The Butterfly effect
Posted by: Dval from: Clarksville, TN on
Genre: SciFi, Comedy, Mystery
Length: 12 episodes
"The microwave is a time machine. Okarin proved it. The self-anointed mad scientest nuked bananas into some gelatinous version of the future. Or maybe it was the past. Doesn't matter. No one thought he could do it, but he did it anyway. He sent text messages through time to people he knew. To his friends. Some of them female. Pretty. He should have been more careful. He should have stopped. Tampering with the time-space continuum attracts unwelcome attention. Clandestine organizations of nefarious origins take notice. SERN. Always watching. Okarin knows: he can feel their eyes. That's why he started the top secret Future Gadget Lab. To stop them. You should join. We get to wear lab coats, and it's dangerous. Danger is exciting because it's deadly. The microwave is a time machine."
Steins;Gate is one of those series that you hear tons of stuff about, see tons of cosplay of, and have hopefully already watched! I have now; at least the first part! I remember this series streaming about 2 years ago and people were raving about it left and right, but I didn't have much of a desire to watch it at that point. Then when it came time for the English release, BestBuy didn't have it available at all. They finally do now, but it took forever! Heck, they had the 2nd part in stock and in stores, but not the first.
Steins;Gate is another of those wonferful anime series that started out as a Visual Novel in Japan. Really wish that there were more VNs released in North America, but luckily J-List released a translated version earlier this year! The anime itself is awesomely wonderful. I want to watch it over and over shouting "AWESOME!" every few minutes just to spark the "Everything is Awesome" song from the Lego Movie -_- As the slightly psychotic description implies, it's about time travel and the consequences of it. Okabe/Okarin is the leader of the Future Gadget Club which is attempting to make their own time machine as well as other various gadgets. Once they discover that they've actually managed to alter time in some form or fashion, everything slowly begins to unravel. The smallest change still has giant effects in the future. When SERN takes notice, the fun times soon turn into terror.
It's hard to say anything bad about this series. The story is amazing and well fleshed out. The graphics are top-notch. And the English dub is terrific as well! Overall, Steins;Gate part 1 is a light-hearted, fun comedy up through episode 11. You have some spots of drama when Okabe realizes that he's changed time-lines. However, the proverbial stuff hits the fan in episode 12 which just shatters any sense of peace that the series had maintained. Time to see what Part 2 holds!
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