Steins; Gate looks like it’s going to be awesome as long as it doesn’t pull another Chaos; Head. But given that the staff has a much better track record this time along, I think they should be able to avoid that. The character designs are less ridiculous as well which is promising. I’ll confess, there’s nothing I love more than a good conspiracy theory: two of my favorite books are Foucalt’s Pendulum and the Illuminatus trilogy. Steins; Gate seems poised to deliver.
I’m already sold on the main character Rintarou Okabe. He’s a self proclaimed mad scientist who’s clearly insane, but there also seems to be some truth in his delusions. His fast-paced thinking and dialogue keep the show fresh and interesting even when he’s just giving a monologue in his lab. I’m not quite sold on Mayuri yet— she seems a bit too cute and cheerful, but that probably only means she’s covering up an even darker secret.
As for the mystery, mixed-up memories and cellphone messages from the future, I have no idea what’s going on, but that’s how a good mystery should be. I’ll definitely be blogging this series unless the next episode is a complete disaster.