Admit it. As you scrolled down the image, you said the engrish lines along with Kyouma.
After the crazy events of the last few episodes, it’s nice to see laid-back Steins;Gate return again. It’s easy to forget when moeblobs start dying that some of the best moments in Steins;Gate come from the down moments where the characters are simply goofing off together. Even the incredibly simple scenes, like Kurisu and Kyouma chatting about Future Gadget #2 version 2.67, are just inherently fun to watch because the characters are such fun. Kyouma has finally calmed down and is able to answer Kurisu’s rather irrelevant questions honestly. Hence Steins;Gate is always fun to watch, even when the plot gets a little bit silly.
There’s just something incredibly silly and overdramatic about time travel plots. Suzuha dramatically reveals she’s from ZA FUTURE where a science body now controls the world, creating a dystopian society where everything has a grey filter (well, even more of a grey filter than Steins;Gate already has) and people run around with guns shooting innocent civilians. I did struggle to keep a straight face on during that, but Steins;Gate happily rolls with that by making the story less about saving the world from the dystopian future and centres in on the characters. Kyouma says it himself. The plot is about how Kyouma is going to save Mayuri. Nothing more.
Probably because I found it difficult to take Suzuha’s story seriously, but I found it difficult to keep up with why she travelled back in time. So
CERN SERN had set up a system to track time travelling stuff, and somehow picked up when Kyouma sent the text message outside of the building where Kurisu had been killed. Which is…err, what? How did he accidentally send a d-mail there? When did Suzuha appear in relation to all this? Did they go over the divergence number when he sent the d-mail and that’s where Suzuha and her time travelling spaceship appeared? And she needs the IBN for…what? Christ, I am totally lost. I could probably do with rewatching that first episode again. Alternatively, I could just continue watching Steins;Gate, because it has so far been kind enough to hold my hand along with the plot. Or I could just let my comments section argue amongst themselves with what is going on here. That is, until one person who can read Japanese comes in and tells us spoilers from the game.
On that note, there is a Steins;Gate translation project going on, estimated time of completion being Christmas. I’ve never played a Visual Novel myself, for the primary reason that all the anime I’d seen based off them were varying degrees of rubbish. Male leads with no personality. Female characters based solely on archetypes without a dose of actual personality to them. Most of all though, they were horrendously written. Stock lines and lazy exposition with dull means of introducing the characters and awfully random plot twists in those that actually had a plot. You might be able to put down a few of these to poor adapting of the source material, but there’s only so far that excuse can carry before you start to wonder whether there’s just a lack of Visual Novel stories that I’d actually be interested in.
But then along comes Steins;Gate. A VN adaptation with a bit of class about it. Emphasis on writing over pandering. A male lead with an actual memorable personality and female characters that aren’t based solely around lazy archetypes. Where the plot progression feels natural and deliberate, knowing how to build tension. Where the humour is based around witty lines and not because a character did something perverted (well, not that Steins;Gate doesn’t do that too, but whatever). I love Steins;Gate. It’s snuck up on me a bit, what with the slow progression and the early episodes you could almost class as ‘slice of life’, but the more it goes on, the more I realise how engrossed I am.
So yes, I would play a Steins;Gate visual novel. But it hasn’t been translated yet, even though my interest has finally been risen enough to try out a VN. So hey, Visual Novel players: Any games out there like Steins;Gate that I would possibly like? And no, don’t say Chaos;Head -_-