Steins;Gate – First Impressions

I was hesitant to pick up Steins;Gate at first since it was directly related to Chaos;Head, which I remembered to be quite confusing and random at times.

However, it has proven to be both more interesting and more entertaining so far. The premise involves a group of friends that were able to create what was essentially a small time machine and an organization named SERN that is also supposedly researching time travel, but for the purpose of world domination. The protagonist calls himself a “Crazy Mad Scientist” and makes seemingly outlandish remarks that are actually true, but the way he says it makes them seem like they’re from a conspiracy theory.

I was also surprised that a lot of the stuff used in the series actually exist. Examples include SERN (obvious reference to CERN), the Large Hadron Collider, mini black holes, John Titor, and the time travel theories they throw around. With the main subject matter being time travel and the main character being a mad scientist, what reason is there not to watch?

Rating: Very Good

4 Comments to “Steins;Gate – First Impressions”

  1. Lanir says:

    This one is both neat and kind of odd all at the same time. It’s funny because the characters are all a bit nuts in their own way and the main character really shows this off. Paranoid delusions, making reports to a cell phone that’s powered off and fitting everyone and every event into conspiracy theories surrounding his science club are just the start. The only thing that confuses me a little so far is it doesn’t really do the setup and then punch line thing. It’s all pretty amusing but it’s not structured like a joke.

    So far I like “Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko” more this season as far as portraying crazy characters. But I’ll definitely be watching Steins;Gate through to the end. The mad scientist thing is just amusing. Kind of like a Japanese answer to Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (although to be fair I’d guess the game this anime is based on predates Dr. Horrible).


    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, the dialogue doesn’t use the joke structure and seem more to be random statements.

    Oh, I still haven’t gotten around to watching “Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko” yet (so many series this season!), but more crazy characters should be fun.


  2. Azure says:

    Don’t you have any final impression for Steins;gate?
    I could not see any.

    I think Steins;gate definitely deserve it.
    Though its drawing quality is so-so, and first 12 episodes could be boring(but necessary), I think it is one of top 3 Animes in 2011 for sure.
    Its storyline is the most impressive storyline among 2011 Anime IMO.

    Too bad if you stop watching steins; gate.
    Its storyline ignites late, but after episode 13, it will burn your soul.


    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, I realize I skipped out on doing Final Impressions posts for a lot of the series I’ve finished. I keep putting them off and before I know it, months have gone by already. >_<

    I completely agree with you. I followed Steins;Gate while it was airing and watched all the episodes. It was one of my favorite series for 2011, and would probably be my top pick if not for Fate/Zero. The story, unique characters, and fascinating concepts brought forth such as world lines and time travel, made for a thought-provoking viewing experience.

    It's one of those series where after I've finished, I'm left sitting silently for a few minutes still thinking about it.


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