“Steins;Gate” is a 2011 Japanese TV anime series based on the science fiction visual novel game of the same name, which was developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus and was released for the Xbox 360 in 2009 (subsequently ported to Microsoft Windows, iOS, PlayStation 3, Android, PlayStation 4 and others).
24 episodes and a TV special were aired on TV Saitama and others in 2011.
Directed by Takuya Sato and Hiroshi Hamasaki. Series composition by Jukki Hanada. Animation produced by White Fox.
Set in Akihabara, Tokyo in 2010. A university student and a self-proclaimed mad scientist, Rintaro Okabe spends his days with his friends developing geeky inventions in his Akihabara-based circle “Future Gadget Laboratory”.
One day Okabe and his friends find that one of their inventions – a microwave that can be remotely controlled via a cell-phone – has a function to send text messages to the past.
With further experiment and improvement, they develop “Time Leap Machine”, a device to send memory data to the brain of the receiver in the past. It follows that a secret organization seeks their lives.
The original game is a visual novel game with a multi-ending story, and it features six heroines.
The TV anime series depicts the story to the true ending of the original game.
This series includes elements of alternate history science fiction, pure love story, and Japanese otaku culture, such as BBS, cosplay, maid café, and otokonoko (Japanese femboy or tomgirl).
“Steins;Gate: The Movie − Load Region of Déjà Vu” was released in 2013.
The sequel TV anime series “Steins;Gate 0” was aired in 2018.