* As usual, I don't really have the time/energy to watch-watch shows, usually I sit and let them play in the background while I sometimes clue in (or finally pay full attention while I eat dinner or breakfast or something... or y'know, a really cool part is happening). So I'll sadly be missing finer points/details.
= Despite the trope-i-ness of its cast, I surprisingly can't single out any one character to dislike; even more annoying ones like Mayuri (too too roo!
) who's simply endlessly good-hearted, or Feris who has a nice sincere story behind her silly maid cafe job. *shrug*. I'm confused about Ruka, whether s/he was closet gay or transgender or whatever is pretty up in the air; but I do find the (admittedly bizarre) subplot in good spirit about it without trying to cast shade on it. Daru's thing got a bit old ("*insert pervy joke here*"), but his role in the story works, he proves smart (hell the whole cast has some 'golden nugget of knowledge' to contribute at some point), and his sort of "backstory" (or futurestory
) is unique and sweet.
= On that note: Suzuha, you da real MVP. (love her look too)
= I think I liked the dub better; it certainly was less ridiculous about the parts where the English cast is "speaking English" (since they're all Japanese). But I do like that Mayuri seemed to be less airy (and air-headed by extension) and exert more confidence. Kurisu's VA did a great job too at being earnest but sincere and Daru's laid back voice worked. Okabe I'm a bit mixed on, it does dip to that 'mad scientist' cadence every so often and it's not always necessary. :P
I might be bias since i generally prefer to watch dubs so I can multi-task watching with something else.
= Not sure whether or not I love or dislike the small cast. It makes parts of the 'whodunit' mystery a bit more like a process of elimination (like when finding the identity of FB), but at least it doesn't introduce any last-minute players to change the game either.
= Which reminds me, I feel like elements of the 'big bads' weren't terribly well developed, or could have been better (the future of the main cast especially). I respect the show keeps the events centered on the present, but I'd have loved more about the future and how these few events caused by the S;G cast create a whole lot of problems down the road (they were already so good at depicting the butterfly effect in simple text messages --- like wiping 'moe' off the map :P ).
= I really like Kurisu. I'm not terribly convinced how a 'love story' came out of it, but I do like her as an excellent supporting character who had the answers through thick and thin. She felt pretty realistic though, having ups and downs, mood swings and moments of clarity, she'd laugh, get sad, etc. The over-arching plot of saving one girl and then flopping to save the other was a bit strange, I'd feel the possibility of setting off World War III somewhat a bigger issue and perhaps one that would have been more interesting to cover at times; but I honestly can't complain, overall I was pretty hooked with where the show was going and fun to 'journey through'.
...her dad's a fucking psycho though.
= The animation... was surprisingly average. For a show where most of it is talking, anyways, I feel like it got 'derpy' a lot. The effects were very well done at least. And semi-related, YES I DO want a Nixie Tube clock. :D
= I do like you can tell the source material given how quickly some episodes kinda 'cut off'. I.e.; it's not episodic at all, sometimes episodes ends are like "alright, guess that's all we got time for today".
Overall, I don't watch much anime but I did enjoy Steins;Gate very very much.