Prepare yourself for the mind-bending conclusion to the sci-fi anime event of the year!
The microwave is a time machine and the girl gets shot. Okarin sends another text. Nukes another banana. The mad scientist meddled with forces he never should have known about. The girl gets run over by a car. Okarin goes back to stop the bleeding. Dashes madly through the dark streets. Races against time. The girl gets hit by a train. Failures and flatlines multiply in a ghastly pattern of repetition. Over and over and over again until sanity is stripped away and you start to notice shapes slipping in and out of the shadows. SERN. The girl gets stabbed before and after the kissing. Okarin grows frantic. Bodies pile up around him. SERN is getting closer. The girl is bleeding. A Top Secret Future Gadget Lab member from the future is their only hope. The blood sprays and the girl dies. SERN destroys the world. Kills all the girls. There is time for one last try. Now Okarin bleeds but he won’t stop. Ever. The microwave is a time machine and the girl always gets shot.
The outré sci-fi adventure Steins;Gate grows darker and more complex as the filmmakers draw together the twisted strands of the plot. Self-proclaimed “mad scientist” Rintaro Okabe and the oddballs who make up his lab–ingenuous cosplayer Mayuri, red-haired genius Makise, super-hacker “Daru” Hashida, techno-warrior Suzuha, shy texter Moeka, transgendered Ruka, and maid café entrepreneur Faris–have actually created a time machine out of an improbable assemblage of electronic junk. But its creation means they’re subject to the deadly wrath of the cutting-edge research center SERN. Are the texts from rebel time traveler John Titor true? Is Okabe the savior who can prevent the establishment of an oppressive dystopia ruled by SERN? And can Okabe fulfill that mission without imperiling the lives of his friends? Despite the problems and paradoxes inherent in any time-travel narrative, the cast and crew of Steins;Gate bring the story to a satisfying and curiously logical conclusion. Each character remains true to himself or herself, and each willingly sacrifices personal rewards for a better future they can share. Okabe may have grown a little wiser through his often wrenching experiences, but he remains as unapologetically nutty as he was when the series began. Voice actor J. Michael Tatum keeps Okabe appealing and believable, even at his emotional extremes, and the rest of the cast performs with equal aplomb. A delightful mixture of adventure, mystery, romance, and slapstick, Steins;Gate ranks among the very best recent anime series, and the theatrical feature slated for release in Japan in early 2013 is something to look forward to. (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, risqué humor) –Charles Solomon
(13. Metaphysical Necrosis, 14. Physical Necrosis, 15. Missing Link Necrosis, 16. Sacrificial Necrosis, 17. Made in Complex, 18. Fractal Androgynous, 19. Endless Apoptosis, 20. Finalize Apoptosis, 21. Paradox Meltdown, 22. Being Meltdown, 23. Open the Steins Gate, 24. The Prologue Begins with the End, 25. Egoistic Poriomania)