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Steins;Gate 0

Steins;Gate 0
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A divergent continuation of the original Steins;Gate ending, Steins;Gate 0 explores an alternate worldline where Okabe abandons time travel. While attempting to forget past traumas and get his life back on track, he meets an AI that re-opens old wounds.

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Steins;Gate 0 is vastly inferior to the original series in every way possible, almost to the point of insult and very nearly to the point of parody.

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I don't really do reviews, so bear with me since this is my first one. (I'm also intending to keep it spoiler free)

As a long time fan of the original series since my freshman year of high school, I've always adored Stein;Gate. It's world building, characters, and premise captivated me right from the beginning. It would become one of my favorite series of all time and still is to this today.

It would take around seven years for a sequel (mid-sequel) to air after the original show did back in 2011. Many fans, including myself, were excited to see more S;G be animated. As more S;G is never a bad thing right? Well, after completing Steins;Gate 0 I can say with confidence that isn't entirely true.

S;G 0 in comparison to the original S;G is unable to reach that highs the original was capable of. It also reaches new lows for the series. One of the biggest issues S;G 0 has is it's writing and pacing. As someone who's played the Visual Novel for 0, I knew that it would be a challenge to adapt and that the writing was already sub-par in comparison to the original to begin with. These issues become clearly apparent when it changed things up from the VN and started creating anime-only scenes and scenarios. This causes events to not make much sense and different plot-lines to be completely disregarded later on in the show. This is also true for a few of the characters. 

One of the most glaring examples of this is a character named Reyes. She had a lot more involvement and importance in the VN and while this is indeed the show and not the VN, the show still displays glimpses of her plotting or preparing something of some sort. Yet, never acts upon any of it. It's jarring to show these moments, yet never explain anything about her or other events that are never discussed again. Another was when Okabe and another find this secret facility that seems to have major connections to certain characters. Yet, after that episode it is never discussed or mentioned again.

One of the positive points about the show is that the character interactions are done fairly well when done right. It's nice to see Okabe and the rest of the Lab Members interacting with one another, even if the tone is much different in comparison to the original. Introducing characters like Maho and Leskinen was a treat as they brought something new to the table, even if isn't anything groundbreaking (Plus Maho is a Legal Loli, C'mon now.) Another positive is the music, I can't say it's as captivating as the original ost overall, but it get's the job done well when it needs to. However, there are a few tracks that really do stand out and make themselves known which is nice.

After looking at the staff, I noticed that the directors of the original series, were not listed in the staff list for S;G 0. This was very apparent from the first couple of episodes due to the camera composition throughout the episodes. Character interactions, scenery shots, and even other scenes all seemed much more generic in comparison to the original show's camera composition. 0 had many simple back and forth shots between characters that weren't nearly as unique in comparison to S;G.

I know I am comparing 0 to the original quite a bit, but it's hard to avoid such a thing when the original series set the bar so damn high.

Steins;Gate 0 isn't bad by any means, but I wouldn't call it good either. Most of the episodes are just okay and episodes that actually exceeded expectations are far and few (maybe a total of 4 episodes.) If you are a big fan of the original, I recommend that you give 0 a go if you want more Steins;Gate in your life. Just keep your expectations low if possible. If you weren't a fan of the original series, there isn't anything here for you that I would call enticing.

TL;DR It's okay, if you like S;G, give it a go. If you didn't, 0 is a pass.

7/10 (I'm too much of a biased fanboy to give it anything less)

If this review sucked, lemme know, I'm open to criticism.

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