Steins Gate is a pretty confusing anime to follow. For that reason, we have decided to make a Steins Gate watch order, so you can more easily follow it. We will be including all the anime episodes, OVAs, specials, and a movie. So keep reading to find out the best way to watch Steins Gate in order.
Now, Steins;Gate has an overall confusing structure as far as the anime is concerned, and in order to clarify this for you, we have decided to bring you a detailed guide on how to watch Steins;Gate.
Steins;Gate watch order by release date
In this section, we are going to bring you an overview of the Steins;Gate works in the proper release order:
- Steins;Gate (anime, 2011)
- “Egoistic Poriomania” (OVA, 2012)
- Steins;Gate: The Movie − Load Region of Déjà Vu (movie, 2013)
- Steins;Gate: Sōmei Eichi no Cognitive Computing (ONA, 2014)
- “Divide by Zero” (OVA, 2015)
- Steins;Gate 0 (anime, 2018)
In the next part of this article, we are going to tell you how you should watch the series in chronological order.
Steins Gate chronological watch order
In this section, we are going to give you a chronological overview of the works in question:
Episode 1: “Turning Point”
In the summer of 2010, self-proclaimed mad scientist Okabe Rintaro attends Professor Nakabashi’s time travel lecture with his childhood friend Mayuri Shiina. After accusing the professor of copying Professor John Titor’s words word for word, having expounded a time travel theory 10 years prior, he walks out of the lecture hall and is accosted by a girl, Makise Kurisu, who claims he texted her and they already saw each other 15 minutes ago when he never met her.
Later, when he finds her dead, a strange phenomenon occurs and events that should have happened, since he had witnessed them, do not take place. Okabe realizes that he is the only one who remembers the events. We find him later in his laboratory/apartment presenting the 3 members of his laboratory, himself Mayuri, and Daru, and doing an experiment with a banana that jellifies for a reason that he does not know.
As he discovers that the conference theoretically did not take place and that the message he had sent to his friend Daru during it was sent in the past, he makes an even more extraordinary discovery: Makise Kurisu is still alive.
Episode 2: “Time Travel Paranoia”
After the shock of his discoveries, Okabe invites himself to the conference, aiming to demonstrate the impossibility of time travel, of Kurisu who is happy to humiliate him. After this humiliation, he goes to the temple, called by Mayuri, where his friend Rukako Urushibara, an androgynous boy, lives and returns home. Upon arriving, he meets Amane Suzuha, the new Baito of his owner, Mr. Braun.
During his investigation to understand what happened, he realizes that no one remembers Professor Titor from the year 2000 but that he appeared on an online forum in 2010. The next day, he meets a strange young woman, Moeka Kiryu, who asks him if he knows where an old “legendary” pc, the IBN 5100, is. finds itself attached and gelled to the original banana cluster. It is at this moment that Kurisu chooses to disembark at Okabe’s laboratory.
Episode 3: “Parallel World Paranoia”
Okabe agrees to have Kurisu study the Phone Microwave on the condition that she becomes a member of the lab. After conducting another experiment that resulted in an explosion, he discovers that on the day of the lecture Daru had connected his phone to the microwave while he was testing it. Okabe concludes that a microwave is a time machine but Kurisu who does not want to hear it lets out his anger.
After hearing about the Large Hadron Collider and micro black holes, Okabe asks Daru to hack SERN, an organization researching time travel. Soon after, he decides to ask questions to Titor who explains to him his theories and information on the SERN regarding a dystopian future. Once the hack is done, he discovers that the SERN had already carried out top secret experiments using micro holes with a human being as a guinea pig, end of the report “subject is dead”.
Episode 4: “Interpreter Rendezvous”
Shocked by their discovery, Daru and Okabe try to get more information, but it is encrypted in a code that Daru cannot decipher. Titor then reveals that for this they need the IBN 5100, the very one that Moeka was looking for. He later clashes with Kurisu still in denial about the possible existence of a time machine, he tells her about the IBN and she is intrigued after one of his contacts confirms the story of Okabe.
Later, Mayuri tells Okabe that his colleague Feyris Nyannyan knows where the IBN is. So he goes to see her and she tells him where he is after forcing him to play a game of Rai-Net Battler. She tells him that the computer is in the sanctuary where Ruka lives. Ruka’s father reveals to Okabe that the person who gave it to him told him that one day Okabe would come and ask for the IBN. Okabe, accompanied by Kurisu, borrows the PC and brings it back to the lab.
Episode 5: “Starmine Rendezvous”
When they arrive at the lab with the PC, Suzuha reacts to Kurisu’s presence and looks ready to attack him. Afterward, when Okabe goes out to buy parts for the IBN, he encounters Suzuha who warns him about Kurisu. After having succeeded in starting the pc and decrypting the data, they realize that the SERN has not made only one test with human guinea pigs, but 14 all ended in failure.
Newspaper clippings accompanying each file mention frozen corpses found by the police. Kurisu believes the SERN used Kerr’s Black Hole research and explains to Mayuri that the bodies were found gelled because matter cannot pass through a slit in spacetime smaller than the size of matter itself, compressing and crushing it on a molecular scale. Even more shocked, he promises to improve his time machine before the SERN.
Episode 6: “Butterfly Effect’s Divergence”
After nicknaming the messages sent to the past “D-mail”, the group performs several experiments in order to deduce their rules and limits. They thus learn under what time conditions they can send but also the amount of information they can send. Finally, they find out how far back in the past a D-mail can be sent. The next day, Moeka comes to visit the lab to observe IBN 5100 and hopes to borrow it from Okabe. The latter tries to hide the true nature of the experiments but fails. As a result, Moeka becomes “Lab member 005”.
Episode 7: “Divergence Singularity”
Daru having updated the Phone Microwave, Okabe decides to carry out an experiment that aims to change History. This experiment consists in sending the winning numbers of the lottery in the past. With the D-mail sent, Okabe then experienced the same sensation he felt after the satellite crashed. Upon discovering that no one but himself knew the experiment had taken place, he then deduces that the D-mail had indeed changed the past: Ruka had bought a lottery ticket, on Okabe’s orders.
After a brief encounter with Suzuha, Okabe deduces that a universe line change took place when the D-mail was sent. However, Okabe is the only one who remembers the experience. However, this one took place in a different timeline. The scientist then contacts John Titor, who tells him that he has an extraordinary power, which would allow him to lead the world beyond the barrier of the 1% divergence and therefore, to prevent a dystopian future from occurring. produce.
Episode 8: “Chaos Theory Homeostasis I”
As Rintarō decides to continue with his experiments, Moeka is able to send a D-Mail. By sending the D-Mail, Rintarō moves to a new timeline where Moeka never arrived at the lab. The next day, Ruka goes to the lab and asks to send a D-Mail to the past so that she could be born as a girl. She then sends a D-mail to Ruka’s mother before he was born, letting her know of an urban legend about being able to affect the gender of her baby by eating certain foods. Rintarō moves to a new timeline, though he doesn’t notice anything particularly different.
Episode 9: “Chaos Theory Homeostasis II”
The waitress Rumiho Akiha aka Feyris Nyan Nyan finds out about the mobile microwave when Rintarō argues with Hashida at the restaurant and becomes very interested in it. Later, Rintarō discovers that the IBN-5100 has disappeared as if it had never been found, most likely as a result of Moeka’s D-Mail. After learning that the IBN-5100 had earlier been taken from Ruka’s shrine, Rintarō finds Moeka in the city, but she doesn’t know where the IBN-5100 is either.
She also learns that Ruka’s D-Mail has caused Mayuri to meet Moeka in this timeline. Rintarō, Hashida, and Mayuri go to see Rumiho, whose family owns Akihabara and had initially donated the IBN-5100 to the shrine. She offers them a replacement in exchange for her being allowed to send a D-mail ten years ago. As the story is changed again, the IBN-5100 was not donated to the shrine and more worryingly, Akihabara’s face has completely changed.
Episode 10: “Chaos Theory Homeostasis III”
Rintarō realizes that the D-Mail sent by Rumiho prevented moe culture from being introduced to Akihabara. Rintarō wonders why the relationships between his friends haven’t been affected, he realizes that Ruka’s gender had actually been changed. Afterward, Rintarō talks to Suzuha, who reveals that she came to Tokyo to try to find her father, mentioning that she will leave if she is not able to find him the next day.
Rintarō contemplates holding a party for her, offering her the chance to send a D-mail if he doesn’t make it, then receives a text, letting him know someone is watching him. Mayuri mentions how Rintarō fell ill when he was younger, he believes this is the moment when he gained “Steiner’s reading”: his ability to travel between timelines with his memories of him intact.
That night, after some mishaps preparing for the party, Suzuha does not show up and simply sends Rintarō a goodbye text. He decides to send himself a D-Mail telling himself to follow her, changing the story so Suzuha ended up attending the party and staying in Tokyo. In this new timeline, the satellite that had crashed into a building in Akihabara has mysteriously disappeared.
Episode 11: “Dogma in Event Horizon”
Rintarō discovers that a 42″ TV in the electronics store below the lab is the key to the time slot in which D-mails can be sent. Kurisu then theorizes that it might be possible to send memories in the time of the lab the same way as with D-Mails, effectively allowing people to “jump” into the past. Rintarō goes into town with Mayuri to look for some parts Kurisu needs, talking to Moeka along the way.
Suzuha tells Rintarō that Kurisu works for SERN, although Kurisu denies it when asked, Kurisu tells Rintarō about her problems with her father, who came to hate her when she surpassed him in scientific prowess, Rintarō offers to help reunite them and Kurisu decide to have a sleepover at the lab, Rintarō receives another ominous text message warning him that he knows too much, then learns that the lab is connected to the SERN network without any members. lab crews knew this.
Episode 12: “Dogma in Ergosphere”
With the ability to use the LHC, Kurisu completes her “time jump machine”. However, Rintarō, being tortured by the texts he has received, is against doing the experiment, suggesting that they instead announce it to the public. The lab members decide to throw a party, Kurisu comes into conflict with Suzuha, who claims that she is destined to become a SERN spy, but Mayuri manages to calm them down.
There is a bomb threat being seen on TV, Suzuha, after hearing about the lab’s connection to SERN, suspects something is terribly wrong and leaves. At that moment, the laboratory is attacked by a group of armed men, led by Moeka who reveals to be part of SERN. He demands Rintarō, Kurisu and Hashida take the time machine and go with her, she decides that Mayuri is not needed and kills her.
Episode 13: “Metaphysics Necrosis”
As he has just seen Mayuri being killed in front of his eyes, helpless Kurisu tells him to go back in time to save her. The helmet works and Okabe tries to save Mayuri to no avail. So he starts again and returns to the past, but no matter how many times he goes back in time the outcome always remains unchanged plunging Okabe into a deep annihilation.
Episode 14: “Physically Necrosis”
This series of failures to save Mayuri drives Okabe to despair. Kurisu, noticing his sadness, tries to comfort him and this one, at the bottom of the abyss, reveals to him the entirety of the events. Kurisu then tries to help him by giving him advice to get his counterpart from the past to be cooperative with him, despite the implausibility of the situation.
Attempting yet another time jump, Okabe meets Suzuha, who explains to him that it is impossible for him to save Mayuri in this universe line. He must reach a universe line where the 1% divergence barrier is exceeded, which is called the beta universe line. Suzuha then takes them both to the mysterious crash site of the satellite, which turns out to be a time machine and thus teaches them his true identity: Suzuha is the person who calls himself John Titor on the Internet and comes from the year 2036.
Episode 15: “Missing Link Necrosis”
Suzuha explains how SERN was able to build a time machine and used it to take over the world in the year 2036. She explains that she originally intended to travel to 1975 to acquire an IBN-5100, but discovers that her time machine it has broken down, and the three of them are forced to get out of there when security guards arrive. With the time machine in need of repair, Rintarō jumps two days before the time jump machine’s completion in order for Hashida to help repair Suzuha’s machine, while Mayuri suggests that he will also help find Suzuha’s father.
Suzuha gives Rintarō the Divergence Meter from her, telling him how he founded the rebellion in the future. After spending the day looking for Suzuha’s father, Suzuha thanks Rintarō, then receives a call regarding where her father is: an American artist tells her that someone has ordered a badge like Suzuha’s to be made. keeps as a memory of his father.
Episode 16: “Sacrificial Necrosis”
The American says it’s a secret and he can’t tell who ordered the badge. After failing to identify Suzuha’s client and possible father, Rintaro decides to jump back in time in order to meet the client in question, who turns out to be Itaru who wants to make a fake badge to cheer Suzuha up. Before Suzuha leaves for 1975, Mayuri finds out that Suzuha’s father is Daru, they hug, and then go back in time.
A few hours later the landlord gives them a letter from Suzuha where she writes that she has failed, that the time travel was imperfect and she lost her memories. There he mentions that the day the machine broke down is the day of the storm, the same day that Rintaro had prevented him from leaving, and asks him to please go back in time to allow him to leave before the machine is damaged. Rintaro sends himself a D-mail for this purpose.
Everyone (except for Rintaro) loses their memories of Suzuha but in this version of the world, Suzuha didn’t kill herself as Mr. Brown told them before sending the D-mail. This time she died of illness. Rintaro runs to the lab worried about Mayuri as he believes that he will die again. But Mayuri does not die and that makes Rintaro wonder if the world has changed even though the divergence is still not 1%. However, the numbers on the meter did change.
Episode 17: “Made in Complex”
When Rintaro thinks he has found the world where Mayuri does not die armed men enter and kill Mayuri, which means that Mayuri’s death has only been delayed by one day. Hopeless on the roof of the building she asks Kurisu for help, she proposes a theory to make Mayuri survive. Rintaro sets out to cancel all the D-Mails that have been sent. The first one he will cancel is Ferys’. Both end up finding themselves in a dangerous situation fleeing from some thugs who want to capture her so that she doesn’t win any more games (the same one in which she beat Rintaro chapters ago).
Then Rintaro takes her to the place where her “old” work was where she remembers everything that happened then she tells Rintaro what her D-Mail was: her goal was to prevent the death of her father in a plane crash. She agrees to undo the message and then the timelines change again. Akihabara recovers the culture and its original facade.
Episode 18: “Fractal Androgynous”
Okabe asks Ruka for her mother’s pager number explaining that before she was a boy. Ruka agrees on the condition that he go out with her. He accepts and the next day goes out with her in a tuxedo, but the two of them have trouble talking to each other. Towards the end of the date, she reminds him of their first meeting when he said he didn’t care if she was a boy or a girl. Once back at the lab, Mayuri who had seen Ruka on a date with someone told the lab member who replied that it was Okabe.
She denies it, claiming that Okabe never takes off his blouse, while his comrades go to protest Okabe supports Mayuri and says the date is not over. He returns to see Ruka, in a blouse, and she asks him to remember the time when she was a girl, to which he replies that regardless of her sex, she will always remain his “student”. Okabe cancels the D-mail.
Episode 19: “Endless Apoptosis”
As Kurisu offers Mayuri to accompany him to the convention, Okabe rushes to Moeka’s apartment, where he discovers with horror that she has just committed suicide. He then realizes a time jump, in order to prevent his suicide. He discovers her in her apartment, confused, and lost because she is no longer contacted by FB, the person who ordered him to find IBN 5100. After many failures to send D-mail with Moeka’s phone, Okabe is left with only one solution: to send a D-mail with FB’s phone. Moeka, feeling betrayed by FB, then reveals to him the hiding place of the famous computer.
Episode 20: “Finalize Apoptosis”
Although Okabe knows where the IBN 5100 is, Kurisu offers to find FB, following the path of the computer. Accompanied by Moeka, they see the object pass between many people including Mr. Braun, before ending up on a plane heading for the SERN laboratories. Our three protagonists then find themselves face to face with Mr. Braun, who reveals to them to be FB, a task he was forced to perform in order to save his daughter, following which he commits suicide, taking Moeka with him to death.
Okabe then changes the universe line again, thanks to Mr. Braun’s laptop, a line in which Moeka and Mr. Braun are both alive and in which he manages to recover the IBN 5100. Nevertheless, by canceling all his actions, he realizes that he has therefore returned to the universe line from the start of the season: the line where Kurisu dies in front of his eyes.
Episode 21: “Paradox Meltdown”
With Okabe not wanting to see Kurisu disappear in any way, he decides to cancel the SERN hack. Suddenly, a car rushes in, in order to kill Mayuri, but Okabe decides to change fate by sacrificing himself, in order to save her, in a fit of desperation. Unfortunately, Mayuri’s death is unchangeable and she saves her friend at the cost of her life. After a time jump, Okabe surprises Mayuri at her grandmother’s grave, to whom she confesses that she has strange dreams in which she sees herself dying on repeat and she confides to him that Okabe seems to be in unbearable pain.
Episode 22: “Being Meltdown”
Kurisu reveals to Okabe that he often dreams of his own death and of Okabe’s many attempts to save Mayuri. She confides in him that she prefers to sacrifice herself in order to save Mayuri’s life. This has the effect of a bomb in the heart of Okabe who rushes to perform a time jump, prevented at the last moment by his assistant. Kurisu warns him that seeing Mayuri die again and again is slowly killing him. Okabe, touched by Kurisu’s attention to him, declares his love for him.
The two protagonists then exchange a loving kiss. The next day, Kurisu prepares to return to the United States while Okabe and the others erase their data on the SERN network, which has the effect of changing the universe line. After getting rid of the Phone Microwave, Okabe receives a call from Suzuha asking for his help in preventing World War III from happening.
Episode 23β: “Divide by Zero” (OVA)
Okabe fails to save Kurisu, so he remembers all his futile attempts to save Mayuri and gives up. He also abandons all scientific experiments, no longer returns to the lab, and gets rid of his lab coat for dark but neat clothes. He continues his studies when Mayuri remarks to him that she is happy to finally see him happy. She asks him to come back to the lab because it is empty and silent. [Credits] At the end of the credits Kurisu’s face (which appears purple) colors up and appears on TV. Okabe notices her and is overcome with a strong feeling, probably mixing fear, remorse and sadness.
Steins;Gate 0 (2018)
In this universe line, Rintaro Okabe was unable to save Kurisu Makise who ended up dying. In desperation, he stops behaving and calling himself “Hououin Kyoma” and continues to be tormented by flashbacks of Kurisu’s death. The lab members are worried about him, and under Mayuri’s advice, Rintaro begins treatment at a health clinic.
His life was once again turned upside down when, while helping out at a college seminar, he met Kurisu’s professor and research supervisor, Alexis Leskinen, and his assistant, Maho Hiyajo. Kurisu had worked in his own lab at Viktor Chondria University, studying artificial intelligence. He learns from them of the existence of the “Amadeus” system, which can store the memory of a human being and create his own emulation.
Thus, Rintaro’s life changes completely when Leskinen asks him to become a guinea pig in the interaction with Amadeus, allowing him to make contact with the Kurisu memories collected in the system. As a tester, Rintaro continues to talk with “Kurisu” using an app on his cellphone. With the succession of conversations, as happened with the real Kurisu, their relationship begins to strengthen.
Episode 23: “Open the Steins Gate”
Suzuha explains her mission: she must prevent the death of Kurisu and thus enter the line of the universe named Steins Gate, in which the 3rd world war does not exist. She and Okabe then perform a time jump, just before Kurisu’s death. He then hides in the room where the murder is going to take place. Kurisu meets his father there, who wants to steal his theory on time travel.
Unfortunately, Okabe fails in his mission and kills his assistant with his hands. Suzuha and he then return to his time, where the latter tells him that it was part of the plan: she then shows him a video of a future version of himself who explains to him that he can only succeed in his mission by making her past version believe that Kurisu is indeed dead.
Episode 24: “Achievement Point”
Rintaro and Suzuha decide to return to the day of Kurisu’s assassination, having retrieved the Light Sword from the lab, in order to use its red liquid as a substitute for Kurisu’s blood. Rintaro retrieves the metallic Oopa intended for Mayuri, as this toy, which she had lost the first time, is supposed to prevent the item from burning in the fire of the plane that Nakabachi will take to Russia, which will trigger the sequel of events leading to dystopia.
When saving Kurisu, Rintaro discovers that the gadget’s liquid has dried up, and so decides to provoke Nakabachi into stabbing him. The latter, frightened, flees with his daughter’s article. After knocking Kurisu out with a taser, Rintaro uses his own blood to replicate the scene he had seen before, thus tricking his past double and sending him on his journey through time. As Rintaro returns to the present, Suzuha thanks him before vanishing, seeing as she does not yet exist in the Steins Gate timeline.
After recovering from his injuries, Rintaro has badges made for each lab member he had recruited from the other timelines, while saving one for Suzuha who will be born in 7 years. While walking the streets of Akihabara, Rintaro bumps into Kurisu, and seems to have memories from the other timelines as well.
Episode 25: “Egoistic Poriomania” (OVA)
Okabe is alone on a road in the middle of the desert. He talks on the phone and announces that it all started two weeks ago. Two weeks earlier: Mayuri, Ruka, Okabe, and Daru travel to LA to join Kurisu and Faris. Despite some trouble between Okabe and the police, they (all except Faris) manage to find and Motel to sleep.
Okabe and Kurisu have a discussion during the night regarding the latter’s dreams in relation to the different universe lines. The next day, while Kurisu and Mayuri are working at Faris’ restaurant to pay for the return plane tickets of our four protagonists, Okabe sees the silhouette and the hair of a woman similar to Suzuha, he leaves to pursue her through Route 66.
At the level of a “Drive In”, the woman and Okabe discuss, it is about Yuki Amane the future wife of Daru and mother of Suzuha. Meanwhile, Kurisu goes looking for Okabe thinking he left because of him. Okabe walks home alone along Route 66, out of breath, with no phone battery. Exhausted, he falls and says he regrets not having told everything to Kurisu, who appears at this moment. His car has run out of gas and his phone has run out of battery too. Okabe confesses his feelings to Kurisu in a very romantic scene.
Steins;Gate: The Movie − Load Region of Déjà Vu (2013)
The film takes place one year after the events of the anime. After going through an arduous path through multiple timelines due to the invention of “D-Mails”, that is, text messages that can be sent to the past, Rintaro Okabe has landed, according to information from the “Steins Gate”, in a timeline where none of his friends would have to die and where there is no future ruled by SERN due to the invention of the time machine not occurring.
However, Okabe soon begins to feel the side effects of constantly traveling through multiple timelines, which soon adds up and causes Okabe to suddenly vanish from existence, with only Kurisu Makise, the girl he had saved thanks to his efforts, remembering him through a déjà vu. Now it’s Kurisu’s turn to find a way to get Okabe back to the timeline.