The Badger On: Steins;Gate (Anime)

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Sci-Fi is not something that I am that into. It is more the Eagle’s kind of thing. The technical side of things pretty much go over my head though admittedly I will say that I probably have a bit of a fondness for sci-fi that involves time travel. I do watch Doctor Who after all, though I don’t consider myself to be a Whovian per say.

That leads me to my review of Steins;Gate and because of the sci-fi and time-travel nature of the show I am going to have an issue trying to review the show. Though I will say that I have watched it a couple of times now and every time there is something new to pick up on, well there was for me anyway.

It is not a run of the mill kind of time-travel show where the main characters hop in a time machine and travel through time for adventure or in the hope of changing something though this last one does occur but the concept of fate also plays a part in it.

The show revolves around Rintaro Okabe, a university student, who likes to think of himself as a Mad Scientist. He runs a lab which he calls the Future Gadgets Lab out of an apartment with Daru, a perverted hacker and his childhood friend and “hostage” Mayuri. After attending a lecture on time-travel Okabe finds the dead body of a neuroscientist Makise Kurisu. He sends a text message to Daru about this but later on finds that Kurisu is alive and that Daru received the message before Okabe sent it.

Am I confusing you, it is a little hard to wrap your head around I know.

Well anyway Okabe and his friends, have created a form of time-travel in which they can send messages, which they call ‘D-Mail’, back in time. He allows an assortment of friends, who he invites to join the lab, to send messages by D-Mail and as such the time-line changes though Okabe remembers the changes from each time-line.

Unfortunately an organisation called SERN (a play of the scientific research organisation CERN) are also researching time-travel and finds out about Okabe and Co’s discovery and will do anything to get a hold of it which leads to Mayuri’s death. Using D-Mail Okabe jumps from time-line to time-line hoping to change this but cannot stop Mayuri’s death. He eventually comes to the conclusion that he needs to undo the D-Mails sent as each one pushes back Mayuri’s death. Eventually there is only one left but if he undoes that one it will mean that Kurisu will be dead and he has developed feelings for her and she reciprocates those feelings.

This show has a lot of emotional weight not just with our main characters. The reasons for each of the D-Mails sent has a very significant reason and meaning for the sender and having to undo them is not only emotional for them but for Okabe as well. Each of the characters grow but that growth is especially evident in Okabe who starts off in the beginning being a bit of a jerk but with the weight of the choices that he makes and the guilt he carries he becomes quite a caring individual.

The show starts off slow but it gives you the chance to get to know the characters in the story but once it hits the midway mark it definitely picks up in pace. The voice acting is wonderful and naturally the theme song is also great.

 

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