Steins;Gate (Ep 9-16)
Many comments I’ve noticed online for Steins;Gate go along the lines of “the beginning starts off slow, but once things pick up about half-way through, the series is amazing.” And now I’m starting to see what people are referring to… WOW!
So last time I mentioned how I really liked the protagonist Okarin, thanks to his engaging personality and amusing antics. But now that the plot has taken a very serious turn, he’s likewise shown much more of his serious side. (Great voice acting by Mamoru Miyano, by the way. I was quite surprised to find out he’s the same guy who voices Light from Death Note and Tamaki from Ouran High School! Brilliant!)
At the same time, Okarin’s relationship with the rest of the cast has been expanded upon, adding more depth to the series in general. Much more is revealed about Kurisu, Mayuri moves the series forward in surprising ways, and Suzuha leads an especially brilliant subplot. This really is a series with a stupendous cast, where every character is interesting and multifaceted.
Along with the characters, the plot for this series is being handled really well. With each passing episode, Steins;Gate becomes increasingly exciting, and I’m always anxious to find out what happens next!