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Steins;Gate

BASED ON 24 OF 24 EPS WATCHED
15 SEP
2012

In a nutshell, the least successful amalgam of comedy and drama that I have ever seen.

As a comedy, Steins;Gate ranges tolerable to entertaining, but as a drama, it falls apart completely. Its characters are mostly comical and unbelievable, yet it expects you to take their plights seriously. The grim tale of fighting the inevitable that begins around the midway point is predicated on half a series of the main characters engaging in the kind of stupid and thoughtless behavior that is only acceptable within the context of comedy.

It operates on a kind of dating sim logic where almost all the pivotal characters (themselves shallow dating sim cutouts too; there's the airheaded childhood friend, the redheaded tsundere, the catgirl maid, etcetera) of the story (the scale of which extends far beyond Akihabara where the events of the anime take place) just happen to be teenage girls living within the vicinity of the protagonist, no matter how unlikely. That one of them happens to be the one of the most brilliant researchers in the field of time travel is only the most egregious example I can bring up without getting into spoiler territory.

The opening's good, though.

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kenji123 avatar kenji123
Feb 13, 2014

One of the baddest review i've ever seen

flaze avatar flaze
Jan 13, 2014

@SANC I heard that show was crap.

This review really needs to be rewritten and expanded for me to take you seriously.

Kioshi555 avatar Kioshi555
Jan 5, 2014

Well actually DuckPhlegm said it pretty much all: "read the tags, this show isn't a major drama nor comedy series. If you were paying more attention to the story you would realise there a tiny bit of sub plot romance which doesn't make the series operate on a dating sim logic at all."

But I'll try to elaborate it differently in case it's better for you.

Who ever told you that you were going to watch a pure drama series while watching Steins;Gate?

Who ever told you that you were going to watch a series without any comical elements while watching Steins;Gate? The characters OBVIOUSLY have a BIG comical sideIt never crossed your head that Steins;Gate is deffinitely NOT a comedy-free series when from the beginning you saw the "but he's a guy" scene? Seriously?

Anyway, Steins;Gate is not a series that can be actually defined by any genre, it's very unique to be defined. There are some friends with strange personalities being engaged in strange circumstances. It just is what it is. You completely misunderstood it. You basically didn't like the fact that when you wanted to watch a drama series Steins;Gate wasn't a drama series. All in all you just didn't get what you were expecting but that happened because of you misunderstanding it. Well, in the end it's your fault not the authors'...

Kutatsu avatar Kutatsu
Jun 1, 2013

Is this guy joking?

SANC16 avatar SANC16
Feb 23, 2013

As possibly the biggest Chaos;Head fan ever Steins;Gate is such a letdown. It's so bad I can't make it past the first episode.

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