The self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe rents out a room in a rickety old building in Akihabara, where he indulges himself in his hobby of inventing prospective “future gadgets” with fellow lab members: Mayuri Shiina, his air-headed childhood friend, and Hashida Itaru, a perverted hacker nicknamed “Daru.” The three pass the time by tinkering with their most promising contraption yet, a machine dubbed the “Phone Microwave,” which performs the strange function of morphing bananas into piles of green gel.
Though miraculous in itself, the phenomenon doesn’t provide anything concrete in Okabe’s search for a scientific breakthrough; that is, until the lab members are spurred into action by a string of mysterious happenings before stumbling upon an unexpected success—the Phone Microwave can send emails to the past, altering the flow of history.
Adapted from the critically acclaimed visual novel by 5pb. and Nitroplus, Steins;Gate takes Okabe through the depths of scientific theory and practicality. Forced across the diverging threads of past and present, Okabe must shoulder the burdens that come with holding the key to the realm of time. – My Anime List
Based on 17 review scores:
It lacks the urgency and thematic depth of many shows that I would rate at five stars but I really can’t argue with the sheer competency of this production on so many levels. Complexity is handled with insight and maturity that I would love to qualify but I do not want to spoil it for you all. It is far better for you to go and see rather than I tell you. -1 star if you really cannot stand Okabe – either way you should just bear with it. It gets better.
At times, elements of the story seem preposterously ridiculous until suddenly it all makes sense and feels completely believable. Truly an excellently crafted story, but more importantly, what really makes this series great is it’s magnificent characters because they are what truly make the story. They are the story. They are so passionate and enthralling. Really… it’s hard to describe why I liked this anime so much. It’s simply has to be seen to fully understand it. I’d recommend this series to anyone who loves good sci-fi or anime or good characters or good story telling in general.To just about anyone. Just don’t go into it expecting an action show. Not that it doesn’t have some action, and it is filled with suspense, but this adventure is a discovery of the unknown reaches of time (not space) and people. Just watch it! That’s honestly the best way one can understand what this show is about.
Overall, this anime is a masterpiece and will bring freshness to a new awesome story. This is a must watch anime especially to the sci-mind people out there
The Outer Haven
If you like science fiction, this is a show for you. If you like time travel, this is THE show for you. If you’re a fan of well-written dialogue and a very interesting story plot.. again, this is the show for you.
At The Buzzer Show
Here’s the bottom line: If you’ve ever enjoyed anime (or even if you haven’t, but you like good storytelling without fanservice or melodramatic acting), check out Steins;Gate. It went a bit under the radar when it was first released, but it vaulted up near the top of my list for both anime and television in general.
HS Media Nerd Reviews
Overall, I think that Steins;Gate is incredible. It may have a slower start than most, but honestly, I thought that the slower start improved the anime more than it detracted from by developing the large cast of characters, creating a great atmosphere, and once the story really gets going in the second half you’ll probably fall in love with this show.
My Anime List
Steins;Gate is easily one of the better science fiction anime to appear in the last few years, and while there are areas that could have been improved upon, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Steins;Gate is an enjoyable romp in the realms of implausibility that delivers on several levels, and while the happy ending may not sit well with everyone, the conclusion to the story does offer a degree of catharsis.
It’s just a shame that everyone seems to think you need a happy ending in order to make a story great.
Anime News Network
Perhaps Steins;Gate’s most notable contribution to the time-travel genre is the way it winks and nods at everything that’s come before. With an unapologetically geeky protagonist leading the way, this is a full-out love letter to that entire branch of science fiction—hard, and soft, and in between. Yet even with all the familiar plot elements and pop-cultural references, this is a story all its own, with likable characters that can’t be found anywhere else and a number of wild, mind-bending twists that will leave viewers hooked. The visual style, while not the most striking or innovative, still has enough enough flair to be memorable. And as an overall package, well—by the time you get to Episode 24, you’ll want to build a time machine just to go back and relive the thrill all over again.
Steins;Gate is, quite simply, one of the best visual novel adaptations to come out ever since the Higurashi series, and Kyoto Animation‘s Key adaptations. Coming off a successful effort at what must have been a complex undertaking in Katanagatari, White Fox deserves a pat on the back; not only does their latest effort make a strong case for being their magnum opus, it is becoming clear that they are an up-and-coming studio to watch for, going into the second decade of the 21st century. One might indeed say that White Fox is the choice of Steins;Gate… but you didn’t hear it from me, ’cause the Organization might be listening.
The plot of Steins;Gate is well thought out, creative, and captivating. The themes are deep and the choices complex and sometimes painful. The characters are entertaining and fascinating. The sound and animation suit the anime well and make it more amazing. If you relish the idea of a gripping and thought-provoking anime, set against a mysterious and ominous backdrop, and spiced with humor and emotional moments, you could not go wrong in watching Steins;Gate.
The Vanguard Site
Steins;Gate is one anime that I would, without a moment of hesitation, recommend to anyone and everyone interested in getting into anime. Steins;Gate is sensational and by far one of the most thrilling works I have come across. Not only do I give Steins;Gate a rating of 10/10 but recognised anime review sites such as Anime News Network and THEM Anime Reviews give Steins;Gate a solid A- and 5/5 rating respectively, with others citing the anime as brilliant, fantastically imaginative, fun and a thrilling mystery piece. I highly recommend this anime and cannot praise it enough.
Steins;Gate starts good and just gets better with each episode. It matches science and romance in a seemingly impossible way, and has some of the coolest applications of time travel in anything I’ve ever seen.
After Death Note and Code Geass, I finally found another show worth calling amazing.
Starts slow and immature. But soon plot develops great as well as the characters and their relations. Amazing and very realistic characters. Great plot. Great sound and animation. Very emotional. I was skeptic when heard that this show was about time travel but it exceeded all my expectations. It’s amazing and must watch show. Consider that I gave 10 starts for this show and I am very hard to get impressed. 9 of 10 movies or series I watch I’ll probably consider boring, stupid or simply bad but this one is simply amazing.
If you are looking for a story that gives an honest portrayal of people, their vulnerabilities and wants, as well as a complex and well-crafted thriller, then you will greatly enjoy Steins; Gate. Whether or not you have the patience to stick with it until the 12th episode, however, will strongly shape your impression of the show.