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Also: there's a Super Sonico anime on the way?!
Oct 14
// Ben Huber
Apparently today is Super Sonico's birthday. I was unaware of this fact. If any of you knew this, I have a deep concern for your well-being, so please see me after class. At any rate, there is also a Super Sonico anime on the...

Import Review: Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryoiki no Deja Vu

Jun 09 // Elliot Gay
Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryoiki no Deja Vu (Theatrical release)Studio: White FoxRelease Date: April 20, 2013 (Japan) [Editor's note: This review spoils extremely important elements of the anime series. If you haven't yet watched it, I highly advise you to close this window and turn back before you have the experience ruined.] It's been a year since Okabe Rintaro managed to find his way to the one true world line, and save Makisu Kurisu from certain death. Things have settled back to normal, which means he and the rest of the lab members have returned to making pointless devices. Okabe's still up to his old mad scientist shenanigans, but something isn't right. On occasion, his memories of the other world lines flash before his eyes as though they were reality, reducing him to a paranoid mess. Kurisu is also back in town, and the two lovebirds are secretly looking forward to seeing each other again. Unfortunately, things only continue to grow stranger; a mysterious hooded figure appears in Kurisu's hotel room, urging her to remember the time machine that Okabe used to save the world. Just what exactly is going on? First things first: if you haven't seen the Steins;Gate OVA episode that takes place after the TV series finale, you're probably going to be a wee bit confused at the start of the film. Fuka Ryoiki no Deja Vu assumes that the audience knows why Kurisu is aware of Okabe's time traveling hijinks, and frequently references the events of said episode. With that out of the way, it's important to note what Deja Vu isn't. Fans of the TV series expecting another grand time travel story would do best to temper their expectations. The main character here is Kurisu, and it's her relationship with Okabe that forms the central conflict of the story. This is a smaller, more personal tale about how far someone will go to save the person they love. It almost makes the mistake of repeating moments as well as lessons learned in the TV series, but mercifully backs out by keeping things short and to the point. I was also concerned that the movie would unnecessarily play up Kurisu's tsundere character, though that turned out to be a non-issue. The film acknowledges her relationship with Okabe early on. Once the main narrative kicks into overdrive, there's no room for any of the typical rom-com fluff one might expect. It's do or die, and there are scenes in the middle portion of the film that are heartbreaking.  With a runtime of about 90 minutes, there's very little room for Deja Vu to explore subplots. The supporting cast still gets a fair bit of love though, especially Daru and Mayuri. There are a few nods to future events in the case of the former, and the latter gets some of the sweetest moments in the entirety of the franchise. The rest of the cast also makes appearances, with the time traveling Suzuha playing the most important role as far as the story is concerned. The film functions as a sequel to both the game and anime, so there are even a few references to alternate endings and routes. Deja Vu has pacing issues, and while there is a three act structure, there are chunks of film that feel like they were included just to give characters more screen time. To that end, it feels less like a feature film, and more like an extended TV episode. While I found the narrative to be a gripping and fitting bookend to Kurisu and Okabe's story, I was less than enamored with studio White Fox's artistry. I couldn't help but think that they either forgot, or weren't aware of the fact that they were supposed to be animating a feature film. For better or worse (mostly worse), character animation is generally consistent with the TV series. CG pedestrians in the background look terrible, and the whole thing is visually uninspired despite huke's great character designs. Deja Vu lacks some of the more interesting shot choices of the TV series; I wasn't expecting to be floored by the visuals, but it's nonetheless a disappointment. The soundtrack is fairly ambient, never drawing too much attention to itself. Sadly, there's nothing quite as fantastic as the use of insert songs in the original series. The music is there, and it's functional.   I'm not sure anybody is going to see Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryoiki no Deja Vu for its visuals though. Despite the weak animation and uninspired soundtrack, Deja Vu paints an emotional tale that will have most series fans shedding a few tears. It may not be the grand adventure that some fans might be expecting, but it's a fitting end for two beloved characters.  While Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryoiki no Deja Vu feels like an extra long TV episode, it is a fine epilogue, and a necessary watch for any fan of the franchise. 7.0 – Good. Films or shows that get this score good, but not great. These could have been destined for greatness, but were held back by their flaws. While some may not enjoy them, fans of the genre will definitely love them.
Review: Steins;Gate film photo
An emotional journey through time.
I doubt anybody ever expected 5pb.'s science adventure game, Steins;Gate, to ever reach the level of popularity that it did. While the original game has yet to see an official English release, in Japan it's playable on pretty...

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5 minutes of Maou

Hataraku Maou-sama! is looking quite delicious

Value meal anime
Mar 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Starting next month is WHITE FOX's newest series, Hataraku Maou-sama! With all of the various mash ups going on in anime, I didn't think there'd be much room for originality. A demon lord working in a fast food joint surely ...

We finally have a Steins;Date

So close, yet so far..
Feb 02
// Hiroko Yamamura
We all know the future was coming, we just didn't know when it could strike! Fear not, Future Gadget Laboratory members, we have honed in on the exact time the upcoming movie, Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryoiki no Deja vu wil...


Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryoiki no dj-vu trailer hypes me up

Tootooroo trailer time!
Nov 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
Although the new trailer for, Steins;Gate Fuka Ryoiki no déjà-vu doesn't contain any exciting new footage, I can't help but be excited! Steins:Gate was one of those series that I initially dismissed a...

Jormungand looks more than a little bit like Black Lagoon

Mar 22
// Josh Tolentino
That's definitely not a bad thing if you're looking for more Black Lagoon-ish stuff. The lady looks like a young Balalaika, but I've yet to see this show's version of Rock and Revy. The kid with the assault rifle's still a bi...

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