Steins;Gate (manga)

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Steins;Gate
The cover art shows a red-haired woman from above, looking up at the viewer.
Volume 1 cover art, featuring Kurisu Makise
シュタインズ・ゲート
(Shutainzu Gēto)
GenreScience fiction, drama[1]
Manga
Written byYomi Sarachi
Published byMedia Factory
English publisherUdon Entertainment
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
Original runNovember 20092013
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
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Steins;Gate (Japanese: シュタインズゲート, Hepburn: Shutainzu Gēto) is a seinen manga series created by Yomi Sarachi based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's video game of the same name, and is part of the Science Adventure franchise. It was serialized by Media Factory in Monthly Comic Alive from 2009 to 2013, and was later released as three collected volumes; these were published by Udon Entertainment in North America in 2015 and 2016. The story follows Rintaro Okabe, who together with his friends use a microwave oven and a cell phone to send text messages back in time, altering the present.

The series performed well commercially and became one of Udon Entertainment's best selling manga, while critics were divided in their opinions on it, some enjoying it, and some mostly calling it a complement to the original work.

Synopsis[edit]

Steins;Gate is set in 2010 in Akihabara, Tokyo, and follows Rintaro Okabe, a teenaged, self-proclaimed "mad scientist", who along with his friends discovers time travel through the use of a microwave oven and cell phone, allowing them to send text messages back in time to change the present.[2][3][4] The text messages end up drawing the attention of SERN, an organization researching time travel, and have unforeseen changes that Okabe needs to try to undo.[2][5]

Production and release[edit]

Steins;Gate was written and drawn by Yomi Sarachi, and was serialized by Media Factory in their magazine Monthly Comic Alive, starting in its November 2009 issue,[6] and running in it until 2013.[7] It is based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's video game of the same name, and is the main manga adaptation of it,[6] adapting the main route through its story.[8]

The manga was later collected as three tankōbon volumes, and released by Media Factory from June 2010 to September 2013.[7][9] The first Japanese volume was also released in a limited edition that included a Steins;Gate audio drama written by Naotaka Hayashi, the scenario writer for the Steins;Gate game.[9] The North American publisher Udon Entertainment announced during San Diego Comic-Con in July 2015 that they had licensed the manga, and planned to release the first volume in August of the same year.[7] It eventually began publication in North America in November 2015,[10] and ran until late April 2016; the last volume was made available earlier in the month in comic book stores.[5] The Argentine publisher Editorial Ivrea also published the three volumes in Spanish on a monthly schedule, from February to April 2015.[2]

Volumes[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 June 23, 2010[11]ISBN 978-4-84-013328-9November 12, 2015[10]ISBN 978-1-92-792550-8
2 September 21, 2013[12]ISBN 978-4-84-015320-1November 17, 2015[13]ISBN 978-1-92-792555-3
3 September 21, 2013[14]ISBN 978-4-84-015321-8April 27, 2016[5]ISBN 978-1-92-792571-3

Reception[edit]

Critics were divided in their opinions on the series.[1][3][15] American publications ICv2 and Otaku USA both liked the manga, with the former calling it an imperfect but solid story for fans of the genre, and the latter saying that it had fun characters and demonstrated why the franchise is popular.[1][3] Both ICv2 and the Spanish publication Ramen Para Dos found it inferior to the original Steins;Gate game, however, mostly working as a complement to the game or its anime adaptation.[1][15] Critics enjoyed the time travel and science fiction elements and how the story makes the subjects accessible to the average person without overwhelming them with jargon,[1][3][15] although Ramen Para Dos did not think it communicated the sensation of time travel as well as they had hoped.[15] The pacing was praised by ICv2 and Otaku USA, and they both enjoyed the ending to volume 1, calling it an exciting cliffhanger.[1][3] The artwork was described by Ramen Para Dos as competently drawn, but looking very standard and not standing out,[15] while ICv2 criticized it for inappropriately trying to add comedy through cuteness despite the darker tone of the story.[1]

The North American edition of Steins;Gate performed well commercially, and became one of Udon Entertainment's best selling manga series;[5] the first volume sold past the publisher's expectations, and was issued a reprint in February 2016 after selling out completely.[16] Volume 2 was estimated to be the 206th best selling graphic novel in American comic book stores of December 2015,[17] and volume 3 the 260th best selling of April 2016.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bryant, L.B. (2016-01-19). "REVIEW: 'STEINS;GATE' VOL. 1 TP (MANGA)". ICv2. GCO, LLC. Archived from the original on 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Valdivia, Thais (2014-12-18). "Licenciado en España el manga de Steins;Gate". Hobby Consolas (in Spanish). Axel Springer SE. Archived from the original on 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e Davidson, Danica (2015-12-06). "Steins;Gate's Mad Science Spills Over into a Fun Manga". Otaku USA. Sovereign Media. Archived from the original on 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Vail, Amanda (2016-01-17). "[Review] Steins;Gate". Otaku USA. Sovereign Media. Archived from the original on 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ a b c d "UDON Entertainment Releases 3rd Volume of Steins;Gate in Stores". Udon Entertainment. 2016-04-17. Archived from the original on 2017-11-26. Retrieved 2018-04-02 – via Anime News Network. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ a b Loo, Egan (2010-07-25). "Steins;Gate Game Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2017-07-22. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ a b c Hogdkins, Crystalyn (2015-07-11). "Udon Entertainment Adds Steins;Gate Manga". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2016-09-09. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "STEINS;GATE(1)" (in Japanese). 5pb., Nitroplus. Archived from the original on 2015-12-26. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ a b "さらちよみ「シュタインズ・ゲート」1巻はドラマCD付き". Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. 2010-03-31. Archived from the original on 2010-04-04. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ a b Ressler, Karen (2015-11-10). "North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 8-14". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ "シュタインズ・ゲート 1" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Archived from the original on 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "シュタインズ・ゲート 2" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Archived from the original on 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ Ressler, Karen (2015-11-17). "North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 15-21". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2018-03-16. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "シュタインズ・ゲート 3" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Archived from the original on 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ a b c d e Plaza, Max (2015-03-08). "Steins;Gate (manga)". Ramen Para Dos (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2017-10-01. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  16. ^ "Udon Entertainment Issues Kill La Kill Volume 1 and Steins;Gate Volume 1 Reprints". Udon Entertainment. 2016-02-09. Archived from the original on 2016-09-09. Retrieved 2018-04-02 – via Anime News Network. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  17. ^ "TOP 300 GRAPHIC NOVELS ACTUAL--DECEMBER 2015". ICv2. GCO, LLC. 2016-01-11. Archived from the original on 2016-08-23. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  18. ^ "TOP 300 GRAPHIC NOVELS ACTUAL--APRIL 2016". ICv2. GCO, LLC. 2016-05-16. Archived from the original on 2016-08-28. Retrieved 2018-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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