The story of Steins;Gate takes place in Akihabara and is about a group of friends who have managed to customize their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN who has been doing their own research on time travel tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them.
I have watched the anime first and started playing the game, but since I found all 3 chapters for a very good price, I decided to read this before finishing the game and it sure as heck did not dissappoint.
Before I start talking about it though, I really recommend you watch the anime first, because the manga feels like a very very short version of the anime ( Which is basically a short version of the game, I prefer the anime, but it's true ).
So, first thing I wan't to talk about is the story, it's obviously the same as the anime
so that's why I'm not going to explain it here and there are synopsis out there so you can understand it. So I'll talk about what the manga does with the story. Basically, it picks everything from the anime and makes it way faster. Things that normally take 5 episodes in the anime, take 2 chapters here, it's really small. This is also the reason why I think the anime is way better, it's much more enjoyable for being longer.
But again, I recommend watching the anime first and then reading this, because this manga has some things the anime doesn't, which I'm not going to talk about because they won't make much sense for someone who didn't watch the anime.
Now the art, I was fairly surprised by it. It's pretty good but also very weird in a way. Characters changed A LOT from the anime ( Rukako looks completely different ), but it's still very good and refreshing to see them in a different way, so I don't dissaprove of it.
Overall, I enjoyed this manga quite a lot, specially after watching the anime and it's a very good read, it also looks very nice on my bookshelf as it is quite big compared to my other mangas. So, if you have the chance, buy it, reading digitally is also okay but the manga is too pretty not to have it.
First things first : I loved the anime! I wish the manga satisfied my expectations. Annoying things with the manga :
* Story was rushed and not flowing.
*Some parts from anime were left out.
* The art was average/even bad.
*It was too short.
I still give it 7 because of the spectacular story and lovable characters. Good things about Steins gate:
*Story is awesome: time travel, time leaping and paralel universes.
*tension is high and the story is exciting. Not to mention, emotional as hell! You can feel the pain and psychological breakdowns Okabe suffers.
*Characters are unique. We have somehow "mad scientist" Okabe Rintaro , genious scientist Makise Kurisu , perverted hacker Hashida "Daru" , sweet and kind "tutturu" Mayuri Shinaa and other cool characters. I mean, every one of them was useful and noticeable.
*The theories are insane! Mind challenging and thought provoking.
I seriously recommend anime for every science fiction lover.
I was originally going to start the anime first but I saw this and I couldn’t resist trying it out first.
The art style was much better than I expected, very beautifully drawn with such intricate designs. I always enjoy that incorporated the element of time into the mix so I enjoyed that part of it very much too. It felt so realistic.
The characters are all very different in their own way and somehow test each other to their limits. I absolutely love the interaction between Okabe and Makise because it really shows that both men and women can work as team in a
scientific department, whereas nowadays we are told the stereotype that women can’t do these certain jobs, specifically physics based. I’m all about that equality mate!
I’m gonna be honest with guys . I’ve always been crap at science in general because I enjoy fantasy better than reality, but this manga series has really changed my perspective on the whole experimental part of science. It’s kind of like a Back to the Future parody but using a more unique way to travel back in time.