Steins;Gate First Impressions

by hn elly on April 6, 2011 · 7 comments

You know the really hot girl in the promo art? She’s dead within the first episode. We can go home now.

Stein’s Gate has been out for awhile, and I had watched it for awhile, but it’s taken me awhile to get this posted, as I’m embarrassed to admit, I had no idea what to say. Stein’s Gate is to say the least trippy, and I have no idea how I feel about it overall based on the first episode.

Adults are always dumb.

I enjoy animes based off visual novels. They give me a test taste of what the anime like, and even if the anime ultimately fails (usually at the fault of anime original direction)  if it had a decent start, there’s much more likely to be a fan translation of it due to there being a lot more interest.  A visual novel like Stein’s Gate, despite having positive buzz, isn’t likely to be translated without this sort of attention, due to the lack of sex and the complicated language.

From the first episode, and the twists that are shown, it seems as it would be a wonderful and intense visual novel. But I’m while I want to play it, I’m not sure I want to actually watch the anime.

I mean, there was nothing wrong with it. The characters, while they didn’t stand out to me, didn’t rub me the wrong way either. I thought the scientist was pretty cool, with how he acted crazy in one sense to hide the craziness that he was really dealing with–that his reality wasn’t making logical sense. He’s, hands down, the best thing about the episode. The girl didn’t seem all there, and after thinking about it, I wonder if on the spectrum for being autistic. Their computer guy was a typical otaku, but he seemed to have a better grasp on reality out of all of them.

He has good tastes.

It’s just, everything was going on was so confusing and hard to figure out. I’ve had one of those weeks where I’m mostly running I’m empty, and don’t have much energy for puzzling these out. The execution seems to be while not totally unfocused, not perfect either, adding to the confusion. The concept, while interesting, hasn’t hooked me yet.

The art isn’t that great. It’s uninspired, and the palette feels like a grey scale with as little color as possible. It’s just dreary, and I personally find it to be really distracting. Most of the time, I can tolerate bad art, but the dreary palette is the one thing I can’t stand.

Although the art for the VN is very nice

For now, I’ll keep watching as I have no reason not to. But I don’t really have a reason to be in it either.

I wonder if the girl ever found her metal figure. Or will have a version of events where she does. If anything, I really feel for her over that.

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