Steins;Gate: The Movie − Load Region of Déjà Vu
|Steins;Gate: The Movie − Load Region of Déjà Vu|
Theatrical poster featuring the main characters, Kurisu Makise and Rintarō Okabe.
|劇場版 シュタインズ・ゲート 負荷領域のデジャヴ
(Gekijōban Shutainzu Gēto: Fuka Ryōiki no Dejavu)
|Genre||Science fiction, Mystery|
|Directed by||Kanji Wakabayashi|
|Written by||Jukki Hanada|
|Released||April 20, 2013|
|Written by||Reki Kugayama|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Original run||March 26, 2013 – November 26, 2013|
|Written by||Tatsuya Hamazaki|
|Illustrated by||Huke, Kyūta Sakai, Bun150|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Imprint||Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko|
|Original run||May 1, 2013 – June 1, 2013|
Steins;Gate: The Movie − Load Region of Déjà Vu (Japanese: 劇場版 シュタインズ・ゲート 負荷領域のデジャヴ Hepburn: Gekijōban Shutainzu Gēto: Fuka Ryōiki no Dejavu) is a 2013 Japanese animated film produced by White Fox. It is the follow up to the 2011 anime television series Steins;Gate, which was based on the visual novel of the same name by 5pb. and Nitroplus. The film premiered in Japanese theaters on April 20, 2013 and was released on BD/DVD on December 13, 2013. The film has been licensed in North America by Funimation, and it was released in English in March 2017.
The film takes place in August 2011, one year after the events of the anime series. After going through a painstaking journey across multiple 'World Lines' due to the invention of 'D-Mail', text messages that can be sent to the past, Rintarō Okabe has assumedly landed in the "Steins Gate" World Line, in which he was able to prevent the deaths of both Mayuri Shiina and Kurisu Makise, as well as prevent a future ruled by SERN due to the invention of a time machine that no longer exists. On August 3, Kurisu arrives in Japan for a press conference and reunites with all the members of the Future Gadget Laboratory. Meanwhile, Rintarō starts having intense side effects from his time travels, seeing visions of alternate Worldlines. The next day on August 4, a mysterious visitor shows up at Kurisu's hotel, telling her to remember three things: a cell phone, a microwave oven, and SERN. Later that day, as Kurisu is talking to Rintarō about how her own instances of déjà vu may be similar to Rintarō's 'Reading Steiner' ability to remember things from other World Lines, Rintarō suddenly disappears before Kurisu's eyes. Furthermore, no one else seems to remember Rintarō ever existed, with Kurisu barely retaining a faint memory of someone.
A week later on August 11, as Kurisu finds a fork that Rintarō left behind and remembers the words the stranger left her, she learns Itaru "Daru" Hashida had for some reason hacked SERN, suddenly giving her the urge to build a Time Leap machine. Using the machine, Kurisu leaps back to the night of August 3, where she observes Rintarō disappearing and reappearing from existence, with everyone's memories of him changing accordingly. She is then contacted by the visitor from before, revealed to be Suzuha Amane, who came from the future using a time machine Kurisu built. She explains to both Kurisu and Rintarō that all the memories of World Lines Rintarō had visited is overloading his Reading Steiner, causing him to fluctuate between the current world line and the "R" world line, the only other world line where neither Mayuri nor Kurisu die. Suzuha states the only way to save him from vanishing completely is to use a time machine to travel to the past, but Rintarō ostensibly refuses, as he feels neither time machines nor time leap machines should exist and doesn't want Kurisu to go through the same suffering he went through, saying he would rather disappear to allow her and Mayuri to live in peace. He instead urges Kurisu to forget about him, leaving her with a kiss.
As Rintarō disappears once again the next day, Kurisu breaks down in tears before grudgingly deciding to accept his wish and try to forget him. Later, on August 13, as the Future Gadget Lab gets word that it might have to close up, Kurisu is once again approached by Suzuha, who tells her that she is not being honest with her own feelings, eventually convincing Kurisu to go with her in her time machine. In order to keep Rintarō in the Steins Gate world line, he must be implanted with a powerful memory that helps distinguish it from other world lines. The two travel back to June 30, 2005, where Kurisu attempts to talk with the young Rintarō, only to result in him getting into a car accident instead, leaving her too afraid to attempt another trip to the past. Back in the present, Kurisu discovers Mayuri and the others also possess faint memories of Rintarō, which are soon awakened when she does an imitation of his persona, Kyōma Hōōin. Encouraged by everyone's feelings, Kurisu returns to the past, this time succeeding in her mission by implanting the concept of Kyōma Hōōin into Rintarō's mind and giving him her first kiss, which led him to take on his 'mad scientist' persona to protect Mayuri. With this, Kurisu manages to bring Rintarō back to the Steins Gate world line and the movie ends with Rintarō asking Kurisu if she will return his first kiss to him. Smiling, Kurisu says "Never".
Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu was first announced at the end of the anime television series on September 13, 2011. The opening theme is "Anata no Eranda Kono Toki o" (あなたの選んだこの時を The Moment You Made Your Decision) by Kanako Itō while the ending theme is "Itsumo Kono Basho de" (いつもこの場所で Always in this Place) by Ayane.
The film was released in both DVD and Blu-ray Disc home video versions in Japan on December 13, 2013. Several versions were released; a standard DVD edition, a standard Blu-ray Disc edition, a five-disc combo pack containing several radio dramas, and a six-disc combo pack containing the radio dramas in addition to the film's soundtrack. Additional items were shipped depending on the retailer. The Japanese release also includes English subtitles. Funimation released the film on Blu-ray Disc/DVD in North America on March 28, 2017.
The film debuted as the number 7 movie of the weekend; making 86,822,800 yen ($874,130 USD) across 18 theaters in Japan. It later went on to make 319,125,723 yen ($3,142,750 USD) at the box office, but dropped to the number 12 spot by its third weekend. Chiyomaru Shikura later reported via his Twitter page that the movie had grossed over 500 million yen ($5,000,000 USD). He additionally revealed that he had accepted only a single yen as a royalty fee from the film. During their coverage of the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release, Famitsu reported that the film had grossed a grand total of over 550 million yen ($5,600,000 USD).
Richard Eisenbeis and Toshi Nakamura of Kotaku stated, "This movie really lives or dies on how well you connect to Kurisu and Okabe— and given the amazing performances of their voice actors, I can't imagine not being able to," and proceeded to call it, "An excellent epilogue to the Steins;Gate story."
A manga adaptation by Reki Kugayama was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace magazine between the May and December 2013 issues, released on March 26 and October 26, 2013, respectively. The series was collected in two volumes, released on April 24 and December 26, 2013. A two-volume novel series, written by Tatsuya Hamazaki and illustrated by Huke, Kyūta Sakai, and Bun150, was published by Kadokawa Shoten under their Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint. The two volumes were released on May 1 and June 1, 2013.
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