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Steins;Gate is a rare example of an anime that 100% delivers on something that is very difficult to do. In this particular instance, that something is accurately utilizing the concept of time travel in its storytelling. By not only putting a unique twist on the time travel method itself but also successfully using it to reach a satisfactory resolution, Steins;Gate is one of the select few time-travel stories across all genres of entertainment to achieve this.
As a result of this successful form of storytelling in conjunction with developed and entertaining characters, Steins;Gate has become one of the more popular anime in recent memory. This popularity has resulted in Steins;Gate 0, a sequel that is currently on the way, and fans are already getting geared up to revisit the world once again. Until that happens, however, here are 6 anime similar to Steins;Gate that can tie you over.
Similar Anime to Steins;Gate
1. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 8, 2016 - Mar 25, 2016
Satoru Fujinuma is a 29 year old manga artist who suddenly has the ability to go back in time several minutes whenever anything dangerous happens to him. Calling this ability “Revival”, Satoru uses this powerful ability to try and save as many lives as he can. However, after being falsely accused of murdering someone, Satoru somehow finds himself going back 18 years to a mysterious event that happened to a classmate named Kayo Hinazuki that may be somehow related. The story focuses on Sartoru’s quest to save Kayo and protect those he cares about back in the present day.
Erased is similar to Steins;Gate in the sense that the main character in both series uses their special time travel ability to prevent bad things from happening to those they care about. In addition, both Okarin and Satoru are primarily focused on preventing the murder of a childhood friend of theirs. Erased’s mystery and supporting characters may not be as developed as the characters in Steins;Gate, but if your favorite episodes of Steins;Gate are the ones involving Okarin trying to save Mayuri, then this is a short series you’ll enjoy.
Boku Ddake Ga Inai Machi Trailer
2. Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr 4, 2016 - Sep 19, 2016
Subaru Natsuki was just a normal kid; the last thing on his mind was being suddenly taken from his normal life, get thrust into some kind of strange fantasy land, get beat up by some thugs, meet a beautiful girl, and get killed by a mysterious darkness alongside said girl. Yet Subaru suddenly awakens to the same exact scenario of confronting the thugs from before and meeting Satella all over again. As Subaru tries to cope with how exactly he was able to go back in time, he soon realize that he’ll have to use this new ability to help protect his new friends and save this new land.
This anime is very much like Steins;Gate in terms of the main characters not only being similar in personality, but also having the same time travel ability as well as very similar motivations for using said ability. In addition, Re:ZERO is also another of the select few time-travel stories to not have any plot holes result as a result of time travel being used in its story. It also bears a resemblance to the story in terms of getting more and more suspenseful as well as developing a more psychological tone as both Okarin and Subaru get more and more desperate in their attempts to fix their mistakes. Definitely a series to check out, as it resembles Steins;Gate in more ways than one.
Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Trailer
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 9, 2008 - Dec 25, 2008
Takumi Nishijou is a reclusive high school student at the Private Suimei Academy. When killings dubbed as the “New Gen” murders begin happening around the city, Takumi dismisses them as he has no connection to them whatsoever. But when strange events begin happening around him to the point where he doesn’t know what’s real or what’s simply a delusion, it’s up to Takumi to figure out who the mastermind really is and where his fate truly lies.
If you found yourself liking the concept of Okarin meeting new people that ended up becoming new lab members, then you’ll like Chaos;Head, as Takumi goes from being a loner to meeting multiple girls connected to stopping the person behind the New Gen killings. In addition, although it might not seem obvious at first glance, Takumi bears some resemblance to Okarin in the sense of their belief that very few if any people really understand them, resulting in their eccentricities leading them to being almost entirely alone. Chaos; Head may only be 12 episodes long, but if you liked the method of character building in Steins;Gate, then you’ll enjoy Chaos;Head.
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4. Anohana (Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day)
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: Apr 15, 2011 - Jun 24, 2011
Jinta Yadomi was spending his days as a recluse playing video games until his childhood friend, Meiko "Menma" Honma, suddenly shows up. Only one problem; she died many years ago. Slowly believing that what he saw wasn’t a hallucination and actually Menma, Jinta goes to reunite his old group of childhood friends who all grew apart after her accidental death. As Jinta slowly reunites the group, their desire to help fulfill their former friend move on grows stronger as they also try to bring closure for themselves as well.
Steins;Gate may be a sci-fi anime, but the relationship between the characters, especially Okarin and Kurisu, is what helps set it apart from most other sci-fi anime. The Flower We Saw That Day may utilize flashbacks in terms of its connection to time, but it strongly delivers on the emotional front. Each of Jinta’s friends have different ways of coping with what happened to Menma, just like how each of Okarin’s friends have different reactions and hopes regarding his ability to change the past and create a different future. The Flower We Saw That Day may focus more on the concept of death as opposed to time travel, but if you were a fan of the romance and characters reacting differently to the same event in Steins;Gate, check out this anime.
5. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: Jul 15, 2006
In her final year of high school, Makoto Konno is dealing with the normal struggles one has with family, school, friends, and the future. That is, until Makoto finds a unique item that allows her to literally leap backward in time. Makoto has fun with this amazing ability at first by preventing small accidents, avoiding embarrassing situations, and overall having fun with knowing what will happen beforehand. However, she soon learns firsthand how truly complicated time is and how each choice has a consequence.
This movie is probably the go to example of what someone would probably do when realizing they can go back in time for the first time, making it more believable. Steins;Gate works the same way, as Okarin and his friends send the unique text messages in the past regarding small situations at first before building to bigger and bigger changes. Both are also similar in the sense that they feature devices as the source of the time travel ability as well as a character from the future that’s come back to the past. If time travel is your pure interest in Steins;Gate, check out The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, especially for the reveal at the end.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Trailer
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Oct 12, 2012 - Mar 22, 2013
Central Tanegashima High School's Robotics Club is in danger of being shut down. Kaito Yashio, one of the club’s two members, is only focused on robot fighting games, and Akiho Senomiya, the club head, aims to complete a giant robot and save prevent the club from losing its status. However, it is Kaito’s discovery of the Kimijima Report that soon sets the wheels in motion as the club gets more and more members while also becoming vital to stopping Kou Kimijima's conspiracy…
Robotics;Notes does not really have any time travel. However, what it lacks in time travel it makes up for in terms of world building. Steins;Gate was able to establish a backdrop to their world that invited people to take a closer look into what exactly is going on in terms of technology, and Robotics;Notes takes a further step in that direction. Robotics;Notes in itself has a lot of themes to digest, but if you appreciated the setup and format that Steins;Gate took in setting up the characters and the story, Robotics;Notes takes a similar approach with its story as well.
Steins;Gate is just one of those types of anime that is hard to replicate in terms of its unique balance between science fiction, romance, and mystery. Above all else, the hardest thing for another anime to match it would be its unique tone and approach to this balance. That being said, however, these 6 anime have similarities to Steins;Gate in terms of their use of time travel, their character relationships, and their method of storytelling, and are worth checking out if you want to get as close to the feeling that you got watching Steins;Gate.
What do you get when you put a cell phone and a microwave together? Well, if you were like me, you would need a new cell phone. However, in Steins;Gate, the self-proclaimed mad scientist, Rintarou Okabe, accidently creates a method of time texting. That’s right. Not time travel, but time texting, where he is able to send texts back into the past and change events.
This is not a happy-go-lucky anime where the lead character gets rich and lives a happy life. Instead, Rintarou’s life will not be the same. Each text he sends changes the very world he lives in. Not every text that is sent can change what is meant to be.
This is an anime full of laughs and heartache by bringing you into its grasp like a hurricane playing with a butterfly. It drags you into the action and breaks your heart by the time it’s done.
There are many anime that capture peoples attention, here are a few.
Similar Anime to Steins; Gate
1. Toki o Kakeru Shōjo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)
- Episodes: Movie (98 minutes)
- Aired: July 2006
Just like in Steins;Gate, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time tells an interesting time traveling tale, where Makoto Konno accidently gets the power to travel through time and effects the past.
At the beginning of this sci-fi anime movie, Makoto is a normal baseball loving high school girl. Once she realizes that she has the power to travel through time, she enjoys her high school life and becomes the model student, always on time and always has the perfect score on tests. Soon, she starts to realize the drama she is causing for her classmates and friends. Once, she evens avoids a romantic situation where her best friend, Chiaki Mamiya, confesses his love to her.
Just like Steins;Gate, Makoto comes across a situation that she can’t change, no matter how hard she tries.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (theater notice)
2. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūtsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2006 - October 2009
One thing you have to know about Haruhi Suzumiya, is that you have to just go with it. Like Steins;Gate, it has sci-fi and a little bit of romance in it. Unlike Rintarou Okabe in Steins;Gate, Haruhi Suzumiya might actually be a mad genius. In each episode, she is coming up with some new way to torture her club members, who happen to be Mikuru Asahina (a time traveler), Itsuki Koizumi (an ESPer), Yuki Nagato (an alien) and Kyon (a normal high school boy.)
The second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya parries Ground Hog Day, where on an unconscious whim of Haruhi, the entire club of the SOS Brigade is dragged through the last week of their summer vacation 15,532 times. That’s about 42 years and 6 months for those of you who are bad at math.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a slice of life of the weird and mysterious. Yet, it is always good for a laugh.
3. Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 2011 – April 2012*
Mirai Nikki, The Future Diary, is another anime that brings the idea of time texting to the forefront. The main character in The Future Diary, Yuki, is a loner and not very good with people. He loves his phone and is always writing on it. He soon finds texts that he hasn’t written yet. Eventually he realizes that these texts are sent by his future self.
However, The Future Diary takes the idea of time texting to a new and darker level. Where the god of Time and Space gives people this power and makes them fight to the death. The last survivor gains an ultimate prize.
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4. Noein: Mou Hitori no Kimi e (Noein: To Your Other Self)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2005 – March 2006
Noein is another action, sci-fi, time traveling anime. The main character is Haruka, a high school kid. One night when she was out with her friend, Yu Goto, time stops and a man clad in a black cape appears before her. The man is Karasu. He has been sent back to find the Dragon Torque. Unlike in Steins;Gate, the time difference between the present and the future is enough to show the impact of tinkering with the past.
A parallel dimension is split off from ours called Shangri-La, and people from that dimension have sent back an agent to find the Dragon Torque and kill it.
5. Zetsuen No Tempest (Blast of Tempest)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2012 –March 2013
So far, I have told you about anime where the main characters are the ones behind the time traveling, however, Blast of Tempest is the opposite of that. Mahiro Fuwa and Yoshino Takigawa are unaware that they are trying to catch the murder of Mahiro’s family, who happens to be a time traveler.
Blast of Tempest starts one year after Mahiro’s family was murdered. Yoshino is dealing with the loss of his girlfriend, Aika, who was Mahiro’s little sister. One day while visiting her grave, Yoshino was attacked by a strange woman and was saved by Mahiro. After this reunion, Yoshino joined Mahiro in the hunt for the killer.
Sometimes, life’s roads take us down strange paths. This anime will drag you down its road and you’ll enjoy every mile.
6. Arata naru Sekai: Mirai-hen (World’s End)
- Episodes: OVA (30 minutes)
- Aired: October 2012
The last anime that I am going to talk about is called World’s End. It is similar to Steins;Gate by having time travel, cellphone use, romance, and the attempt to save the past, present, and future.
Imagine waking up with three friends in a world that has been devastated by time. “How did we get here?” is a question you might be asking yourself. “How can we get back?” is another. The most important question that you will ask yourself is, “What happened to everyone?”
Arata, along with her friends, finds themselves in this same situation in the anime World’s End. All that she has with her, is a cell phone with a picture of her boyfriend. The four girls spend their time searching for clues while staying alive.
The anime, Steins;Gate, is said to be the prime example of what a time traveling anime should be. It is what other sci-fi anime should look to become. Of course you have older anime that has dealt with time traveling, Inuyasha for starters. Even Dragon Ball Z has had some time traveling. Who doesn’t like the future Trunks?
Well, I guess I am out of time. There are so many anime that have the time traveling mechanic woven into the plot. But, I don’t have a time turner to give me extra time. If you find more anime like Steins;Gate that you think I should have covered in this list, please let me know.