Stein's Gate Review


February 10, 2013 by

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There's a secret lab on the second floor of Mr. Braun's television repair shop. Only the leader of the lab, “Houin Kyoma” seems to really think that it's a secret. He's so loud that anyone outside can hear him babbling on about a time machine.

Kyouma is not his real name, but rather his alias as a super scientist. His real name is Rintarō Okabe and he rents the room above the shop. His friends, Daru, computer hacker extraordinaire, and Mayuri, mascot and gofer visit regularly to work on inventions. Their inventions include a super hairdryer, an ultra humidifier, among other over-the-top inventions. Their current project is a time machine, and most of their experiments have gone like this:

Step 1: Insert banana into microwave.
Step 2: Turn on microwave.
Step 3: Gel-nana.

But when Okabe meets a fellow scientist, Kurisu Makise, they unlock the secret of using the time machine to send text messages into the past. However, with each text message that gets sent back, something in the current day changes. Do they hold the keys to time? Or is this latest invention more dangerous than anyone expected?

Not being a science nut myself, I found that a lot of the things that the scientists talked about went right over my head. However, I felt that Stein's Gate did a good job of making sure that the audience was at least able to get the gist of what they were saying. There weren't any parts where I felt completely lost. Plus, there were characters, such as Mayuri, that weren't scientists themselves, so I didn't feel so alone.

The humor is where Stein's Gate truly shines. Okabe's odd quirks, combined with his over-the-top way of wording things are hilarious. In a way, he is the show. His interactions with the varied cast will have you laughing again and again

And while the show is funny, it is also very serious. In order to learn more about time travel, the members of the lab use hacking to break into a large secretive company's system. Not only are the lab members committing a crime, but they are exposed to some very shocking information. Another darker side to the show is the emotional aspect to time travel. Mayuri's innocent demeanor and pure simplicity make her emotions very easy to read. Her sadness at watching her friends grow more and more distant from her is heartbreaking to watch. Although she doesn't understand everything that is going on, she shows the fear and uncertainty that the entire group is trying so hard to hide.

You don't have to be a science nerd to like Stein's Gate. With an interesting cast of characters, a touch of romance, and a nice coating of humor, it doesn't matter if you don't understand half the science-y jargon that spews out of Kyoma's mouth. It was nice to see that a show that revolves around a bunch of bananas and a microwave was able to make me laugh so hard and make me feel so sad at the same time.

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About the Author: Elizabeth Williams

I started playing games from a young age, but really got into it when Santa left a SNES in the fireplace. My other hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, and playing with my two cats.

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