2,833 votes


Teletama 2011

Steins;Gate is about a group of friends who have customized their microwave into a device that 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 Worst Episodes of Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate - S1E1

#1 - Prologue of the Beginning and the End


Season 1 - Episode 1

Self-proclaimed mad scientist, Rintarō Okabe, goes to a seminar on time travel with his friend, Mayuri Shiina. Whilst there, he meets a girl named Kurisu Makise who explicitly states that he had met her 15 minutes ago, despite having never met her before. Later on, Rintarō hears a scream and discovers Kurisu had been stabbed. As he sends a text to another one of his research buddies, Hashida Itaru, Rintarō experiences a strange experience and finds the street he is on has suddenly become deserted and a strange sattelite had crashed into the building he was just in. Later on, whilst fiddling about with their strange remote-controlled microwave, which turns bananas into a gel-like substance, Hashida tells Rintarō that the seminar he supposedly attended was cancelled, much to his surprise. Rintarō later discovers that the text he sent to Hashida had been sent to a week ago, just before encountering Kurisu, who is alive and well.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Steins;Gate from 452 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E4

#2 - Interpreter Rendezvous


Season 1 - Episode 4

With further information encrypted in a code that Hashida can't decifer, Rintarō learns from John Titor that he needs the IBN 5100 computer Moeka was looking for to decode it. Whilst doing his laundry, Rintarō runs into Kurisu, who is still in denial about a time machine existing. After Mayuri hears from her co-worker, Feiris Nyannyan, that she knows about the IBN-5100, Rintarō plays a game before learning that the computer is at the shrine where Ruka works. After getting permission to borrow it from Ruka's father, Rintarō and Kurisu carry it back to the lab.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Steins;Gate from 319 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E2

#3 - Time Travel Paranoia


Season 1 - Episode 2

Rintarō is surprised that Kurisu is alive, before being humiliated by her during a lecture concerning time travel. After getting some provisions from crossdresser Ruka Urushibara and meeting Suzuha Amane, who gets hired to work part time in the electronic's shop below his apartment, Rintarō investigates the supposedly altered events and learns of a man calling himself John Titor who claims to be a time traveller. Rintarō then discovers the books he had on John Titor had disappeared as if they never existed. The next day, Rintarō encounters a strange woman named Moeka Kiryū who asks for information on a retro PC, which Rintarō gathers from Hashida. Later, whilst testing a banana on their microwave which then disappears, Rintarō and Hashida find the banana reattached to the bunch it came from in its gelled state, before Kurisu appears before them once again.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Steins;Gate from 345 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E6

#4 - Butterfly Effect's Divergence


Season 1 - Episode 6

The lab members discuss how to perfect the Mobile Microwave, dubbing messages sent to the past as 'D-Mails'. Further experimenting reveals the various rules concerning D-Mails; being that it can only be sent during a certain time of the day, long messages are split into several smaller mails, and the timer on the microwave determines how far back the message is sent. The next day, Moeka comes round to see the IBN 5100 and, after hearing about the time experiments, is made a lab member.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Steins;Gate from 283 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E3

#5 - Parallel Process Paranoia


Season 1 - Episode 3

Rintarō agrees to let Kurisu look at the mobile microwave on the condition she become a lab member. They discover that Hashida was using the microwave at the time Rintarō sent his text about Kurisu's stabbing. Despite the microwave causing a large electrical discharge when Mayuri opens it in the middle of operating, Rintarō concludes that the mobile microwave is, in fact, a time machine. After hearing about the large hadron collider and micro-black-holes, Rintarō asks Hashida to hack into CERN's network. There, they discover they had already been performing micro-black-hole experiments, kept hidden from the public, which reveals that humans had died during them.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Steins;Gate from 325 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E10
#6 - Chaos Theory Homeostasis III
Season 1 - Episode 10

Okabe is shocked to learn that Akihabara is now devoid of moe culture. He questions Mayuri and Daru about Toranoana and other stores that used to be the city, but Mayuri insists that they never existed in Akiha to begin with. Okabe finds that even May Queen Nyan-Nyan has been replaced. He is awe by just how much one text message changed their world.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Steins;Gate from 266 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E5
#7 - Starmine Rendezvous
Season 1 - Episode 5

As Rintarō and Kurisu arrive home with the IBN 5100, Suzuha seems to be shocked when she sees Kurisu. As Rintarō gathers some needed parts, he runs into Suzuha again, who warns her to be cautious of Kurisu and acts strangely when a helicopter passes by. After Hashida gets the IBN 5100 working, he, Rintarō and Kurisu begin deciphering SERN's reports. They discover that they had indeed been experimenting with time travel, with their attempts of sending humans back in time resulting in the same jellification Rintarō had performed on the bananas. With this knowledge, Rintarō becomes determined to perfect his Mobile Microwave.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Steins;Gate from 303 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E8
#8 - Chaos Theory Homeostasis I
Season 1 - Episode 8

As Rintarō decides to resume his experiments, Moeka requests to send a D-Mail. As she sends the D-Mail, Rintarō is shifted onto a new timeline where Moeka never came to the lab. The next day, Ruka comes to the lab, asking to send a D-Mail to the past so that he would be born as a girl. They send a D-Mail to Ruka's mother's pager from before he was born, letting her know of an urban legend about how mothers-to-be can affect their baby's gender by eating certain foods. Rintarō moves to a new world line, though he doesn't notice anything particularly different at first.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Steins;Gate from 266 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E18
#9 - Fractal Androgynous
Season 1 - Episode 18

Rintarō tells Ruka about how she used to be a man and urges her to reverse the D-Mail responsible in order to change Mayuri's fate. While she initially disbelieves him, ultimately she agrees, on the condition that Rintarō takes her on a date. Despite Kurisu and Hashida's advice on dating, Rukako and Rintarō spend the evening in awkward conversation. Like Rumiho, Ruka eventually recalls the previous timeline, which makes her even more depressed at the impending return to it, since she feels she will be unable to pursue her feelings about Rintarō as a guy. Before sending the D-Mail that will cancel out Ruka's first one, Rintarō realises that the reason she didn't enjoy their date was that he was trying to be someone he's not. He visits the shrine and tells her that, no matter what, she'll always be his "student". With their relationship repaired, the world line shifts, turning Ruka back into a guy and leaving only one more D-Mail to be reversed: Moeka's.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Steins;Gate from 245 votes.

Steins;Gate - S1E7
#10 - Divergence Singularity
Season 1 - Episode 7

After some improvements are made to the Mobile Microwave, Rintarō decides to experiment changing the past by sending winning lottery numbers to the past. After sending the text, the past is changed to where Ruka has bought a lottery ticket, but Rintarō didn't perform the experiment, with only Rintarō retaining the memory of what had happened, realising time has been put onto a new timeline. Confused as to why only he can remember the previous timeline, Rintarō contacts John Titor, who tells him he may have the power to become a messiah and change the future.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Steins;Gate from 270 votes.

Last updated: mar 28, 2021



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.


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...**


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.


My favourite anime. A Masterpiece.


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!


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.


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


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.


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


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

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