Well, I have to say I did not expect this from such a recently released anime. This is one of the best examples I've found of an original story with great characters. Just to add to that it referenced Enstien, John Titor, events in history, and certain thoerys of time travel and parallel universes.
The story starts rather confusing actually. During the first episode the time travel begins, and you know it begins, but you're not sure how exactly. This originally turned me off from the show, and it took me about 10 months to actually attempt watching it again. The longer you watch this series the more it becomes explained, and the better you understand what's going on. But it comes down to a self proclaimed mad scientist and his Future Gadget Research Laboratory workers. Okabe being this so called mad scientist is at first, quite a bit to handle. He is extremely eccentric for quite a lot of the show, and at time can get rather annoying, but eventually you grow to like him for it. It is explained why he acts like this later in the series. The other protanginist in this series is Kurisu. She is a genius 18 year old girl who is entrigued about what Okabe has stumbled upon and decides to put up with eccentric behaviour to find out more. And of course you have your typical cute girl, Mayuri, and the perverted comedic relief, Itaru. I found most every character is lovable in thier own way and the banter between Kurisu and Okabe is pure out genius and hilarious. Of course other secondary characters are introduced but I'm not about to go into detail about all of them. They all have thier own part in the series and I don't believe even one character in this show doesn't have some important role in the story.
The story continues and the conflicts arise more and more often the more they mess with this time machine they've somehow contracted. It's not a typical time machine as it can only send text messages through time. Which stands as one of the more believable theories I've heard of. This also limits how far back they can send messages, due to technological advances. The story starts off rather slow and takes, what I call, A Clannad approach to it. It spends a great deal of time in the first few episodes just developing characters and developing what the main story arch will become. Nothing really that noteworthy happens until near halfway through the series. Not that the beginning is boring, but if you don't see how it's this good from the first 6-7 episodes, I highly suggest to continue watching it because it gets so much better.
The animation in this series is also quite well done, with even a little added touch with a "Take on me" style animation in one of the episodes. There was nothing really anything bad about much in this series at all.
The soundtrack isn't all that diverse, but it does the job. The style of music is very original and is used when it needs to be. Other parts of the series just relies on erie sounds which also do the show justice, due to the extent of explanation and talking in it. The Dub is very well done for this series, especailly Okabe's voice. Thinking of how hard it must be to act like a mad scientist. The sub is also very good and the actor playing Okabe has one hilarious moment where he attempts english. Actually laughed my fucking ass off. So dub and sub are both good.
Now for personal enjoyment. I absolutely loved this series and it ranks towards the top for my favourites, especailly the second half, which ranks even higher. I enjoyed that this series didn't get really lovey dovey, and it was pulled off quite respectfully. Yes there were brief moments but it wasn't as bad as say, a high school romantic type anime. The main conflict that eventually arises towards the second half was also one of the better story plots I've seen in anime. This anime is full of twists and obstacles to overcome, it's extremely additive, and it's hard to just watch one episode at a time.
Now for the ending. There's pretty much two endings. One main climax, and following that, the one relaxing afterstory ending to tell you how things ended up. The climax ending is one of the better endings I've seen. It's emotional, intense, and thrilling. Overall it was extremely satisfying leaving no real questions, aside from what gets answered in the second ending. The second ending is also satisfying and clears up the loose ends without being surrounded by an intense atmosphere that was in the first ending.
I highly suggest this series for basically anyone. There's Sci-fi, love, comedy, science, drama, mystery, and even a great deal of emotion. This anime is for everyone and is one of the best animes to be released in recent years and deserves the praise it's been recieving.
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