... Feiris, Rukako and most of them show absolutely no character growth or even influence in the stort. Maho has a cute design but aside from that she's just a scientist with an inferiority complex, still shallow. Okabe is stuck in a depression that seems to flare up only when the plot needs it the most, with no tangible consequences after that. Suzuha and Daru get a lot of screen time, with cute father-daughter moments. Suzuha is my favourite character and she keep being my best girl of the series. Some growth and conflict are presented, being the second best character of this season. Daru is the only character I really see as being explored a little more, showing growth. The villains, as I said before, are obvious and chliché in many ways, not even worth a lengthy discussion. All in all, I give it a 4.
The series is just a mess of shallow characters, weak music, bad animation and appaling, predictable, story. I cannot enjoy this travesty of a thriller.
As of right now, I have only seen 6 episodes of steins;gate, and I will most likely update this review either when the series is over, or my opinions in this dramatically change, there WILL BE SPOILERS in this so beware if you are reading and haven't yet watched the anime. Also, bare in mind this is just my opinion (and definitely not a perfect one) while reading, I can understand if other people feel differently and I am just stating my thoughts about this subjectively great anime.
Let me start this off by doing what every other generic reviewer does (because my writing structure is
pretty horrific) and begin by rating the story.
Now, so far we have had a few 'calm' episodes where Okabe basically meets the new cast, which starts off very wholesome and has a pretty positive mood to it. The pacing of the anime in the starting episodes is nice and consistent with interactions of all the characters just so we are able to get to know them and see our major cast for the anime. Amadeus is discovered, Okabe gets mini-flashbacks but nothing too dramatic, which is good because it is easing the viewers into the darker turns I am sure this anime will take. After that, things pick up a bit with the (re)introduction of Moeka which is the first major surprise I would say. It was quite obvious she was going to turn up but the haphazardness of her actually appearing was refreshing because we knew that the story was picking up quicker than previously - which I believe is a good thing as we already know most of the characters. After this Okabe becomes a bit more isolated and is distrusting towards Moeka, which is to be expected. Then the search for Mayuri's daughter begins with what I can only describe as a solid pace, they don't dwindle on this for too long but still make it appear like effort was put in to try and find her and some more interactions between Moeka and Okabe which in turn allows Okabe to be a bit more trusting towards her, probably forgetting his past with her for at least a brief while (something I see as a mistake that I can pick up on). Then we move onto episode 6 where we get to see characters being more interesting and having separate motives by being pretty vague which I enjoy, it makes you think which is what a Psychological anime should make you do, things like Mr Braun on his phone while having his worries for Nae raises a question of whether he is the villain in this situation, and the suspicious professor who eyed up Mayuri's daughter, so now there is lots for a viewer to think about, then at the end of the episode, what can only be remembered as the rounders from steins;gate show up with their guns just after Okabe and Suzaha realise what is going on, then we are left with another cliffhanger, which gives us more to think about as a viewer, and this is great for me and others who love to theorize about what is going on. All in all (so far), this series' story has been systematic and consistent with a nice balance of seemingly happy situations and others where Okabe begins remembering things but desperately tries to block that away and continue with his life - the 'sad' situations.
Now, I don't believe there is much for me to say here. Apart from a few minor issues like the intro having Kurisu with 4 fingers for like 3 frames, which has been fixed as far as I'm aware, and some, lets say interesting facial expressions, it has been very good so far! The animation flows well and the faces are used really appropriately to show how each character is feeling, like when Mayuri is worried, and when Leskinen is simply enjoying himself, or when Suzaha is agitated - it all shows really well, especially if someone like me can pick up on it! The art style is literally the same as steins;gate so there's not much change in my opinions of it being a pleasant art style capable of showing a variety of emotions through body movements and expressions. Well done to White Fox on this one!
I've heard quite a few people say that the sound is nowhere near as good as the original, but I beg to differ. The background music during certain scenes is used really well to create the ideal atmospheric setting, whether it be at the parties that they have or when Okabe is having another flashback, the OST really doesn't fail to deliver on this one with deep, heavy sounds for dramatic moments and cheerful tines for the more lighthearted moments. One thing I did pick up on is the sounds that the character's make, like when it is simply Mayuri going 'Ahhh...' with glee instantly tells me about her current feelings and emotions, and her feelings to other characters on the room with the added facial expressions and where she looks. And also when Okabe howls at the end of episode 3, this gave me goosebumps, not gonna lie. You could really feel all of his emotions through that one bellow and it was a very dramatic one to say the least; well done to the VA there! The other things I have to address would be the intro and outro. Now, the OP is pretty vague but has a very nice beat to it so I don't really have any complaints there, but the ED is where the sound really shines. This ED is really eerie and mysterious which a soothing voice, almost like whispering to a child at the beginning - very ominous. These feelings show very well with the distress of Okabe during the series, and how he never truly knows what's going on, with himself or others around him, he is confused and this ED conveys that near perfectly, it is very nicely done.
As with art, not really too much to say here apart from the rather interesting new ones and certain old ones. Mayuri is her usual happy self, with characters like Nae being the same as well. Suzaha is concerned with Okabe and how he is going about things, and she seems to have lost a bit of trust in him and the definitely aren't on the best of terms so there is a constant theme of awkwardness and agitation when both are on screen. Okabe starts off pretty care-free until meeting Amadeus, and then after he simply acts cautious of him and his surroundings and detaches himself from others out of fear and probably concern; he doesn't want people to experience the pain he is going through and wants to carry the burden himself. This is a very clever way of showing us, the viewers, how Okabe is slowly drifting back to his old stubborn ways and we know nothing good comes of this so already we know that he hasn't really moved on or advanced as a person as a result of this. Now, the new characters which I'll speak about are Amadeus Kurisu, Maho and Leskinen. Amadeus Kurisu obviously resembles steins;gate Kurisu a lot with her being a bit cold at first the quickly growing friendly towards Okabe through the time they speak, she has all her distinguishable features present and is represented well enough for the anime. Maho is Kurisu's university associate and is also fairly cold to Okabe - similar to Kurisu - but then becomes a bit more friendlier. She hasn't had too much in depth development, but she is quite oblivious as to what is going on around her with people like Okabe and Suzaha and the rounders etc. so it'll be interesting to see her develop as a character. Now onto Leskinen. he is definitely one quirky character who has a lot of fun with things like jokes, but seems to keep a lot to himself and never really 'speaks out' like the other characters, so that's already raised a bit of suspicion with me, especially with his involvement with the other mysterious American professor so I'll be keeping my eye on him for now, he seems a bit shady which is good because now I focus a lot on him whenever he is on screen, which gives me more things to think about making my experience a lot more interesting and enjoyable.
So far, with everything I've said, I have to say I may be enjoying this a little too much. There are a few things I haven't addressed, like Daru's involvement with his wife-to-be and some other things, but if I spoke about everything then I'd be here for quite a while, the topics I have spoken about are the most important to me and my enjoyment of this series, with the addition of interesting characters, very interesting development of old characters, a solid story and a perfectly fitting OST, this is definitely going to be one of my favorite anime's and I just cannot wait for more, especially after that cliffhanger on episode 6, I feel like everything's about to get a lot more interesting.
PS: This is my first ever review, so please be a bit more forgiving if I have made any mistakes! Thank you!
as of 6/20, i've seen 11 episodes and i have to say that i'm pretty disappointed with the execution and direction of the series so far. s;g0 started off fairly strongly with new concepts and an interesting continuation story for this world line, but now it feels like something got lost along the way, and i don't really know how they're going to pick it back up at this point.
i'm very disappointed with how s;g0 has succumbed to catering to its fanbase via fanservice. i held the original series with high regard because it felt like they were trying to avoid tactless and typical fanservice
that would be a disservice (pun intended, sure) to the female characters of the show. but we've had two episodes in a row with totally blatant and unnecessary fanservice and it's such a mediocre move. it's distasteful, contributes nothing to the overarching plot, and only adds negatively to Daru's perversions, which were once only a vague annoyance in the first series but are now just downright gross and pointless.
my next issue is with the animation itself -- what the actual heck is going on with the scaling and proportions in this series??? the rooms look gigantic compared to the characters, and the characters are super long and thin as if they're like 7 feet tall. the only time this series looks good is during the close-up shots of their faces. it's like Sailor Moon Crystal all over again, i literally can't stop thinking about it every episode and it's driving me nuts. why did the environment double in size?? why are they so small???
character development has also been pretty weak with a lot of badly forced attempts at romance. i also really don't like how they've portrayed the new side characters, they're pretty one dimensional or lame attempts at humor, such as the professors who sound really dumb when they speak both English and Japanese. it's like, yeah that was kinda silly the first time we heard it but they're just sticking with it and it's borderline cringey now.
OP and ED is also weak, i obviously skip both every episode. overall sound design isn't anything to rave about.
the story itself would be interesting if it weren't for all of the bad filler, uninteresting character dynamics, and boring timeline progression. there's a decent amount that's gone unexplained at this halfway point (especially that one random filler episode with Reading Steiner??) and it feels like they're wasting our screen time with filler, bad jokes and fanservice instead. i'm really hoping it picks up and i can revise this review with something better to say, but i'm not super optimistic at this point.
steins;gate game was amazing. steins;gate anime was amazing. steins;gate 0 game was amazing. i see a running trend here UwU. in all seriousness tho, if you watched steins;gate then this is a high recommendation for those that are a fan for the series. for those that aren't aware or watched the first steins;gate watch it first before coming to this. no excuses. just do it and watch it. :3 basically a fan of it so ez 10/10 UwU
As someone who played the visual novel, I can say that this is a better version of the game (so far)
I will keep this short. Potential spoiler as of episode 5-6. Do not worry.
This takes place in the Beta world line where Kurisu is dead and cannot be saved (episode 24 does not exist, theoretically). We get to see Okabe going through depression as he loses the woman he loves to protect his childhood friend who he shares precious memories with.
This is not a random story, it is hinted in the original (and the VN more vividly) about Kurisu's project in the US, we got
a more explored version here, and it doesn't need to rely on Okabe building a time machine rather other organizations having access to time machines since it was leaked through Kurisutina's father.
It is going to be an interesting ride to see how every character grows into something amazing and breaking out of their shells, trust me on this.
It kept the same style which makes it Steins;Gate, but there are some inconsistencies which resulted with some cheap animation and still frames but I can deal with it, there are moments with high quality animation, as long as it will be fixed in the blu-ray.
Steins;Gate 0 has a stronger and stellar OST compared to the original, it features remixes and unique memorable sounds like the original to make it stand out, at least to me.
It also fits the theme perfectly well and used correctly for dramatic or sadness emotions etc the director knows what he is doing.
I would say a 9-10 since we didn't see everyone develop yet but the old cast are pretty much the same and Amadeus is basically Kurisu but with less sass at times which is hilarious and nostalgia to the original.
Plus the new characters aren't bad, like Fubuki who is secretly Chie from Persona. You have Judy and Maho and the Finnish Alexis professor who are all fleshed out and we get a general sense.
Obviously since I finished the VN, I know what is going to happen and I am pleased since White Fox managed to fix many many errors and wrong doings from the VN and made the anime much better experience, trust my words, they replaced scenes and shortened it and kept the memorable moments. It turned out perfect with great directing skills so far.
So far, it managed to make me feel pretty depressed and we got to see more Amadeus and she has a personality unlike the VN.
The anime is doing a much better job and I am pleased.
Steins;Gate 0 takes place after the events of Episode 23 of Steins;Gate, where instead of succeeding in the end goal, Okabe fails to do so and thus doesn't reach "Steins Gate".
Spoiler warning as always. Also note that I have not read or played the visual novel, and therefore went in to this with only the knowledge I had from the original Steins;Gate.
Personally, I don't feel like this series holds up nearly as well to the original so far, there are a few key reasons why.
1. Nothing that happens impacts the characters, or so it seems. Terrorists with machine guns start trying to gun you and
your friends down in an alleyway? Next episode everyone forgets about it and doesn't really care. Amadeus gets hijacked? It's a big deal for a little while, and then only Okabe really gives a damn once it's fixed. Terrorists bust in to your house and the big baldy downstairs comes in and somehow knocks them all out single-handedly? Nobody cares or remembers it the next episode. The big problem here is that these should be events that have a lasting and noticeable impact on the characters and how they think or what they do throughout, but it seems like major incidents get dropped the very next episode.
When something major happened in Steins;Gate, Okabe just time leaps back, and he gets affected greatly. Every event he witnesses adds to his consciousness, his character, his actions, and his emotions. Kurisu also experiences many things that evolve her personality and thoughts, even if they aren't as significant of changes.
2. Almost nothing happens in the first 10 episodes. Now yes some plot development happens and a couple of important things do occur, but you could probably chop all of the first 10 episodes down into about 90 minutes of content rather than the 200 minutes (give or take) that a normal anime series' first 10 episodes would give. There are so many parts that are just fun goofy little side things that don't add to the plot and only exist to slightly bring the characters closer together.
In Steins;Gate, the first 10 explores Okabe and his friends using the Phonewave machine to change the past in various ways, and it's all snowballing up into a huge mess that Okabe will have to fix in the second half of the anime. The first 10 episodes of Zero don't feel like that at all, because at no point does time travel or messing with world lines occur, and thus it doesn't actually set up to anything from what I can see.
3. The second half of Zero starts, and now we're suddenly focusing entirely on this one random character that you know next to nothing about and that we didn't learn hardly anything about in the episodes before she became the focus. I don't feel any connection to this character other than she looks similar to Kurisu. I want to learn more about Amadeus and Hiyajo Maho and see Okabe have to finally give in and attempt using time travel to solve the issues that will hopefully begin to show up.
So far, it's a disappointment, because my favorite anime of all time is the original Steins;Gate. The only thing making me still watch Zero is that I'm hoping it goes the route of the original, where the first half is mostly just buildup and "Decent", and then the second half is wild and some of the most emotional and well-written bits of fiction I'd ever watched. Until then, I'm leaving my overall review at a 6.5.
Notes about the individual ratings:
Story - 5: Explained above mostly.
Art - 7: Steins;Gate never had that stellar or consistent animation.
Sound - 7: They re-use a lot of the same background music which gets old.
Character - 7: Okabe and Suzuha are still good, but the rest are falling flat to me.
Enjoyment - 6: Not the most enjoyable thing in the world because of what I said above.
Overall - 6.5/10
Spoilers for Steins;Gate anime and Steins;Gate 0 (1-6) ahead....
Some context: Stines;Gate 0 takes place after episode 26 of the original Steins;Gate after Okabe came back from the past for the first time after trying to save Kurisu and failing resulting in her dying. In the first anime Suzuha shows Okabe a video from him in the future, where he tells himself what to do in order to save Kurisu. A great ending btw.
Steins;Gate 0 continues after Okabe failed for the first time (This anime is like the dark stuff that was needed for the perfect ending of Steins;Gate). His
fail results in him getting depressed and deciding to leave “Hououin Kyouma” as part of his past, he doesn’t go to the lab for a while and tries to leave a normal life as he dosnt want to even think about the death of Kurisu.
Okabe meets Maho Hiyajou and Professor Leskinen at conference about AI and also discovers that Kurisu’s memory had been transferred into an experimental AI before she died (very lucky if you ask me). After this Okabe is given the opportunity to talk with the AI of Kurisu on his phone. An important detail is that Kurisus memory was copied into the AI before she had met Okabe so she doesn’t recognize him but Okabe does. (He gets kinda nostalgic after meeting Kurisu)
After this Okabe and Hiyajou keep meeting, in a personal and professional manner. (Professor Liskinen keeps mocking Maho about getting with Okabe, noice)
Enough from Okabe. About Suzuha, she is mad with Okabe for not trying to save Kurisu and giving up as a “scientist”, this affects her relationship with him (this is understandable, because honestly Okabe did give up pretty easily). All of the other members seem to be the same as before. Well now we have new characters like Maho and Kagari.
Well we are revealed that Suzuha didn’t travel alone to the past but also with a child, Shiina Suzuha (Why wouldn’t you tell a detail so fukin important earlier).
As for now Steins;Gate 0 is a 10/10. I think what makes this anime fun to watch is the little jokes and details that are in each episode. The main story is always great and blows your mind in an unexpected way. The only think that is driving me nuts are the fukin cliffhangers, every fukin episode man. But as for the actual anime it continues with the Steins;Gate mood art style and comedy.
If you loved the previous Steins Gate then you will also love this one. the story, the deep feelings, the great puzzle that leaves you always hanging to know what will happen next, and the characters whom are important each on his own. I am already hooked.
Steins Gate 0 in my opinion is definitely a must watch. It recaptures the shine that the original has and may even do it better. This anime has a slow start, but picks it up really quick afterwards, making you want to watch episode after episode. The story is as compelling as the original and the characters progression is
more evident. I would suggest you give this anime a shot if you liked the original, or even if you love plot twists (watch the original steins gate anime first).
A very good and enjoyable alternate story of the original Steins Gate story in which we see Okabe Rintarou, our main protagonist, transform into a more sinister and depressed persona of the mad scientist we all grew to love in the original series.
Basically the story of Okabe Rintarou with severe PTSD and trust issues, let's get into the factors of what made this such a good anime...
DISCLAIMER - Minor spoilers ahead but they aren't major. If you're super serious about spoilers, don't read this.
Story (OLD: 9, NOW: 9.5) -
People may hate me on this but the story, although very enjoyable and emotional, really
repeats what happens in the original series where Okabe yet again travels in a time machine to save his friends from death.
Although this story really builds on characters that we haven't heard the full backstory of yet such as Daru and builds on new characters we haven't seen before to make the story a slight bit interesting.
This repetition of story really doesn't hurt the story too much as it was necessary for the plot (to reach Steins Gate) but it just made the story a bit plain when using the same concept with the original series.
[EDIT: Just watched episode 20 and the repetition dies down so instead of a 9 for story, it's a 10. White Fox studio put in a great plot twist in ep20 so if you haven't watched this episode, make sure you do.]
So don't expect this to be a comedic series like what we kind of saw in the original series. This alternate story is very emotional and depressing especially when the main character is too.
Art (8) -
8 for art? Yes 8 for art. The anime had a strong start with very good art especially the many haunting faces Okabe does, the really nice touches in the first intro and how the animators portrayed suffering and emotion throughout the anime but towards the middle of the series where it went downhill.
The action scenes in the middle part of the story weren't great and you'll see a lot of soldiers acting like storm troopers and the fight scenes between them and Suzuha looked like Powerpoint slides but then again, this anime is not supposed to be action packed but the art for these fights didn't look great so that's why I'm not giving art a 2.
Sound (10) -
The first intro was not as great as the original series of Steins Gate but it had really meaningful lyrics and it was very catchy and I got to say that to the second intro too. Overall, great intros! Sound related to the anime in general, there's not much to say. Explosions sound like explosions and guns sound like guns. Can't really complain.
Edit: I forgot to add, the soundtrack of Steins Gate 0 is absolutely amazing and each choice of music fits with the tone and environment of the scenes in SG0.
Character (10) -
White Fox really knows how to perfect its characters. This is due to how they develop and build a backstory to almost all of the characters.
For example, Maho a new character shown in the series is shown to be the one below Kurisu all the time and is always shadowed by her and as we go through the anime, we see her determination to become better shine through and not let anybody else help her other than herself.
All of the characters have meaning and have a backstory and don't feel like they're just THERE which I really really like.
EDIT: Also loving Ruka's future story if you've watched the latest episode (episode 20).
Overall (9) -
While I don't think this anime is better than the first, it's still a really enjoyable and emotional anime where we see the transformation of Okabe and more backstory (and future story) and development of other characters we didn't see much of in the first series.
I feel this anime is a must watch after you've completed the first series and that you have watched the episode 23 beta alternative ending or else you wouldn't understand SG0's story.
Dark. Bitter sweet. Tragic. Brilliant. These are the words that leap out in trying to describe this show.
Stein;Gate 0 is (kind of) an alternate ending to original the Steins;Gate. If you are one of the very few who haven't seen the original Steins;Gate, do it. Now. Then watch this series. This review is spoiler free and aimed at those contemplating whether to watch this series.
Seeing the Kyouma persona knocked out of Okabe, and therefore this series - removes much of the lighter feeling that the original had. This doesn't make this show any less engaging. Rather it trades comedy and light hearted moments for a
tragic wistfulness that I personally adore. This also isn't to say their aren't lighter moments, because there are - but overall there is a much greater overarching sense of loss, the shadow of a missing person. This makes Zero feel not like a repeat of the first season, but a depature - albeit one I'm sure we will see tie in to the first season nicely by its conclusion.
There are particularly beautiful allusions in the first episode, for instance we see Mayuri reach for the sky. Only now this is movingly appropriated to become a tragic symbol. This sets the tone for the series as a whole. If you don't like the sound of that, you may be inclined to enjoy this series less than the first. I however, love it.
The art is very much on par with season one, very well done. I personally have found the music to be unfortunately not quite as heart grabbing as the themes of season one. They have used variation on the musical themes of the original soundtrack - which I think is brilliant, only the execution so far hasn't grabbed me. There is still plenty of time left though for it to grow on me and for new themes to be introduced. The Opening and Closing are very good.
If you enjoy an air of dark pathos in the context of a broader more epic story, then this show will speak your language. If you need lighter and comedic moments to get you through, then Steins;Gate 0 will not be your thing. I still however recommend this strongly to all anime fans.
Enter Steins;Gate 0. It’s a successor to a beloved franchise, but given the circumstances, Steins;Gate 0 is a work bounded to these expectations more than usual. You see, despite the 0 in the name, Steins;Gate 0 is not a prequel, nor is it a sequel like one would expect. Instead it is a midquel that takes place during the game, near the end of the story… near the end of a work that never really needed any more material.Has Steins;Gate 0 managed to beat the odds, fulfilling expectations that go counter against the nature of the work itself?
The answer to that, is thankfully, a
resounding YES, exceeding many expectations that have been put in place, and it does this by doing something different entirely. They made the right decisions in almost every step of the way, adding to the existing story, while enriching what was already there. With a shift in focus and a shift in tone, Steins;Gate 0 manages to maintain everything that was great about the original while becoming a very different but equally compelling work by itself.
''The way I see it, this world exists because of a choice Kurisu made. I must protect that choice. That is this world’s law. In reliving time, I learned one thing… That certain events converge as if orchestrated by God. Trying to change them… it’s challenging God. And God does not tolerate human arrogance. '' Okabe Rintarou
''This vague, ominous feeling… It’s like living in a nightmare where I know all the bad things to come. Where the world enjoys to rub in the guilt of my unspeakeable sin. This inescapable despair... Slowly becomes a downward spiral... '' Okabe Rintarou
Steins;Gate 0 is the bleak reality of
the Beta World Line. Basically, it's Okabe's story of the tragic future of the beta line, portraying his depression and how he managed to plan Operation Skuld. Steins;Gate 0 arises from the premisse "what if?". What if Okabe had made another decision, giving up everything?
Story - 10
It is highly recommended watch Steins;Gate 0 because it explains exactly the events that leads to the end of the original series, why this tragic future needs desperately to change. The dialogues are dense and shocking (episode 16 is the perfect proof of this, where the dialogues are perfect), since Okabe tries to live a normal life but, even so he sinks in an absolute sadness. See only if you have that in mind, because it is not easy to recover from a trauma, and his motives to become depressed are entirely plausible. Hououin Kyouma will return, we all know, but surely he must experience total despair before the glorious return and the glorious ending.
Art - 9
The art is very similar to the original, however, here has many more dark tones to leave a more tense atmosphere. I also like the fact that the camera focuses a lot on the traumatized expression of the Okabe, emphasizing all his suffering. The only problem of the art is the animation of the action scenes that occur in episode 17 and 18, but since it’s not an anime focused totally in action, I can overlook this a little bit. But I hope they will improve this at the final edition.
Sound - 10
The soundtrack is simply beautiful.
Character - 10
The characters continue to have a good development, especially Okabe, Daru, Mayuri and Maho. They all have a backstory, philosophical and subjective debates, goals and dramas. I would say that initially Steins;Gate 0 as well as Steins;Gate has a focus on character development, only that in S;G 0 they are developed in a dense environment, which further increases the thrilling atmosphere. It is noteworthy that, PRACTICALLY in the whole anime Okabe is depressed and hopeless, which is not a bad thing, it is totally plausible for the reasons I mentioned above.
Enjoyment - 10
If you loved Steins; Gate, you'll love this one. All the dark atmosphere and the deep feelings that are addressed in every episode. If you felt comfortable after the ending of Steins;Gate, be prepared to be punched in the gut with every episode. This is not your feel-good anime. This anime will torment you with feels in a way you wouldn't expect (like the arcs of Vega and Altair and Promised Rinascimento). It's amazing.
Overall, It's the perfect sequel. Steins; Gate 0 has a genial psychological plot with a very dark atmosphere and incredible soundtrack. Just like Steins;Gate, this series deserves to be watched by all humans of this and other World Lines.
Time for one of my newer favorites! Steins;Gate is a show that explores technological breakthroughs and their consequences on a scale that (at least in my opinion) hasn't been explored. From the originality of the characters to the depth of the plot, this show has grown on me incredibly. It's safe to say I'm a firm believer in Steins Gate.
The show is brought to us originally from the visual novel game released in 2009. A manga was adapted by Yomi Sarachi the same year, which we didn't see in America until 2015. White Fox premiered an anime adaptation in 2011, and Funimation licensed it in
North America that same year.
Today we are talking about Steins;Gate 0 which started in April of this year. This is a preliminary review, as I have only seen half the season, I'm excited to give a final review in a YouTube video when my channel starts up, TUNE IN.
Alright, enough self promotion. Here are some initial thoughts on the show!
- I feel like the art is better than the first season.
- Why is Okabe being an egg? I mean I get it.. but I don't
- Everyone is sus, there are no exceptions
Remember: IF YOU DON'T CARE WHY I DO/ DON'T LIKE THIS SHOW, THEN SKIP TO THE END FOR MY FINAL RECOMMENDATION!
- Alright, some might think I'm giving this too high of praise, but lets be real, the concept is pretty damn awesome. I think it would be incredibly empty ended to not explore different world lines in a show about time traveling and world lines. Just me?
We all had questions as to what would have happened had Okabe not made the decisions he did at the end of the first season. There's a new and important twist in each episode, and it keeps you hooked.
- I really like this show's art style. There's something about it that makes me think of early 2000 shows that are still some of our favorites. Like this show has been around longer than 2011. Kurisu's character is also almost like a beacon of the story because of the art, and I can appreciate the symbolism, even if no one else sees it that way.
- I honestly don't have much to say about this aside from how good I think the voice acting for the characters is. I think the voice actors are perfectly suited for their characters. (I watch sub not dub).
- I feel like there's so much missing in the new season without Okabe's wacky alter ego. I understand that there is a valid reason for his character to have reached this wall, but I also feel like his disassociation with himself is a little too out of character. That's my only complaint about the characters, though. I like that we get to meet characters that were hinted at in the previous season, and that we get to see a different side of the previous story antagonists.
- The story is fantastic, and I love that the story explores outside of the main time line, while remaining connected seamlessly to the story. It's not hard to get back into the second season after watching the first. It's slower than the first season, but the story is just as enticing.
Overall: 9/10 FINAL RECOMMENDATION: Watch it/ Buy it
- The White Fox team and the directors, Hiroshi Hamasaki and Takuya Satō, should really pat themselves on the back. The show is available for legal streaming on many international platforms, but if you can't stream it legally, I highly suggest you buy it! It's completely worth it, and at least I will be finding my way back to this show for a second watch!
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Have a beautiful Friday, friends! As always, it's been a pleasure.
Story - 10
Steins;Gate 0 is Worldline Beta. This is the same Okabe that deleted all the d-mails and fell in love with Kurisu but sadly couldn't save her.
Okabe is depressed and has post-traumatic stress from Worldline Alpha and all his attempts to save both Mayuri and Kurisu. He's no longer the chuunibyou you remember from season 1, keep that in mind. Steins;Gate is the dark story of the Okabe from the future who plans Operation Skuld.
Art - 9
It's cool that the art always focuses on Okabe's depressed expression . The animation is fine. The only failure is the poor animation in action
scenes. But I think they're gonna fix this in the Blu-Ray Edition.
Sound - 10
Sound is the best part of this show. I still get chills from episode 8...
Characters - 10
The entire concept of this story is amazing and original. The characters you know and love, after jumping through countless timelines, are now in the "worst" one. Okabe's pain from the original cannot even compare to this. He knows what will happen, and his only rock in a sea of chaos is gone.
Enjoyment - 10
Steins;Gate 0 is absolutely amazing. I love the melancholic ambiance of this anime.
Overall - 10
If you enjoy amazing plot, well developed characters, and emotional rollercoasters.. This is a must watch.
Keep in mind this is my first review on any anime.
So Steins;Gate 0 is the continuation of episode 23b of Steins;Gate. I personally love Steins;Gate for everything, from the anitmation to the soundtrack. So I wasn't sure if I was happy it got a sequel. But here we are, almost done with S;G 0.
Story - 10
Steins;Gate 0 continues on a world line where Kurisu dies and Mayuri lives. Due to this choice Okabe Rintaro is depressed and trying to find a way trough the dark. The story progresses quite fast compared to S;G, and introduces characters way faster. What makes the story outstanding and exciting
is that the ending is already set. Which is reaching the world line Steins;Gate. What makes it exciting is how they get there, and where will we get our mad scientist back.
Art - 8
The art work is very similiar to S;G, with some slight changes. If it weren't for the action scenes the art work would be a solid 10. But this is where S;G 0 falls short. Action scenes isn't where S;G 0 shines, the scenes are poorly executed and falls short for the expectations. Other than the action scenes the rest is a solid 10/10, everything from facial expressions to animation is just spot on.
Sound - 9
The soundtrack in S;G 0 is almost the same as S;G with some new ones, but it's still great. The emotional music "Believe me" is just so great. I could go on for hours just about that one soundtrack but, you know... Anyway, the sounds are almost spot on, but it falls a bit short some places.
Character - 10
Following the characters from S;G they're still the good old characters we all love. Every single character has a great story, especially our main characters. The character development is just spot on while it keeps the same vibe as our characters from S;G. Nothing more to say about, it's just great.
Enjoyment - 10
If you've watched S;G you'll enjoy S;G 0 a lot. It's one of those animes where once you've watched, you wish that you could forget it and just rewatch it again with the same feeling.
Hello everyone, I have watch this far and am planning to give my first review. How could I say that there’s anything wrong with this anime, this is one of my most favorite and it tells me why anime is great.
So the summary of the story: It is set in 2010 in Akihabara, Tokyo, and follows Rintaro Okabe, a self-proclaimed "mad scientist", who runs the "Future Gadget Laboratory" in an apartment together with his friends Mayuri Shiina and Itaru "Daru" Hashida. While attending a conference about time travel, Okabe finds the dead body of Kurisu Makise, a neuroscience researcher. They then experimented with the
d-mails which could bring messages to the past within 48 hours.
Story: I would say that this is one of the most interesting story found in anime that existed. A series that talks about time travel and sending messages from the past; who could dislike that idea. The story also includes so much research and human inspiration such as- John Titor, IBN 500, world war 3, CERN and many more. In the year 2000 there was a time traveler who came from the year 2036 and was said to warn people about the world war 3 that will kill 5.7 billion people around the world, and he is said to be the one to fix the y2k. CERN is a nuclear research organization created by the Europe; this is where Steins; Gate got inspired. With all of these said, I would say that the author is very resourceful and innovative.
Art: The art is just amazing and it’s not like the vn, it improve a lot. I’m happy that it’s not one of those anime with horrible character design and backgrounds (I’m not gonna state those).
Character: An anime with several multi-characteristics characters. A tsundere- Makise Kurisu; a mad scientist- Okabe Rintarao; super Hacker and otaku- Daru. All of these characters combination creates a great anime with the perfect blend of their different roles and characteristics.
Enjoyment: I have known Steins; Gate for a really long time but I always just ignore it. But I heard so much good ratings and comments and I decided to watch. And I said to myself, “I am truly a baka, how could I never watch something this great, I have regretted until now.” When I watch it, I finish the whole series in 2 days and when I was in episode 18, I was depressed because there were no more episodes. I want more, more. So I truly enjoyed this masterpiece and have nothing bad to say about it.
Overall: This anime in an instance became one of my top 5 favorite anime of all time. I had a good early impression and Steins; Gate never made me disappointed. I am just hoping for there to be another season. So that I could live in peace.