Doo du doooo. Did I get it right – Mayuri’s trademark greeting? Picked up Steins;Gate right after it was completed. With all the hype that was going around it, how can I resist watching this? Lucky for me, I had one long weekend last week to marathon the series. With my knee injured during a badminton match, I can’t really do much but to stay at home.
At first, I thought I’ve signed up for some serious brain juice squeezing series. The kind that has very serious tone with no humor whatsoever. I’ve prepared for that actually, which is why I’m pleasantly surprised to see how much fun it was to watch Okabe’s going about with his insane operations. He is mad scientist in every manner possible; however, one cannot deny his peculiar behavior is somewhat captivating. I was instantly drawn in by Okabe’s eccentric character. Put it this way, if he happens to be a boss, his employees wouldn’t mind waking up on Monday mornings because he’ll come up with loads of unpredictable yet fun tasks at work. Besides, his weird, evil laugh is contagious.
I thought the series started well with quick humor thrown in here and there to lighten up the what I otherwise would call “information overloaded atmosphere”. I enjoyed watching Okabe and Kurisu coming up with different theories and performing experiments with other Future Gadget Lab members right up till the real problem materialized – Okabe’s experiments and carelessness got himself into some serious trouble with SERN. Steins;Gate almost lost all of its humor right after this.
After Mayuri first death, I felt the horror of watching a variant of Haruhi’s Endless Eight arc. Of course, the sequences or the episodes are not essentially the same but it has its repetitions. It’s a bit tiring to see Okabe keep going back to the past to prevent Mayuri’s death. Come to think of it, it’s inevitable since I’m watching a time traveling themed anime. Still, I was getting really bored. Luckily, the feeling quickly vanished when Okabe enlisted Kurisu’s help and together they perfect their understanding of time traveling theories and its effects on world lines. That is the most interesting part of the show.
I applaud Steins;Gate for being able to be complicated yet simple at the same time. Even with some of the more complicated time traveling theories, Steins;Gate managed to make it understandable effortlessly. I thought showing some graphical presentations to accompany the explanation of theories was good move. For example, how Suzuha used the ropes to explain world lines. That way, it’s easier to imagine what they were talking about. Besides that, when I thought all humor is lost when heaviness unexpectedly creep in the anime managed to retain some of its comedic nature from the earlier episodes. For example, I chuckled at the revelation of Daru as Suzuha’s father. =) What I like best about this show, however, is its ability to piece things together. I’ll just say this – whatever questions I have at the very beginning of the show will be explained and answered as the series progressed.
To sum up, Steins;Gate deserves a recommendable place in the myriads of anime or movies focusing on the whole time travel concept. I personally think it was well executed despite some minor flaws which is mostly subjective. It should be a good show for anyone who is interested and fascinated by all the time traveling phenomenon.
P.S If anything, Steins;Gate taught an important lesson – be careful of the people you invite into your house.