Steins:Gate – Episode #01

April 7, 2011 at 7:40 am 5 comments

– “Prologue to the Beginning and End”

Arguably the most anticipated show this season, Steins:Gate is an anime adaptation from the highly successful Visual Novel from 5pb and Nitroplus. The story mainly deals with mystery, time travelling, thriller, murder and soggy gel banana.

A crazy minded self-proclaimed scientist who’s always in his own little world. A beautiful scientist who mentioned of a meeting that never happened. A murder. A satellite falls into the building. Memories not following the truth. Dr Pepper. Banana. A text that was sent to the past.

The first episode might be a bit of a weird pacing to the first time viewers since the protagonist loves to ramble about his delusional roleplaying whenever it’s possible. Unless you watch the episode again you will spend most of the time figuring out which parts of his speech are just trolling the viewers and which parts are genuine backstory. The writing is also a bit loose as they seem to be destined to cram that cliffhanger to the end of the episode. However as a whole first episode gave me enough questions that are waiting to be answered.

Visually the overall colour pallete opts for a grey overtone with slightly foggy background as oppose to the brighter metallic theme used by huke in the original Visual Novel. It gives out an oppressive feeling and the sense of paranoia, however somehow clashes with crazy speeches in this episode. The animation looks decent in general without noticeable glitches. Personally I like the approach.

It’s always fun to dub a crazy character, and the seiyuu for Okarin did just that. It’s kind of refreshing to have a main character who has a distinct and strong personality instead of being a flat male protagonist. There’s a weird tendency from him to ramble on about his role playing delusions, and in some way makes him a funny character. His otaku friend also allows the readers/watchers to appreciate the in-jokes of the 2ch culture, while Mayushi provide the usual dose of moe to the stories. Having said that both characters are genuine and does not really fit into much annoying tropes at the moment, and their characterisation can still get a lot better as the series goes on.

I find the OP and ED decent, though heard that the original one from the VN are better (as usual).  It’s just funny to see the OP pops up 10min into the episode instead of the usual time slot of 3~5mins in at the latest. Another complaint from the fans of the VN is that the BGM was used very scarcely throughout the episode. The episode settles mostly on real life sound effects in the background, to build up tension but also make the climax of the episode great with the introduction of a good track. Hopefully it will not be another Umineko where they butchered the BGM. Memorable scenes in the VN are memorable for a reason, and the perfect execution of the BGM is a vital part of it. If there’s a strong scene in the future episode, I really hope they employ the music from the VN.

Overall I find episode one of Steins:Gate a good viewing experience. The story, though poses a lot of question, did not really point us toward a direction as to where it will be heading, though the lack of strong BGM might contribute to it. It’s fair to say that I’m still hyped up about this series, and fingers crossed that WhiteFox will deliver.

9/10

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  • 1. Sick  |  April 8, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I checked this one out and really enjoyed it as well. Okarin comes off as so crazy and insane and out of it that part of me buys into the whole time travel storyline but another part of me thinks this guy might just be a loon who’s imagining alot of this stuff happening or has some split personality that’s acting in the background.

    Definitely an interesting watch though. I thought Chaos;Head took a good premise (interesting murder mystery) and completely ruined it by turning it into a show about rock stars summoning demon swords so Steins;Gate wasn’t really on my radar. The involvement of White Fox, the studio behind Katanagatari (my favorite show of 2010), got me interested and I’m glad I actually gave it a shot.

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    • 2. n1xx  |  April 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Just from watching episode 1, I can already say Steins;Gate has the potential to overpass chaos;head’s anime adaption. I haven’t played the visual novels of neither yet, but I still had the feeling that chaos;head was diverging from its original path.

      Yes, Okarin does come off as a crazy individual and often seems to create another world for himself(such as the idea of an organization sending people to get him and having a cellphone that deactivates, as soon as someone else, other than him, touches it). Needless to say that he is still a brilliant scientist, noticing the theory-fraud at the time-machine conference.

      If I were to guess(in a rational way and considering that he is maybe not mad), Okarin might be caught up into a time-traveling loop. Not only that, I also have the feeling that another him, from an alternate time/space, has lived a few of these events already, which is why characters like Kurisu, might have received warnings from someone who resembles Okarin.

      And so, I can’t wait to watch the following episodes, in order to get my ideas more sorted out.

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  • 3. gecd  |  April 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    the reason chaos;head is bad is because the answer of all its mysteries are in bad ending route
    steins;gate have 5 endings but the answer of its misteries are lies in its true route
    so dont worry

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    • 4. n1xx  |  April 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      I guess it’s good news for those who are CG hunters in Visual Novels. If you aim for all the endings, you won’t only get all the CGs, but also the truth behind the mystery. (:

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  • 5. Steins;Gate Series Review « Sticky Jellyfish  |  September 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

    […] see how they will perform with their 2nd project. As you can find in my first ep impression post here (as a guest blogger somewhere else back then), I was excited by cautious about the outlook of this […]

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