News coming out of the recent night performance of “Science ADV Live S; G 1010th ANNIVERSARY” held at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo reveals that a live action TV drama is in the works of time travelling anime, Steins;Gate.Continue reading Steins;Gate Live Action TV Drama In The Works
Oh man…I’m such a fan of Steins; Gate. Watched the series and played a few of the PS Vita games and then cried myself to sleep when they were over, it’s that good. The OVA was worthy as well and if you missed it, catch our review here (shameless plug). So it’s with great anticipation and excitement that I heard about and then saw the first PV for the new SG series, Steins;Gate 0.
Straight off the bat, I’ll own up and say that I’m a massive fan of Steins;Gate. In fact, thanks to bestie Neko, it’s now my favourite anime series. So it was with bated breath that I began to watch Steins;Gate: The Movie − Load Region of Déjà Vu hoping that it didn’t tarnish the memory I had of the original series. I was relieved when ten minutes into the film, I was able to exhale with relief, safe with the knowledge that I was in for a great time.
The film picks up one year after the events of the series and all the cast is back. Rintarō Okabe, Kurisu Makise, Mayuri Shiina and more are back for more time traveling adventures. The film revolves around Okabe suffering from memory flashbacks and dizzy spells which he can’t explain and still paranoid as ever, talking to imaginary people on phone. In amongst all this, Kurisu comes back to Japan for a conference and reunites with all her old pals. Rintaro realises that these flashbacks are memories from alternate timelines that he visited in the series. In the film, he’s living in the Steins;Gate world line where Mayuri and Kurisu are still alive and the time machine never existed.
Rintaro begins to blink in and out of existence resulting in everyone losing their memories of them and it’s up to Kurisu to work out what exactly is going on and why it’s happening. I don’t really want to go into too much detail in case I accidentally give away some spoilers but if you loved the series then you’ll like this. As far as animation goes, it still uses the minimal styling seen in the series which works to great effect as it leaves all the attention on the story without relying on pretty visuals to carry the narrative.
Suffice to say, I really loved this one and I’ve been really keen to see it. The only drawback and criticism that I would have is that it was just too short. The film with end credits comes in at 90 minutes so taking the credits out, that results in a pretty feature film. Having said all that though, it really does feel like an extended episode as the writing, character behaviour and general setting of the film blend in seamlessly with the series. Give it a watch and be prepared for a thinking time travelling journey through Steins;Gate and back again.
Final score: 8.5/10
*Thanks to Madman for the review copy*
Fans of the awesome time travelling anime, Steins;Gate, will soon have a new game to whet their appetite with. Steins;Gate 0 will be coming to both Playstation 4 and PS Vita for both Europe and North America. Europe will receive the game on November 25th while North America can expect to get their hands on it on the 29th of November.
Here’s a trailer which will give you some more info:
Ok, so there’s a lot going on in this very fast paced new season anime: Occultic;Nine…I couldn’t really keep up with everything that was going on 100% but I’ll try and break it down. Just some quick info on this latest anime. The light novel it’s based on is from the creator of Steins;Gate, Chiyomaru Shikura.
Early on, we meet Yūta Gamon, by his own admission, an otaku and a virgin, who runs a paranormal aggregate site called “Kiri Kiri Basara”, a blog which collects all postings and information about new stories involving the occult and the paranormal. He gives each story his own slant and then sits back and hopes the viewers come so he can make money from the various affiliations.
We also meet a really cutie called Ryoka Narusawa who delights in shocking him with her own stun gun. She also happens to be a spirit guide.
Yūta is excited beyond belief when he realises that a young fortune teller and TV celebrity called Miyū Aikawa attends his school. He sets his sights on getting an interview with her to drive traffic to his site.
Meanwhile, in a different part of town, we meet Aria Kurenaino, a practitioner of the dark arts who specialises in placing curses on people provided she has a hair sample and some other information as well.
There are other characters as well that are introduced and slowly start to come together in this first episode but be prepared for some very breakneck speed story telling. I’m not kidding when I say this story moves along at a hectic pace with constant image flashes and name introductions and location changes. No spoilers but the episode finishes rather dramatically on a bit of a cliffhanger.
I know most anime’s deserve at least the first three episodes to be watched before making a final decision on whether you’ll add it to your season viewing and this one is no different. Did I like it? I’m not sure to be honest but do I want to find out what’s going to happen and where it’s going to? Absolutely. In fact, this is one anime that would benefit from a dubbed version if for anything only because there’s a constant barrage of text to read on screen which requires very fast eye movement. I do like the dark tones of the anime and the almost raw look of the art style, it’s quite claustrophobic but I think that may just be me.
Likelihood to keep watching: 70%
Time for another Cosplayer Of The Month update…and this month it’s none other than Neko Chaos Cosplay! Neko has done some incredibly awesome cosplays from her sexy Pikachu, Sinon from SAO II, Shimakaze from KanColle and more. Having mentioned Shimakaze, you need to check it out below…it’s so amazing and on point!
Neko is one cosplayer who always brings imaginative ideas to the genre with a great degree of skill. If you haven’t had a chance, check out her Facebook page (LINK) and I’ve also linked to photographer Neil Creek’s photoshoots with her.
Oh, and to see more of last month’s COTM, Vampy Bit Me!, you can check out more pics on a Pinterest album I made (LINK).
Has anyone else played through this game yet? I’ve never really played a visual novel before and wasn’t sure of what to expect. I’m liking it but it’s a very different experience to just basically be reading and flicking through screen without actually doing anything, if that makes sense. I’d heard that it was a great experience for a lot of people and picked up on PSN for $20, couldn’t say no to that price! Does any one know of any other games for the PS Vita that follow this format?
Still, it’s a great anime (it’s my number 1, actually) and it’s awesome to relive it again and feel a part of it instead of just watching it. Here’s a trailer in case you’re sitting on the fence about it.
November will see a couple of exciting titles coming out for the PS Vita. First up is an anime title receiving the game adaptation, Steins;Gate. To give it its full title, Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram will be a visual novel game containing various different stories. One such story revolves around a man who takes out the lottery and is trying to determine the best way to make his daughter happy.
The other game for the PS Vita is called White Album 2 which is a dating sim turned into a visual novel. The story in this one centres around Haruki Kitahara who’s involved in his school’s music club as their second guitarist. He works on recruiting two female main characters in Kazusa Touma, a pianist and vocalist Setsuna Ogiso.
So both these games are visual novels and they’re both due in November and for more coincidence, they’re both touching down on the same day, November 28.
Steins;Gate saw the latest title show up on both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 in April earlier this year and now it looks like signs are pointing towards an entry for the PS Vita.
With a long title, Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram, will be seeing a port hitting up the PS Vita later this Winter. The game’s plot will see the LaboMen exploring the mystery of time travel through their eyes. There will be multiple scenarios including Rintarou Okabe decked out as costumed hero Alpaca Man with Mr. Braun in tow with daughter Nae.
Watch out for this title later this year.
Time to take another look at the Japanese box office for April 20th and 21st. The Dragon Ball movie that has been stocking to the top of charts has finally taken a fall down to the 4th position. The latest ‘Crayon Shin-chan’ movie debuted in the 2nd position while the top spot has been claimed by ‘Meitantei Conan: Zekkai no Private Eye‘, this is the latest adventure for Detective Conan, the grown up investigator trapped in a young boy’s body.
Check out the list below and the under that, you’ll find trailers for a couple of the Japanese movies in the list.
01 (00) Meitantei Conan: Zekkai no Private Eye (Weeks: 01)
02 (00) Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Bakauma! B-Kyuu Gourmet Survival Battle!! (Weeks: 01)
03 (00) Lincoln (Weeks: 01)
04 (01) Dragon Ball Z: Kami to Kami (Weeks: 04)
05 (02) Wreck-It Ralph (Weeks: 05)
06 (03) Fune wo Amu (Weeks: 02)
07 (00) Gekijouban Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Deja vu (Weeks: 01)
08 (04) CZ12 (Weeks: 02)
09 (06) Platina Data (Weeks: 06)
10 (05) Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum (Weeks: 07)
Meitantei Conan: Zekkai no Private Eye
Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Bakauma! B-Kyuu Gourmet Survival Battle!!
Gekijouban Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Deja vu