The Steins;Gate franchise has always been linked to the anime “Holy Land” of Akihabara. The original visual novel’s setting, as well as its sequel’s, Steins;Gate 0, is of course in the famous “Electric Town”. And like most anime, the series used real-life locations from Akiba itself, as well as other areas in Tokyo. Crunchyroll‘s Wilhelm Donko recently compiled images comparing anime vs. real life, and for Steins;Gate 0, he used both his own camera and Google Street View
While they still haven’t found the actual place they based the Future Gadgets Lab on, a few of the anime’s notable locations do have real-life counterparts. Café May Queen Nyan-nyan, whose real-life counterpart is Café Mai:lish, which is of course, in Akihabara.Other locations include the Akihabara Crossfield complex, Gamers, and of course, the Radio Kaikan building. Many who have watched the original anime would know the importance of the building to the anime’s plot. They also featured several of the Electric Town’s back alleys, as well as the Mansei Bridge, Shohei Bridge, and other Akiba landmarks.
Of course, the anime also featured other places in Tokyo. These include Wakoshi Station, as well as the Sega Arcade in Ikebukuro, which they renamed Mega Arcade in the anime. And finally, there’s also Nishi-Ikebukuro Park.
So the next time you’re in Akiba, why not try finding some of these locations yourself? It might lead you to your own “Science Adventure,” right?