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Steins;Gate: Complete Series, Part One (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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The microwave is a time machine. Okarin proved it. The self-anointed mad scientist nuked bananas into some gelatinous version of the future. Or maybe it was the past. Doesn't matter. No one thought he could do it, but he did it anyway. He sent text messages through time to people he knew. To his friends. Some of them female. Pretty. He should have been more careful. He should have stopped. Tampering with the time-space continuum attracts unwelcome attention. Clandestine organizations of nefarious origins take notice. SERN. Always watching. Okarin knows; he can feel their eyes. That s why he started the top secret Future Gadget Lab. To stop them. You should join. We get to wear lab coats, and it's dangerous. Danger is exciting because it's deadly. The microwave is a time machine.

Steins;Gate is a surreal viewing experience that s an absolute must watch for all fans of sci-fi. According to Anime Vice, ''It's like somebody taped an episode of The Big Bang Theory over a copy of Donnie Darko.''

The offbeat sci-fi adventure Steins;Gate (2011) has a rambunctious energy that recalls The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. When college student and self-proclaimed "mad scientist" Rintaro Okabe declares, "Working hypothesis: Reality and my brain are at odds," he's making a rare understatement. Or is he? Like Suzumiya, Okabe looks for things outside the boundaries of normal life; and like Suzumiya, he unwittingly stumbles onto them. He's convinced that a sinister organization linked to the cutting-edge physics research center SERN is pursuing him, and decries their menace into his cell phone--when it's not turned on. Okabe may sound nuttier than a squirrel's IRA, but it would be a mistake to dismiss him as a lunatic. He's smart enough to investigate the possibilities of time travel and charming enough to attract an eccentric group of friends to aid in his research: gentle Cosplay expert Mayuri, genius Makise, über-hacker/nerd "Daru" Hashida, techno-warrior Suzuha, and Moeka, who never speaks when she can text. A jerry-rigged contraption involving an old microwave, a cell phone, and a large-screen TV enables the members of Okabe's secret lab to send messages back in time. Some of the messages change the past in ways that alter the present. No one remembers how things were previously except Okabe: Even when the anime and manga stores vanish from their Akihabara neighborhood, only he notices the difference. Mysterious time-traveler John Titor texts that Okabe may be the savior who can prevent a future dystopia, but messages from SERN warn that he knows too much already. An intriguing blend of adventure, mystery, and slapstick, Steins;Gate will delight otaku who have wearied of formulaic sci-fi. Like Okabe's friends, the viewer never knows what's going to happen next (or what happened before). A Steins;Gate theatrical feature is slated for release in Japan in fall 2012. (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, risqué humor, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon

(1. Prologue of the Beginning and End, 2. Paranoia of Time Leaps, 3. Paranoia of Parallel Process, 4. Rendezvous of Abstract Fluctuation, 5. Rendezvous of Electrical Charge Conflict, 6. Divergence of Butterfly Effect, 7. Divergence of Fault, 8. Homeostasis of Dreams, 9. Homeostasis of Illusions, 10. Homeostasis of Complements, 11. Dogma of Space-Time Boundary, 12. Dogma of Static Limit)

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  • Actors: J. Michael Tatum, Asami Imai, Trina Nishimura, Mamoru Miyano
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008O69T18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As I write this, there have been 5 reviews posted on Amazon. They have refrained from spoiling much of the plot, and I won't either. So far no one has really commented on the scientific knowledge base referenced in the series, so I thought I'd share that.

Steins;Gate falls into a relatively small genre of anime where many of the plot points are adaptations of some field of science, in this case "chaos theory." Other examples are Noein which is based on quantum mechanic philosophies, and Serial Experiments Lain which is based on artificial intelligence. About half of the titles of Steins;Gate episodes are direct references to concepts in chaos theory, most importantly the "butterfly effect." The butterfly effect quips that a butterfly flapping its wings in Texas can cause a typhoon 2 weeks later in Tokyo. That is the premise of the show, that by sending 18 character text messages into the past one can dramatically shift the future.

It's hard to go into particulars without giving some plot points away, but idea of a (strange) "attractor" also plays a key role in the story. Namely, no matter how much you perturb the timeline, some events seemingly cannot be escaped. Much of the plot revolves around the main characters' repeated efforts to avert those destinies, and much of the character development comes from the anguish of not being able to do so. The story also contains passing references to divergence, singularities, fractals, homeostasis...

Finally, let me applaud the writers for having a very realistic time-machine concept. Most stories have time-machines immediately invented that are capable of transporting humans through time. In Steins;Gate, the first time machine can only transmit data, and only 18 characters worth of it.
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Rintaro Okabe considers himself a mad scientist. He spends most of his time inventing useless gadgets and conceiving wild conspiracy theories. Through sheer luck, he and his friend Itaru Hashida actually create a machine that can send text messages to the past. Through their experimentation and tinkering with time, they keep changing their world, though only Okabe is able to remember the previous timeline. But playing around with something like time is bound to have consequences, as Okabe finds out all too well.....

I generally don't have much interest in time travel stories. But if the premise sounds interesting, I'll give it a try. The premise of Steins;Gate sounded vaguely entertaining, but I might not have tried it if it hadn't been streaming on Crunchyroll and had high ratings on AnimeNewsNetwork. The first few episodes were fun, but I wasn't really hooked until around 8 episodes in. That is where the story really starts. And boy, it doesn't let up until the end! The story it very intense and fast paced. It was a rather surprising change, after the laid-back, comedic first few episodes. I went from wanting to see more, to NEEDING to see more. In addition to a great story, this series also has great characters. Okabe is the most interesting, and most developed, since he is the main character, but the others each have their chance to shine.

This is one of the best anime series I've see in a while. Possibly the best Sci-Fi anime I've EVER seen. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys an exciting and well woven story. Anyone who enjoys stories that make them think a little. Stories that have wacky characters that you come to love, science fiction, thrill, or mystery.
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So you say you've been...back to the future? Traveled thousands of years across time and space via steam power? Or maybe you've just cheated and did a slingshot around the sun at warp speed?

Whatever the means, you haven't seen a time traveling anime or really...a show like this. Tute tuu doooooooooo!

Stein's Gate, from the characters to the ideas, to just the execution of each episode is a masterpiece. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will shake your fist in anger at the events that will transpire within the episodes of this series. If you know the old time traveler saying about "not stepping on anything." Then consider the danger of sending a mere text message back in time.

This takes a simple concept and completely fleshes it out revealing the good and the bad. How much can you change? What will change when the world line shifts? Each factor is brilliantly revealed and by the time the end credits roll, you will be crying out for your own cellphone microwave and white lab coat. Mad scientist voice is optional but highly recommended. Hopefully, as this seems to be Funimation release, it will have a stellar English dub for those that don't like subs. But really, you own it to yourself and to the anime world to watch Okabe in the original Japanese. I cannot imagine an English actor ever able to capture the essence of Kyoma.

Overall, this is not just a rent worthy series but a must buy series for anime fans or even fans of time traveling shows. You won't regret it!
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Skipped on Fractale for now (how is that by the way), and I'm big on Blu Ray so I'm also waiting for Panty & Stocking to hit Blu and for Persona 4 to drop in price and to perhaps get a re-release due to cutting the sub track. Since I haven't been watching the MOST recent releases of anime, I... Read More
Aug 7, 2012 by C. Robinson |  See all 33 posts
Limited Edition?
The limited edition comes with a chipboard artbox. It is made to fit both part one and two inside the same box. If you're looking for freebies, try
Aug 10, 2012 by gdfan78 |  See all 3 posts
Don't worry guys, the dub is great!
i actually thought mayuri's voice was pretty decent in the dub. really wanted to hear more of makise's VA besides her one liner in the preview.
Jul 31, 2012 by Jim |  See all 13 posts
Props for Funimation for getting us the Blu Ray!
Yeah I'm probly going to just order this and keep it unopened until Part 2 comes out so I can just watch them all at once.
Lots of other releases coming up as well to keep me busy until then.
Jul 27, 2012 by Trust Me |  See all 9 posts
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