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Steins;Gate is a Japanese visual novel developed by 5pb. and Nitro+.



Steins;Gate is also known to be the spiritual successor to Chaos;HEAd. The game was released on October 15, 2009 for the Xbox 360 and for the PC on August 26, 2010. A port for Sony's PlayStation Portable was announced and will be released in June, 2011.

Steins;Gate is described by the game developers as a "Hypothetical Science ADV" (想定科学ADV Soutei Kagaku ADV) but is played like most visual novels. As a visual novel, the gameplay follows a linear plot line which offers predetermined scenarios with courses of interaction throughout the game.

Currently an anime adaption by White Fox Ltd and is being aired in Japan starting from April 6th, 2011. It is also currently airing simultaneously on Crunchyroll at the United States as well .

Plot Overview

Set approximately one year after Chaos;HEAd in the streets of Akihabara, Summer 2010, the story begins with Rintarou Okabe and Mayuri Shiina heading towards the Radio Kaikan building on July 28, 2010, in Akihabara for a seminar. During the events inside the building, Rintarou discovered the body of Kurisu Makise, a famous researcher, in a pool of blood.

Taking Mayuri away from the murder scene in a state of panic, he types a text message to his friend Itaru Hishida about the incident. At the exact moment Rintarou send his message, everyone around him suddenly vanish but he is the only person to ever witness this bizarre phenomena.

Production Overview

Steins;Gate is the second collaborative work between 5pb. and Nitroplus after Chaos;HEAd. Leading the game's development and planning was 5.pb's Chiyomaru Shikura with the scenario script written by Naotaka Hayashi (5pb.) and Vio Shimokura (Nitroplus). Character design is done by huke where as gadgets design is done by Sh@rp.

The game was created with the concept of "99% science (reality) and 1% fantasy" in mind. Tatsuya Matsuhara, who originally created the "Phone Trigger" system concept, stated that the game was to initially incorporate the player's own mobile phone into the system. However, this idea was abandoned due to concerns over clashing with Japan's privacy laws. Concerns over the story development were raised as the team feared that using time travel as the main theme feels overdone.


Main Cast

Rintarou Okabe(岡部倫太郎, おかべ りんたろう)
The main protagonist. Okabe Rintarou is a student in Tokyo Denki University and is the founder of the Future Gadget Laboratory (未来ガジェット研究所 Mirai Gadget Kenkyuujo) where he spends most of his time there.

Rintarou potrays himself as an arrogant, self centered and delusional man. He even calls himself the Insane Mad Scientist Kyouma Hououin (鳳凰院凶真, ほうおういん きょうま), who is on the run from a certain "organization". Despite his claims, Mayuri and Itaru calls him Okarin (オカリン), a portmanteau of his full name much to his chagrin.

Kurisu Makise(牧瀬紅莉栖, まきせ くりす)
The main heroine. Kurisu is a neuroscience researcher in the fictional Victoral Condoria University in America. Having her research published in an academic journal at age 18, Kurisu is extremely talented and is considered a genius for her standards. At the beginning of the story, she was murdered and Rintarou was the first person to find her body.

Mayuri Shiina(椎名まゆり, しいな まゆり)
Mayuri is Rintarou's childhood friend and studies at Hana Asagi University, a private academy in Ochanomizu, Kanda. A small stature yet well endowed figure, she calls herself Mayushii☆(まゆしぃ☆)and has a habit of saying "Tutturu~♪" whenever she meets someone. Mayuri is a bit of an airhead as she does not see what is happening around her sometimes.

Itaru Hashida(橋田至, はしだ いたる)
Rintarou's friend since high school and goes to the same university with him, nicknamed "Daru". Itaru is an experienced hacker and gadget maker, producing weird gadgets in the Future Gadget Laboratory. Itaru's appearance represents the stereotypical obese otaku seen in anime culture and he even use many internet memes and terms in his everyday speech.

Ruka Urushibara(漆原るか, うるしばら るか)
Mayuri's classmate and heir to the Yanabanagi Shrine. Ruka's physical looks does not fall short what a pretty girl lacks, but he is a guy. Due to Ruka's shy and well mannered behavior, Rintarou gave the nickname "Rukako", but he is a guy.

Suzuha Amane(阿万音鈴羽, あまね すずは)
A part timer working in the Braun Tube Workshop. Suzuha is a friendly and lively girl but constantly slacks off by maintaining her bicycle whenever her boss is not around. Claims herself to be a warrior earning the nickname "Part Time Warrior".

Faris Nyan Nyan(フェイリス・ニャンニャン)
A 2nd year high school student studying in Kanaria Private Academy at Yotsuya, Tokyo and is currently the most famous maid working in Maid Cafe "Mayqueen Nyan Nyan". She is also Mayuri's friend, since they both work in the same cafe.

Moeka Kiryuu(桐生萌郁, きりゅう もえか)
A part time editor working in "Arc Rewrite" who wanders around Akihabara in search for the IBN 5100. Mokea has difficulties talking to people and prefers communicating with her cellphone instead. Her messages however shows a different form of her personality and is able to send messages at an extremely fast rate to the point of spamming.

Yuugo Tenouji(天王寺裕吾, てんのうじ ゆうご)
A shop manager which Rintarou calls him "Mr. Braun" since he is the owner of the Braun Tubes Workshop and Suzuha's boss. Yuugo loves CRT televisions and is very protective of his little daughter, Nae. Rintarou does not go against Yuugo considering he is the one who allowed Rintarou to open his laboratory on top of his workshop(and a free CRT television).

Nae Tenouji(天王寺綯, てんのうじ なえ)
Yuugo's daughter. Nae sometimes visits the workshop to play with Suzuha, and is on good terms with Mayuri. She is however afraid of both Okabe and Daru and does not get close to them due to their weird personalities.

Sub Cast

4ºC(シド, Shido)
An extremely arrogant delinquent and thinks he's the best player in Rainet Access Battlers. While he represents Ikebukuro under his group Viral Attackers for the prefecture tournament, he climbed the ranks using cheap and dirty tricks.

Dr.Nakabachi(ドクター中鉢, どくたーなかばち)
An exiled scientist and physics researcher, and is known by many as a fabric inventor. Opening a lecture to announce his finished study about time machines at Radio Kaikan, he was immediately exposed by Okabe as a fake because his research paper is directly copied from John Titor's.

Eisuke Urushibara(漆原栄輔, うるしばらえいすけ)
Ruka's father and the current head priest of Yanabanagi Shrine. Eisuke is a very gentle person and is someone even Rintarou respects.

John Titor(ジョン・タイター)
Based on the infamous self proclaimed time traveler but appeared in the year 2010. John Titor claims to be from the future and has a mission which is to travel back to the year 1975 and obtain the IBN 5100. Titor's time travel theories and explanations in a japanese message board caused a huge ruckus in the internet.


  • Designer and Planner:Chiyomaru Shikura (5pb.)
  • Scenario:Naotaka Hayashi(5pb.)
  • Scenario Assistance:Vio Shimokura(Nitroplus)
  • Character Design:huke
  • Gadget Design:SH@RP
  • Producer:Tatsuya Matsuhara(5pb.)
  • Art Director:Pehara Tousou(Nitroplus)
  • Music:Takeshi Abo(5pb.), Toshimichi Isoe(ZIZZ)

Theme Song

Visual Novel

Opening Theme
「Skyclad Observer」 (スカイクラッドの観測者, Skyclad no Kansokusha)
Lyrics and Composed by - Chiyomura Shikura
Arranged by - Yoshimichi Itoe
Vocal - Kanako Itou

Ending Theme 1
「Farfalla of Fate」 (運命のファルファッラ, Unmei no Farfalla
Lyrics - Natsuren
Composed and Arranged by - Tatsuhi Hayashi
Vocal - Phantasm(FES cv. Yui Sakakibara)

Ending Theme 2
「Another Heaven」
Lyrics by - Junya Urushino
Composed by - Yoshihiro Suda
Arranged by - Yoshimichi Itoe
Vocal - Kanako Itou

Visual Novel (PC)

Image Theme
Lyrics and Composed by- Chiyomura Shikura
Arranged by - Yoshimichi Itoe
Vocal - Kanako Itou


Opening Theme
「Hacking to the Gate」
Lyrics and Composed by - Chiyomura Shikura
Arranged by - Yoshimichi Itoe
Vocal - Kanako Itou

Ending Theme
「Tokitsukasadoru Jyuni no Meiyaku」 (刻司ル十二ノ盟約)
Lyrics and Composed by - Chiyomura Shikura
Composed and Arranged by - Tatsuhi Hayashi
Vocal - Phantasm(FES cv. Yui Sakakibara)

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