The movie takes place one year after the events of the anime. Kurusu returns to Japan to visit the members of the lab team as she is attending a conference in Japan. She catches up with the rest of the lab members but Okarin disappears and nobody but her remembers him so she must find out what caused him to disappear and find a way to bring him back.
You will have to watch the anime beforehand to fully understand the story and also the ova that takes place in America as well. The movie does not focus on fighting against SERN since it doesn’t exist in the Steins Gate world line that the movie takes place. Like the tv series it focuses on time travel and its consequences and what one would do to change history.
The movie shows the more human side of Kursuru as she goes through the same kind of dangers as Okarin. The tv show focused mainly on the scientist side of her. Kursuru’s emotional side is highlighted when she realizes how much she really cares for Okarin despite his extreme nature. The movie also focuses a lot on the relationship between Okarin and Kursuru from their rough start to how they ended up becoming friends. The rest of the cast is put on the backburner in focus for Kursuru.
There is more romance in the movie than there was in the tv show where it was only just a single kiss scene. The pacing of the story was slow but it does pick up and the movie is fairly long. The voice team from the visual novel and the show reprise their roles and are excellent as usual. The FUNimation subbing job is really horrific and very inaccurate to the original Japanese. The animation and art are outstanding while the grey and dreary coloring fits the atmosphere perfectly. There was the occasional comedy that the science adventure series is known for but it doesn’t overstay its welcome. The musical score and audio quality were outstanding.
It is a pretty good conclusion to the Steins Gate storyline.
It gets 5 out of 5 stars.
If you enjoy Steins Gate, be sure to watch this movie.