‘’In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions; where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state.’’ –butterfly effect in chaos theory, Wikipedia.
The butterfly effect, this very interesting concept is considered, by some, the center of Steins;Gate. Others might say it’s the fact a microwave can send text messages in the past, or even the friendly relationship between a mad scientist, a hacker, a slightly odd girl and genius scientist, but whatever the focal point of the story you choose to adopt, one cannot help but agree that Steins;Gate is a magnificent anime with a tremendous story, amazing characters and great artwork. I have not been this excited about a new release in a while. This anime is karma for me. After all the suffering by the hands of anime like Astralotte’s Toy and Yosuga No Sora, I finally end up with a great new series Steins;Gate.
The story is complicated to say the least; it’s a story where a mad scientist somehow built a machine, a microwave, which is able to send text messages in the past, and must live with the consequence of this discovery. If that’s not interesting enough for you, I don’t know what you can consider interesting. Frankly speaking, I can’t say a lot more than that concerning the story since anything I say might reveal some of the very interesting plot twists or informations that you should discover yourself. The only thing I can truly say is that the story was insane and had a lot of complexities because of the space/time aspect. This anime contains some of the strangest plot twists, although these were not particularly hard to guess, they were still extremely nice. The story takes a very nice turn when it stops (at ep:12) being a light and refreshing anime and shows us the consequences of the actions that were taken. This change of heart of the anime surprisingly pleased me and satisfied a darker part of my who was hoping for retribution for being a fool. The greatest feat of this story was certainly the fact it introduced plausible theories about time and managed to not fuck up the space/time continuum and logic (except some minor and subtle ‘’errors’’ or ‘’confusions’’, it is one of the only anime that messes with time successfully (the memories, for example, you’ll understand)). There was even a loop I was able to appreciate, and unlike the endless 8, it successfully displays the inevitable aspect of time. All in all, Steins;Gate had a great light story with a lot of twists that turned it into a heavy and suspenseful anime. Although the anime could of have a very dramatic ending at episode 22, the ‘’real’’ ending was still very satisfying. Yet, it can still be questioned since it might bring a bit of confusion (temporally speaking, it could be questioned a bit). It gives us an amazingly addictive entertaining anime with some great development in all aspects.
But the story was not the charm of this anime, its characters were. All of them had a very attaching personality and a great development, you can’t help but like at least some 2 of them since they all have this attaching human and unique feeling. In other words, I loved all of them. With that said, some of them may seem slightly annoying at times and it can be quite a buzzkill, for instance, the annoying sound Mayuri spams when she sees anyone can get annoying, the strange laugh of the main character and the incessant meme/geek attitude of Kurisu can get quite buggy for some, but I loved those aspects of human annoyance. These characters left a mark on me, and all of their great stories and development will stay in my mind, since they were all so awesome. On a plus side, there is also a very light romantic undertone to some relations and such undertone was great; as you might know now, I love romance, and even though the amount of it in this anime was very low, I have savored every moment of it since it was great. Another thing that has to be noted is the awesome dialog between the characters, their personality and the intelligent writing staff’s dialog made these characters memorable for me.
The art was very good and reflected well comportment of the characters with subtlety (at times), and that was great. I also liked the backgrounds and the effects since they were nice, the overall art left a good impression on me. Music was good as well, the opening being insane, but I did not notice it that much, meaning it was not remarkable but not unremarkable, it was good. The thing I loved the most about the audio aspect was the voices and the emotions the voice actors were able to put in their speech, it gave a great impression and made you feel as it was important, it gave a ‘’feel’’ to the anime.
Steins gate was a great anime, it was amazing even with its little flaws and at times confusing structure, but the characters made up for that small flaw with their awesomeness. It was a grand anime that I would recommend to any type of anime lover. The best thing is that this anime forced me to inform myself and thus to learn, an anime can be proud when it does not only entertain, but it educates also (on that fact, those who did not know CERN and John Titor were real, go inform yourselves).
Ps: Just a random question, was john Titor really that big of a deal in the 2000?
Favorite episode 22
PSs : this anime was funny as hell too, so go watch it.