A mad scientist is on to something big when he and his friends from the Future Gadget Laboratory discover his microwave is actually a time machine.
Transporting everything from bananas to text messages through time, Okarin inadvertently makes the discovery of a lifetime. He quickly finds that goofing around with the timeline has its unintended circumstances and ends up catching unwanted attention from a shadowy organization called SERN. As the Future Gadget Laboratory comes to terms with their discovery, they learn that they may have gone too far.
The time-travel mixed with mysterious organization premise of Steins;Gate is only one part of what is enticing about this series. Together with the enjoyable cast of characters, the intriguing story, and comedic dialogue, the first part of the Steins;Gate series has been a joy to watch.
The world of Steins;Gate is set in current day Japan in the Akihabara part of Tokyo and incorporates some very real life elements that really brings this series to life. It is quite appropriate that this series is set in “Akiba” because it fully embraces the subculture of the “otaku” (very loosely translated into English as “geek”), who view Akiba as otaku world headquarters. Those who find the humor of the TV show The Big Bang Theory to their liking will enjoy Steins;Gate.
When the two audio language versions (Japanese and English) are compared, the English language version of Steins;Gate really hits the mark by getting the tone of the story just right while conveying the quick witted comedy that bounces between the characters perfectly. Often times, quips in Japanese either cannot be translated or the viewer lacks the cultural knowledge to understand the joke. Here, Funimation has done an excellent job carrying over the comedy for English speaking geeks. As a native English speaker, the Japanese version seems a bit stale, and I’m sure that’s because I’m missing a chunk of the Japanese cultural references.
The characters for Steins;Gate were designed by famed illustrator huke who also designed the characters for Black Rock Shooter. The animation is simple but quite beautiful and has an elegant feel to it. The accompanying music is just as simple and has a beautiful yet haunting melody that really adds to the narration of the story. If you enjoy witty banter, mystery, and a bit of drama, this series is definitely recommended.
Funimation’s Steins;Gate: Part One (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)contains 12 episodes of the series on two DVD discs as well as two Blu-Ray discs. The box set comes with a glossy, hard outer slipcase that encases one clear blue plastic Blu-Ray case. The slipcover features original art on the front and back and is sized to hold Steins;Gate: Part Two (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) which is also available now.
The Blu-ray case features artwork featuring the series characters on the front and your standard type summary and disc specs on the rear.
Genres: Action, Drama
Feature Runtime: 300 minutes
Audio Languages: English and Japanese
Subtitle Language: English
Special Features (Blu-Ray): Commentary for Episodes 1 & 12, Akihabara Map, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, Trailers.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
MORE INFO: http://www.funimation.com/steins-gate