A divergent continuation of the original Steins;Gate ending, Steins;Gate 0 explores an alternate worldline where Okabe abandons time travel. While attempting to forget past traumas and get his life back on track, he meets an AI that re-opens old wounds.
Missing Link of the Annihilator -Absolute Zero-
Epigraph of the Closed Curve -Closed Epigraph-
Protocol of the Two-sided Gospel -X-day Protocol-
Solitude of the Mournful Flow -A Stray Sheep-
Solitude of the Astigmatism -Entangled Sheep-
Eclipse of Orbital Ordering -The Orbital Eclipse-
Eclipse of Vibronic Transition -Vibronic Transition-
Dual of Antinomy -Antinomic Dual-
Pandora of Eternal Return -Pandora's Box-
Pandora of Provable Existence -Forbidden Cubicle-
Pandora of Forgotten Existence -Sealed Reliquary-
Mother Goose of Mutual Recursion -Recursive Mother Goose-
* SPOILERS FOR THE ORIGINAL STEINS;GATE * Full disclosure; I am a huge fan of the original Steins;Gate. It's one of those shows that doesn't really kick in until about the halfway mark, but instead allows for a slow build of characterisation and mood-setting before a real gut-punch of a volta that genuinely shocked me the first time around, and continues to be effective on re-watch. It was followed up by a fantastic original movie, and I even went back and played the visual novel out of interest (it's a little flabbier and more excessive than the anime but still very good). So believe me when I say that I'm not angry with how S;G0 turned out. Just disappointed. Very, very disappointed. Synopsis time: S;G0 takes place sequentially after the penultimate episode of the original season but in a different continuity, one wherein Mayuri didn't step in and compel Okabe to go back in time once more and attempt to stave off the seemingly inevitable demise of super best girl friend, Makise Kurisu. Instead, Okabe has had to go to therapy for a while and has seemingly hung up the mad scientist mantle for good, in favour of a dapper dark suit and a sterner countenance. Just as it seems like he might be able to move on from what happened in the past/future/alternate present (despite the warranted nagging of Suzuha, his best mate's daughter from a dystopian future), Okabe is introduced to Maho, a former colleague of Kurisu's, as well as Amadeus, an AI built upon Kurisu's own pre-Okarin memories. To be honest, while the concept of a darker alternate timeline to the original ending was intriguing going in, swapping Hououin Kyouma for a more jaded, sad-sack Okabe has what I have to imagine was the opposite of the intended effect, namely that he (like much of the rest of the season) has become colourless and boring. The character work in general is pretty underwhelming, the already large cast swollen with a handful of newcomers who for the most part have little to do, and many of the old favourites such as Faris and Ruka also struggle to find their places, which leads to a couple of laughable attempts at initiating sub-plots involving them that basically go nowhere. Maho is an interesting character when first introduced, but the show quickly becomes repetitious as every scene with her and Okabe in it, or with her and Amadeus, seems to have much the same content and much the same presentation. Mayuri, my bestest favourite from the first season, is especially disappointing in that (without spoiling anything) her relationship with Okabe is Flanderised to Nedding point, and no-one else really shines either, perhaps maybe Moeka who is used just the right amount for the context of the show that she's in, only turning up when it makes sense for her to be there. Daru, meanwhile, continues to be routinely the worst thing about this entire franchise, a comic relief sidekick who I’ve never found especially funny and whose more serious moments are (but for one or two exceptions) the dictionary definition of the idiom “to fall flat”. The narrative, such as it is, ends up being the big killer though. The first season had quite a winding plot and would jump between sub-plots and character arcs fairly often, but there was generally rhyme and reason to the interpolations, whereas in S;G0 there’s a clear excess of material that the writers clearly don’t have a real handle on. Amnesia, conspiracy, time-travel, AI, déjà vu and more interpersonal-romantic subplots all threaten to jostle eachother out of the show for episodes at a time, such that, whereas the first season initially seemed aimless but then revealed itself to have quite a satisfying structure (Okabe struggling to undo progress made in the first half in order to stave off Mayuri’s predetermined death), the second winds up feeling poorly-plotted. Consequently, while the first season started off slow before it’s whole “oh shit” moment about halfway through that led to a really excellent second half, Zero is peppered with moments that seem designed to be “oh Shit” but which are 50% “saw it coming” and 50% “this doesn’t make sense to me”. Most egregiously, perhaps, the season is hamstrung by the fact that all of its twists, turns and time travel ephemera seem to be lesser reproductions of the same moments we had in the first season. I had hoped that this season would instead use AI and Amadeus as a jumping off point and be very slightly less about time travel as a result (looking at new scientific phenomena and their menace in every new instalment seems like a good way of keeping the franchise fresh and interesting) but most of Amadeus’ appearances in the first half of the season are basically just her calling up Okabe and Okabe either answering and smiling in reminiscence, or else declining the call and looking troubled while Maho looks on. This is not what I would call good resource management, and it gets worse when the later season essentially forgets about her for a good long while. In fact, the problem of managing intersecting sub-plots and continuities only grows as the episode count drags on. It’s difficult to keep track of how much time has passed between events or conversations due to the condensed nature of certain episodes, one example being a character remarking that two other characters “haven’t talked in a while” despite the two having conversed about five minutes earlier in real time. What ends up happening is that it's not until late in the season when Zero decides to be about something in particular, and by then you're already frustrated and demoralised, and the writing quality isn't really good enough in that last third or so to be of great recompense. If you're looking to end on a high note, I've got a small handful; yes, there are some genuinely awesome moments to rival the "El. Psy. Congroo" sign-off near the end of the first season, and the voice cast continues to be the real highlight of the franchise, including a few gloriously overracted moments from Mamoru Miyano. The show is very fond of Epic Music Credit Sequences, which can be grating when the show isn't being quite as stirring as it thinks it's being, but in general the soundtrack is also well put-together and very Steins;gatey, again coming from someone who has watched the original multiple times and played through the VN to the True ending. This said: TL;DR, Steins;Gate 0 is a real let-down in many respects, a show which seems unable to capture the magic of the original season. Maybe it was unreasonable to expect anywhere near the same level of quality, after the surprises of the original have already played out, but I would still opine that the blame lies on 0 for trying to retread old ground while also having no idea how to spin new yarn without being a fractured mess. But hey, it's not the worst sequel to come out of anime in 2018, so that's at least SOME kind of anodyne for a broken heart...
"The universe has a beginning, but no end. —Infinite.The stars too have beginnings, but their power accompanies their decline. —Finite.It the wise who are the most foolish. History has taught us as much.The fish of the sea know not the world of the land. Were they to possess wisdom, they too would experience decline.It is more absurd that humans should surpass the speed of light than it is that fish should start living on the land.This can be said to be God's final warning to those who resist." !! This is my first review so please don't kill me <3 !! Story: Steins;Gate 0 is basically a "midquel" to Steins;Gate since this takes place in a world line where Okabe fails to save Kurisu and ends up getting depressed for not being able to save her. This anime explores the harsh reality he has to experience in the Beta World Line and why reaching Steins;Gate is so important. It also shows how Okabe managed to come up with Operation Skuld leading to the good ending of the original story. The plot is really well thought-out overall and brings out a lot more details that weren't included in the story. Animation: The animation is very similar to the original Steins;Gate although it focuses more on Okabe's depression since it looks a bit more darker and gloomier similar to the vn. There were good character designs and the setting was beautiful visually. The only thing I had a problem about were the fight scenes in the later episodes which could have been animated way better than the way it was. Overall, the animation was good and it accompanies well with the story that this anime brings. Sound: Steins;Gate 0 has one of the best soundtracks that I've ever heard in an anime and the music really fits the setting that it plays in. Both the OP and EDs are pair well with the anime by fitting with the mood of it. The OST fit in perfectly and there were times where I would get chills just by watching an intense moment accompanied by an amazing soundtrack that really brought out more emotion and feel to the scenes. Characters: The old cast is included in this anime along with some additions like Amadeus(who is basically a digital Kurisu) and Maho. Most of the characters are fleshed out well although some characters needed more screentime like one of the characters who was portrayed as one of the antagonists to the story. Okabe in particular had some good character development because it showed the progress he made in order to overcome his depression and become the person he was like in the original story. This anime did a really good job overall in showing how Okabe turned from a sad scientist to the mad scientist that is Hououin Kyouma. Overall: Steins;Gate 0 was a good follow-up to Steins;Gate and it even makes the original ending to be more memorable to watch. Despite its few setbacks, Steins;Gate is currently my favorite anime and I would highly recommend people to watch the masterpiece that this anime is. This anime really deserves to been seen by everyone and in every world line that there is. ~El Psy Congroo~
I will start by saying i am a fan of these series.This steins' gate 0 series are a worthy continuum, it has a great start and ending. It lost me around the middle but overall its 23 episodes you have to see if you liked the first series. It may seem in the middle that its turning into a drama or drifting from the main concept, you just have to have a little patiece, a great ending is coming.
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