Based on a visual novel which can be purchased on Steeam, Steins;Gate is a show about a bunch of really nerdy guys in the crappy part of town and their autistic leader, but most of all about how they accidentally invented a time machine and need to save the world.
This show was absolutely interesting. The best part was not making any sense of it until it finally dawned on me how I misunderstood everything. In many ways, it reminds me of the show Fringe, with its mad science angle. However, Steins;Gate holds back on the Frankenstein abominations and oddities in favor of social drama and oddity.
Not only is this series funny and interesting, it actually explores time travel in an interesting way, but one of the best parts is the fact that this series delves into the mystery of John Titor.
While the Titor story is most definitely a hoax, it is still fun as heck. It becomes a major plot point in the plot.
Sadly, to fully address most of the plot is to spoil it, so let me describe it as simply as possible:
No, it makes perfect sense, just not to you. Yes, it is incomprehensible. Yes, that can be argued to be a problem. However, the series is great, but it is not without flaws.
Okay, so here are some problems you might have with the series:
They live around Akihabara, which is a small city that is part of the Tokyo area, and has tons of weeb hotspots. As such, there is talk of cosplay, and recurring catgirl-themed maid cafe visits, and one such maid is an important character in the story, because they live in nerd town.
Sexy Redhead Science lady:
Oh, that is actually a good thing...
So many of the background characters feel like less than just background images. They might as well be a landscape photo at times. While it is not outright awful, it makes the areas feel dead and empty even with people.
The plot of this series is less comprehensible than Final Fantasy 7. Heck, it is less comprehensible than Xenosaga for the PS2. Even so, it actually makes sense, but you have to get it, and they do not explain well. The jargon and conversations are so dense I could cut diamonds with them.
I undersold the MC. He is a self-proclaimed mad scientist, he is truly autistic, and uses the mantle of an anime villain to get through his personal anxieties despite being a hero. Imagine if an evil doctor had the personality of Kamina from Gurren Lagann; that is the act he does, and it is beautifully dumb.
It deserves a watch. It is quite difficult to watch, but it is considered a cult classic for a reason. The payoff as the story progresses is huge. It has one of the best ending lines I have seen in anime in a long time.