I still remember when Winter 2011 was coming to an end and I was looking for the animes I wanted to watch in Spring. In the list I saw a weird looking guy with a cellphone on his hand, a red haired girl and other girls behind them. When I read the synopsis of this anime I saw something about time travel so I decided to watch it and see what it was all about. Now that I think, it was the choice of the Steins;Gate that led me to watch the anime. Six months have passed since Steins;Gate started and I must say it is, in my opinion, the best anime of this year and one of the best adaptations of a Visual Novel.
Plot: The plot of Steins;Gate is good but not perfect I gotta admit. Well, with all the problem of traveling through time and changing timelines it is kind of hard to keep control of what is happening. But the writers did a good job. At the beginning the plot might seem a little weak but after a while you will see that the plot is starting going somewhere and in the middle is where the action and thriller begins with our protagonist, Rintarou Okabe, start trying to fix some stuff he did. Overall, I would give the plot an 8/10.
Characters: The strong point of this anime and Visual Novel. Steins;Gate introduces us a lot of characters which are likeable from the beginning. We have our protagonist, Rintarou Okabe, or as he calls himself, the Mad Scientist Houoin Kyoma. Okabe at the beginning seems a little crazy proclaiming an Agency is following him but as the plot develops he develops too changing after all the hardships he passes. We also have our female protagonist, the genius girl Kurisu Makise who helps Okabe develops his microwave time machine. Kurisu is a tsundere in many ways but unlike other tsunderes (I'm looking at you RieKugi quartet) she is a great character in many ways and in many ways seems like a real person. She is strong willed, independent, intelligent but also blushes, show her weak points sometimes and is a caring person that is willing to do anything for save the people she love. Other characters include the best friends of Okabe, Mayuri Shina (tuturu), Itaru Hashida who is the super hacka… hacker of Okabe. And we have the others girls like Half Time Soldier Suzuha Amane, the lovable trap Ruka Urushibara, Feiris, Shining Finger Kiryuu Moeka and other secondary characters. It is the cast of Steins;Gate, how they interact with each other, their motives and their story that gives life to this anime. 10/10
Sound: Excellent. First let me say the music is superb. Hacking to the Gate, Toki Tsukasadoru Juuni no Meiyaku, Gate of Steiner, all those songs are great. I wouldn't doubt a second to recommend the soundtrack of this anime. But what really steals this show is the Seiyuss. We have Mamoru Miyano (Light Yagami, Masaomi Kida, Death the Kid, Ling Yao) who voices Okarin. I admit I started noticing this seiyuu after I watched Soul Eater and then he started growing on me after his excellent jobs on Death Note, Durarara, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood and even on Kimi ni Todoke 2 but now I can say he is one of the best seiyuus ever. Miyano really knew how to voice Okarin as a Mad Scientist, when he was depressed. With his job we really understood the problems Okarin was passing and how was the state of his mind. Asami Imai (Chihaya Kisaragi) is the one who voices our lovable tsundere Kurisu Makise. This is the first time I hear her voice and I must say she also did a superb job. I hope I can hear her more. Other renowned seiyuus also appeared like Kana Hanazawa (Kanade Tachibana, Suou Pavlichenko) as Mayuri, Tomokazu Seki (Gilgamesh, Sousuke Sagara) as Daru, Yukari Tamaru (Nahona, Mei Sunohara) as Suzuha and Yuu Kobayashi (Mariya, Lala,) as Ruka. Other seiyuus not renowned also appeared but regardless of being famous in Japan or not, all of them did a splendid job and really shined. 10/10.
Animation: Quite good to be honest but I'm not going to delve a lot here because I don't know to explain this well. 9/10
Enjoyment: I think many anime fans really are going to enjoy this show. Sure, at the beginning it might seem boring because the only thing that happens is… well… Okarin and Kurisu insulting each other or trying to get the time machine working but it is this part that we get to know all the characters, an introduction to them so we can be ready as for what will happen next. If you liked or not this part, after the middle you will really get hooked to this anime. 10/10
Overall: White Fox is a relatively new studio for me. Almost all visual novels adaptations to animes have been awful (11 Eyes, Chaos;Head, I'm looking at you), others have been good but not superb(Fate/Stay Night, Air). So far the only studio who have managed to make a really good adaptation has been Kyoto Animation and it took them a while for make, if not, the best adaptation which is Clannad After Story. White Fox proved us that they can make anime adaptations at the level of a studio of great renown as Kyoto Studios. Hopefully in the future they adapt more visual novels. Steins;Gate is a great anime to watch, with so many characters which will attract you, a good plot, music and seiyuus. I really recommend anyone to watch this anime. 10/10
Clannad After Story is another great adaptation from a Visual Novel to Anime
TL;DR version: Watch Steins;Gate. You will not regret it.
El Psy Congroo!