Last Steins;Gate IBM Anime Short Posted with English Subtitles
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IBM Japan's official YouTube channel began streaming an English-subtitled version of "Kaigi" (Meeting), the fourth Steins;Gate Sōmei Eichi no Cognitive Computing collaboration video, on Wednesday. IBM's Mugendai (Infinity) website is also hosting the video in Japanese without English subtitles. This short reveals a major plot turn for the Future Gadget Lab.
Mamoru Miyano and Kana Hanazawa reprise their roles as Future Gadget Lab members Rintarō Okabe and Mayuri "Mayushii" Shiina, respectively, while Ayano Yamamoto (Nae Tennōji) plays the intelligent personal assistant "Oopa." Tomokazu Seki and Asami Imai also returns as Itaru "Daru" Hashida and Kurisu Makise.
The popular game Steins;Gate is partnering with IBM's next-generation computer research initiative "Cognitive Computing" on the series of original anime shorts. "Kaigi," and the other three shorts ("Cooking," "Fashion," and "Navigation") show how computers will improve life in the future.
The original game features a plot-critical "IBN 5100" computer, modeled after the real-life IBM 5100 computer that IBM sold in 1975. The current collaboration came about when Steins;Gate creator and MAGES. President Chiyomaru Shikura talked with IBM Japan's representatives.
WHITE FOX, the studio that produced the Steins;Gate television anime and these new shorts, also animated a short for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to promote the the GPM/DPR satellite project last year.