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 the 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.
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.
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
"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~~
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.
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!
This spin-off set in an alternate timeline is really bad and uninteresting.
It seems like a shameless cash grab to exploit the popularity of its far superior predecessor.
I have watched only 7 episodes and it may get better later on but I have lost interest in the show by now. Although the original Steins Gate was also really slow to start but this spin-off is just plain boring. Only time we are mildly interested is when it is referencing the previous show.
The biggest flaw of this spin-off is the character of Okabe Rintaru. He was a boisterous, obnoxious mad scientist in the original. But now
he is just an empty shell. YES we get he is sad and all. But all his responses to others are
HE IS LIKE AN MC OF A BADLY WRITTEN HENTAI WHO GETS CUCKED REPEATEDLY
It would have been fine for 1-2 episodes but it really gets on your nerves overtime.
All the great things of the original have been stripped off from this. Only things left are Otaku pandering
-AND LOTS OF DEPRESSION
A better direction for the show could have been to continue the original story of Kurisu and Okabe because that was most interesting aspect of the original according to me. Sure it would have been a departure from the original genre. But could have been great like Clannad: After Story.
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
[This review assumes the viewer has already watched the original Steins;Gate. There will be spoilers.]
Steins;Gate believes backwards time travel is possible and that it is possible during this travel to affect the past. I believe it is not. In this review, I will explain why.
First, I will borrow David Lewis' definition of time travel: that it is a discrepancy between personal time and external time. I do this because it is the canonical definition of time travel and because it most neatly accounts for the objection that the statements "X traveled 40 years to the past" and "X traveled 1 hour to the past," where
the latter is how long a time machine might take to travel 40 years to the past, are mutually contradictory: the former is external time, whereas the latter is personal time. (Note that the objection does not work, for if it did, it would imply that even Einsteinian time-travel is logically impossible, but Einsteinian time-travel has been physically observed as in the Hafele-Keating experiment.)
Now note that the universe either has multiple worlds or one world. If it is the first case, then time travel may not be as paradoxical as imagined, but it is not relevant to a discussion of time travel in Steins;Gate. There are many reasons for this; one reason is that if Okabe's time travels were really just world travels, then in every world Mayuri dies, she is actually dead, so Okabe is not actually saving anyone. So we consider the case where there is only one world.
Now my objection is that, if backwards time-travel were possible, then it would imply that causal loops are possible, but causal loops are not possible, therefore backwards time-travel is not possible. An example of a causal loop in Steins;Gate is in the scene when Okabe sends a video back to himself informing him to save Kurisu. Then, after he saves her, the future in which he sent the message back to himself ceases to exist (since we are assuming there is one world), so the initial message back to himself essentially has no cause. So this objection does apply to time travel in Steins;Gate.
For this reason, I cannot give the show a score higher than 1.
(Aside: This is not the same as the objection that, in the single world, one cannot change the past, as we would end up with two facts of the following form: “Kurisu died three days ago” and “Kurisu did not die three days ago.” Though one cannot change the past, one can participate in creating the past; namely, a past where Kurisu did not actually die three days ago, but one which from younger Okabe’s perspective, Kurisu did die, and from older Okabe’s perspective, Kurisu did not die. This objection doesn't apply to Steins;Gate, for in the universe of Steins;Gate, the past isn't changed, but affected.)
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.
As much as I love S;G and am currently enjoying 0 I need some nitpicks out of my chest
Story - 7
The shows start off as a sort of midquel to the events of episode 23 of S;G, the beta attractor field 1.129848% which is fated to be screwed over by World War 3
About 5 months after the murder of Makise Kurisu, Okabe Rintaro (Previously known as The mad scientist Hououin Kyouma) now a fully-fledged normie is suffering from intense PTSD and depression stumbles upon a conference which reveals the creation of Amadeus, a program which emulates memories into A.I conveniently based off one of Makise
Kurisu's theory, which apparently already stores her memories.
As of 6 episodes, the story has slightly become dictated by some Deus ex machinas which is my main complaint about it.
Art - 5
Now in general anime standards the art of 0 is decent however coupled with the sub-par directing and a lower amount of funds compared to S;G it currently deserves a mediocre rating
Sound - 8
It contains music and such from the S;G anime, VN and 0's VN which guarantees a high rating although the standalone music in 0 is decent at best and the sounds are pretty generic.
Character - 8
One thing I loved about S;G was that the characters were normal people, 0 continues this trend with the sad scientist and the newbies.
Oher then the overly constant cases of PSTD which causes me to cringe Okabe's current character is well done and is clearly what Okabe would be like in S;G if he wasn't under the cloak of Hououin Kyouma with a spice of depression (Which could be argued he already had). Maho and such aren't too noteworthy currently.
Enjoyment - 6
It seems like the previous 6 episodes were either too bloated or too skipped upon which leads to a lack of satisfaction. The worst parts of the VN are gone so I can see a large improvement in this.
Direction - 5
The art (POV) feels bloated with pointless zooms and the timing of events and such are lacking.
Overall - 7
Overall 0 is a interesting ride with a great story and characters however the problems with the directing seem to cloud my enjoyment of it.
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.
Steins;gate as you all know is a visual novel about time travel which was adapted into an anime in 2011. It is many times regarded as one of the best if not the best anime ever made. And now studio White Fox is back with an adaption of the visual novel called Steins;gate 0. This is if you all don't know, a midquel to the original steins;gate. It takes place between the alternate 23rd episode and episodes 23-24.
So as you all know, this is the story of okabe in the beta world line where he failed to save kurisu. The Okabe who sent
the video message to Okabe in S;G. Our boi that now is depressed is having a hard time with his life while Suzuha still trying to convince him to try saving Kurisu again to prevent WW3. But as y'all know, he's depressed and doesn't want to try. As of episode 6, it’s going pretty good woth some changes.
I have nothing much to say here. The art is like usual and nothing special. Just that mayuri's tits grew really fast. Animation and directing is well done so far. Nothing special in animation specifically, but overall. Well done director
As always, the sound is great and glad to see them using the VN OST.
This is a department where steins;gate 0 truly shows why it's special. Here we get to see a different side from Okabe which gives him much more depth. This time he's depressed after witnessing the horrible deaths of Kurisu and Mayuri, and Steins;gate 0 has shown that really well so far. We even have characters like Maho Hiyajo who is shown to be a very good friend of Kurisu before she met Okabe, and if the anime adapts well, we'll see her character develop even more.
And now i want to talk about amadeus. Yes, the 2d waifu you all want and feel jealous about. I wanted to mention how well they have portrayed Okabe's mixed feelings and depressed mind with amadeus. As Maho has said, it's easy to confuse Amadeus with real Kurisu. And it shows how Okabe suffers even more by talking to her.
Really enjoying it so far and i hope it continues. I trust the new director that he won't fuck this up.
I hope you all liked my review and i may write more in the future
TL;DR will always be at the bottom for those looking for a quick overview. Along side this, I will provide alternate recommendations that have a similar structure under the recommendations section.
I will state here that I have never played any of the Steins;Gate visual novel games, but have watched the original Steins;Gate. Just so you know where I'm coming from.
Ever since Steins;Gate came out, I fell in love with it immediately. The depth of realism and psychology, followed by the perfect amount of drama turned this time traveling masterpiece into one of my favorite series to date. So when I heard it was getting a
sequel, why wouldn't I be excited? Psychological is one one of my favorite genres of any medium, and Steins;Gate 0 knocks it out of the park, and in my opinion, does the original Steins;Gate justice as of now. It takes everything we loved, and held dear from the first series, and slowly reminds you just what consequences come with tampering with time. Or, if you will, gods realm, depending on how you view it.
The story takes a different path from the first series, with a darker route. For me personally, I love the darker side of a story, and in my opinion every one doesn't need a happy ending. I love the plot point of Steins;Gate 0, as it both brings up the hardships from an unwanted past, and delves into Okabe reliving his past in a way that could potentially drive you to the brink of insanity. Watching Okabe wade through this treacherous story both hurts me, and makes me excited to see how far this will go.
The art, albeit nothing fancy, is still great for what it is. I don't expect anything more, and the quality is great as it is. The quality upgrade is definitely an improvement having less blurry images ( not counting the purposeful imagery ) and a more refined look. The imagery in Steins;Gate 0 is still a thing of beauty, so don't you worry about that. Especially when imagery is exactly what these types of stories revolve around.
The sound borrows tracks for the original, but doesn't feel out of place. It feels reminiscent in a good way. Steins;Gate is one of those series that the music feels average, but it feels right. It's memorable, it hits the right moods, but like the art, it's just what I expected. Nothing so far has blown me away. Fatima by Kanako Itou isn't as much of a ride as Hacking To The Gate, but is more of a trip down memory lane. So many scenes from the opening remind me of previous moments, while leading to something new. LAST GAME by Zwei fits the bill of Steins;Gate much more so. Dark, almost depressing, and certainly filled with the theme of "time traveling gone wrong" so to speak.
I don't have much to say in the way of characters, except they are all still just how we remember them, as people. As for their way of life, things change. I enjoy this show for the subtle differences, albeit there are a lot of big changes in characters also. Every character has changed, but from the characters we know from the previous season, it feels like a reunion.
Without a doubt, I enjoy Steins;Gate 0. Can it live up to the original? For me, depending on how dark and physiological this gets, it might be even more up my alley from the first series. The character interactions are great. The experiences previously felt by the characters effect the viewer all the more so. The story continues to be a strong factor, and the theme of attachment to the past and future plays out well. It's Steins;Gate through and through. Everything we loved about the series has been passed down in a beautiful love letter to the fans, albeit a little darker this time.
Steins;Gate 0 is everything we loved about the original. Showing us how dangerous it can be to tamper with time. Thought provoking, emotionally draining and beautiful at the same time. The characters are as lovable as they were from the previous season, their ideals, emotions and pain all felt by the viewer. It thrives off how well it can keep you entertained through psychological and dramatic experiences, and in my opinion holds a candle to the original. For anyone who was a fan of Steins;Gate, I implore you to watch Steins;Gate 0!
I have a fundamental issue with this show that might change as it moves into the second half, but for now it's far too noticeable for me to keep quiet.
It's no secret that I love Steins;Gate and hold it in a high regard. I enjoy it's characters, it's careful progression of plot, and of course, the cavalcade of mystery and twists that strike a great balance to make a wonderful story. This show is missing all of what I loved about the original.
Since at this point, only 13 episodes of 0 are out, I will only compare this show to the equivalent number of
episodes in the original. My biggest problem with the beginning of this story, is that most of the characters feel stagnant and unnecessary. Okabe is one of the only characters to develop at all, and most of it is in a slow way that isn't terrible, but just isn't as driving or fascinating as the original. I suppose this is a point that only really concerns me, as I have no first hand experiences with Depression and such emotional trauma.
What doesn't only concern me is the fact that noone else is interesting or developed in any way beyond their original selves. The new characters range from interesting, but overall kinda boring (i.e. Maho, the Professor, etc.) to irritating and bland (i.e. Kagari, Mayuri's friends, etc.). Don't get me wrong, some of the information revealed about Kagari is depressing and sad, especially at the ending to episode 13, but I can not bring myself to care for her as a character, or her character design. All of the old characters are largely wasted in their roles, and many of them can be more or less cut out. So far there doesn't seem to be a reason for Shining Finger to even be in this story, and Suzuha is just taking up space.
These first few episodes feel like they are taking space up for a plot that could be reasonably more interesting if it was sped up a bit and could go deeper into the larger plot as a whole.
Steins;Gate's biggest flaw for many people, is the fact that the first 11 episodes are boring and slow. However, I am personally of the mind that the first 11 episodes of Steins;Gate were phenomenal. The major reason those episodes have value is because of the fact that they introduce and build up all the characters in interesting ways and with interesting interactions. The whole thing comes off-set with a creepy yet jovial undertone that I just love.
"0" does not have the luxury of this basis. The beginning here feels like a lot of pointless fluff. Many of the characters introduced here don't need nearly this much time to have initial development. The plot is slow and plodding and I can not relate to Okabe's journey through Depression in the slightest.
I have to admit a lot of my dislike comes mainly due to my fundamental lack of empathy for Okabe's plight. I can sympathize with it, but that only takes you so far. Even removing that, I still feel like the first half of Steins;Gate 0 takes too long to get it's point across with no real noticeable reason for that. I also need not mention the distinct increase of fan-service in here compared to Steins;Gate original. Much of it is unnecessary and distracting.
This show is easily one of my biggest disappointments of the Spring anime season. I dearly hope that it will turn things around in the second half. Episode 13 was already a major improvement over the rest of it, so I have my hopes.
For now there is a lack of music and animation in the first episodes and only the awesome actor's voices and the story are settling the general atmosphere of the anime. It clearly lacks of ambiant sounds. the soundtracks are from the VN, which is not a problem since they are cool, however i don t feel like it always fits the action and they are rarely heard.
The characters are as cool as in the first season, but they are less "active" and more serious. I think some of them are a bit more cliche characters than before. They had a nice character development, since
they aged and i can relate to them. The new chara designs are good (excempt Mr Braun seriously what happened to his head? Also he has a kind of butt behind his head o.o ). The relationships between the characters are really interesting, it was also a good feature in the first season.
The graphics are good but the animation is poor, there are a lot of non moving sequences and the characters don t move when talking, which make them a bit boring. And when they are actually moving, the animation is poor.
The story promises to be interesting, even if the theme seems to diverge from the first anime, i kinda like how it is going, there are cliffhangers, jokes, there aren t as good as in the first anime but we re less bored in these first episodes than in the first episodes of the first season (remember the first time we watched steins gate)
i tried to be fair in this review but Steins gate is my favorite anime, so i appreciate this second season more than i sould. I am confident about the quality of the next episodes in terms of scenario. Here are my ratings :
-Story : 8
-Art : 7
-Sound : 6
-Characters : 8
-Enjoyment : 7
-Direction : 7 (too many close up and strange point of views, not enough work on the locations, we must guess where the characters are thanks to the details seen in close up sequences)
-Overall : 7
I love the ED. It has a really nice dark atmosphere
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!
That's all for today, folks! I hope that I'm delivering the content you want! If I'm not, don't hesitate to let me know! I want to reach as large of an audience as possible with my reviews and hopefully expand out of writing! Let me know what you want to see if you aren't seeing it!
Have a beautiful Friday, friends! As always, it's been a pleasure.
"Listen, Okabe... This world can only go to one place: Hell"
This Review contains Spoilers for the original Steins;Gate. I'm going to give my best for my first Review on this site, but please be aware that English is not my mother tongue and therefore I might make some dumb mistakes.
Like once Arkada from Glass Reflection said, Steins;Gate 0 is the Sequel to what is called a "perfect" ending.
In the original Steins;Gate Okabe attempts to save Makise Kurisu from her inevitable death. After failing once he gets a message from his future self, telling him how he should proceed. On his second try
he saves Kurisu, enters the Steins Gate and the story ends. Steins;Gate 0 revolves around the story of that future Okabe: The one that failed to save Kurisu. Right now the take on this genre is simply amazing. I've always wanted to see this side of the story, where things just don't seem to go right. I haven'T played the VN for Steins;Gate 0, and I'm very looking forward to see how this almost impeccable story comes to a conclusion.
Just like the original, Steins;Gate 0 is also done by Studio White Fox. I mean, the art is good, but I wouldn't consider it outstanding. I first played the Steins;Gate VN before watching the anime, and I have to say that the art style in the anime version fell kinda flat. But by all means the art isn't bad at all, it just feels a little bland at some times.
For the most part the soundtrack has a nice light hearded touch to it. But the best track by far is "Messenger". For me this song gives a great deep fitting vibe to it. And I also have to add that the Ending theme "Last Game" is totally AMAZING.
Alright. Even though we're talking about Steins Gate here, I'm not really satisfied with the characters. I mean, sure, you get your usual loveable cast of characters: The otaku Daru, the ditzy Mayuri, your average anime cat girl Faris etc. ( and not to mention the incredible development of Okabe, by going from an energetic mad scientist with a case of chuunibyou to a sad man with pretty bad cases of PTSD and depression). But to be honest for me most of the characters are surpisingly bland. I'm not really getting the class and the emotions that you need from those kind of casts. And mybe it's just me, but I would've appreciated a few more males. I mean sure, you are getting introduced to new masculine characters but the females are still a little overwhelming. I mean for someone that hasn't watched the anime it might seem like a harem anime for them, and we definately don't want to get in that territory.
Oh boy, was I hyped for this show. With the airing of the first episode it seemed like that Steins;Gate never was away. Even though the first few episodes weren't that eventful, you still had that urge to come back and get more of your favorite characters. No problems here!
Overall: 8 out of 10
With the plot that Steins;Gate 0 is going for, I can promise you that this season will blow away every expectations a hardcore Steins;Gate fan can have. Even though after seeing 7 out of 23 episodes the pacing seems a little off, but I am really looking forward to see how this masterpeice of a story will conclude.
Would recommend for anime watchers
Would highly recommend for every Steins;Gate fan
After seeing 6 episodes.. I am so surprised how perfect Steins;Gate 0 is. I was looking forward to it, but also quite afraid 'Will be the quality of Steins;Gate 0 at least bit good as Steins;Gate?" This anime is my favorite, so of course I was worried that new, alternative version, spoils it.
But true is.. I was so wrong! The quality is so perfect! I love all episodes so far. I don't recommend to watch it before Steins;Gate, but if you've seen it already, it's worth to watch this one too!
So, since this great woman, Makise Kurisu, is no longer alive in this anime,
there was fear that I won't be able to enjoy story without her. I miss her, but the plot is amazing. Similar to Steins;Gate - Every thing that happened was important to story, nothing unnecessary. Also it's very interesting and I love when you need to think about it for longer time - And yeah, Steins;Gate 0 is anime, where you need to keep it in brain for a while, otherwise you understand nothing.
Haven't seen nothing wrong about art yet. Contrariwise, I very like it, the art of places, characters.. Everything is great.
OST and ops/ends, these things were always so good with Steins;Gate. I immediately fell in love with opening, it's really enjoyable - and sad. The sound in anime is amazing too.
Who can do so many characters with such potential? Don't know any character who is good for nothing here. After Steins;Gate, I loved Kurisu and Okabe. After Steins;Gate 0, I realized, that I love almost all characters so much. Everyone is so original and interesting. That's one of things I love the most about Steins;Gate!
Don't have any problems with it. I enjoy all episodes and I am sure, the rest 17 episodes will be amazing too.
Just what I should say after all this? The quality of Steins;Gate never changed, still it's the most perfect anime I've seen so far. I enjoy all of it!
I don't usually give 10/10,.. And give 10/10 to all rating (sound, story..) about it? Not at all. But Steins;Gate 0 is exception and I believe it will remain like this.