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“Science Visual Novel” Anonymous;Code – Basic Overview and Character Intros

The next released title to come from Chiyomaru and MAGES. will likely be Anonymous;Code, so I’ve decided to make a post on the title.
I’ll go over the premise, some of the characters, and what makes it separate from the instalments of the Science Adventure Series.

“Science Visual Novel” (SVN) vs “Science Adventure” (SciADV)
The mainline Science Adventure series is currently composed of the following titles:

  • Chaos;Head Noah (+ Love Chu Chu)
  • Steins;Gate (+ Zero)
  • Robotics;Notes Elite
  • Chaos;Child

The SciADV series consists of intertwining stories that share overarching themes, applications of science, and characters. They also have one shared antagonistic force; The Committee of 300. The stories are gradually building up to an inevitable joint conflict with this shadowy force that hovers over the individual titles.

Anonymous;Code, while set in the same world as the other games, is NOT a part of the Science Adventure Series, it’s a separate classification that Chiyomaru has labelled as “Science Visual Novel”, or SVN. There will be other SVN titles in the future, including Occultic;Nine. This gives Chiyomaru and the other people behind the series a chance to use the setting and expand on the world they’ve created whilst not convoluting the mainline SciADV conflict with the Committee of 300.

In short, SVN  titles will use the same world setting and have references to each other and prior titles, but will not tie in nearly as heavily with SciADV as the individual titles within that subsection do with each other.

Edit: This has now been proven false, Chiyomaru Shikura recently (as of August 2016) confirmed that SVN titles are simply a separate world entirely, and that the Science Adventure Series is a fictional game series within that world. To summarize, the people in the SVN world may have heard of or played Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, or Chaos;Child. But the characters in those games are just as fictional to them as they are to us.

So, now that’s established, let’s get into the specific setting of Anonymous;Code.

Setting:

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On the 6th of February, 2036, an event that would later be known as the Sad Morning occurs.

 

Due to an NTP Rollover, a large-scale computational error occurs in the guidance system of several military satellites (including the SA4D; Strategic Attack For Defense). This results in the satellites launching payloads at various important cities on Earth.
New York, Shanghai, London, Moscow, and Shinjuku are completely devastated. The total death toll from the incident is 120 million, and a further 500,000 are left injured directly in some manner.
Scientists, fearing disaster from an even greater potential computational error in the year 2038, use the supercomputer “Gaia” to run an Earth Simulation. Through use of the Arecibo Message, they manage to insert humans into the simulation as well. Unfortunately the humans within the simulation, fearing a computational error in their year 2038, use their supercomputer “Gaia” to run an Earth Simulation. The original scientists are horrified and begin to question the authenticity of their own existence.
Our story takes place in Nakano City, the year 2037, during a period of great unrest and unease.

Characters
We only have two formal profiles so far, so I will update this post as more are revealed.

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Takaoka Pollon

The protagonist of our story, Takaoka Pollon. He belongs to a biker gang named “Crow”, he formed it with his friend Cross. They are a gang composed of bikers and hackers, they have a lot of shared programming knowledge. Unlike most hackers, he prioritizes emotion over logic and has a short fuse despite his lack of conceit. However, his insight and ability to concentrate during crucial moments are admirable traits.

Pollon also has the ability to “Save & Load” reality, restoring to an earlier point in time if necessary. In addition this this, he can leap up and down “World Layers”, a seemingly infinite chasm of slightly varied versions of the same world.

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Aizaki Momo

A mysterious girl that Pollon meets. Innocent and calm, she always acts friendly and takes others into consideration, but sometimes she behaves bizarrely, showing little to no emotion.

This is all I have on the subject for now, but I will keep this post updated as more character profiles come through. If you have any questions, leave a comment or use my ask.fm page.

As always, thanks for reading.
– Steiner

 

Steins;Gate Episode 23 (β)

Just in case you didn’t see this, I recently translated a special episode of the Steins;Gate anime that was broadcast during the Nico Marathon.

By Zero

A variant of Episode 23, it does NOT lead to the original story’s True End, instead diverging midway and becoming the introduction to Zero’s story.
It’s a must-watch if you plan on following Steins;Gate Zero.

Check here if you’d like to download it.

That’s all for now.

– Steiner

Steins;Gate Zero – Kagari Shiina and Divergence from the Epigraph Trilogy

A recent magazine scan has shown a few new interesting details about the enigmatic Kagari, Mayuri’s adopted daughter from 2036, as well as the story’s relation (and departure) from the plot of its source material, the Epigraph Trilogy.

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I will provide a translation of the scan below.

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New Information on Steins;Gate Zero! An unexpected person makes an unexpected appearance…?!

Zero is the upcoming follow-up to Steins;Gate, a work that has captured the hearts of countless people. The content we’ve received this time is nothing short of astounding. It’s the grown-up version of Shiina Kagari. She was first introduced as a young girl that accompanied Suzuha back to the past. What chain of events led her to becoming a grown-up? Please enjoy our pictures and commentary.

The feelings that pass through time, and shake the world–

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“It’s hopeless… nothing I do will work……”

The story begins with Okabe Rintaro failing to save Makise Kurisu. The painful event lit by the dim evening sun will surely incite heartache.

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“Why? Why are you forcing Okarin to shoulder the future?”

Mayuri argues with Suzuha as the girl soldier looks down at Okabe with an ice-cold stare. She knows what Okabe went through to save Kurisu better than anyone else.

-Will there be salvation in this tale that begins with despair?-

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“Why are you whispering? Are you trying to hide me from your friends?”

“Amadeus”, the artificial intelligence that uses Kurisu’s memories as the basis.

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The Beta World Line’s Future.

In a world without Kurisu, the “PhoneWave” is never created, and the few events that greatly affect the future are never resolved. It is the world line in which nothing but the cataclysmic Third World War awaits.

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A grown-up Shiina Kagari makes an appearance!?

A grown-up Shiina Kagari. We don’t know what kind of life she led, but it seems like she makes an appearance in the time period when Mayuri and the group operate as LabMems.

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The girl had her young design revealed a long while ago, but here we have her as an adult. This CG might be surprising to those that have read the novels.

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Kagari wearing a Shrine Maiden’s outfit. It seems that she has a lot of interactions with the rest of the LabMems.

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The reliable time traveller showing off her martial arts as she protects Kagari from a sudden attacker.

Suzuha high kicks the attacker trying to restrain Kagari!
Is she being targeted by someone…?

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Is this adult Kagari, too?!

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The Time Traveller’s Connection

Shiina Mayuri gave Shiina Kagari, her adopted daughter, to Suzuha, and the two went on to time travel to the past, where they meet Okabe and the others. The connection born between the two survivors of the war-ridden world is one of the key points of the plot.

Original stories that are fresh even to the readers of the novels!
Zero is based on the three side-story novels, Epigraph of the Closed Curve, Pandora of Eternal Return and Altair of the Point at Infinity.

However, it also has its own, completely new scenarios.
The product will have sharp drama for both those who have never read the novels and those who have.
Those who can’t wait for the release and want to avoid spoilers, feel free to read the novels before the end of this fall.
This contributor was greatly amazed by the speedy pacing and the shock value of the original works and always wished to see them adapted into a game, so I expect a lot of things from Steins;Gate Zero.

It also seems like it will also have scenes told from the perspective of other characters.

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“Oh, Okarin. It’s been a while.”

So yeah, to summarize… this is extremely different to the material it’s drawing inspiration from. I’ve read the Epigraph Trilogy and the Kagari featured in that story is nothing like this. So huzzah, I’m just as much in the dark as everyone else now, I don’t know whether to rejoice or panic.

Either way, seems things became more interesting, that’s all for now.

– Steiner

Steins;Gate Zero Update – Story and Mechanics

The Steins;Gate Zero Website has once again updated, now with more on the plot and game mechanics. I’ll translate below:

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Hououin Kyouma Has Been Locked Away

Okabe Rintaro, who had given up on saving Makise Kurisu, was plagued by flashbacks, horrifying dreams, and traumatic memories of his experiences as he traversed the World Lines. With Mayuri’s support, he attends therapy and seeks out professional and medical help. His friends are truly concerned for his well-being, he is now clearly a man in the deepest pit of despair. Sadly, “Hououin Kyouma” has long since been sealed away.

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A meeting with those that knew Kurisu.


Kurisu was researching Artificial Intelligence as a student of the Victor Chondria University.
Her colleagues, Professor Alexis Leskinen and Hiyajo Maho, came to Japan to hold a seminar about it.
By chance, Okabe met with these two teammates and learned about the “Amadeus” system which could preserve human memories.
The primary system installed within Amadeus? Kurisu’s memories.

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“Mr. Okabe Rintaro. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I am Makise Kurisu.”

An Encounter with Kurisu’s “Memories”

Okabe is asked by Professor Leskinen to test the Amadeus System, and talk with Kurisu’s “memories” on a regular basis to further develop its capabilities.
However, this was not the Kurisu that Okabe knew.
Naturally, she had none of the memories that he had forged with her over that summer.

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“Back when we first spoke to each other, you called me ‘Christina’ or something like that, right?”

Discussions with Kurisu. His distance begins to close in.

As a tester, Okabe continues to talk with Kurisu’s memories on his Smartphone.
As he talks to the girl over an extended period of time, old, powerful feelings begin to well up within him. He grows closer to “her”, but this also fills his heart with despair.

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Christmas, New Years, a Lively Lab Life.

To support and cheer up Okabe, the LabMems and their friends keep things bustling and lively, doing events such as a Christmas Party and New Years festivities.
Featured in the the Santa cosplay is Amane Yuki, the woman that will eventually marry Daru and bear Suzuha as their child. Suzuha is also seen in Shrine Maiden attire. The story of these two women will also play a vital role.

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Unidentified Assailants

As the LabMems enjoy themselves, the lab is suddenly attacked by a group of unidentified men wielding firearms.
Okabe is horrified and struck with memories of Mayuri’s many deaths in the Alpha Attractor field.
But who are these men? They can’t be SERN, can they? The PhoneWave (Temp) doesn’t exist in this World Line…

…To Be Continued

Game Mechanics

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A Smartphone will be used for the trigger system in this game, featuring two primary applications; Amadeus and RINE.
These applications will tie into the plot and be used in guiding the route the story takes.

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Talking with Amadeus

Okabe is selected as a tester for the Amadeus System, which allows him to contact “Kurisu” at any time and engage in conversation with her.
“She”, too, can contact him whenever she wants to…

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Messenger Application

A change from the previous game’s text message system, RINE is a software developed by Daru for speedy instant message contact with friends. You will use this to converse with the other cast members over distances in-game.

That’s all for the time being.

– Steiner

Steins;Gate Zero – Update and Character Profiles

The Steins;Gate Zero website has updated once again with a more expansive homepage and full descriptions for the cast members, I’ve translated these beneath.

“This is the story of the future that could not be saved.”

November 2010, Attractor Field Beta.
The story of the World Line in which Okabe Rintaro, after suffering through great hardship and many trials, ultimately gave up on saving “her”.
Griefstricken, he is confined to the deepest pit of despair.
His friends are concerned for him and his worrying behaviour.
But what happened to “she” who was never saved?
Featuring new characters that never appeared in the original Steins;Gate, this is the story of the “Zero”.
The story in which “she” still exists…

Kurisu couldn’t be saved.
Okabe was swallowed by regret and despair.

Okabe returns to his everyday life, constantly feeling the crushing pressure of his own regret for being unable to save Kurisu, crossing many World Lines to save everyone, only to fail miserably at the end.

Then he meets them, those that knew Kurisu.

Okabe attends a University seminar and meets Professor Alexis Leskinen along with his assistant, Hiyajo Maho.

From there, Okabe learns of the “Amadeus” system.

A system that allows the storage of human memories in a computer interface, creating perfect emulation of that person.

A chance meeting with Kurisu’s “Memories”

A meeting with this “Kurisu” within the “Amadeus” changes Okabe’s life completely…

Edit: Forgot to mention the voice actors –
Shiina Kagari: Han Megumi
Alexis Leskinen: Yōji Ueda
Nakase Katsumi: Honda Mariko
Kurushima Kaede: Kino Hina
Judy Reyes: Nishimura Maya

Character Profiles

Zero Okabe

Zero Kurisu

Zero Mayuri

Zero Daru

Zero Suzu

Zero Maho

Zero Kagari

Zero Luka

Zero Faris

Zero Moeka

Zero Yuki

Zero Nae

Zero Fubuki

Zero Kaede

Zero Leskinen

Zero Reyes

July 28th – Kurisu’s Death Day

Today is the day Kurisu died in the Beta Attractor Field. The Steins;Gate Zero Website has been updated with parting messages from her friends and another desktop background.

I’ll translate what it says here;

Makise Kurisu, born July 25th 1992, died at the age of 18.
A student of the American Victor Chondria University, she skipped several grades and graduated at a young age.
She proceeded to become a researcher at the very same university, specializing in the field of Neuroscience. Another notable accomplishment was having a thesis published in the well-known Sciency Magazine at the tender age of 17.

“Try as I might, I don’t believe I’ll ever find another scientist anywhere near as cute, wise, inquisitive, captious, and merciless as you were, Kurisu.”
– Alexis Leskinen

“Kurisu. It would be no stretch of the imagination to say that you had the talent of someone favored by God. You were amazing.
Time and again you took what I held to be common sense and tore it to shreds, and time and again my respect and admiration towards you only increased…
And of course, the last thing I learned from you is that I’ll never be able to become like the person you were.”
– Maho Hiyajo

Bonus, wallpaper again:

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July 25th – Kurisu’s Birthday

It is now Kurisu’s Birthday in Japan. The Steins;Gate Zero website has been updated accordingly with a few messages and a desktop background.

http://steinsgate0.jp/
I’ll translate what it says here;

Makise Kurisu, born July 25th 1992
A student of the American Victor Chondria University, she skipped several grades and graduated at a young age.
She proceeded to become a researcher at the very same university, specializing in the field of Neuroscience. Another notable accomplishment was having a thesis published in the well-known Sciency Magazine at the tender age of 17.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY KURISU!!
Try as I might, I would be hard-pressed to find another scientist anywhere near as cute, wise, inquisitive, captious, and merciless as you.”
– Alexis Leskinen

“Kurisu, Happy Birthday.
It would be no stretch of the imagination to say you have the talent of someone favored by God, you’re amazing.
Of course, I could never say such a thing to your face… that’d be way too embarrassing.”
– Maho Hiyajo

Bonus: Translated version of the Wallpaper.

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