Posted by psgels on 26 April 2011 with categories: Steins;Gate



Unlike a lot of other series, Steins;Gate has this great combination between plot development and random goofing off. Here you have characters doing the laundry at one time, but you’ll never know when they’ll start talking about the plot again. It’s also a very good thing that the dialogue is really well written here: Hououin is getting more enjoyable with every passing episode.

On top of that, I love also these neat little details that this series keeps throwing in. Take for example that apron that the electronics store owns, which says “I Heart CRT”. A quick look into Wikipedia learned that that CRT stands for Cathode Ray Tube”, or the thing that non plasma TVs used in order to display their images. They’re these neat details that seem random at first, yet somehow strangely fitting once you think about it. The laundry for example seems random at first, but 1) it shows that the lead characters are humans as well because their clothes get dirty, and 2) it gives Christina an excuse to bump into them again.

Overall, What really sets Steins;Gate apart from Chaos;Head at this point is its characterization: in Steins;Gate they feel alive and dynamic. In Chaos;Head, they were just plot devices. It perhaps doesn’t have the most exciting or heartwarming start, but I really consider it as one of the four most solid series of the season. (The other three are Anohana, Hyouge Mono and Tiger & Bunny for those who are curious).

My one point of criticism: the creators had better have a good reason for Mayuri’s dead [whatever]. Death in a series can be a powerful thing, but don’t go killing off people for the sake of giving your characters a sad back-story.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

21 Responses

  1. b00bage says:

    You might want to fix your hyperlink on the cathode ray tube as it encompasses half your post.

  2. darkerthanblackswordsman says:

    Wow… you really want us to click that link, don’t you?

    :)

  3. AKI says:

    That’s a whole lot of text to click!

  4. Anon says:

    You had to look up CRT on the Wikipedia? Really? I always thought you were old enough to remember those, heh.

  5. alexvoda says:

    umm no.
    Plasmas are a minority. Most TVs sold today are some kind of LCD(LED or CFL iluminated, backlit or sidelit, diferent technologies for the pannel itself).There are also behind screen projection displays(including laser prjection).

    So no, non-plasma doesn’t mean CRT. it means a whole bunch of technologies.

    Anyway, this show is slipping slightly into technobable. This episode they started using technical terms a bit more liberaly.

    Still a great series so far, however.

  6. PassingBy says:

    Your claim to be a computer scientist and yet you didn’t know what CRT was? Really?
    Well i guess unless you’re a computer programmer then theres really no excuse as there are programmers who don’t understand the electrical and mechanical aspects of computers and electronics in general.

  7. rosco42 says:

    LOL I feel old now for knowing what a CRT is.

  8. Rex says:

    im more surprised about the fact that you had to look up “CRT”.

  9. Ransom says:

    The pasing is nice and the dialogs are interesting. As long as they don’t have a horrible rushed ending I’ll be happy with what I’m seeing now.

  10. I agree that this show does a good job at showing that the characters are all human. The random snarking, reaching for a book on code when hacking, lots of little things that somehow make the characters believable.
    Oh, ten bucks says that Okarin is the guy who told the man at the shrine ten years ago to hold onto the computer, either that or John Titor from another timeline OR they’re both the same person.

  11. VyseLegend says:

    CRTs are still considered the top grade for color reproduction and contrast ratio, for the most part. That is, until, OLED makes it was onto the market, if that ever happens.

  12. psgels psgels says:

    Crap. The one time I don’t proofread, and it bites back.

    Oh, and for the record, I got CRTs in my fifth year of high school. Which is, like eight years ago now. It’s got more to do with fuzzy memory really.

  13. Frost says:

    I love time travel stuff so this is right up my alley

    And the characters are very likeable so far, they really go along with each other, despite the crazyness

    The only one I cant stand is that cat girl, always adding her nyan crap to everything she says

  14. otapunk says:

    I knew what CRT meant even while I’m from non-English-speaking country and we just call them kuvaputkinäyttö (picture-tube-screen) :D I only bought lcd two years ago and had crt-screen until then.

  15. Joe Joe says:

    I love this anime, the main protagonist voice reminds me of the red haired guy from starr driver. i loved that anime 2 im sure there the same voice actor.. or i may be mistaken.

  16. foamer says:

    ‘Mayuri’s dead’…wait what?! when did that happen have i missed something? O_o

  17. Sev says:

    Mayuri’s death had better not been a spoiler. But I feel it is. Goddamnit psgels.

  18. m says:

    Did you guys really not see Mayuri standing in front of a grave holding her hand up? “Mayuri’s dead [whatever]” [whatever] here is a placeholder.

    Given what you know, in context, how would you interpret her own death as a sad back-story? She got better?

  19. m says:

    Ah, that was unimaginative of me. She could be a ghost. Well in the event that Mayuri turns out to be a ghost, astral projection, robotic duplicate, clone, slider, shapeshifter, zombie, land god, mass hallucination, or any number of workable solutions, please accept my apologies for being perplexed by the above interpretations of that sentence.

  20. psgels psgels says:

    Yeah, I did not mean that Mayuri was dead. That [whatever] was just a placeholder because I have no idea whose grave she was standing next to. It could be her dead pet snake for all we know.

  21. Joojoobees says:

    I enjoyed this episode, and it seemed to make good on the earlier episode in which so many characters were introduced. Here they were put to work (or mostly, the part-timer still hasn’t done anything of import, which makes me suspicious that she is a member of The Organization).

Leave a Reply

Shoutbox

Name:
Email:
For:  
Mail will not be published
  • wicked
    (Tuesday, May 3. 2016 12:04 AM)
    @kaiser Kokoro connect has the benefits of characters having relatable problems. Kids not really understanding their teenage feelings is a relatable thing. Kiznaiver characters have anime problems, like I feel no pain, or I’m cartoonishly obnoxious, which is not a problem as plot devices, but tenuous as a trait to connect the audience
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, May 2. 2016 10:41 PM)
    @Kaiser: yeah, like I said, the ending actually justify everything come before and that ranks really high on my book
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, May 2. 2016 10:39 PM)
    @mamamoo:On Kiznaiver, yeah I like the characters well enough,, they have a good chmestry altogether and those small moments are great.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 2. 2016 07:24 PM)
    @mamamoo, On matter of the plot, yeah its not really hitting a sweet spot. But I find the characters really likable.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, May 2. 2016 06:05 PM)
    I like the idea behind Kokoro connect perhaps more than the whole show.
    I think I mainly watched it for Heartseed and Iori.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, May 2. 2016 05:43 PM)
    Oh I didn’t even think of kokoro connect…and yeah I remember that being actually really interesting and enjoyable
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, May 2. 2016 05:42 PM)
    @Mario: Had a look at El Clan/the clan, decent, solid undemanding thriller, liked it for what it was, had its moments and the ending surprised me a bit too.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, May 2. 2016 05:39 PM)
    Who was it that mentioned Kokoro connect (a show I actually kind of enjoyed parts of) alongside Kiznaiver or am I remembering things wrong?
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, May 2. 2016 05:38 PM)
    @Aidan: ….but yet no cartoon/animated adaptations of the Grant Morrison Batman run/Morrison’s Arkham Asylum.
    Some fans don’t like killing joke because it gives origin to the joker and takes the mystery away from him. I disagree with those people.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, May 2. 2016 04:47 PM)
    kiznaiver is honestly terrible I don’t know what people are seeing in it?? And people watching it for the visuals alone are equally baffling because they’re not impressive to me at all. I think I’m not gonna bother with the 4th ep. These characters are so unlikeable and the plot really isn’t as interesting as they’re trying to make it.

1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · »

Featured Posts

Flying witch – 04

Flying witch again delivers strong material this week and I actually think this is their best episode so far. Mostly because the 2 parts are well connected this week, and our new character Inuka is so natural and fit in like a glove, in addition they have an absurd and whimsical story to boost. I […]

Mayoiga – 05

We now back to the status quo on Mayoiga this week, as the group who left the village decided to come back, and the cliffhanger happened last week was never explained probably. I will say this upfront: this is not a good episode. We don’t learn much after it ends. We have even longer conversations […]

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – 03

                There are no brakes on the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress train even when it goes for a pit stop to pick up some water and say a prayer for the dead. While my fellow writers firmly believe that Koutetsujou no Kabaneri will disintegrate into a trainwreck […]

Bungou Stray Dogs – 04

Bungou Stray Dogs sure never get tired to showcase more new characters every week, and judging from the OP I’m certain that there are more to come. This week there are 3 more new faces and each of them is over the top in their own ways, but that turns out to be for good […]

Joker Game – 04

I am starting to get a little worried about Joker Game. After a very strong start it’s gone down in quality once it revealed it’s episodic format. This episode marks the lowest point of the series so far though I still don’t think of it as bad. Rather than focus on a member of the […]

Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World – 04

Despite nearly dying our protagonist wakes up out of the loop and now in the mansion of a strange clown like fellow with twin maids. The mansion looks to be Emilia’s home and we not look to be in a new time loop as evidenced by the last scene where it appears that Subaru was […]

Kiznaiver – 03

So this episode was an introduction to our new seventh Kiznaiver who looks to be a roguish shut in with a pendent for self harm. Adding a masochist to a group that shares pain is certainly a dilemma but I wonder just how they plan to make use of him in the plot. Considering that […]

Flying witch – 03

Flying witch has another solid episode this week. Flying week’s formula seems to be half of Makoto the witch getting to know an everyday country life, and other half of Makoto’s witchcrafts and meeting people from that magic world. All of these stories take place mostly in a single location as well, this time are […]

Mayoiga – 04

It’s until this week that I just noticed the rather strange part of the OP of Mayoiga, the sequence was shown in the point of view of Masaki. It starts with her, then introducing the cast and finally ends with her standing alone in the lost village. But when I think about that, only in […]

Latest Reviews

Schwarzesmarken – 65/100

Schwarzesmarken is a strange title in that it has a setting with fantastic potential yet the story is dampened by a rushed pacing and Missing characterisation. Despite this there are signs of a greater story under the hood and at times that story can shine despite haphazard adaption. The Stasi make for a great villain […]

Boku dake ga Inai Machi – 85/100

In the large reservoir of anime it is surprising just how few titles focus on the concept of time travel. There are of course titles which feature time travel but few that make it the core focus. So here we have Boku Machi or ERASED, a tale about a mangaka time traveling to his childhood […]

Gangsta. – 58/100

Gangsta is an anime with a lot of things going for it. A mature cast, gritty themes, a interesting setting and a trio of main characters who can carry the show. However due to a number of factors it never quite reached its potential. The main trio of characters are unconventional and quite interesting with […]

Gakkou Gurashi! – 80/100

Gakkou is one with a good facade as promotional material would have you believe it was some dime a dozen moe slice of life. I was one who wasn’t fooled by the cute cuddly exterior but I was truly surprised with just how good this anime ended up being. Gakkou is one of those rare […]

Little Witch Academia The Enchanted Parade – 81/100

I wonder when it was that a film being childish became a flaw. As a medium grows it takes steps to aim to mature itself and seek a more intellectual level of presenting entertainment. Animation did it as Anime aimed to explore terrontry that cartoons refuse to explore and video games only recently broke away […]

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks Review – 85/100

For a long time now this adaption has been the dreams of many a Fate fan with many believing it would never come to pass, but now that it is here is it everything that we dreamed? Short answer to this is no, long answer is nearly. I feel this show will have many divided […]

Shirobako Review – 80/100

When you see a harem anime and sigh as the breasts of the female lead jiggle with every step and wind that can flip a skirt it’s easy to forget that somewhere in Japan a group of people worked hard to get that jiggle right and draw each frame of animation. The hardships of the […]

Clipboard06

Nerawareta Gakuen Review – 84/100

Let me talk a bit about Ryousuke Nakamura. For a long time, this guy was my hero. He started off as an assistant director to Monster, in my opinion a big reason why that series got such a ridiculously solid adaptation, and then in 2008 he came with the groundbreaking Mouryou no Hako. No TV-series […]

Clipboard03

Kick Heart

Okay, so I didn’t want to exit 2013 without having seen Masaaki Yuasa’s Kick Heart. It’s only twelve minutes anyway, and I consider him to be one of the best anime directors out there. The story here is pretty silly and mostly serves as a backdrop, so I mostly want to talk about the nature […]