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Steins;Gate – 24 (END)

「終わりと始まりのプロローグ」 (Owari to Hajimari no Purorōgu)
“Prologue to the End and Beginning”

Tuturu! Finale season is upon us, and it begins with one of the most highly anticipated endings in many a year as Steins;Gate finally concludes its epic journey through time. The obvious question on everyone’s mind – did it live up to the hype?

For the most part, I would have to say yes. Finales are hard – damn hard. And in many ways the better the series the harder it is to meet expectations (I could point to countless examples of this). White Fox chose a safe route for this ending, delivering up a satisfying 22 minutes that was short on surprises but long on audience gratification. I would judge this episode to be a couple of notches below the very best this series has had to offer, but I’d be hard-pressed to think of a really good series whose final episode was among the very strongest.

In a sense it seems as if the suspense was sucked out of this episode by the epic blockbuster last week, which effectively spoiled the ending in almost every way. Thus, the drama this time wasn’t so much about wondering what was going to happen as in anticipating it. Okabe’s plan went off more or less as expected, with only one real surprise – but it was a shocker. Covering all his bases, he poached the metal oopa before his other self could snag it for Mayuri, ensuring that Professor Nakabachi’s paper (really Kurisu’s paper) would burn on the plane. The meat of his plan was exactly as he laid out from the future – con his younger self into believing Kurisu was stabbed when in reality, she was only unconscious. The tools of the trade: a Taser and the “Cyalume Saber” – a future gadget full of a sticky red liquid that would obviously come in very useful.

Here’s where the episode took its one real shocking turn. With the blood inside the light sabre dried up, Okabe had to think quickly, and an already GAR character established his place in the GAR Hall of Fame. With no fake blood to fool himself, Okabe used the most obvious source of real blood around – himself – and goaded Kurisu’s father into stabbing him. When he stuck those four fingers into the wound to generate the volume he needed – wow. That was definitely the most intense moment of the finale. There was a part of me that wondered just for a moment if we were going to get equivalent exchange after all, but I never really believed that – so it came as no surprise that when he returned three weeks into the future with Suzuha, he made it to the hospital in time. Suzuha herself disappeared, her future self now never having needed to travel back in time.

Was I surprised to see Kurisu cross paths with Okabe during the epilogue? No, I pretty much expected it. But then, it was artfully done – I enjoyed watching Mayuri chase Okabe from lab member to lab member, giving us one last chance (or was it?) to see old friends. What I especially enjoyed was the subtle irony written into the script – if Okabe’s Cyalume Saber had worked, it seems to me that Kurisu would never have come looking for him. It was the act of taking a knife wound for her than impressed her enough to do that, which I suppose was the choice of Steins;Gate. El Psy Congroo. That was definitely a clever and poetic cherry on top of the story.

So in the end, we got a lot of vamping (Mayuri’s “Okae-Rin!” – how cute was that?) by the major characters and an almost totally happy ending. Daru mugged for the camera and asked about his future wife, Okabe gave us several full-on mad scientist moments, and Moeka even got a job at Braun’s shop. I’m actually a fan of the happy ending, and we don’t really see them all that often. I was a little conflicted, since part of me felt like there had to be a lasting price paid for all the time meddling that happened here, but no one could make the case that Okabe didn’t suffer plenty – Mayuri and Kurisu too, to a lesser degree. So I have no complaints. This was a character driven series in spite of all the time travel and pseudo-science, and I was thrilled to see these characters end the story happy and in a good place. If it wasn’t a thrilling and mind-blowing finale, it was certainly a satisfying one – and that’s good enough for me.

 

ED4 Sequence

ED4: 「Another Heaven」 by いとうかなこ (Itou Kanako)

Final Impressions:

When people (me included) write the book on anime in 2011, there’s no question that Steins;Gate is going to be acknowledged as one of the most important and most popular anime of the year. Through three quarters, S;G, Madoka Magica and AnoHana are probably the three most talked-about series of the year. In my mind this show is clearly deserving of that honor – it won’t end up as my number one series of the year but it will certainly rank in the top 10, and certainly ahead of Madoka Magica. It may also rank with Kanon 2006 as one of the greatest VN adaptations of all time.

The fact that I went into this series with almost no knowledge of the source material and was still able to enjoy it as thoroughly as I did speaks volumes about the fantastic job White Fox did with this adaptation. They realized going in that they were making an anime, not a game, and as simple as that sounds it’s something studios get wrong all the time. I won’t drone on about why adapting games and VNs is so difficult, but to have accomplished the task of pleasing the VN fans and thrilling a new group of viewers may be Steins;Gate’s greatest victory. There were remarkably few complaints from the gamers and the new viewers were hooked in almost immediately by the fascinating premise and great dialogue. White Fox took a twisting, convoluted series of routes and weaved them into a coherent, linear dialogue that was full of mystery but easy to follow. They did this in part by telling the audience just enough every week to feel like they were getting somewhere, while still keeping a few mysteries up their sleeve.

One of the things that pleased me almost immediately about this series was the dialogue. Whatever the source material, it was funny – really, genuinely funny and smart to boot. I commented way back when (before I even joined RC) that listening to Okabe and Kurisu banter was like listening to Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn go at it in one of the great screwball comedies of the 30’s and 40’s. The meat of the credit goes to the writing staff, especially Hanada Jukki (Seitokai no Ichizon, Level E, Natsume Yuujinchou, Sola, Kuragehime – what a track record!) But the cast deserves their share of the praise as well. Imai Asami, KanaHana, Tamura Yukari, Goto Saori – I’ve called all of them out for their strong work here over the last couple of months. But the center of the show was obviously Miyano Mamoru as Okabe, and he delivers one of the standout seiyuu performances of recent memory. To be blunt, I wasn’t a big fan of his before this series, but he’s found the role of a lifetime here. Okabe Rintarou is a perfect fit for Miyano’s grandiose, snarky delivery – but what really impressed me was the depth of emotion he was able to bring to Okabe’s darker moments. Miyano was great at hitting dialogue like “Hello, I am mad scientist – so coool! Sunovabitch.” out of the park, and he nailed the romantic banter with Imai Asami’s Kurisu. But he also went to some very dark places with Okabe and really showed us what was happening in the mind of this strange, egomaniacal, insecure and ultimately heroic 18 year-old. He’s my early favorite for male seiyuu performance of the year, along with Hirata Hiroaki’s Kabaragi Kotestsu.

So in the end, I would call Steins;Gate a success in every way these things can be measured. It was superb visually, pleased fans both old and new, drew strong ratings and sold a ton of DVDs and Blu-Rays. And the great thing is, all of it was deserved. It was a first-class production that delivered both as an entertainment and as something more, a series that was smart and filled with big ideas that both played fair with its audience and challenged them. I guess all that it was led to the announcement at the end of the episode that there would be a film adaptation of the story. Details are sketchy at this point, and the short clip certainly didn’t give anything away, but I have enough faith in White Fox to view this announcement with excitement rather than trepidation. As good a job as they did with the TV, I expect they’ll do just fine with the movie.

 

Preview (Movie)

September 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm
454 comments »
  • September 13, 2011 at 3:48 pmReika

    Wonderful conclusion to a wonderful series.

  • September 13, 2011 at 3:54 pmShinn_Kamiyra

    Simply splendid. Can’t wait for the movie to come out.

    • September 13, 2011 at 3:57 pmShirt

      Oh?

      • September 15, 2011 at 8:32 amnagi

        Oh yes. No plot yet, but Moetron is your friend :)

  • September 13, 2011 at 3:56 pmOSCUDA

    a movie you say

  • September 13, 2011 at 3:58 pmCarolV

    Amen

  • September 13, 2011 at 3:58 pmSceptile

    Satisfying ending. Wasn’t as awesome as 23, but how could it? Certainly my favorite anime from this year.

  • September 13, 2011 at 3:58 pmShirt

    I’m glad I watch seasonal anime. :]

    I wonder how many people will actually play the game now?

    • September 13, 2011 at 7:41 pmOSCUDA

      where can I get it and I will be playing it.

      • September 15, 2011 at 8:36 amnagi

        If you’re looking for the VN you can Google it but sadly its RAW. Fortunately for us non-Japanese people, English subs are on its way. Tentative release (this is fansub BTW) is December 2011.

    • September 13, 2011 at 8:28 pmShirt

      You can play it on the Japanese Xbox Live Marketplace. I know it’s a downloadable title. :]

      • September 13, 2011 at 8:41 pmShirt

        omg I typed El Psy Congroo in my Xbox Profile and it was rejected by the system! What’s that mean!?

    • September 13, 2011 at 10:53 pmc2710

      same here….. somehow seasonal animes are like those dishes that follow the season

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:05 pmImperialX

    I wonder what the movie will be about. Hmm.

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:06 pmRainbowIslands

      The whole thing from another POV? or the other timelines (the gamma line for example would be interesting :D ) or just the 15 years after this.

    • September 14, 2011 at 1:59 amchaos

      It would most likely be a condensed version of the series in 150 minutes film…

      Much like Evangelion, RahXephon, and etc. Give or take some additional footage.

      • September 15, 2011 at 6:09 pmsenshi

        5pb head honcho Chiyomaru already said on twitter that the movie is not going to be a compilation of the TV series, and also not the fluffy content from the fandisk either.

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:08 pmEightMoon

    This is the most epic serious I have ever come across in my years of watching anime. This is easily one of my favorites (top 5) and deserves a 9.3/10 .

    Was it wrong for me to want a sinister ending or an unsolved one? I’m happy with this ending but I still have that empty feeling that would have been filled with a tragic one.

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:10 pmCarolV

    La Yohda Stasella!

    • September 14, 2011 at 2:01 amchaos

      The Stellar Yoda?

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:10 pmRintarou

    It was all the choice of Steins;Gate.

    El Psy Congroo.

    • September 13, 2011 at 4:58 pmMad_Scientist_So_Cool

      El Psy Congroo!

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:22 pmrasone0104

      El Psy Congroo

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:36 pmKratos

      El Psy Congroo!!!

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:39 pmLuxorcist

      El Psy Congroo!!

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:43 pmlkaze

      El Psy Congroo!!!!!

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:06 pmKentaiyoshimi

      El Psy Congroo!!!!!!

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:15 pmthankonomics

      El Psy Congroo.

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:30 pmAgar

      wow, while cheesy and corny,

      El Psy Congroo.

      aka,

      “To Harden the Mind” or “Time, the devourer of all things”
      Which is not not corny at all.

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:34 pmGX-9901

      EL PSY CONGROO

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:58 pmCassidy

      @Agar

      C-C-C-C-CONGRO BREAKER!!!! >:O

    • September 13, 2011 at 7:42 pmBowiie

      El Psy Congroo!

    • September 13, 2011 at 8:15 pmChloesong

      El Psy Congroo~~! >//<

    • September 13, 2011 at 8:29 pmShirt

      El Psy Congroo~!!

    • September 13, 2011 at 9:12 pmcybersteel

      El Psy Tuturu

    • September 13, 2011 at 9:46 pmShoronpo

      El Psy Congroo

    • September 13, 2011 at 9:54 pmGorillafunk

      El Psy Congroo!!!!

    • September 13, 2011 at 10:21 pmtomoyostar

      El Psy Congroo.

      • September 13, 2011 at 10:54 pmPegasus

        El Psy Congroo!

    • September 13, 2011 at 10:51 pmnivlek

      Stein’s Gate no Sentakku

      El Psy Congroo

    • September 13, 2011 at 10:55 pmc2710

      el psy congoroo

    • September 14, 2011 at 12:28 amSunovabitch

      El Psy Congroo!!!

    • September 14, 2011 at 1:10 amewok40k

      El Psy Congroo!

    • September 14, 2011 at 2:04 amchaos

      Why not everybody else is doing it…

      El Psy Congroo!

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:05 amchaos

        It means “To harden the mind” by the way…

    • September 14, 2011 at 2:41 amraitei_shourai

      El Psy Congroo!

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:08 amcrono

      El Psy Congroo!

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:26 amSaya

      El Psy Congroo!

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:35 amDaety

      El Psy Congroo!!

    • September 14, 2011 at 5:20 amLiberta

      EL PSY CONGROO ^_^

    • September 14, 2011 at 7:41 amMalathrax

      El Psy Congroo

      • September 14, 2011 at 8:14 amSuzushinaYuriko

        El. Psy. CONGROO!

    • September 14, 2011 at 9:40 amToppers

      El Psy Congroo L(´▽`L )♪

    • September 14, 2011 at 12:11 pmFlamingYu

      Psss…
      El Psy Kanga-Congroo

    • September 14, 2011 at 6:27 pmNarukami_Yu

      El Psy Congrooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • September 14, 2011 at 9:38 pmA trap?

      El Psy Congari..?

    • September 15, 2011 at 8:40 amnagi

      El Psy Congroo!!!

    • September 15, 2011 at 12:59 pmkaze

      El Psy Congroo!

    • September 16, 2011 at 9:43 amBlacksun88

      El Psy Congroo!

    • September 16, 2011 at 12:54 pmomnikloud

      El Psy Congroo

    • September 16, 2011 at 11:53 pmAizen

      El Psy Congroo.

    • September 17, 2011 at 9:05 amPeepQ

      El Psy Congroo!

    • September 18, 2011 at 4:51 amPepper

      El. Psy. Congroo.

    • September 18, 2011 at 12:12 pmShirikatsu

      El Psy Congroo.

    • September 20, 2011 at 5:29 amThe17thNoah

      El Psy Congroo!!!!!!!(ノ゚ο゚)ノ

    • September 25, 2011 at 5:30 amugh

      El Psy Congroo!

    • January 10, 2012 at 5:13 pmZettaiHittori

      EL PSY CONGROO

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:11 pmDarklord

    With the blood inside the light sabre dried up, Okabe had to think quickly, and an already GAR character established his place in the GAR Hall of Fame.

    Agreed – he was already an awesome, funny and relate-able character but this moment pretty much propelled him into BADASS territory.

    But the center of the show was obviously Miyano Mamoru as Okabe, and he delivers one of the standout seiyuu performances of recent memory. To be blunt, I wasn’t a big fan of his before this series, but he’s found the role of a lifetime here.

    Yeah, this has to be his best role up to date. Now when I hear Tamaki or Light I feel like something is missing. Even Okabe’s “Keikaku Doori” is much better than Light’s.

    • September 14, 2011 at 2:07 amchaos

      Its was the moment that made me pause and ask myself, “Is he really going to do what I think he is going to do?!”

      Okarin earned his happy ending with that move…

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:16 pmSheapy

    Greatttt anime. Anyone know what’s going to take its time slot?

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:18 pmDivine

    Well it looks like there were only two Rintarous because of the other explanation I had. It makes sense because the first trip back went undetected by the timeline, so the new one was anticipating Rintarou would travel back again.

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:54 pminfinite

      It seemed kind of strange that there wasnt a 3rd Okabe. It didnt end the way I was thinking but I still enjoyed it.

    • September 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm2606

      • September 13, 2011 at 7:23 pminfinite

        Wow!! Well I guess that explains it.

      • September 13, 2011 at 7:29 pmDrKM

        Oh well that’s convenient haha

      • September 13, 2011 at 7:56 pmmegalith

        Ah! The convenient explanation I was waiting for… I have no arguments with it.

    • September 13, 2011 at 7:26 pmDrKM

      I also had another theory of why there weren’t 3 Rintarous. The first time travel was aimed to arrive at the “original” timeline. The moment Rintarou and Suzuha arrived at the “original” timeline, the “original” timeline “diverged” into a separate timeline where Rintarou accidentally kills Christina. Even though this may seem to be exactly the same as the “original” timeline and go “undetected” as you say, it is ultimately a different timeline with its own divergence (or identity) number.

      The second time travel was also aimed at the “original” timeline and as before, the moment Rintarou and Suzuha arrived, the “original” timeline “diverged” once again. This time, the divergence led to a different timeline where Rintarou carries out Operation Skuld.

      Since Rintarou is traveling to the same exact time, and not to a time where he has already time traveled, there will only be at most two Rintarous at a time.

      This is only my theory, I’m not saying that this is correct or anything! =D

      • September 13, 2011 at 8:21 pminfinite

        Ok just like Divine was saying it wasnt a big enough change to completely alter the world line cuz she still died and didnt make it go under 1%. And every time they go back they create a new branch of time with a differnt divergence ID number. I guess the important thing is to not make the divergence number go under 1%.

      • September 13, 2011 at 8:52 pmDivine

        This is similar to my explanation, except I believe the divergence happens when Rintarou and Suzuha return to their time (i.e. Aug. 21st) and not when they traveled back to July 28th.

        There is a % change between the first attempt and the second one like I mentioned last episode, but it’s so small that the new 8/21 timeline that Rintarou and Suzuha returned to still perceives Nakabachi as the killer — hence why I said it went virtually undetected. This fits the idea that the timeline will resolve paradoxes to achieve stability, i.e. removing the Rintarou from the first attempt, and why the world can be “fooled”.

      • September 13, 2011 at 10:58 pmMrRei

        The way I see it right now.. Since both of the 2 Okarins that returns to the past, returned at the same spacetime. It nullified the existence of the other, separating them by divergence. This could mean that if the second time travel arrived at a different time (even a millisecond off) 3 Okarins would exist. That’s what registered to my head when Suzuha said they’ve arrived at the same time as before.

        I’m not sure where I got that idea, but I think it came from watching discovery channel with the subject of String theory. Something about two of the same thing cannot exist or arrive at the same spacetime. I’m not even sure if what I’ve said made sense? :p

      • September 18, 2011 at 4:14 amo_oll

        What I believe we’re missing here is an ingenious little aspect slipped in:
        Future Okarin didn’t just set up past Okarin, he also created a delayed divergence.
        -Before Okarin sees Kurisu dead he receives the message that has the entropy to alter events (information of Kurisus’ death and the plan to prevent it). While the information becomes available at that point, it is encrypted, allowing it to lay low through one ‘playthrough’ or loop of the events.
        -When Okarin gains the ability to watch the message after going through with this once, the entropy is unlocked, but the effect may have leaped back and connected to the moment in the past before Kurisus’ death, just like the single gel banana snapped back to the bunch.
        -This creates a scenario in which the outplay of major events is UNchanged, but the sequence of entropy regarding future developments IS changed, to the point of leaving the time machine available. Also:
        -leaving original past okarin, and the events affected by him in existance
        -our okarin MUST expirence the events hedoes, but AFTER said events play out new entropy is unlocked IN THE PAST without CHANGING the past, creating a new seed with minimal alterations.
        -the new seed engages the moment before okarin sees dead Kurisu, yet with major events unchanged a world line switch does not take place:
        -This means current okarin was given the ability by future okarin to either:
        A) Memory-Merge with infiltrating Okarin of the past at time of arrival
        (A similar scenario to time-leaps)
        B) Enter a branch created at moment of arrival by the combining of information entropy:
        The path the entropy took:

        1) Created by future Okarin.
        2) Sent encryped to the past, passive.
        3) Received by original Okarin
        4) Later Decrypted, unlocking entropy, active
        5) Copied to the mind of Okarin (Him watching the message) [now two copies]
        6) Deleted when Okarin leaves his phone when traveling to the past again [the entropy new resides ONLY within okarin, but also exists encrypted (passive) in the phone in the past, not triggering an entropy merge or alteration.
        7) We have a consistent inconsistency. A non paradox-paradox.

        Future Okarin is a genious to come up with this and play it off as a simple plan, triply fooling his old selves and one instance twice.

      • September 18, 2011 at 4:22 amo_oll

        [..point of leaving the time machine available. ]*
        *Through one loop. Future Okarin essentially solved the paradox of:
        -Past Okarin needs a time machine in order to alter the past.
        -If Okarin succeeds in altering the past, there will be no time machine.
        -Okarin can no longer alter the past

        and turned it into:
        -Past Okarin needs to fail in order to create a time machine to have access to it
        -Past Okarin must receivea time machine from future Okarin in order to time travel
        -Future Okarin Creates a time machine and message that Creates a Past Okarin That Creates him, Then alters the timeline without altering the timeline by unlocking a message outside of the timeline(already established, won’t be erased), creating a scenario in which okarin does have a time machine, but is within known worldline parameters.
        -Future okarin gives past okarin the tools to erase himelf, deleting him from the first loop, but since the first loop is okarins past AND major events were unaltered AND the entropy was sent even further in the past, okarin keeps access to the time machine and can BOTH erase his other self, the time machine and alter the events without … you know.

      • September 18, 2011 at 4:25 amo_oll

        Argh, It’s SIMPLE AND COMPLICATED, it’s so hard to explain, but it does make sense, in a way. If I go on thinking about this I’ll end up with as hardcore a mad scientist act as future Okarin for sure.

    • September 13, 2011 at 7:55 pmCotakk

      His first trip was definitely detected because it was his own scream that drew him to the room. If future Okabe never screamed from his blood loss, past Okabe would have never seen the body. I think what happened was that the time machine arrived at exactly the same time (or even a little before) and because matter was blocking the area, the previous time travel could not happen. Almost like teleporting into a wall but with failsafes to ensure you don’t die horribly.

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:20 pmTonameki

    Agreed

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:20 pmJason_B

    how come history didn’t repeat it self, wouldn’t okabe still send the first d mail if he thought kurisu was dead

    • September 13, 2011 at 4:24 pmJD

      He would. That’s why he (the other Okabe) is gonna experience the longest 3 weeks of his life. The Okabe we are following is living in his own reference frame.

      • September 13, 2011 at 7:19 pminfinite

        Would the world line even change if he sends it? Okabe did see her dead but she was alive. So that D-mail wouldnt change the world line like in ep1, right?

      • September 13, 2011 at 9:08 pmJD

        Hmmmm, I’m unsure. I guess if the D-mail the other Okabe sends causes a cancellation of Dr. Nakabachi’s talk, then there would be a shift in world lines for that Okabe (who sends the D-mail).

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:12 amchaos

        No. Everything happen as plan. Each step was vital to the next. The conclusion was the happy ending. No two steps were the same. All were different.

        Another way of viewing the storyline is the finale episode was the continuation of episode #1. So the whole 3 weeks was more or less an illusion that only Okarin clearly remember. But other lab members have a vague idea of it as well, just not confidently that it occurred.

    • September 13, 2011 at 9:21 pmDivine

      The whole point is to make Rintarou of 7/28 go through those three weeks of hell again and cause a divergence toward Steins Gate in 8/21. If Rintarou didn’t go through that, he would’ve never come up with the plan to get out of the Beta (WWIII) timeline.

      • September 13, 2011 at 11:07 pminfinite

        I know he must go through them 3wks to get to that point thats why Im a little confused. When he sent that D-mail the first time that was the reason why she didnt die and changing the world line. Now he went back and tricked himself to think she was dead. So when he sends the D-mail this time it wont be the reason why she wasnt killed. So why would the world line change to Beta. Or is the only thing that matters is him sending the D-mail and her being alive or dead have nothing to do with the world line changing.

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:20 amchaos

        You have to view the storyline as a linear line, then a loop, then continuing in the linear line. Like this:

        http://tib.cjcs.com/files/2008/09/time-02.png

        So basically, episode #1 never told the story of what happen after Okarin send the D-mail. Episode #24 did just that. The storyline itself is much like time travel. Everything tie together beautiful…(as I mention in EP #22).

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:25 amDivine

        @infinite:

        I believe you mean shift to Alpha.

        Your latter assumption is correct — Kurisu’s death has nothing to do with the shift to the Alpha timeline. She was destined to die in the Beta timeline regardless of what Rintarou did.

        The jump to Alpha occurred because the first D-mail Rintarou sent was picked up by SERN. It just so happens that Kurisu is alive in that timeline and Mayuri is destined to die. As long as that D-mail is sent, Rintarou will cause a divergence to the Alpha timeline. Operation Skuld was to ensure that D-mail is sent, Kurisu lives, and the metal Upa doesn’t end up in the envelope with her paper.

        Also, it was Rintarou of 2025′s choice to make sure he goes through those three weeks.

    • September 15, 2011 at 5:24 amGP007

      That’s the paradox, history does repeat itself. Him seeing kurisu “dead” is what started the whole chain of events that lead to the time jumping and in the end lead to him being able to save her.

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:21 pmJD

    I love how the finale still retained a sense of intensity, especially during the scene Okabe got stabbed. This IS the best Sci-Fi anime series in my recent memory.

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:26 pmChloesong

    What a satisfying ending. It had all the little bits that was great about this show packed into one episode. :)

    I have one question though, why did Suzuha say they will meet in seven years?

    • September 13, 2011 at 4:37 pmBass.EXE

      There’s only one thing to say….El Psy Congroo

    • September 13, 2011 at 4:45 pmDrKM

      she’ll be born in 7 years

    • September 13, 2011 at 4:48 pmLeticia

      Because she’ll be born in seven years =)

    • September 14, 2011 at 2:26 amchaos

      Lets do the math…

      The year is 2010. In 7 years, it would be 2017. Suzuha said she was 18 in episode #2. So 18 + 7 = 25. Finally, 25 years from 2010 is…2035.

      Suzuha originally said she was from 2036. So logically, she was more like 18 1/2 and given it is July. 2036 is about right.

      In 7 years is when she will be born, chances are Moeka was the mother. (I too suspected that and mention it a few time…)

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:31 amfragb85

        No Moeka is NOT the mother. I’ve already answered this question. Read the other comments.

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:27 pmSilivious

    Awesome…very….awesome. =w= Nothing more to say about the finale, lol.

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:31 pmAgar

    THIS IS THE BEST MOTION PICTURE EVER MADE BY THE JAPANESE, maybe even the WORLD!!!

    キタ━━━(゜∀゜)━━━!!!!! キタ━━━(゜∀゜)━━━!!!!! キタ━━━(゜∀゜)━━━!!!!!

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:36 pmKTNO

    And Mayuri even got her metal Uppa, yep that’s a happy end.
    But the best episode is still the one about Moeka :O

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:47 pmlkaze

      Wow, for once my theory actually spot on for the metal Oppa.

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:27 amchaos

        I wasn’t part of any EP #23 discussion so I won’t know…

      • September 14, 2011 at 7:32 amlkaze

        @ chaos

        Where were you?

      • September 14, 2011 at 12:54 pmchaos

        Several reasons:

        -I decided to not speculate for EP #24
        -I wanted to see what the discussion/comments are like without me for once
        -I didn’t want to be spoiled by spoilers for the finale

        So I left one comment and that was it…

        :p

    • September 14, 2011 at 5:04 amShirt

      I would love to buy a metal Uppa. Or sport a lab member badge.

      • September 14, 2011 at 5:16 amKratos

        I had also liked to get both but checked the goods and there’s no pin badge nor metal upa, just an upa cushion.

      • September 14, 2011 at 7:51 amShirt

        Ahh.. Well it takes time for those things to come out I imagine. By the end of next anime season or definitely in the first comicon of the new year, they should have some patented Lab Member Coats at least. If not, I know a gal who can make ‘em. ;D

      • September 15, 2011 at 1:49 amcybersteel

        A RENG app would be better!

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:46 pmDrKM

    How does suzuha magically dissappear? Not why, but how??

    That aside, this was an amazing anime adaptation.

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:17 pmJD

      I think it’s because the future has changed already, so that Suzuha (who knows of World War 3) should not exist anymore.

      In short…it is the choice of Steins Gate!

      (does that make sense?)

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:02 pmLuxorcist

      Since you’re asking how, and not why: Okabe is just jumping world lines again. We’ve seen how people can disappear when he jumps, and the current Suzuha here isn’t in 2010 in the new Steins Gate world line.

    • September 14, 2011 at 2:32 amchaos

      The logical explanation is that because Okarin succeed in entering Steins Gate worldline, she never travel back to the past. So when Okarin return to the present, it was like she was never there. Thus she disappear.

      The best way to explained it was what I predicted in the finale. Okarin had to undo time travel in order to save the world. Thus, no more time travel = no suzuha in 2010.

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:49 pmYanDaMan263

    Man, what am I gona watch now, nothing will ever grab my attention like this anime did =/

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:02 pmLuxorcist

      Look no farther than RC for all your season preview needs!

      • September 13, 2011 at 6:11 pmGuardian Enzo

        RC and that other dumpy site, too…

      • September 13, 2011 at 6:32 pmKentaiyoshimi

        It was that “other dumpy site” which actually lead me to start marathoning S;G in the middle of the season. That 30s clip of epic Miyano Mamoru voice acting lead me to watch this amazing series.

        Thanks Guardian Enzo!

      • September 13, 2011 at 7:22 pmLuxorcist

        Kentai, Enzo, that other dumpy site got me to marathon S;G too.

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:57 pmGuardian Enzo

      NP, Sunovabitch. That’s a classic, no doubt.

    • September 14, 2011 at 2:41 amchaos

      In the words of Okarin himself, “The future is unknown; thus, it is infinite…”

      It means whatever is going to happen will happen, just be happy and grateful either way.

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:50 pmPepper

    I’d rather have a conclusive end than one that tries too hard to be exciting, plus we already knew-sorta’ what was going to happen anyway bar the little tweest with the blood.

    It was a good run, And i’ll miss the time that Steins;Gate took in my week. Hopefully there’s something awesome to replace that time in the fall season, but we’ll have to wait and see. This is definitely AoTY material right here, for me atleast.

    • September 14, 2011 at 2:42 amchaos

      According to Divine, I sense he is pushing 2 words…Guilty Crown!

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:51 pmHuitzi

    Expectación, temor, vació y una sonrisa al final. Un carrusel de emociones para un capitulo que esperaba que fuera a terminar de esa forma. Satisfacción pura en uno de los mejores animes de la historia.

    It was all the choice of Steins;Gate.

    El Psy Congroo.

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:51 pmLeticia

    Certainly this series will be considered as one of the best of this year, not only because of its great developed plot but also because of its great characters and the fabulous performances of their seiyuus, being Miyano Mamoru a totally awesome mad scientist =)

    9/10

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:52 pmrasone0104

    magnificent series showing how man can defy fate, I have to admit that this series is the best this season.
    -El Psy Congroo!

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:53 pmKyzel

    Thanks for the write up. Steins;Gate was a really great series to follow on through. I prefer epics like these; a story which starts out humbly and doesn’t lose focus to the end.

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:27 pmKentaiyoshimi

      I agree. None of the episodes felt like it was a waste of time, even some of the slower paced episodes. Those episodes that some poeple found to be slow were simply a well-placed comic relief. It didn`t detract anything from the series, but rather made future episodes even more engaging.

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:55 pmKaris

    I knew that “Another Heaven” would play as the ending theme! I love it when they do that!

    Operation Commentier has now begun: Begin voicing your opinions and praises on this magnificent series! I’ll also look forward to the movie coming up…

    El, Psy, Congroo!

  • September 13, 2011 at 4:55 pmRukia

    I want to see the retrospective for August article so I can read what the other writers thought about the conclusion as well.

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:41 pmGuardian Enzo

      Alas, unless they comment here I don’t think you’re gonna find out as the retrospectives are on indefinite hiatus.

      • September 13, 2011 at 5:54 pmlkaze

        Ask all of them to come here.

    • September 14, 2011 at 2:45 amchaos

      You will have wait for the summer ending retrospect in the fall…

      Unless you have a time machine and travel a few months into the future that is. No waiting there.

  • September 13, 2011 at 5:07 pmxcswmboy

    It was beautiful. The only way this ending could be more satisfying is with a non-canon future snapshot with Okabe’s entire harem including Suzuha. As it is, this anime was already close to perfect.

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:34 pmKratos

      how about Okabe telling a fairy tale about time travelers and mad scientist to a 5 years old Suzuha before she goes to sleep, then turning off the light, closing the door, credits.

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:48 amchaos

        Another thing why I love Steins;Gate…

        It tie back to Okarin’s crazy obsession as a mad scientist. In the end, it was all true. However, it was all a delusion as well.

        If a hero saved the world yet the world doesn’t know what he did, is he still a hero?!

    • September 14, 2011 at 7:35 amlkaze

      I’ve been wishing for harem ending forever however you can only reach it in the delta worldline, 3.xxxx worldline I think.

  • September 13, 2011 at 5:16 pmMrRei

    This will be a comment rich post again.. Have fun people :)

  • September 13, 2011 at 5:20 pmlkaze

    I have been holding back listening to the Drama CD until now the final episode. Now that is out of the way. Gamma world , Here I come!! :)

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:28 pmKratos

      same here, I’m gonna devour every manga, CD, Game, every data based on Steins;gate

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:50 amchaos

        LOL!

        Not me. Steins;Gate ended for me at EP #24. Like a person once said, “All good things must come to an end…”

      • September 14, 2011 at 7:34 amlkaze

        @chaos

        Then you be missing alot, Okarin as Rounder, yandere Nae, and Harem ending.

  • September 13, 2011 at 5:21 pmhazu

    One of my favorite anime definetly !

    but still one question remains… who is Suzuha’s mother… who will marry Daru !

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:42 pmGuardian Enzo

      Well, Div seems to think the finale hints it’s Mayuri, but I don’t think so…

      • September 13, 2011 at 5:46 pmhazu

        I thought so too but since we didnt hear about her in the future we can’t be sure…
        when you look at suzuha she kinda looks like Mayuri

      • September 13, 2011 at 5:55 pmlkaze

        Please don’t even put that idea in my head.

      • September 13, 2011 at 8:32 pmShirt

        Sorry but it was what popped up in my head too. She’s definitely not with Okarin.

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:00 pmKratos

      well, we know that part of her name is Amane and none of the characters we know has an Amane in their name, therefore we haven´t seen her mother yet.

      • September 13, 2011 at 6:13 pmlkaze

        :) thank you

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm2606

      Read Steins;Gate: Boukan no Rebellion. It tells about Suzuha’s (alpha world line) story in the future dystopia. And…
      Show Spoiler ▼

    • September 13, 2011 at 7:16 pmfragb85

      Well I took a bit of info from another fan who knew Japanese and a bit of Google image search and I have found a picture of Yuki Amane, Daru’s future wife. Fortunately for Daru, he has indeed bagged a hot wife. Even better he apparently lost a few hundred pounds and is positively GAR. It is afterall, the will of Stein’s Gate.

      • September 13, 2011 at 7:25 pmLuxorcist

        It dawned on me that the Steins Gate is… the writer!

      • September 14, 2011 at 7:38 amlkaze

        YESSSS!! Thank you!!! You see guys… none of other people touch Okarin’s Tutturu and his harem ending. XD

    • September 14, 2011 at 1:17 amewok40k

      The very fact that Daru will get married (and father in 7 years) is astonishing enough. We can assume that there are 2 possibilities:
      1.It is someone we didnt get to know in the series, so it doesnt really matter.
      2.It will be someone from the lab members.
      Kurisu is taken, Suzuha is not yet born (incest aside…), and Ruka is a trap.
      This means only possible candidates are Mayuri, Moeka, and Feyris. Personally I’d bet on Feyris given Daru loves to play with her (yeah incredibly bad pun).

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:12 amfragb85

        Did you actually bother to look at the comment right above yours? It already answers your question. I’ve even linked a pic of her. And no, she isn’t a lab member.

    • September 14, 2011 at 2:55 amchaos

      @Fragb, stop being so pushing. People are merely offering their POV on the mother. The same goes for you. So stop picking on people.

      @Hazu, I guess it is one mystery that we will never know. And I am perfectly fine with that. Let leave it at that. Let not forget that we got a happy ending. Need I say more?

      http://randomc.net/image/Steins%20Gate/Steins%20Gate%20-%2024%20-%20Large%2036.jpg

      • September 14, 2011 at 4:22 amfragb85

        Except POV’s matter little when there is actual facts presented.

      • September 14, 2011 at 6:00 amewok40k

        I’ve got no problem… I’ve just skipped his spoiler. With over 250 posts and growing it is easy to miss something :) BTW thanks for the pic. Daru looks great in the future, it seems – and has taken after Okabe to using labcoat :)

  • September 13, 2011 at 5:26 pmKratos

    What I value the most in an anime is the story, so until now my favorites were FMA and death note. But I can now say that Steins;Gates is my number one.
    The only drawback is that part of it’s amazingness comes from trying to find out what next episode will bring, thus already knowing this will kill that part of the fun. I wish I could erase it from my memory, to enjoy it at 100% every time I watch it.

    about this episode:
    I was surprised to see Okabe finding a reflected way to get the metal upa. Thought he was gonna rush it like always, but was wrong. However he messed up with the saber in return.
    As for the ending, it couldn’t have been better. He didn’t really hoped to met Kurisu again but still did then we got that subtle mistake to let us think that Kurisu will be able to remember those three weeks. It wasn’t too detailed nor too vague, it was perfect.

    Now what I’d like to know is when exactly did Suzuha disappeared and how did okabe end up at the hospital. Did he just pop up where he should be at that time if he hadn’t traveled? or did he appear alone on the radio’s building roof? Was the one who made the badges that sunovabitch? …well I don’t really care about the last one.

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:58 pmlkaze

      I’m going to answer your last question: yes! (just jk)

      Well, now that the future(the WW3) is gone. Suzuha(the resistance) will never come to existance. That why she disappear with the time machine.

      • September 13, 2011 at 6:02 pmKratos

        Ok with that, but how does that happen? does she just fade away? then what happens to Okabe

      • September 13, 2011 at 7:19 pmlkaze

        @ Kratos

        I wanted to lie low on all the theory stuff already, but since you asked. Do you remember when Okarin delete the D-mail detection from Sern and the worldline changed? It almost the same thing, when he finally prevent the death of real Kurisu Makise and destruction of time travel theory. The worldline change again and Suzuha disappeared. Of course, I couldn’t explain why Kurisu still remember Okarin. But this is my feeling of how things happen.

    • September 13, 2011 at 9:04 pmJD

      I still do find FMA better than Steins;Gate, especially that the first few episodes of SG were very slow that I had to skip to the better parts. FMA:B had me glued all 64 episodes. To each his/her own.

      But definitely SG and FMA are on that top list in my head, FMA on the Fantasy/Adventure and SG on Sci-fi/Thriller-ish. Now I need to find a Romance/Drama (Kimi ga Nozomu Eien?) or Romance/Comedy that can be at par with them…

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:03 amchaos

      FMA 2 was good. Death Note was awesome. I still like Gantz more…

      As for the ending, do you really need to know all the little details? Why can’t you just be happy with what you gotten?

      My explanation is that since Okarin undo time travel, he return to the present and erase all that had happen. No time travel = no time machine = no Suzuha. So he appear back where Daru and Mayuri was waiting on the rooftop and they took him to the hospital. The rest as they say is ancient history…

      • September 14, 2011 at 5:04 amKratos

        If there is no Suzuha any more then Daru and Mayushi aren’t waiting for them at the roof. And if Suzuha vanished just after getting back to the present, then Okabe will be left alone on the roof, bleeding to death.

      • September 14, 2011 at 7:45 amlkaze

        @Kratos

        hmm.. that a good point. I was rushing to go out earlier today and only try to answer your question half hearted. Now that I got the time, it does seem like a lot of things are missing. Maybe Suzuha just disappear half way and Mayuri and Daru is still there waiting for him?

      • September 14, 2011 at 1:02 pmchaos

        It is a radio station. Even if Daru and Mayuri weren’t there. Okarin could have run into another person and they brought him to the hospital. It is a public place, there are bound to be people around…

      • September 14, 2011 at 5:39 pmJD

        …or they could’ve called an ambulance. But we’re all just assuming.

        But…he IS mad scientist Hououin Kyouma! It is the will of the Steins;Gate!

        (default answer if you have no good explanation. I guess I’m not as smart as Okabe XD)

  • September 13, 2011 at 5:33 pmLinkark

    Superb anime. Right now it is my anime of the year, followed closely by Madoka and then Anohana.
    Having to watch the hardships Okarin had to pass through all those timelines trying to save Mayuri, his dear childhood friend, and then Kurisu, the girl he loved, was excellent. One of the few Visual Novels adaptations that does it well.
    Can’t wait to play the visual novel.

    El, Psy Congroo!

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:04 amchaos

      Never watched Madoka or Anohana, so I won’t know…

    • September 14, 2011 at 7:46 amlkaze

      I want to play the VN also. I want to get harem ending for Okarin but unfortunately I don’t know japanese, all I can do now is wait for translation. But looking at the fanbase here, I suspect an unofficial translated version is going to come out soon.

  • September 13, 2011 at 5:40 pmSilentCid

    I wonder if the movie is going to be related to the sequel of the second VN game that came out. The sequel is called Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling. They are even coming out with a third game called Steins;Gate 8bit.

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:00 pmlkaze

      I think they only going to do a recap of the entire series like most anime do. At least this one will worth it, watch all the episode in one shot is something I would have done anyway with or without the movie.

  • September 13, 2011 at 5:44 pmAzarelHikaru

    This is also my anime of the year. I loved Madoka because of the plot. I loved Steins;Gate because of the plot and the characters. El, Psy, Congroo!

    • September 13, 2011 at 6:06 pmLuxorcist

      The time traveling adventures of Homura were the choice of Steins Gate!

      El Psy Congroo.

  • September 13, 2011 at 5:48 pmGX-9901

    recommends this show to friends.

    after all, it was the choice of steins;gate

    El Psy Congroo.

  • September 13, 2011 at 5:54 pmOdeus

    Best damn series in a long time. I was super satisfied with the ending. I even teared up a little when Kyouma and Kurisu met each other again. Now excuse me as I go watch it again.

    El Psy Congroo.

  • September 13, 2011 at 5:57 pmCrossfade

    I guess Moeka will be the mother then. She looks like Suzuha actually (hair).

    • September 13, 2011 at 7:50 pmmoonlightmde

      its not moeka. read the manga “boukan no rebellion” or play the VN: Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling”

      suzu’s mother is actually HOT. xDD

    • September 13, 2011 at 7:54 pmfragb85

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:06 amchaos

      Crossfade, the mother is whoever you want her to be…

      • September 14, 2011 at 4:24 amfragb85

        Too bad you’re wrong.

      • September 14, 2011 at 7:48 amlkaze

        you have to face the fact. Suzuha mother is already predetermined as will of S;G

  • September 13, 2011 at 6:05 pmLuxorcist

    The success of this show was the choice of Steins;Gate!

    El Psy Congroo.

    • September 14, 2011 at 7:50 amlkaze

      You said it right man.

      El Psy Congroo!

  • September 13, 2011 at 6:06 pmPockyG

    Tuturu~

    • September 13, 2011 at 10:33 pmNhelraios

      Tuturu~

      I’m so gonna miss this.

    • September 14, 2011 at 7:50 amlkaze

      I’m going to miss this too. :(

      For all it worth

      ~~Tutturu~~

  • September 13, 2011 at 6:17 pmbanzemanga

    It is not right. If Okarin travels to the past for a second time, there should have been three Okarins; not two.

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:08 amchaos

      The only real explanation is that they are different timelines. The series did adapt the Many World Theory after all…

  • September 13, 2011 at 6:18 pmKratos

    Does someone know the name of the very last BGM played? after Another Heaven.
    I think it’s this one but not sure

    • September 14, 2011 at 7:53 amlkaze

      I didn’t know before hand, but when I listen to it carefully . I dare say that it the same. I quite amazing you are able to find a different BGM playing while the “Hacking to Gate” is playing at the same time. And it only played for few seconds.

      • September 14, 2011 at 7:56 amlkaze

        Ignore what I just said, I played your link together with my final episode S;G and listen to the background noise(your link) thinking it inside the episode 26.

    • September 14, 2011 at 9:33 amCarolV

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn6fV0SciAE&feature=related
      It sounds more like this but not exactly.
      The difference with the one you posted is that it’s played by a piano in the show.

    • September 14, 2011 at 9:36 amCarolV

      Well, I think is neither of those. LOL.
      Maybe they’ll release a new OST.

    • September 14, 2011 at 7:38 pmStegobi

      I’ve been trying to figure this one out too. Still can’t find it. Maybe it’s not released yet?

  • September 13, 2011 at 6:22 pmKentaiyoshimi

    WOW. S;G was a helluva series. It’s amazing how despite having no prior knowledge of the VN, it can draw you in completely. I think this series relies heavily on the characters, and it is amazing to see what an amazing job all the seiyus did in S;G.

    For me, it was the characters that really had me hooked on to this series. At first, i didn`t know what kind of character Okarin would be. I haven`t seen a good male protagonist for a long time, so I was rather apprehensive about Okarin being a jerk or a douche. Needless to say, two episodes in, and he was already my favourite character, and further episodes just served to reinforce this. The dialogue, especially between Okarin and Kurisu, was absolutely phenomenal. I found it avoided most of the cliches/tropes that makes some animes rather unappealing.

    For me, this is one of the best series I have ever seen, having just the right balance between plot, character development, comedy, drama, etc.

    So glad I picked up the series after seeing the “Hello, I am mad scientist – so coool! Sunovabitch” clip on Guardian Enzo’s blog.

    Tl;DR
    BEST. SERIES. EVER.

    • September 14, 2011 at 7:56 amlkaze

      El Psy Congroo!

  • September 13, 2011 at 6:27 pmr0llchan

    that’s it? wow… after Okabe’s 3 week run together w/ time and our 6 month 1 episode per week, Steins Gate is over.

    El Psy Congroo!

    bring on Fate/Zero! :D

  • September 13, 2011 at 6:30 pmK

    Okay great, now I can finally watch it all in one. It’s been tough holding onto this series.

  • September 13, 2011 at 6:32 pmsm

  • September 13, 2011 at 6:35 pmBakaGaijin

    I may sound like an idiot here, but wouldn’t meeting Kurisu again change the fact that he made a time machine to save her in the timeline?

    • September 13, 2011 at 7:10 pminfinite

      I was just about to ask that to. I was also thinking even though Okabe saw her dead she still was alive. So when he sends the D-mail would the world line even change like in episode 1. Im just going to accept what happend and enjoy watching it agine.

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:10 amchaos

      I don’t understand what you are asking…need more details.

  • September 13, 2011 at 6:37 pmKentaiyoshimi

    I like how when Mayuri went searching for Okarin, it mirrors one of the earlier episodes, where Okarin is walking around everywhere searching for Mayuri. It also served a great recap on all the other characters.

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:12 amchaos

      I told you guys before…

      Remeber what I said, “In the end, everything tie together beautiful like the masterpiece of a mad scientist…”

  • September 13, 2011 at 6:39 pmKiria

    Bravo.
    A wonderful ending to an amazing series. You really can’t be disappointed with this ending and still call yourself a fan.

    The little slip up of saying she wasn’t Okabe’s assistant, even though she wasn’t supposed to remember that about him, hinted that Kurisu really did remember him and all they’d been through together in her heart, so whether she remembers their past 3 weeks together somehow, or just starts making new memories with him from here, either way they’ll fall in love all over again :3

    I’ll miss this show a lot. No more Scientific Tuesdays or tu-tu-rus. But I can’t wait to buy the show, merchandise and anything else S;G. And of course I can’t wait for the movie.
    Once again, bravo.
    Steins;Gate, you will be missed but always loved.

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:13 amchaos

      TUTURU will never died…

  • September 13, 2011 at 7:08 pmJDea

    What’s that slow piano piece at the end of the series with Kurisu and Okarin?

  • September 13, 2011 at 7:08 pmdeafvader

    @Enzo: You forgot one thing. The OP is different! A lot of flashes in it.
    By the way nice job on your first final impressions!

    Great Series Complete!

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:15 amchaos

      It was the same as EP #23. The Opening song was different because it was the second verse and new pictures were added to existing one. The ending credit song was different in EP #24.

  • September 13, 2011 at 7:10 pmfragb85

    Damn I was ALMOST correct in my prediction of sedatives and fake blood. Apparently a taser is a much simpler alternative, and the fake blood kinda failed. I loved it though, seeing Okabe using his own blood was intense, and it just shows how much he was willing to go to save Makise. Its also gets extra points for inserting alot of HOUOIN KYOMA HAM in such an intense scene.

    The ending itself provides the biggest requirement that I want from on an ending: Satisfaction. Despite seeming fairy-tale like it was able to wrap up everything with no loose ends. Just seeing the lab members destined to be with each others was just so sweet, I could die from diabetes. Especially the part with Kurisu. I was satsified with how it ended, and its a great way to finish a great series.

    No more speculations for me, just the satisfaction of watching a series that was worth my time.

    • September 13, 2011 at 7:21 pmlkaze

      I was right (for once) about the metal oppa :)

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:19 amchaos

      LOL! Your speculations should have ended in EP #23…

      I did because I wanted other people to be surprised for once and enjoy the show without any wild guesses out of empathy and consideration of others. At least people can say, “At least Chaos didn’t ruined EP #24 for us. Thank God…”

      :D

  • September 13, 2011 at 7:23 pmStereoman

    Dat epic ending.

  • September 13, 2011 at 7:28 pmROFLWAFFLELAWL

    Is it really a movie? I heard a wiff from nicnicodouga that theres a possible episode 25?

    Could be a recap episode but man if they swing it around and bring out an ep 25 with a ending for a possible season 2, Ill die happy.

  • September 13, 2011 at 7:33 pmKaris

    I think its a good time to watch this video; it is awesome!

    【MAD】 Steins;Gate – Operation;Skuld
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcKby4s1UGA

  • September 13, 2011 at 7:44 pmitsh

    I couldn’t be more satisfied with an anime. Steins;Gate was absolutely great.

  • September 13, 2011 at 7:51 pmmegalith

    Oh my God…. The way Okabe just received the attack like that… +100 manliness. Also I never thought I would cringe so hard to his solution of blood on the floor. Last time I remember cringing so hard was in Brotherhood, when Ed was impaled by steel frames and he had to remove them himself. Damn really… That’s just how much determination these guys have.

    Final thoughts on this series overall… This show had a dead slow start. It was so damn slow I actually dropped it at some point. That’s about the only gripe I had with this show in the early parts.

    Though once the plot kicks in, everything leaves you wanting for more.

    Anyway… An awesome series has just ended! It’s been by far the most enjoying and one of the most gripping shows like Madoka. The difference with this one IMO delivered well on what it had and what it presented. I’m very happy with the way it ended and will recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy a great show. Only thing that may turn them away from it is if they can’t stomach the very stagnant feel of the early episodes.

    • September 13, 2011 at 8:16 pmOSCUDA

      I disagree with you one thing that kept me watching was the slow paste and the interaction
      between the characters specially Christina and Okarin

      • September 13, 2011 at 10:05 pmmegalith

        I did enjoy the interaction very much. I would lie if I said I never genuinely laughed at their usual antics in the early eps. Anyway I forgot which ep the plot kicked in, but I’m guessing it’s somewhere around ep 7-8.

        The selling point of this series for me which really caught my attention was when Okabe received the death threats(Bloody head of a doll). That was one of the most disturbing scenes I’ve seen in anime since Higuarashi’s first arc(Where Rena kept asking K1 to open the door).

      • September 13, 2011 at 10:14 pmmegalith

        Oh yeah.. Forgot to say the ep where Okabe found out Akiba had changed drastically.

        That was hell of an episode closure.

    • September 13, 2011 at 8:20 pmFlamingYu

      Oh my God…. The way Okabe just received the attack like that… +100 manliness. Also I never thought I would cringe so hard to his solution of blood on the floor. Last time I remember cringing so hard was in Brotherhood, when Ed was impaled by steel frames and he had to remove them himself. Damn really… That’s just how much determination these guys have.

      Guess it’s true.
      People do CRAZY THINGS when they are in LOVE.

    • September 13, 2011 at 8:39 pmKentaiyoshimi

      Perhaps for people who began following the series from day 1, the earlier episodes might have seemed slow, especially since the plot was not set in stone at that time.

      I marathoned S;G when ~16 eps were released, and I found that the character interactions really shine in the early episodes. It’s interesting for just the right amount of time, and it preps the audience very well for the later plot-heavy/ drama-ladened episodes. In other words, it actually amkes you care about and sympathize with the characters.

      • September 13, 2011 at 10:13 pmmegalith

        I watched it probably when ep 2 was just released. Forgot which of the two bored me to hell for some reason but I’m thinking it was ep 2. Watched up to ep 4 I think, then I dropped it.

        Marathoned it when ep 8 released and viola. I’m hooked!

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:23 amchaos

      EP 312 was the turning point. The earlier episodes were more or less: mysteries and humors.

  • September 13, 2011 at 8:07 pmalabaster

    A very good ending to a very good series. It’s nice to see I was right about the effect of Reading Steiner to the girls allowing them to remember memories from the other timelines. I guess this means his 3 weeks of being with Makise aren’t gonna go to waste^^.

  • September 13, 2011 at 8:10 pmcybersteel

    Freaking awesome. Going to be my favorite anime for 2011…unless Guilty Crown can top it but I’ll doubt it will. No HanaKana.

    • September 14, 2011 at 5:25 amSaya

      I just love thinking how Steins;Gate is kinda like Huke’s anime while Guilty Crown is like Redjuice’s. Hopefully Guilty Crown can be just as good, storyline aside everything else seems to be (near) perfection so far. Ah it’s been a pretty good year so far, hope it continues.

      • September 15, 2011 at 1:44 amcybersteel

        Supercell huh? I guess you’re right! Hope for more animes as good as S;G.

    • September 14, 2011 at 8:11 amlkaze

      I think Guilty Crown is long season meaning it will be at least 2012 before it end. Because I read Divine asking about it before and a commenter was confirming that.

  • September 13, 2011 at 8:17 pmAn

    After reading the post, I’m a little sad that all the credits goes to WhiteFox and the anime staffs without any mention of the original creator Nitroplus and 5pb, specifically Hayashi Naotaka as the game’s scenario writer who has please us with this amazing story.

    After Nitroplus/5pb, I’d gladly gives my applause for WhiteFox. While they changes some part from the game, considering any adaptation will always lost the details of the source, this is a faithful and great adaptation. The seiyuus is also becoming more dynamic in the anime and that’s a big plus. I wishes I can praise the same way for Fate/SN anime. ~_~

  • September 13, 2011 at 8:19 pminnerchihiro

    Been waiting for the series to finish so I can get the BDs and marathon it. Hope I like it as much as everyone else did!

    • September 14, 2011 at 8:12 amlkaze

      have thought of buying Kurisu on wheel time? I am tempted to.

  • September 13, 2011 at 8:20 pmShinz

    ~OSHMKUFA~

    • September 13, 2011 at 9:25 pmJD

      It would be cool if they sold badges like those! Then you can put your own initials. Haha.

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:27 amchaos

      Okabe #001
      Shiina #002
      Hashida #003
      Makise #004
      Kiryu #005
      Urushibara #006
      Feyris #007
      Amane #008

      in memory of the events in 2010…Operation: Shuld

  • September 13, 2011 at 8:23 pmMads

    who was daru’s “wife” in the end?? :/

    • September 14, 2011 at 5:14 amShirt

      Homura. :|

  • September 13, 2011 at 8:33 pmShirt

    I feel cool because I watched Steins;Gate. Steins;Gate made me cooler.

    • September 13, 2011 at 9:13 pmAutocorrect

      You would have been cool if you wrote that with a semi-colon:

      I feel cool because I watched Steins;Gate; Steins;Gate made me cooler.

      • September 14, 2011 at 7:48 amShirt

        Divine, I need to use your microwave!

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:29 amchaos

      Now all you needed is a white lab coat while drinking Dr. Pepper and you’re all set…

  • September 13, 2011 at 8:52 pmprojectnoa

    Something tells me that the movie’s ending is not going to be the same one… not a happy one :(

  • September 13, 2011 at 8:55 pmSomebody

    Standing ovation to possibly one of the best anime ever made, imo.

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:30 amchaos

      I don’t know about “ever made…”, but of the year 2011, Yes. I second that nomination.

  • September 13, 2011 at 9:29 pmClick

    Well, it took me a while to gather my thoughts and I can definitely not say it isn’t the best anime ever made. But it’s very, very high up there. And while I’m also highly opposed to the number rating system for anime, I’m also prepared to say this was a 9/10, as in, almost, almost perfect. I have only a few, very small complaints, but I guess the main complaints are these:

    1. Okarin’s Reading Steiner ability felt unexplored and wasn’t very well explained.
    2. The amount of pure build up in the first half of series, while necessary (and certainly never terrible), went on a bit longer than it should have and left a bit of a gash in the series’ reputation.
    3. I never really thought much of the music (which isn’t to say it was terrible, but rather not noteworthy).

    Stein’s; Gate makes up for these however in pure, raw storytelling and very likable characters with enormous chemistry. The entire second half was jarring; it was hard to my eyes off the screen for even a second. The way everything managed to come around full circle was amazing to me; the bursts of optimism blasting from the last five episodes made it even better, especially after all of the despair. However, while I won’t say it’s one of the few shining stars out there, it is fantastic.

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:33 amchaos

      If all the mysteries were to be solved, how else is the creator supposed to make money?

      More unsolved mysteries = more novels, mangas, and video games = more money. Need I say more?

      • September 14, 2011 at 8:08 pmClick

        Well, I do think that a lot anime series are quite obviously used to help boost sales for their respective sources, but that doesn’t forgive it for leaving a hole in the series. Personally, “having an intense cold” isn’t really enough explanation for Okarin’s abilities. Whether or not it’s explained in VN or in the two manga adaptations, it certainly does not help the anime to have something so important go unexplained or be vastly unexplored.

  • September 13, 2011 at 9:30 pmOSCUDA

    now is any one knows a little bit Spanish watch perras

  • September 13, 2011 at 9:48 pmRintarou

    A bit of nickpicking, but Guardian Enzo why did you change the ep title? The correct title is Achievement Point although that’s not the direct translation of the Japanese…and it would be “Prologue to the End and Beginning” (reverse of what you have) if it were titled as such anyway.

    • September 14, 2011 at 12:03 amGuardian Enzo

      I was advised that the this title was a more correct translation of the original Japanese, and thus more correct than the title the subs used.

    • September 14, 2011 at 12:28 amDivine

      That was on my recommendation. I purposely put “beginning” before “end” because Japanese often lists things in reverse compared to English. It was intended to be both a formal (i.e. literal) and functional translation.

      • September 14, 2011 at 8:16 amRintarou

        The reverse order was probably intentional. The first episode title was 始まりと終わりのプロローグ and the last episode is titled 終わりと始まりのプロローグ. It’s making a distinction between the beginning and the ending.

        As for “Achievement Point”, that’s the official English title of the episode as it’s what’s written in the area where the English title of the episodes are put. That’s why CR used it. It’s the reason why 境界面上のシュタインズ・ゲート was put as “Open the Steins Gate” instead of “The Boundary of Steins Gate” last episode, although it’s a less extreme case than this. Maybe you could put this as the title: “Achivement Point (Prologue to the End and Beginning)

    • September 14, 2011 at 8:21 amlkaze

      @Divine

      Then what you wrote will clash because
      Episode 1: “Prologue of the Beginning and End” – Hajimari to Owari no Purorōgu
      Episode 26: “Prologue to the Beginning and End” – Owari to Hajimari no Purorōgu

      Tutturu :)

  • September 13, 2011 at 9:50 pmMiko

    I actually feel sad that the feelings bottled up by Ruka… is still left bottled up! D:

    But Christina x Okarin is fine anyday!

    El Psy Congroo!

    • September 14, 2011 at 8:16 amlkaze

      Eventually Okarin will want to get into Delta worldline :)

  • September 13, 2011 at 10:15 pmNhelraios

    Damn, I never thought I’d enjoy this series that much. I was literally on the edge of my seat this episode (that scene where Kyouma was bleeding was just gah). Also that awesome ending with him meeting Kurisu <3

    Now its finally over I would like to thank Kiiragi and Enzo for blogging this, also to White Fox for animating this.

    I think I'm gonna rewatch this show, there's some things I didn't quite get and alot of hints I missed.

    PS: I was checking the runtime of this ep. every few minutes lol, I guess I just don't want it too end.

  • September 13, 2011 at 10:16 pmMitsuba

    Divine, can you explain to me this? It just still doesn’t make sense or maybe I missed it.

    In the first episode Okabe finds out that Makise died and he sends the message to Daru saying she died, how did he end up switching to another timeline…I’m pretty sure at that moment they had not finished the dmail machine or hooked up the phone onto it. So how does Okabe that went back in time to set up the blood and make his old self see it not cause this to happen again? would this not go back into a infinite loop? And after Okabe finished setting the event to fool himself and went back to the present would there not be two Okabe? And I wonder why Suzuha from episode one gave an X hand sign.

    • September 13, 2011 at 10:42 pmHenDarou

      The conditions are the same as in episode 1, the only difference being that Kurisu wasn’t actually dead this time around. So of course he could still send the D-mail, just like he did then.

      And of course the old him has to send the D-mail again, because everything Okarin did, his old self had to do as well, or Okarin would never go back and safe Kurisu, thus ending in her death and her father creating the time machine.

      And why would there be two of him? When he travels from 3 weeks in the future he vanishes from there and goes to the past. Then he returns and appears again in 3 weeks in the future.

    • September 13, 2011 at 10:48 pmDivine

      Sure I can explain that. You may want to refer to my comment last week first if you haven’t already, as I touched upon how the future doesn’t really change and simply realigns itself to another variation. i.e. There are an infinite number of alternate realities (timelines) out there and Rintarou wants to live in the version where both Kurisu and Mayuri are alive. To do that, he has to make his past match that reality’s past.

      In addition, he doesn’t want to change the three weeks he spent in the Alpha timeline because it was that experience that motivated him to get back to the Beta timeline and spend the next 15 years trying to save Kurisu. (Coincidentally, saving Kurisu also prevents World War III.)

      Now herein lies the problem. If Rintarou of 2025 saved Kurisu himself, he would either 1.) cause a divergence on July 28, 2010, erasing those three weeks of memories and likely winding up in the Beta timeline again or 2.) simply fail because of the Attractor Field convergence effect that says Kurisu is destined to die on 7/28. Furthermore, he risks creating a paradox because Rintarou of 2025 would never try to save Kurisu unless he fell in love with her in the Alpha timeline. To avoid all those problems, the plan is to keep Kurisu alive without changing the past so that when Rintarou of 7/28 will send the first D-mail and go to the Alpha timeline, go through hell trying to save Mayuri, and then return to the Beta one. However, this time when he returns to “Beta” timeline on August 21, 2010, it’s different — Kurisu is alive.

      Imagine if everything that you’ve seen remains exactly the same, but when Rintarou finishes undoing all the D-mails that landed him in the Alpha timeline — the last of which was deleting the first D-mail from SERN’s database — he returns to a world where Kurisu was only thought to be dead. This is the “Beta” timeline that Rintarou finds himself in after returning to 8/21 in this episode and is what he refers to as Steins Gate. He’s adhered to everything that happened from the original Beta timeline and everything that happened in the Alpha timeline, but the “Beta” timeline he returns to isn’t the same anymore because both Kurisu and Mayuri are alive. A divergence happens on August 21, 2010 as a result and we get our happy ending that slipped by the effects of the Attractor Field in the original Beta timeline.

      In this world, there won’t be a Rintarou of 2025 to create video D-mail or a time machine because the world already aligned itself to a variation where both Kurisu and Mayuri are alive on 8/21. The future Rintarou who told the current Rintarou to save Kurisu doesn’t even exist here. He’s from the future Beta timeline that they’re no longer in. The Suzuha who experienced WWIII doesn’t exist either, hence why she vanished into thin air when they returned to 8/21. When she’s born seven years later, she won’t be growing up in war-filled world and traveling back in time in 2036 because there’s no need. The ones who actually went back in time to change the past are Rintarou 2025 and Suzuha 2036 from the Beta timeline. Since they succeeded in having Rintarou of 8/21 change the past, they no longer exist in this world.

      • September 13, 2011 at 11:42 pmMitsuba

        so technically okabe from the beta timeline made a divergence; came back to (steins;gate) where mayuri and makise is alive. The Obake at the end there should not know of the Okabe who saved Makise because he disappeared and the okabe who sent the video d-mail. So the Okabe at the end did not realize all the things that had been set for him by the other okabes. What still doesn’t make sense to me is that “how would he know that” he would end up in steins;gate. Maybe he doesn’t…simply it just worked out for him from the other okabes I assume. heh this whole time travel thing is pretty complex if u think too deeply.

        Just incase you dont get confused. the Okabe from the beta timeline that made a divergence that i mentioned is the one who was fool’d by the okabe that is going to not exist anymore.

      • September 14, 2011 at 12:17 amDivine

        Rintarou will remember everything because of his Reading Steiner. He’ll remember his Beta timeline self saving Kurisu as if he did it himself, just like he remembers the Alpha timeline that no one else does. You’re right about the Rintarou who traveled back in time with Suzuha not existing anymore though.

        When talking about what each Rintarou knows, you have consider which time frame he’s in. The Rintarou of 8/21 that we followed throughout the series will have memories of everything we’ve seen. What he doesn’t know is all the stuff that he will have to go through before becoming Rintarou of 2025. Now that he’s changed timelines, he’ll never know. The Rintarou of 7/28 will only know what’s seen in the first episode.

        As for Steins Gate, there was no guaranteed that it would work. As Suzuha mentioned, it was a theory at best (but a good one).

  • September 13, 2011 at 10:30 pmHenDarou

    A fantastic way to end the show. Not perfect, sure, but I honestly have no idea how it could have been done better. It gave just the right amount of closure. While pretty predictable, it felt right that Okarin and Kurisu would meet again and, even better, that she was going to remember those three weeks, given enough time. It also felt good that Steins;Gate chose to cut the man some slack after all the hardships he has been through.

    After all, it’s the choice of Steins;Gate. El Psy Congroo.

  • September 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm0927123

    Browsing myanimelist forums and found this:

    “Darn, I was hoping that Kyouma would die and Christina would develop the time machine and go back in time and save him”

    Endless 8 here we come!

  • September 13, 2011 at 10:53 pmnivlek

    oh my god; Very satisfied with this anime. I’d rate it a Code Geass level anime in another spectrum.

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:38 amchaos

      The only thong that I remember from Code Geass was the ending…

      How will Steins;Gate be remembered?

  • September 13, 2011 at 11:10 pmc2710

    in my opinion, it certainly ranks along side madoka magica, bakemonogatari, fate stay night, last exile and witch hunter robin

  • September 13, 2011 at 11:28 pmcybersteel

    Finally finished the VN. Here’s the end credit.

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:39 amchaos

      What does VN means?

      I thought it meant for Visual Novel…

      • September 14, 2011 at 4:25 amKratos

        and it does
        this is just the PSP version of the visual novel
        where’s the problem??

      • September 14, 2011 at 8:25 amlkaze

        @Kratos

        Haha, maybe he really don’t know what is VN?

        @cybersteel

        I envy you man. Is there multiple ending inside? If so next time upload the Mayuri ending. :)

      • September 14, 2011 at 9:31 amcybersteel

        @Chaos I do play alot of visual novels, both PSP and PC.

        @Ikaze maybe. Subscribe if you want to be updated on it.

        @Steins;Gate episode 24 I’ll shall cosplay Okabe with my school lab coat, goate and my phone filled with Steins;Gate apps. all that’s left is to buy some Dr Pepper or coke.

      • September 14, 2011 at 9:49 amlkaze

        @cybersteel

        Done!!! If you have TOO MUCH time , then you can even put in some half hearted translation. ;)

      • September 14, 2011 at 6:19 pmchaos

        I am not smart in everything…

        In fact, I can be pretty stupid in other stuffs. I consider a trade-off for my 150 IQ. Of course, I used to drinks and test all kinds of drugs. I am lucky to have 120 IQ nowadays. I don’t read novels or play story-based games.

        I mainly play Left 4 Dead and Call of Duty…

      • September 15, 2011 at 1:45 amcybersteel

        It’s not being smart. It’s stating the obvious.

  • September 14, 2011 at 12:25 amMimS

    Can’t help but comparing the whole show to Butterfly Effect movie.
    Both subject and end (well, one of the ends of Butterfly Effect XD) are pretty similar to it…

    Talking about the show itself : it was definitely great. 9/10
    Not 10 ’cause : animation could be better, the realization could be better (when I watch Mawaru Penguin Drum, I’m amazed by director’s ideas, never felt this way on S;G), ost didn’t impress me and 1st part of the anime isn’t as great as the second though it’s not bad at all.
    Still, definitely one of the best animes I’ve seen :)

  • September 14, 2011 at 12:34 amJason Isenberg

    It’s official Okabe is the best male protagonist in anime history and you know what the sacrifice was basically to start over with Makise no memory of him just at that night when she was “killed” (but really stunned with Okabe’s blood). In the end it made me feel like Harry Potter. When you grow up watching stuff like this and it ends? You leave feeling bummed that it’s over and that’s how I’m feeling right now. But it was perfect, 24 episodes no more no less. Best anime in a decade by far.

    • September 14, 2011 at 6:30 amHenDarou

      That would be wrong…

      “We meet again, Christina!”
      “I told you I’m not Christina, and I’m not your assistant!”

      She obviously remembers fragments of the time they spent together and like other characters demonstrated, she will probably remember everything, or at least most of it, in time.

  • September 14, 2011 at 12:40 amBlueFalcon

    Wow, S;G was a rush of emotions from laughs to total sadness and stress, and because of that I loved this series.
    And after having a smile on my face while watching this episode, for me that was the most comforting thing. Great ending for a great show, it’s not a coincidence, it’s the choice of Steins;Gate.

    And I can finally say: “El Psy Congroo”

  • September 14, 2011 at 12:42 amMrRei

    LOL! Divine really did put some Chrono Trigger music at the sidebar.. :D

    • September 14, 2011 at 12:58 amDivine

      Hell yeah I did! I put up some of my favorite tracks, which just so happen to have something to do with “time” in all their titles. :)

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:09 amKoeix

        AWESOME best soundtrack i swear

        question Divine, about Kurisu saying Okabe you said you wanted to tell me something 10 minutes ago, can you explain that, i think i missed it or it wasnt shown

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:13 amDivine

        Are you referring to episode one where Kurisu said she bumped into Rintarou with a panicked look in his face about fifteen minutes ago?

      • September 14, 2011 at 7:18 amKoeix

        thats the one, but i think i get it now, although okabe didnt really try to say something then, wonder where she thought he was gonna say something came from

      • September 14, 2011 at 8:20 amSeishun Otoko

        Woo hoo… ;D

    • September 14, 2011 at 5:13 amShirt

      So downloading that soundtrack. Leave it to RC to open its readers up to cool shit.

    • September 14, 2011 at 6:32 amdeafvader

      I only have frog’s theme and wings through time! thanks for the rest of the sound track Divine

      • September 14, 2011 at 8:37 amlkaze

        ? You can download through RC?

      • September 14, 2011 at 1:11 pmchaos

        You can. Just need to have a stream downloader like Ant…

        Here is the link:

        http://www.ant.com/video-downloader

        Pick your choice of IE or Firefox. It is an awesome downloader. It basically record everything that is streaming so you can download off youtube or any video/music online. It is better than Real downloader in my opinion…

      • September 14, 2011 at 4:00 pmMrRei

        Ikaze, that’s one hell of illegal to be downloaded here.. (but you can Google for the whole album) :D
        If you just want to stream the whole album, GrooveShark have them: Disk 1 Disk 2 Disk 3

        I’m not sure if chaos’ method would work on those but you can try. ;p

      • September 14, 2011 at 6:15 pmchaos

        It works just fine. I can send you the copy if you need proof…

        It is like 1.5 MB, got it in 20 seconds…

      • September 14, 2011 at 10:26 pmShirt

        Same. You can get the entire album on Google. Keyword: Show Spoiler ▼

    • September 14, 2011 at 9:12 amoscuda

      he told her he was going to save her

  • September 14, 2011 at 1:19 amKurisu Vi Britannia

    Finally S;G is finished!

    I watched the first two eps then put it on hold due to moving home and other things. I’m going to watch it through all in one sitting sometime within the next week.

    Can’t wait to watch this, Kurisu is teh sex.

  • September 14, 2011 at 1:59 amZa Zombie!

    NOOOO IT ENDED I NEED NEW ANIME!!

    gimme suggestion plox

    • September 14, 2011 at 8:42 amlkaze

      Fate/Zero, Guilty Crown and Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai. This is some of the few I will recommend :)

      • September 14, 2011 at 6:13 pmchaos

        Too bad I am starting my stockbroker job next month…no more anime for me

        :?

  • September 14, 2011 at 2:07 amsheenzu

    loved the ending, loved the series. we dont get happy endings often. smile and remember them when you do lol.
    thanks for picking this up.
    steins;gate is head to head with ano hi mita for my series of the year

  • September 14, 2011 at 2:07 amfreedomapoc

    i am still wondering who suzuha’s mother is … =(

    • September 14, 2011 at 2:14 amfragb85

      Yuki Amane. This is the third time I linked this picture, please pay attention to the commentts.

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:23 amOwaranai

        Hot stuff. XD

        Wonder where Daru actually got to meet her.

      • September 14, 2011 at 2:33 amfragb85

        They met each other in Comiket. She was apparently a cosplayer. So Daru was indeed quite the lucky man.

      • September 14, 2011 at 8:45 amlkaze

        AND this is more than the third time I’ve comment in this. Yea, Suzuha mother is someone else. So stay away from Okarin’s Tutturu.

        Am I the only one actually go through the entire comment?

  • September 14, 2011 at 2:34 amOwaranai

    Great ending. The end theme of shows with time as their main concepts (to me thus far) seems to be ‘the future’. While S;G didn’t actually involve purposeful time-travel to change the past, this still fits in. We are given the teaser of what might transpire in the future (Suzuha’s birth in seven years’ time) and what would happen along the way.

    Okabe just skyrocketed in the GAR-ness again, I think. I cringed a little when he plunged those fingers into his stomach. Takes a mighty load of guts AND determination to do that. That expression he had before he did that – priceless.

    The ending was artfully done. I was expecting Kurisu to appear as the crowd thinned, but the directors chose to keep the audience focused on the people moving to and fro and upped the anticipation, then throw in the meeting suddenly. With this ending, though, I suspect there might be plenty of fanfiction to go around.

    I like how each character seems to be pretty happy at the end, especially for Moeka. She’s still working under Mr. Braun, but in happier circumstances and seems to have opened up a lot. Possible that she might actually remember some of what happened in the other world line too. Can’t say much for Feyris and Rukako though…Maybe the latter might get a gender change operation?

    On the whole, I’ve really been amazed by Steins; Gate from beginning till the end. They kept the level pretty high up there and maintained it for most part without fluctuation. The characters, VAs, story, premise, music and art were excellent, if not top-notch. Great, great stuff.

  • September 14, 2011 at 2:37 amchaos

    LOL! Remember when I said I was right, but in a wrong way…

    I was right about Okarin need to undo time travel, but I wrong about it involving SERN dystopia and the jelly-man. In the end, time travel is no more. Okarin reset the world into our time (the real world). I got the end right, just not the middle part. That was why I only left on comment in EP #23, I didn’t want to ruined the ending for you guys. You guys should be happy. By the way, I read those comments just now after watching this finale. I dare you to say that I was wrong?!

    All that go well, end well…

    • September 14, 2011 at 2:43 amfragb85

      You’re entire spiel about the connection between WWIII and SERN that you so admantly defended was hilariously wrong.

      • September 14, 2011 at 3:43 amchaos

        Does it really matter?!

        I still got the end right. Who cares about the little battles when I won the war…

        “The end justify the mean…”

      • September 14, 2011 at 4:24 amfragb85

        Your attempt to be relevant is cute.

      • September 14, 2011 at 6:12 pmchaos

        All is fair in love and war…

    • September 14, 2011 at 6:16 amSuzushina Yuriko

      Why are you still trying to act so smug like your theory was correct when it was actually nowhere near the truth? :/

      I can understand speculating, but that tone of yours towards the speculations of other people (“Nope…look like you’re going to lose this argument, too.” “Do you want me to state THAT again? By THAT, I mean the “Just wait for the next episode and you will see that I am right…” again? It will follow by the “I told you so” statement…again. :D” “I dare you to say that I was wrong?!”) has been annoying me for some time now.

      • September 14, 2011 at 1:18 pmchaos

        LOL! Nothing wrong with being confident in your beliefs…

        What is a man without a sense of passion?!

        Despite what I stated, I am very open minded. Beside, do I sense jealous in that comment? lol, I would doubt myself, too but when you gotten over 80% of your predictions correct. Is there really any doubts in the end?!

        What can I say, Steins;Gate like me. It is the will of Steins;Gate…

        El. Psy. Congroo.

    • September 14, 2011 at 8:53 amlkaze

      “I dare you to say that I was wrong?!”

      You are wrong…

      ..

      .

      Well not really, but can you really say that stating Okarin will undo time travel is a theory at all. I mean that just like me saying that the ending will come at episode 26. Me saying there will be an ending to this anime.Me saying there will be another show taking the slot time of S:G. The list could go on and I will be correct every single time.

      That is just stating the obvious. It’s not theory at all.

      • September 14, 2011 at 1:25 pmchaos

        I wanted to state my speculation for the EP #24, too but didn’t…

        Now that it is over, I can tell you what it was. I figure the show was going to end on one of two notes.

        1) Okarin saved Makise and destroy the time machine paper resulting in a timeline where time travel no longer exist. (which is what exactly happened)

        or

        2) Okarin saved Makise and destroy all evidences of time travel, except his and Makise knowledge of time travel and time machine. He and Makise would become the sole time travelers in the world with their own time machine and nobody else.

        In either case, time travel for the world would be no more. Whether Okarin still keep the time machine or crate another one in the future was the only different.

      • September 14, 2011 at 5:32 pmlkaze

        @chaos

        Oh, haha. I thought your theory is just above. I didn’t refer back to previous episode comment. It too far past for me to remember now.

      • September 14, 2011 at 6:11 pmchaos

        LOL, I was one of the first want to start the whole speculation idea…

        I remember it was me, wolf, kratos, dyne, cybersteel, zaku, ewok, and a few more. Sorry if I can’t name you all…

  • September 14, 2011 at 2:37 amAozora

    Epic ending! And Okarin and Christina have the chance to be together again! :) Hurray!

  • September 14, 2011 at 2:43 amQwerty1

    Dear god don’t let the movie be an adaptation… anything but an adaptation.

    After something as perfect as this series a movie length adaptation would be an utter abortion. Give me… a look at what happened in the future of the cern timeline, the WWIII timeline, a continuation of the story where they have to wrap up some minor things that ended up being huge… anything but a movie length adaptation.

  • September 14, 2011 at 2:43 amraitei_shourai

    Watched this while drinking Dr. Pepper. Series of the year fo’ sure.

    El Psy Congroo~

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:45 amchaos

      We don’t have any Dr. Pepper. I drank Coke instead while watching it…

    • September 14, 2011 at 5:10 amShirt

      Tiger and Bunny’s Blue Rose got me hooked on Pepsi. But Dr. Pepper is the new drink for Mad Scientists.

  • September 14, 2011 at 3:20 amFidelDesu

    When you desire my aid, hold the badge and say “La Yohda Stasella”

    this year best quote , wonder what La Yohda Stasella means ?

    • September 14, 2011 at 3:47 amchaos

      It is a mixture of Spanish and Latin as well as puns off of Star Wars…

      It means “The Stellar Yoda…”

  • September 14, 2011 at 4:03 amDyne

    エル・プサイ・コングルゥ

    • September 14, 2011 at 8:47 amlkaze

      El Psy Congroo!!

  • September 14, 2011 at 4:41 amKratos

    How many years will we have to wait to get again an anime of this level… will there ever be one?
    For which day of the week should I look for now?
    Seems I’ll stay hungry on Tuesday night.

    El Psy Congroo

    • September 14, 2011 at 5:09 amShirt

      We might get a few this coming season. Keep your hopes up. The future is infinite.

      El Psy Congroo.

      • September 14, 2011 at 6:01 amKratos

        your right! thanks

    • September 14, 2011 at 5:20 amcybersteel

      This coming fall there’s Mirai Niki, Fate/Zero, Shana 3 and of course GUILTY CROWN.
      There’s still hope for this new sekai sen.
      El Psy Congroo

      • September 14, 2011 at 8:59 amlkaze

        Please don’t forget Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai , why is this show so unpopular? It was a great manga. This is the one I look forward the most……

        ..

        .

        apart from Shana 3, Fate/zero and Guilty Crown :P

  • September 14, 2011 at 5:27 am1Lau

    A real classic already.
    I enjoyed every minute of this show.

  • September 14, 2011 at 6:28 amSuzushina Yuriko

    Bravo. I applaud one of the most amazing series of the year for its incredible story, snappy dialogue, out-of-this world voice acting (Miyano Mamoru has skyrocketed to god tier in my eyes), stunning plot twists, and the strength to give Okabe a solid happy ending at the end of all the pain and struggling, a world line with the blessing of Steins;Gate.

    I have one last thing to say.

    El Psy Congroo.

  • September 14, 2011 at 6:42 amSaangi

    Just to propose an ALTERNATE interpretation of this series(Which is rather interesting and might be simpler to understand). Not sure if it does corresponds with the anime. Just something to chew on.

    It could be that from the start in episode 1, Okabe Rintaro was already in the Stiens; Gate timeline. By sending the D-mail, he gets into the 3 weeks of hell in the Alpha Timeline and then getting back to the Beta Timeline in episode 22 which is not the Stiens; Gate timeline. He then travels back into time to redo it such that he ends up in the Stiens; Gate timeline and then passes on the torch(in a way) to the next Okabe Rintaro in Episode 24 who will time travel in the same manner, repeating this endless cycle.

    And thus we end up with infinite
    El Psy Congroo

    • September 14, 2011 at 1:12 pmChloesong

      So according to this theory, then the first Kurisu that we see in episode 1 is actually not dead…? This would work except for the fact that in episode 1 Mayuri get a metal Opa from the machine and in episode 24 she gets a green plastic one, so they are in different timelines.

      Rather than looping from episode 24 to episode 1, I think that the Okabe who sees Kurisu in a pool of blood in episode 24 becomes the Okabe who meets her on the street. So doesn’t that mean the Okabe of episode 24 who sees Kurisu in the pool of blood, never goes through the 3 weeks because there is no future Okabe that sends the video mail? A little confused here.

      • September 14, 2011 at 1:37 pmchaos

        LOL, you got the first part right, but confused yourself in the end.

        The answer is no. It is a linear loop. All parts differ from each other. So you can say that the Okarin who Makise met on the street in the end is what Okarin in EP #1 will eventually become.

  • September 14, 2011 at 7:50 amLitho

    Definitely the best series this year, with Hyouge Mono coming in a far second.

    Didn’t really expect much from this at the beginning (I don’t follow the novel/game/whatever) and just stuck with it for the comedy, but it had me hooked all the way, especially when things got really serious after Mayuri got head-shot. Never really gone through that many emotions in a while.

    Okabe’s definitely one of the better anime protagonists out there. Sure, he’s a bit of a retard, but few have portrayed “humanity” as well.

  • September 14, 2011 at 8:32 amZaku Fan

    Finally caught the ending. Nicely done. Taking the metal uupa by playing the token game first was smart in a common sense way (which is what exactly Okarin is about). So many things tied up pretty well including the scream.

    Finishing the badge and giving it to all the members (including Moeka who should be cured with more Mayuri interaction) was a nice touch. Kurisu’s “…and not Assistant either” sentence was a fine way to fold the story, better than Tiger and Bunny’s recent “Its Barnaby” line.

    A movie is hard to do without sidelining people like Ruka and Feyris but since this is a time travelling show, there are infinite world lines and thus infinite story potential if they don’t stick to the canon ending

    • September 14, 2011 at 8:40 amZaku Fan

      For anime this year, Stein;s gate is number 2 to me. In most years it would have taken number 1 but this year Madoka won with its better pacing. These 2 outdistance the rest by far (including Penguindrum whose lackluster pacing means at best it would be number 3 if it beats noteworthy challengers like AnoHana, Natsume, K-ON!! and probably Ika S2 and Working!! S2)

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