Steins;Gate 0 is this year’s most anticipated sequel! The first anime is regarded as a modern masterpiece by fans and critics alike, so it’s only natural people will be excited about a follow-up series.
This emotional sci-fi series will be airing in a packed spring season! Here are some reasons why everyone is hyped for Steins;Gate 0.
1A semi-sequel to Steins;Gate.
Steins;Gate 0 isn’t a side story, what if, or an alternate telling – it’s set in one of Steins;Gate‘s many canon timelines!
This story is set in the series’ Beta World Line, which [highlight for spoilers: is the timeline where Rintaro fails to save Kurisu and doesn’t try again. After attempting to move on, this “future” Rintaro sends a message to “past” Rintaro to keep trying to save Kurisu.]
You can jump in after watching Steins;Gate and Steins;Gate: The Movie – Load Region of Déjà Vu. A Japanese rebroadcasting of Steins;Gate does feature a few extra scenes that will lead into Steins;Gate 0.
2The story explores artificial intelligence.
Time travel paradoxes and multiverses are still featured, but artificial intelligence plays a large role in the story’s events. After meeting with a neuroscientist, Rintaro becomes a tester for the Amadeus program, which is a program based on Kurisu’s original memories.
One of the story’s core foundations is how humans interact with artificial intelligence. Cognitive science (how the mind works) is also explored, allowing for deeper and more personal discussions than just time travel alone.
3Rintaro Okabe is emotionally broken.
Rintaro was a wannabe mad scientist in Steins;Gate, but he’s a college student suffering from PTSD in Steins;Gate 0. He can’t move on after a great failure, which causes him to try to escape the past.
Fate is cruel, and it forces Rintaro to come to terms with his failure and to relive a personal tragedy. This simple fact makes Rintaro a fragile, but relatable character – especially if you’re trying to outrun personal mistakes.
4Kurisu Makise will have a large role.
Major Steins;Gate 0 spoiler, highlight to view: Steins;Gate 0 takes place in a timeline where Kurisu dies. However, she still has a major role in the story since her memories and personality is used to construct the Amadeus system. Like Rintaro, you’ll be wondering if Amadeus is really an A.I. system or some sick prank played by Kurisu.
5White Fox is returning to produce the animation.
Studio White Fox is returning to work on Steins;Gate 0, but some major changes are being made to the production staff.
For starters, Kenichi Kawamura (Qualidea Code / SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation) will replace Hiroshi Hamasaki and Takuya Sato as director. Tomoshige Inayoshi (Buddy Complex) will replace Kyuta Sakai as the character designer. However, Jukki Hanada will return to write the anime’s scripts.
6All of the voice actors will reprise their roles.
Great news, the cast from the Steins;Gate 0 visual novel and original anime will reprise their roles! You get to hear Kana Hanazawa’s glorious “Tuturu” all over again.
Are you excited for Steins;Gate 0?