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Oct 21, 12:52 AM
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Hello,

I want to watch the series for the first time. Searching on the web I have found different views about the preferable order to watch the series.

Chronological order:Steins;Gate 1-22 > Steins;Gate 23β  > Steins;Gate 0 > Steins;Gate 23-25 >OVA>Movie

or just follow the order of the release date

Some say that for a first-timer, the chronological order makes it easier to understand and follow the events of the series but others say that this order ruins the emotional build-up of the series, spoils the ending and destroys the climax of the whole series.

In which order do you recommend to watch the series and why is this order preferable?

Thank you very much
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Oct 23, 12:18 PM
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ummaya said:
Chronological order:Steins;Gate 1-22 > Steins;Gate 23β  > Steins;Gate 0 > Steins;Gate 23-25 >OVA>Movie


Avoid that watching order at all cost!

I feel the need to remind you about something important here, there are some people out there that likes to give a pretty bad watching order and trust me, their suggestion will degrade your experience with Steins;Gate.

People watching Steins;Gate for the first time needs to finish watching this anime (all 24 episodes) and ONLY THEN you can watch the OVA which are episode 25 and episode 23beta and THEN you can jump to Steins;Gate 0. Ignore any other suggestion from people because their suggestion will completely kill the climax of this anime which are the last 2 episodes.

This should be the order you should watch it:

Steins;Gate 01-24 > Steins;Gate Ova 25 > Steins;Gate Movie > Steins;Gate Ova 23beta > Steins;Gate 0. (The Movie is non-canon but it's still pretty enjoyable)
 
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Thank you very much for your suggestions.
 
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Oct 26, 11:03 AM
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I also suggest the release order, and I also mention that the Steins;Gate OVA and movie are not canon, you don't have to watch them. If you watch them, keep in mind that the story of the movie is illogical and it is in contradiction with the rules which were established in the original series.

Also, if you have the possibility, you should play Steins;Gate 0 VN (the source material) before watching the anime of SG0, in order to obtain the full experience.
 
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I'd recommend the chronological order. I watched steins gate when it first came out and just watch 0 now and it feels like i need to watch 23-25 to get proper closure again. I think it might be an overall better experience. ep 23 of s0 spoils a bit but its pretty negligible. I might rewatch it like that in a few months.
 
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Sol_Ou said:
I'd recommend the chronological order. I watched steins gate when it first came out and just watch 0 now and it feels like i need to watch 23-25 to get proper closure again. I think it might be an overall better experience. ep 23 of s0 spoils a bit but its pretty negligible. I might rewatch it like that in a few months.


I wish people like you stop giving that advice already, people watching this anime for the first time should watch it like it was intended to be watched which is the release order. Steins;Gate 0 came out later so that one isn't even necessary to enjoy the original story and will only make it worse because you will stop the climax from the last 2 episodes to start from the beginning with a new anime which is even slower and with a bad pacing and a worse anime in all aspect compared to the OG Steins;Gate, not to mention, the director changed so it doesn't even feel like Steins;Gate at all.

Just stop giving that advice already.
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We all know that this series is somewhat complcated despite that it has only 2 seasons, movie and 2 OVA because it is all about time travelling (the order is also time traveling). For starters, you should watch it according to release date because it would give you the "shocking" revelation that everything is connected despite the 7 year gap between the two sequel.But I don't recommend to watch it in chronological order. We really need to use our brain while watching it (I lost mine xD) Here is the order

Steins;Gate (1-25)
Steins;Gate Movie
Steins;Gate OVA (Prequel to Steins;Gate 0) this is like the alternative Episode 23
Steins;Gate 0

Have Fun!
 
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xZabuzax said:
Just stop giving that advice already.
No. It's a valid viewing order. 0's ending does not provide closure. If a person plans on binging this show I'd recommend chronological but if not I'd say release order.
 
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Sol_Ou said:
No. It's a valid viewing order. 0's ending does not provide closure. If a person plans on binging this show I'd recommend chronological but if not I'd say release order.


No it's not, it's a bad watching order and is not recommended for first time watchers. You need to treat Steins;Gate and Steins;Gate 0 as 2 separate animes because they both feel completely different in direction, pacing, animation, choreography, etc... and stopping the good flow of the OG Steins;Gate to start from the beginning with a new anime is completely dumb.

Just because Steins;Gate 0 happens to be a midquel doesn't mean that you should watch it first before finishing the OG, Steins;Gate 0 wasn't even necessary and the OG doesn't even need Steins;Gate 0 to be good, the OG was already good to begin with and inserting Steins;Gate 0 into the mix without finishing the OG will only serve to kill the climax and screw with the pacing.
 
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xZabuzax said:
Sol_Ou said:
No. It's a valid viewing order. 0's ending does not provide closure. If a person plans on binging this show I'd recommend chronological but if not I'd say release order.


No it's not, it's a bad watching order and is not recommended for first time watchers. You need to treat Steins;Gate and Steins;Gate 0 as 2 separate animes because they both feel completely different in direction, pacing, animation, choreography, etc... and stopping the good flow of the OG Steins;Gate to start from the beginning with a new anime is completely dumb.

Just because Steins;Gate 0 happens to be a midquel doesn't mean that you should watch it first before finishing the OG, Steins;Gate 0 wasn't even necessary and the OG doesn't even need Steins;Gate 0 to be good, the OG was already good to begin with and inserting Steins;Gate 0 into the mix without finishing the OG will only serve to kill the climax and screw with the pacing.
Nah I disagree. If you're really enjoying the show and don't want it to end it'd be better to watch it in chronological. I watched it release order and I wouldnt recommend that way.
 
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Sol_Ou said:
Nah I disagree. If you're really enjoying the show and don't want it to end it'd be better to watch it in chronological. I watched it release order and I wouldnt recommend that way.


And the majority of the Steins;Gate community disagrees with your watching order, go figure.
 
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xZabuzax said:
Sol_Ou said:
No. It's a valid viewing order. 0's ending does not provide closure. If a person plans on binging this show I'd recommend chronological but if not I'd say release order.


No it's not, it's a bad watching order and is not recommended for first time watchers. You need to treat Steins;Gate and Steins;Gate 0 as 2 separate animes because they both feel completely different in direction, pacing, animation, choreography, etc... and stopping the good flow of the OG Steins;Gate to start from the beginning with a new anime is completely dumb.

Just because Steins;Gate 0 happens to be a midquel doesn't mean that you should watch it first before finishing the OG, Steins;Gate 0 wasn't even necessary and the OG doesn't even need Steins;Gate 0 to be good, the OG was already good to begin with and inserting Steins;Gate 0 into the mix without finishing the OG will only serve to kill the climax and screw with the pacing.


Absolutely this! +1
 
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xZabuzax said:
Sol_Ou said:
Nah I disagree. If you're really enjoying the show and don't want it to end it'd be better to watch it in chronological. I watched it release order and I wouldnt recommend that way.


And the majority of the Steins;Gate community disagrees with your watching order, go figure.
Your point being what exactly? That the majority is always right? I'm just putting forth why I view chronological as the better viewing order. You can disagree with that sure but to say its a bad watching order is just misleading for those in the minority.
 
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Sol_Ou said:
Your point being what exactly? That the majority is always right? I'm just putting forth why I view chronological as the better viewing order. You can disagree with that sure but to say its a bad watching order is just misleading for those in the minority.


Your watching order is bad for the reasons we provided in this thread, you can disagree with it but that doesn't mean that your watching order is good either, there's a reason why the majority of the Steins;Gate community disagrees with your watching order.

Just let the first time viewers watch Steins;Gate like it was intended to be watched which is the airing order and stop screwing around with their experience by recommending your crappy watching order.
 
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xZabuzax said:
Sol_Ou said:
Your point being what exactly? That the majority is always right? I'm just putting forth why I view chronological as the better viewing order. You can disagree with that sure but to say its a bad watching order is just misleading for those in the minority.


Your watching order is bad for the reasons we provided in this thread, you can disagree with it but that doesn't mean that your watching order is good either, there's a reason why the majority of the Steins;Gate community disagrees with your watching order.

Just let the first time viewers watch Steins;Gate like it was intended to be watched which is the airing order and stop screwing around with their experience by recommending your crappy watching order.
It's not a crappy viewing order tho.
 
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Sol_Ou said:
It's not a crappy viewing order tho.


Yes it is.

Anyways, this conversation isn't going anywhere so I won't waste my time with this anymore, I'm glad the OP did the right thing which is to watch this anime the way it was intended to be watched and is a good thing that people like you are the minority with that crappy watching order.
 
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I am also one of people who think that original Steins Gate has an anticlimatic conclusion, so probably it's true that watching 0 before the last 2 or 3 episodes of original can somewhat make it better.
But again, many fans probably will be mad at me because I said this, because they hate 0 very much lol. I admit that I am not the biggest fan of Steins Gate though.
 
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Jim_Heart said:
I am also one of people who think that original Steins Gate has an anticlimatic conclusion, so probably it's true that watching 0 before the last 2 or 3 episodes of original can somewhat make it better.
But again, many fans probably will be mad at me because I said this, because they hate 0 very much lol. I admit that I am not the biggest fan of Steins Gate though.


I'm a big Steins;Gate fan, and I love 0 too, but I think the best "viewing" order is: Steins;Gate -> Missing Link OVA -> Steins;Gate 0 VN -> Steins;Gate 0 anime
 
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