In episode 23 of the original series, Okabe receives a D-mail from 2025 which triggers him try again to save Kurisu and enter Steins Gate.

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In episode of 23 of Steins;Gate 0 we see the same scene:

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There's a clear discrepancy here. The year in the date.

The text "受信日時" translates to "Reception date and time".


  • When receiving D-mails, which date is supposed to be used? The sending world line's date? Or the receiving world line's date? Normally, this doesn't matter since the send and receive dates will be almost the same for electronic communication.
  • Is this discrepancy intentional? Or is it a goof? If it is intentional, is there yet another world line change hidden underneath that we don't know yet? (The ending of Steins;Gate 0 left plenty of room for a 3rd season.)
  • Looking at the end of episode 8 in Steins;Gate 0, the received date on Kurisu's phone is also the receiving date and not the sending date. – Mysticial Sep 27 '18 at 2:46
  • Probably the first is a mistake, because the kanji is definitely for receive rather than send, and it'd be a bizarre coincidence to send it at the exact time and date it was received, only 15 years later (as we know for a fact this d mail was received on August 21, 2010.) I also tried to find info on the SMS format, but didn't find anything useful, as to whether it contains a timestamp for sent time. Still, I find it quite unlikely the format supports this when it is designed to be as small as possible, and normally that data is not necessary. – Kai Sep 27 '18 at 19:16
  • you could also say that there are two different world lines. Minor difference like date/time of the d-mail cannot change the world line too much. – LiefLayer May 6 at 14:26

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