Here are 13 reasons why it’s recommended that you watch Steins;Gate anime series if you haven’t already.
Endless talks with my sister and after all these years, she still hasn’t seen the popular series: Steins;Gate! As a result, I became inspired to write this post since it is also one of my favorite anime series.
I watched Steins;Gate and all its’ sequels with no expectations and I was in for quite the surprise! Even after it’s been since 2011 since its release, I still feel like wanting to time travel back just to relive through it all over again.
I’m just going to put this here, just in case ‘cause you never know: [#13 IS A MINOR SPOILER]
#1 – Provokes Curiosity.
When I first started watching Steins;Gate I was always left wondering, what is this? What does this mean? What is happening? What is going on? I asked all these questions and the list seems to go on. You could say that it made me curious. You’d be questioning many circumstances as you watch through it. But, you’ll understand that it’s quite intentional.
#2 – Atmospheric Art.
There is an added sense of realism and I like the scenery. I can understand that people may find it isn’t particularly striking at first glance. The undertones and hues give off a subtle eerie vibe. The character designs, the sequence of events, and the animation set the tone of the story to be appealing in its own way. It is crisp, clean, and not too vibrant. Just the right balance to be aesthetically pleasing and dream-like in my eyes.
#3 – A Compelling Sci-Fi Story.
Time-traveling is a concept that always intrigued me. The storyline is very well executed and eases me into this immersive experience. What drives the characters to move forward? Their actions may be questionable, but it never fails to pique my interest. The pacing of the story requires patience in the beginning episodes, but it’s all worth it once the pieces all come together. I ended up being on the edge of my seat and I was already strapped in for more. The main depiction of this story is science fiction, but you’ll also notice a few other genres mixed in too. There are comedic, romantic, and psychological elements in this anime. It’s quite a unique combination if you ask me.
#4 – Character Personality.
I actually grew rather fond of the personalities in all the characters. The characters and their personalities drive the plot forward and are different in nature. The dynamics of their relationships give off the appeal of depth. But, we can only wonder how much depth does each character has when it comes to their personality? How much depth can we expect out of the characters we root for? I decided to keep my expectations low and I wasn’t disappointed, to say the least.
#5 – Voice Acting On Point.
I watched this anime with Japanese dub. I’d say that the voice acting provides quite a memorable experience for me as a result. The combination of art, music, and voice acting is splendid! It has made quite an impact on me. They say that if you watch Steins;Gate enough times, you’ll start to hear voices inside your head. Or it could be a hallucination. Don’t mind me.
#6 – An Enjoyable Music Score.
The opening sequence to “Hacking to the Gate” by Kanako Itou is upbeat in nature. Steins;Gate wouldn’t be the same without her. Her voice adds rhythm and brings forth an energetic vibe to the art style portrayed. Makes me want to fight for what I believe in and go against any obstacles that fall in my path.
The background music does add to this. I’ll admit that it could improve, but is still enjoyable for me regardless. The ending sequence, which features “Toki Tsukasadoru Juuni no Meiyaku” by Yui Sakakibarait is quite the opposite of upbeat. She takes on a sad, yet darker approach and it feels like the future is grim when I listen to this. I’d like to see it as a musical foreshadowing and you’ll understand why when you watch the series!
#7 – Okabe, The Mad Scientist.
While also known as the main protagonist of the series, this mad scientist shines through when it comes to ethical dilemmas, time-traveling aspects, and first world problems. Although it makes you ponder what sort of inventions and futuristic gadgets he created, you’ll find out soon enough. He gives off that impression of a funny guy, but he can get serious when things turn south.
#8 – Kurisu, The Red-Headed Beauty.
At first glance, Kurisu’s character design gives off a cold, smart, and yet a cool type of personality. Kurisu is a fascinating character I gradually grew to love as time went on. If you like tsunderes, you’ll like Kurisu. Her interactions with Okabe isn’t what I was expecting and it is because of Kurisu that you’ll see why some romantic elements come into play.
#9 – Mayuri, The Optimist.
I wonder if Mayuri is secretly the mascot of Steins;Gate. Mayuri stands out to me with her unique quirks. She’s positive, innocent, cute, and optimistic. She’s the kind of girl you could have as a sister! She brings out the light at the end of the tunnel. I can see a lot of love for cute anime girls like her.
#10 – Itaru, The Hacker.
I believe him to be an underrated character, but he’s a chill dude despite his perverse tendencies. The reliable kind of friend you can go to when you need something done and he offers amazing tech support for our main protagonist. He’s the type that likes to work behind the scenes and I’m sure many can relate to him. He can come off as a simple guy and that’s not a bad thing.
#11 – Inspirational Quotes.
There are many words that give meaning. The amount of depth, reasoning, thoughts, and impressions in this anime is intriguing. It provokes the complexity of the mind without being too confusing. It has made an impact on me in mind-blowing ways and when I look back, I end up wishing I could time travel to relive through these memories.
#12 – Based On The Visual Novel.
Steins;Gate is a 2009 Japanese visual novel developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus. An anime TV adaptation aired in 2011. It won the awards for being the finest well-written visual novels and as we see it, one of the top rankings for the anime series as well! This is one of those stories that has aged well and it gradually became such a modern classic.
Let’s face it. I am a sucker for happy endings. However, it’s not all without consequence! The amount of twist and turns that the protagonist has to go through can be quite the emotional rollercoaster ride. There are many “What-If” scenarios and you’ll be able to see it in all its’ glory.
What to do next?
You can watch Steins;Gate! If you have already, you can re-watch it for nostalgic purposes.
You can also watch the sequels!
- Steins;Gate: Egoistic Poriomania
- Steins;Gate: The Movie − Load Region of Déjà Vu