8.9
2,971 votes
Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate

Teletama 2011

A group of friends have customized their microwave so that it can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN who has been doing their own research on time travel tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate - S1E24

#1 - Achievement Point

9.09

Season 1 - Episode 24

Picking up a sabre toy in order to use its liquid as a substitute for Kurisu's blood, Rintaro and Suzuha return to the day of Kurisu's death. First, he makes sure to obtain a metal toy Mayuri previously found in order to prevent Nakabachi to successfully bring Kurisu's theory to Russia. As he prepares to fake Kurisu's death, Rintaro finds the liquid in the sabre had dried up. To this end, he allows himself to be stabbed by Nakabachi, before knocking out Kurisu with a taser and using his own blood to set the scene up for his past self. As Rintaro returns to the past, Suzuha gives her thanks before time is altered so that the time machine was never invented. In this new timeline, Rintaro goes around giving badges to his past lab members, eventually managing to meet Kurisu once again; she was looking for Rintaro to thank him for saving her life, suggesting that the event of their romance doesn't disappear, either.

The episode was rated from 282 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E14

#2 - Physically Necrosis

8.67

Season 1 - Episode 14

Rintarō makes several time leaps, but no matter what, Mayuri always ends up dying in some way. In one of those leaps, Rintarō calls out Moeka and holds her at gunpoint, making her reveal that SERN have targeted the lab due to the creation of the time machine and their plan to publicly announce it. As Rintarō falls further into despair, Kurisu gets him to reveal what he knows and offers to help him try to save Mayuri. She sends Rintarō to just before she completed the time leap machine, where he tells her past self what he knows. As they discuss what the cause of Mayuri's death could be, they are greeted by Suzuha, who tells them that in order to save Mayuri, they need to find a specific World Line. She takes them to the crashed satellite, which turns out to be her time machine, and reveals she is "John Titor" and has come from the year 2036.

The episode was rated from 267 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E22

#3 - Being Meltdown

8.66

Season 1 - Episode 22

As Rintarō and Kurisu hide out from the rain, she explains how she recalls her stabbing from dreams, as well as Rintarō's various attempts at saving Mayuri. When Kurisu tells Rintarō that he should save Mayuri over her, he can't accept it and runs off. As Rintarō attempts to time leap again, Kurisu stops him, worried that seeing Mayuri die over and over will destroy him. After giving in and choosing to go save Mayuri, Rintarō tells Kurisu he loves her, to which she responds by kissing him. The next day, Kurisu leaves for Japan, whilst Rintarō and the others delete their data from the SERN network. Just then, Kurisu returns to tell Rintarō she loves him, just before the data deletion takes him to the Beta World Line. After getting rid of the Mobile Microwave, Rintarō receives a call from Suzuha, telling him about World War III.

The episode was rated from 275 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E23

#4 - Open the Steins Gate

8.58

Season 1 - Episode 23

Suzuha explains that her mission is to prevent Kurisu's death and enter a World Line known as 'Stein's Gate' so that World War III will never happen. With a small chance of saving Kurisu, Rintaro agrees to go with Suzuha to just before Kurisu's death. As Rintaro waits in the place where Kurisu's stabbing takes place, he sees Kurisu's father, the Professor Nakamachi he saw that day, attack Kurisu as he tries to steal her time travel theory. As Rintaro attempts to save Kurisu, he inadvertently stabs her himself, allowing Nakamachi to escape with her theory and bring it to Russia. Returning to the present, Rintaro falls into despair but Mayuri knocks some sense into him. Afterwards, Rintaro receives a video mail from his future self, telling him that the key to saving Kurisu without changing the events that led him to create a time machine is to fool his other self into believing Kurisu had died.

The episode was rated from 265 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E12

#5 - Dogma in Ergosphere

8.57

Season 1 - Episode 12

With the ability to utilise the LHC, Kurisu completes her 'time leap machine'. However, Rintarō, still tortured by the texts he has received, decides against performing an experiment, instead suggesting they announce it to the public. As the lab members decide to have a party, Kurisu comes into conflict with Suzuha, who claims she is destined to become a SERN spy, but Mayuri manages to calm things down. As a bomb threat is televised, Suzuha, after hearing about the lab's connection to SERN, suspects something is terribly wrong and leaves. Just then, the lab is attacked by a group of armed men, led by Moeka who reveals herself to be from SERN. Demanding Rintarō, Kurisu and Hashida hand over the time machine and come with her, she decides Mayuri isn't needed and kills her.

The episode was rated from 280 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E16
#6 - Sacrificial Necrosis
8.55
Season 1 - Episode 16

Unable to get much information about the badge maker's client, Rintarō decides to leap back in time to confront the client in question, only to find it was Hashida, who wanted to make a fake badge to cheer Suzuha up. Hashida then mentions that Suzuha's time machine is only able to travel backwards in time. As the repairs to the time machine are completed, Mayuri deduces from the time machine's naming convention that Suzuha's father is actually Hashida. After a short reunion, Suzuha travels back to 1975, though Rintarō notices the Divergence Meter's reading hasn't changed. Later, Mr. Braun delivers a letter from Suzuha from the year 2000, mentioning that she commited suicide a year later. In the letter, Suzuha laments that she failed her mission, as the damaged time machine caused her to lose her memories for 24 years. Rintarō blames himself for stopping her on the night of the party and, despite Mayuri's pleas, sends a D-Mail that stops him from following Suzuha, letting her use the time machine before it was damaged. Speaking with Mr. Braun again, Rintarō learns that Suzuha has died of illness instead, leaving behind her Divergence Meter. Noticing a small change in divergence, Rintarō returns home and finds Mayuri has not been killed by Moeka.

The episode was rated from 264 votes.
Steins;Gate - S1E13
#7 - Metaphysics Necrosis
8.46
Season 1 - Episode 13

Right after Moeka kills Mayuri, Suzuha rushes in the lab and creates a distraction, allowing Kurisu to use the time leap machine to send Rintarō back in time to 5 p.m. of the same day. Rintarō drives everyone away from the lab, but wastes most of his time searching for Mayuri. By the time they try to escape the area, the bomb threat has stopped the subway and Mayuri is killed when Moeka runs her over with a car. Rintarō manages to escape the clutches of SERN and leaps to the past again. Using his knowledge of Mayuri's movements from his previous leap, he manages to find her sooner and they visit a different subway station. However, Mayuri dies again when Mr Braun's daughter, Nae, accidentally pushes her in the way of an oncoming train. Devastated, Rintarō vows to keep leaping to the past until he manages to save Mayuri.

The episode was rated from 275 votes.
Steins;Gate - S1E20
#8 - Finalize Apoptosis
8.36
Season 1 - Episode 20

Despite Rintarō knowing the location of the IBN-5100, Kurisu is against him trying to steal it, as it most likely won't affect the world line. Instead, she suggests to Rintarō that he stake out the location in order to find FB, with Moeka deciding to join him. As they observe the IBN-5100 being taking out, they follow it as it is passed along to several people, including Mr. Braun, before it ends up on a plane towards France. Rintarō, Moeka and Kurisu go to confront Mr. Braun, who reveals himself to be FB, killing Moeka before taking his own life. Rintarō uses Braun's cell phone to cancel out Moeka's D-Mail, returning to a World Line where both Moeka and Braun are alive and he possesses the IBN-5100. As Rintarō gets Hashida to hack into the SERN network to erase the data they have on them, he comes to sudden realisation that he needs to undo an additional D-Mail: the one that prevented Kurisu from getting stabbed.

The episode was rated from 256 votes.
Steins;Gate - S1E17
#9 - Made in Complex
8.18
Season 1 - Episode 17

Despite the change in divergence, Mayuri's death still takes place, albeit a day later than in previous timelines. Rintarō asks for Kurisu's help, who theorises that, since negating Rintarō's D-Mail about Suzuha delayed the attack, undoing the effects of the other D-Mails could bring them back to a World Line where they have an IBN-5100, letting them hack into SERN and delete the records that set them on Rintarō's trail. Rintarō starts by trying to figure out how to reverse Rumiho's D-Mail, while helping her evade a rival gaming gang. Rintarō takes Rumiho to the place where her maid cafe used to be and tells her about the way Akihabara was. Rumiho comes to remember the previous timeline and the D-Mail she sent: a fake ransom note, which prevented her father from boarding a plane fated to crash. The rival gang catches up to them but they are rescued by the arrival of Rumiho's father. Speaking to him, Rintarō learns that Suzuha gave him the IBN-5100, but he was forced to sell it in order to pay for the fake kidnapping's ransom. After accepting the reality of her father's death, Rumiho agrees to send a D-Mail cancelling out her previous one, turning Akihabara back into a moe hub. The IBN-5100, however, still remains out of reach.

The episode was rated from 249 votes.
Steins;Gate - S1E9
#10 - Chaos Theory Homeostasis II
8.10
Season 1 - Episode 9

Maid café waitress Rumiho Akiha, a.k.a. Feyris Nyan Nyan, learns about the Mobile Microwave as Rintarō discusses it with Hashida, becoming very interested in it. Later, Rintarō discovers that the IBN-5100 has gone missing, as if they never found it in the first place, most likely as a result of Moeka's D-Mail. After learning that the IBN-5100 had been previously taken from Ruka's shrine, Rintarō finds Moeka in town, but she doesn't know where the IBN-5100 is either. Rintarō also finds out that Ruka's D-Mail has caused Mayuri to know Moeka in this timeline. Rintarō, Hashida and Mayuri go to see Rumiho, whose family owns Akihabara and originally donated the IBN-5100 to the shrine. She offers them a replacement in exchange for being allowed to send a D-Mail ten years into the past. As history is changed again, the IBN-5100 was never donated to the shrine and, more disturbingly, the face of Akihabara has completely changed, no longer being a mecca for anime.

The episode was rated from 273 votes.

Last updated: jun 30, 2021

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My first anime after watching death note, after going through a list of anime's this one looked interesting. I never regretted watching it, I've watched it 3 times already. People who never watch anime should see this and death note, and after that you will search for more and more... Just to get those steins;gate feelings back. The only anime after death note and steins;gate that reached the same level of awesomeness was Code Geass.

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I want to thank the other commenter who said it picks up after 10 episodes, because I was ready to bail after a few episodes, but I'm glad I stuck around because after the 11th episodes it's almost a different show. Anime is not my main pastime, I'm more of a movies/tv guy, so when this turned out to be slow and a little bit silly (in comparison to the other stuff I watch) I was ready to ditch it, but the show switches to a different tone and gets a little bit dark in the second act of the story, it gets real and deep, and it was apparent then why people love this little anime, it's real good. So, I'd advise everybody to stick around a little bit with this gem, you will be rewarded for your patience with a great story that will touch you and move you, because behind all that sci-fi and mystery there's real emotions.... **goddamnit just watch it already...**

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Definitely worth watching. Starts out slow and carries on that way for a while, but definitely picks up after around 10 episodes. Has great character and plot development as a result. Really interesting to think about and to watch. Would recommend highly.

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My favourite anime. A Masterpiece.

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The Greatest Piece Of Fiction Ever Written I normally lose interest in a show very quickly once I finish it, but it's been over a year since I finished Steins;Gate and I still think about it daily. If you haven't watched it yet, you really should!

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There are so many flaws in this series if you look at each episode closely. There are plot-holes, things that don't quite make sense, and things that just seem strange. But then you take a look back at the series and the way it weaves and turns like a crazy ball of string, you realize how masterfully done the story was. It felt like a crazy, disordered story because that's symbolic of the "weebly wobbly, timey wimey stuff". But despite all the timeline shenanigans, I followed the story without issue. The first 10 episodes start very linearly and get you setup. Then I hope you were paying attention, because things start to get crazy. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and I'd recommend it to pretty much everyone. This show has like 8 genres and it does a great job with each one of them.

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My absolute favourite anime. Watch it now if you haven't already.

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This is the first anime I’ve watched in years, and now I feel like whatever anime I watch after this will pale in comparison lol. Took me a while to finish because I sorta gave up a couple episodes in (also I was busy...) but I’m really glad I finished it. If you’re having a tough time getting through the beginning, trust myself and every other commenter when we say keep watching til you get to episode 10/11, because you won’t want to stop after that.

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Steam through the first 11 or so episodes, cause simply put stuff gets real at that point, and somehow gets even more epic And it may be my favourite time travel story ever. Watch the damn show already

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Starts off really boring and uninteresting but gets better each ep and ends with a loud bang

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