Adapted from the critically acclaimed visual novel by 5pb. and Nitroplus, Steins;Gate tells the story of a self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe that rents a room in Akihabara and invent his so-called ” Future Gadget ” with his fellow lab members – an air-headed childhood friend, Mayuri Shiina and a perverted top hacker, Daru and the members keep increasing as the story progresses.

As they attempt to create a time machine by failing over and over with morphing bananas into piles of green gel using a microwave oven, they stumbled upon their unexpected success, to be able to send email using the oven back to the past, altering the flow of history. Now that Okabe has finally achieved this, he could change the world to the one that he dreamed of. But, at what cost?


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” Life isn’t about doing things over. ” – Hououin Kyouma ( A Mad Scientist )

Time travel premises never gets old, from the blockbuster classic Back to The Future to anime masterpiece Kimi No Na Wa, despite many different models of time travel has been introduced, they all revolve around the same concept – when there’s an action in any timeline, there will be consequences. This phenomenon is knowns as the ” Butterfly Effect ” and it’s the surface core that drives Stein Gate in its way to being a masterpiece.

The apparent concept of time travel is simple but as the story progresses, deeper and deeper layer of time travelling is unveiled, along with the repercussions that comes with it. For the nerdy part, it’s a charm to be introduced to the interesting concepts such as the fiction of transmitting memories from never impulses to bytes form that just shows how interesting the concept this premised is based on and the infinite possibilities that converge from one single action that you have taken presently, past or in the future. It’s not something to just brush off because it was introduced in a science fiction anime but a concept to deeply think about and appreciate how amazing this moment is, that takes you here.

Nerdy stuff aside, Steins Gate succeeded not only because of the time travel concept but the fact that emotions are added into play. The male protagonist, Okarin is initially portrayed as a highly delusional mad scientist with a tie to the ‘ Organization ‘ but soon he met more lab members and learn more about them and to concede to his feelings that he was never able to. The story will give you insight of the emotional burden that he faced, being the only one that knows everything, and yet unable to voice them out. The painful moments that he wishes to cherish from and the interaction of him with those who are around him that shows how he appreciates them and this resonates deeply with the plot.

The merit point that keeps it from being dull is how well the story is constructed, triggered by one event that lead to all the chaos that comes after and how they diverge like the little strings in the thread that seemingly has no connection or ending. Adding a little coloring of suspense, romance and mystery to the thread and you have the beautiful yet complicated form of story, to reach the designated Steins;Gate.

They say birds of a feather flock together, in this case, weirdos stick to a lab together. The cast is ensembled with a fat otaku super hacker, that serves as Okabe’s best friend and IT supporter. A red-haired genius ‘tsundere’ girl, Kurisu that has important impact to Okabe and a gentle and sweet childhood friend of his that he wishes to protect at all cost and more. Each with their own story, each with their own feelings that circles around Okarin and his delusions. They all play their role perfectly, that adds more value to the story so that you will either be shocked as the suspense comes or laughing for the silliness.

Overall, Steins Gate is not something you should only entertain yourself with but to realise that life goes on, and no matter how delightful or unappealing the past might be, we could never time travel back. After all, life isn’t about doing things over.



As always, thanks for reading!

Personal rating for it: 9/10!