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Steins;Gate (Japanese: シュタインズ・ゲート, Hepburn: Shutainzu Gēto) is a 2011 anime television series created by the animation studio White Fox based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's 2009 visual novel of the same name, and is part of the Science Adventure franchise along with Chaos;Head and Robotics;Notes.
Set in 2010 in Akihabara, Tokyo, and follows Rintaro Okabe, a self-proclaimed "mad scientist", who runs the "Future Gadget Laboratory" in an apartment together with his friends Mayuri Shiina and Itaru "Daru" Hashida. While attending a conference about time travel, Okabe finds the dead body of Kurisu Makise, a neuroscience researcher; he sends a text message about it to Daru, and later discovers that Kurisu is alive, and that the message arrived before he sent it. The laboratory members learn that the cell phone–operated microwave oven they are developing can send text messages back in time; they are joined by Kurisu, and investigate it, sending text messages – referred to as "D-mails" – to the past to change the present. Kurisu eventually creates a device that can send memories through the microwave oven, effectively allowing the user to time travel.
Why It Rocks
- The idea of using a time machine through a microwave and a phone is a very interesting idea.
- The opening "Hacking to the Gate and well" as it's ending "Toki Tsukasadoru Juuni no Meiyaku" are really good.
- The series soundtracks is also good as the openings.
- Excellent voice acting both in Japanese and English.
- Well written and likeable characters such as Okabe, Mayuri, Suzuha, and mostly, Kurisu.
- The series can have very emotional moments such as Kurisu saying she must die to prevent Mayuri from dying.
- It gives a homage to Rick Astley's famous song: Never Gonna Give You Up.
- The series had an excellent finale where both Kurisu and Mayuri were still alive.
- It introduced the OVA, which an aftermath that took place a few months after the series' finale (A year for the movie).
- Doctor Nakabachi, Kurisu's father is a very generic and empty main antagonist, who only appears in more than 3 or 5 episodes with barely any screen-time, character development, and motivations. In this series, he was revealed to have murdered her daughter just because he was jealous of having her fulfilling his work and the time traveling papers.
- Whenever Okabe goes into the past to save Kurisu it always involves Mayuri dying which is annoying.
- It was followed up by Steins;Gate 0, which is not a sequel, but set before Steins;Gate's true ending, making the follow-up confusing.
- The series Steins;Gate 0 is an alternate version to episode 23.