Steins;Gate the Movie: Burdened Domain of Deja Vu

Type: It’s weird, but it’s almost like I’ve heard this title before…

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Synopsis: Set one year after the events of Steins;Gate, the mad scientist Kyoma Hooin, or Rintaro Okabe, is now unstuck in time after he and his friends accidentally created a time machine. It falls to his sorta girlfriend, but not really, they annoy each other but still make out sometimes, Kurisu Makise to saves his temporal existence. Now if she could only figure out a way to make him open up that doesn’t involve wreaking the space-time continuum.

Pros: Once again, I am a sucker for time travel, so I naturally liked this movie. One of the things that distinguished this movie from it’s anime progenitor was it’s lead. Although a third of the movie takes place from Okabe’s point of view, this is very much Kurisu’s movie. She’s basically put into the same circumstance that Okabe dealt with in the anime, having to use time travel to save a loved one. I loved her reaction to this. Being more of a pragmatist than Okabe, Kurisu carefully analysis the problem, and her resolve flip-flop between her brain and her heart. Her having to deal with the complex and negative consequences of time travel herself, like Okabe before her, puts her in a much for equal footing with Okabe, making the partnership and eventual romance they developed in Steins;Gate feel all the more genuine.

Cons: Aside form the lead, their’s nothing much to distinguish this movie from the anime. The animations is about the same quality, which is weird considering that the animation is usually the first thing to be upgraded in anime movies. The story is also very in line with the anime, making the movie seem more like a OVA than feature film. I’m not saying that the film had to go to Back to the Future-esque adventures, but something bigger would have been more appropriate. Maybe a prequel movie detailing the original Suzuha’s life in the dystopic future would have been better. I’m not saying I didn’t like this movie, because I did. I love Steins;Gate, both in the Japanese and English dub, and I loved Kurisu’s story, its just that the Steins;Gate “movie” didn’t feel much like a movie to me.

Watch it?: Yes, because Kurisu’s adventure is worth watching.

MVP: Kurisu Mikase

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One of the very few Female Time-Travelers to star in a motion picture

Best Moment: When Suzuha put on Daru’s Hat (I fan girled out like crazy when that happened)

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2 thoughts on “Steins;Gate the Movie: Burdened Domain of Deja Vu

  1. Interesting. I loved the series, so I’ll have to check out the movie. It will be interesting seeing things from Kurisu’s point of view–probably a little duller than Kyouma Hououin’s, but still interesting.

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