Steins;Gate is one of the most popular (and of course, overrated) anime to have been released in recent years. Banking on shock factor, moe, and grimdarkness, it’s no surprise that it’s a hit – hell, I actually enjoyed it a fair bit at the time in spite of it being absolutely plagued with all my least favourite anime-isms ever.
Literally no-one over the age of 12 acts anything like this.
So why did I enjoy something that caters to pretty much everything I hate in the anime fandom?
Well, part of it was how well-done the buildup was… there was always a subtle air of suspense, it was always clear that it was building up to some big event that was just round the corner that could happen at any moment but you didn’t quite know when – and when the event happened, it was exactly the kind of thing you’d hope for.
Isn’t she adorable? Clearly nothing bad is going to happen to her ever.
Not to mention that sci-fi anime that actually focus on their sci-fi aspects aren’t all that common – most of them just use them for mecha or as the backdrop to a war or something, rather than making them the bulk of the actual plot. So Steins;Gate building up a chain of time-travel worldlines to subsequently undo, despite being a simple concept, was a treat. Most of it dodged the complete bullshit that comes up whenever fiction tries science, too, but there’s one clear exception to that – Reading Steiner, the enourmous gaping plothole that made no sense. It basically amounts to “only Okarin can remember what happens from one worldline to another. Why? Well, because the plot wouldn’t work without it, of course! Oh, wait, you mean why does he have it? Well, because shut up and watch your Chinese cartoons.”
This brings me to the reason I’m writing this article. Steins;Gate – Burdened Domain of Deja Vu was recently released. Now, when I heard Steins;Gate was making a sequel movie, I thought it was going to be a pointless cash-in created, not out of any artistic merit or because the plot needed it, but because it was White Fox’s first major hit and this movie would basically make shitloads of money no matter what they did. But to my surprise…
…Wait, no, that’s pretty much exactly what it was.
If they didn’t give out a free promotional Dr. Pepper at the screenings, they missed out on a great business opportunity.
The worst part of it is, they almost made something of this. Because they almost Continue reading