Steins Gate is a visual novel by 5pb and Nitroplus. It was released for the Xbox 360 on October 15, 2009, the PC on August 26, 2010 and the PSP on June 23, 2011, and the iOS on August 25, 2011. It’s a science adventure game that allows the player’s decision to dictate the course of the game.
The manga adaptation for Monthly Comic Alive magazine was illustrated by Sarachi Yomi and the second one for the Monthly Comic Blade was illustrated by Kenji Mizuta. On April 6, 2011, the anime aired.
Steins Gate takes place in the year 2010 in Akihabara where a group of friends under the name “Future Gadgets Laboratory” accidently customizes a microwave to send text messages (D-mails) to the past. They perform experiments to see if sending a text message could change the world in some way. As they continue experimenting, an organization (SERN) has also been experimenting with time travel and tracks down the Future Gadgets Laboratory members. The members try to avoid SERN’s attempts to capture them by changing the past.
The main characters are:
Okabe Rintarou - Okabe Rintarou is the main protagonist of Steins Gate. He calls himself a mad scientist and is given the name “Okarin” by his childhood friend, Mayuri. He prefers to be named “Huouoin Kyouma” which he uses to introduce himself. He had delusions about an organization working behind the scenes to change the world only to find out his conspiracy theories were spot on.
Makise Kurisu - Makise Kurisu is an extremely intelligent neuroscience researcher and is only 18 years only. She’s the main female protagonist of the Steins Gate series and her survival is the key to saving the world. She is lab member number 004 and is called “Christina” by Rintarou.
Itaru Hashida - Itaru Hashida (Daru or Barrel Titor) is a “super hacker” for hardware and software. He’s has been good friends with Rintarou for a little over two years. He helps dig out information from the IBN5100 but isn’t proficient with English. He also called “Daru” by Mayuri and Rintarou.
Mayuri Shiina - Mayuri Shiina is the childhood friend of Rintarou and his “hostage”. She is lab member 002. Mayuri works part-time waiting tables in cosplay in a maid café. She usually makes her own cosplay outfits in Rintarou’s “lab”. She uses her paycheck from the maid café to bring food and snacks.
Similar series: Welcome to the NHK, Durarara!!, Monster