The eccentric, self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe has become a shell of his former self. Depressed and traumatized after failing to rescue his friend Makise Kurisu, he has decided to forsake his mad scientist alter ego and live as an ordinary college student. Surrounded by friends who know little of his time travel experiences, Okabe spends his days trying to forget the horrors of his adventures alone.
While working as a receptionist at a college technology forum, Okabe meets the short, spunky Maho Hiyajo, who
later turns out to be the interpreter at the forum's presentation, conducted by Professor Alexis Leskinen. In front of a stunned crowd, Alexis and Maho unveil Amadeus—a revolutionary AI capable of storing a person's memories and creating a perfect simulation of that person complete with their personality and quirks. Meeting with Maho and Alexis after the presentation, Okabe learns that the two were Kurisu's colleagues in university, and that they have simulated her in Amadeus. Hired by Alexis to research the simulation's behavior, Okabe is given the chance to interact with the shadow of a long-lost dear friend. Dangerously tangled in the past, Okabe must face the harsh reality and carefully maneuver around the disastrous consequences that come with disturbing the natural flow of time.
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~~
Although it still feels like it only just started, we are now somehow halfway through the Spring 2018 anime season already, and trends are now clearly starting to emerge. In the past three weeks, Boku no Hero Academia returns to prominence, Persona 5 sinks like a stone and more.
In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.