Genre: Sci-fi, thriller
Distributor: FUNimation entertainment
First aired: April 6,2011
(This is a spoiler free review)
Time travel is a concept that every Sci-fi enthusiast like me loves. Writing Sci-fi in general is not easy and time travel among the other sub-genre is (according to me) the most difficult to compose. This is because our knowledge of time travel is very limited ,no one has ever experienced it before. The science behind it (if there is any) is only theoretical, the chances of there being plot holes are huge and to make the ends meet is the biggest achievement in the stories of this genre. So, is Steins;Gate the best anime out there on based around the concept of Time travel?
No, it’s not just the best anime but it is the best motion picture that I have ever seen. I am not a science genius so I mostly buy the technobabble thrown at me, that’s why I will not be commenting on that aspect of the Steins;Gate (although I am not an absolute fool in this matter also and with regards to whatever I know it is pretty convincing). In all the other aspects Steins;Gate is the perfect time travel based anime; it has the perfect pacing, though in the first 3-4 episodes you might lose your patience as you will not be told any reason behind what’s happening. The characters development is flawless, every character that you will be introduced to has a major place in the story. Almost everything that a character does has an effect on the story(this is something most of the best works don’t pay attention to). Every episode is able to get the audience more and more involved into the story. The greatest thing about this anime is that- you will be confused(in a good way) all the time while watching it till the episode 17, after which the genre slightly shifts towards drama rather than thriller, but this shift doesn’t destroy the series. What happens at this point in the show is that the audience are fully aware of what is happening and how it is happening. Every single person knows how a story ends ‘HAPPILY EVER AFTER’ but the real art is how a creator achieves this end. The last 8 episodes though are not strictly thriller but are the best way to conclude the story and let the ends meet.
I would advise you to watch this anime over the weekend when you have time because you won’t be able to resist the temptation to binge it and that will ruin your sleep.
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