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Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:40 pm by small image

Playing with time is messy business. And I think that’s something that Hououin Kyouma grasped fully in those three weeks that comprised the whole 24 episodes of Steins;Gate.

Easily the best series of its season, the story of a curious scientist as he discovers the consequences and responsibilities that comes with meddling with time can be described in one word: subarashi – and other synonyms and its permutations thereof. For the, er, unacquainted, Steins;Gate is about a group of friends (or science freaks, if you will) led by Hououin Kyouma who successfully modifies your everyday microwave into a machine that enables one to send messages to the past. If that wasn’t enough, they later developed their Phone Microwave into a time leap machine, making them a hot target for SERN (a not-so-subtle play on CERN, don’t you think?), an organization who’s been trying to make a time machine for the past few years.

Steins;Gate, I think, is a must watch for science fiction fans. Not only does it explore the concept of time traveling itself but also the other side of it: mainly the implications of changing the past and knowing the future. True, one possesses great power by conquering time but at the same time, he also possesses great suffering. Reminiscent of Homura Akemi from Madoka Magica, Hououin Kyouma experienced the same pain that she did. Of course, we cannot have spoilers here so I will not go into the details. You just have to watch the show to find out yourself.

And if you want to get technical about it, animation’s top-notch so you don’t have to worry about that. Character designs are lovely – just look at Makise Kurisu and tell me they’re not. Wonderful seiyuus (Hanazawa Kana-sama!) and OP and ED to rock out to, the staff sure gave a lot of love to this show. No wonder it’s amazing.

I don’t know about the others but I think Steins;Gate is a show you can’t go possibly wrong about. It may be a bit confusing sometimes (well, it was at times, for me. OTL), but it’s definitely a great show once you get a hang of it. So if you’re looking for some time traveling craziness with lotsa drama, action and wonderful characters, Steins;Gate would be your candidate.