When the Divine Gate opened, the living world, the heavens, and the underworld became connected, ushering an era of chaos where desires and conflict intersect. To restore order, the World Council is formed. As peace is restored, the Divine Gate becomes an urban legend.
In that world, boys and girls deemed fit by the World Council are gathered. They are ones who aim to reach the gate for their personal objectives. Those who reach the gate can remake the world.
What lies beyond the gate? When they reach the door, will the world change? Will it be the past that changes, or will it be the future?
During this period, the anime industry suffers "Material lacks". Ideas are getting narrower but productions are getting wider. Many companies suffer to bankruptcy, and to anticipate this they must broaden the marketing ground. In order to broaden it, they throw many adaptations to stabilized the situation. Because of it, there is dozens adaptation appear in various sources. One of those sources is game. But the truth is until this period, not many game adaptation live up to its expectation.
Divine Gate, is a smartphone game developed by Acquire. While the animation is in the hand of Studio Pierrot. As the series went, there are some flaws that can be spotted.
As the story goes, they do throw out dozens of information to construct the world building. Unfortunately, it failed. There are too many things unexplained things and the story doesn't start explaining things but keep throwing information dump, hoping the viewer felt a mystery thingy. And if it's too late to explain those things, this can cause a backfire to the plot and can wreck any of the plot elements, make the story felt pointless. All of the elements could be floating in the water without any clear directions. The anime have a hard time to compel dark themes to the story, the truth is the story was failed to bring that feeling. It has terrible exposition and dull storytelling.
Next one is flashbacks. The anime didn't use the flashbacks effectively and producing a slow pacing to the storyline.
Animation quite decent, characters have different colorful designs. While there are some scenes using CG, but the fighting scenes still tolerable. The World seems to be set with advanced technology, with robots, gadgets and other futuristic elements occur.
Background music seems to be mediocre. Seiyuu do their job fairly. There aren't anything that can outshine this anime except the OP theme. It's quite catchy itself.
Divine Gate wanted to be more focused in characterizations than story, they trying to develop the main characters at the early episodes, but it's failed in the execution, the anime more like want to explain how it's their past, not more or less. It tries to blend dark past to the character but failed to relate those past with the story.
After episode 7, I'm totally disappointed by this anime. Divine Gate has a huge number of supporting casts. The bad thing is those characters are not getting any single development. They're purely just a plot device to help the fight more dramatical, which make it more pointless.
Divine Gate is a great example of a pathetic attempt to draws many viewers as quickly as possible. It has been coated into 12 episodes of disaster with forced conclusion in the end. This anime really makes you don't want to watch anime again, so it is obviously not recommended.
So what is Divine Gate? Even Einstein can't answer this.....
Hey guys sup? And I Finally Make an Anime Review!!! And this Time I'm going to Review an Anime that Many Like it and Many Hate it because it was all Edgy and stuff like that. Today I will be reviewing Divine Gate!!!!
Now please Note; this Is 100% My Personal Opinion, not Facts at all!!! also My Score is Base on Enjoyment alright. And more thing I don't Guaranteed you if there would some Spoilers or not, read it on your own risk alright guys.
Now let's get Started Shall we?
The Concept sounds interesting tho, I gonna be honest I do like The Power of Each Elements that all the Characters had tbh. I do also like the Fights in this Anime as tho. For an Anime Base on an Mobile Game Is a Really good Adaptation in my opinion tho.
All The Characters are so Badass tbh!!! Like I said Earlier, They have the Power of one of the Elements tbh, and Each Character are pretty much OP in my opinion tho.
Aoto, One Of The Main Character on this Show, Aoto is Really Awesome and Badass tbh. He always says that he killed his Parents because he was being absurd by them. And now he's a Lone Wolf who doesn't trust any one.
Akane, The Second Main Character in this Anime!! He wants to find his Dad that's supposedly Dead, but he's Alive in the Divine Gate. And Akane wants to Find him to ask his Dad why did he abandon him and Akane's Mom. Akane is Very Badass tho. Annoying at first but you get used to it Tbh Tho.
Midori, The Female Protagonist, Midori wants to find her Best Friend that's also in The Divine Gate. And tbh She's pretty Cute and Badass at the same time tho.
Hikari, She doesn't really Appear too much, but she does Fight some times and She's pretty much Badass as well, I mean She have a Freaking Lightning Sword For Christ's sake!!!
Yukari, she doesn't really Appear too much Neither tbh, she's good at Fighting I tell you that.
Ginji, Authur's Childhood Friend, he's Usefull, Badass and Awesome as well tho. Oh and Speaking of Authur...
Authur, Man this Is my Favorite Character in this series tbh with you guys!!! Badass, OP, have a Huge Lightning Sword, and He's just so cool and Epic just like Tatsuya and Kirito tbh.
Loki, I thought he was going to be like Hisoka from HxH because he kinda looks like him and Have Similar Voices tho. But no at all, even know he looks like Hisoka from HxH he kinda acts more like Gilgamesh From The Fate Series. He just want to Conquer all over the world by Killing everyone who gets of his way. Not the Best Vilian out there but not the Worst tho.
There's way more characters but Since I don't got the Time to talk about All the Characters and Most of them are basically Spoilers let's move on to the Animation Shall we?
The Animation Is Animated by Studio Pierrot, So I Trust them with it Come to making Shounen Anime, Animation is Amazing tho, not As Colourful as Phantom World but at least looks Great tbh. The Fights so Epic and it kinda would remind you to Hitman Reborn if you guys watch That Anime.
The OST is Epic Tbh Tho, the OST is Amazing and This Opening is Amazing in my opinion tbh. I do recommend this Anime if you're looking for Good OST tho.
Is not the Best Anime out there nor The Best of this Season but Is one of the Badasses Anime out there tbh tho, I do recommend it if You like Action Shounen Anime and If you like OP Characters tbh. If you like Hitman Reborn then Expect Similar Fights as well. But without Spoiling a Thing The Anime is Incomplete!!! so I hope Pierrot does a 2nd Season of this Epic Anime tbh tho.
Every season, you’ll have at least one anime that is terrible and has a good amount of people watching it. This season, it’s Divine Gate. There are anime that no words can describe them. Divine Gate fall into that category, not because it’s good, but because it’s halfheartedly made that I can’t explain how lazy it is. Its narrative is uninteresting, the characters are outrageously poorly-written, and the plot is all over the place. When the best thing about your anime is the OP, you know there’s something wrong with that anime. It’s better off as smartphone game, because the anime is nothing short of pretentious.
The premise about some large organization or something that wants to find something called the “Divine Gate”, which is apparently a myth. They need to find the gate for the sake of finding the gate… nothing more. A bunch of teenagers were chosen to find the gate, because it’s definitely a smart idea to send kids to find something hard, instead of adults. The premise isn’t anything special, however they could have gone somewhere from here, but unfortunately no. The execution is extremely poor. The plot twists, if you can even call them one, are pathetically written. I couldn’t care less about what was going on in this anime. Every time I watched an episode, it felt like I missed an episode since it feels all over the place. And there’s so many things that were left unresolved that it’s ridiculous. It better not get a second season, because I rather have a terrible anime with loose ends, rather than a terrible anime with twice the content. And the funniest thing is that Divine Gate is filled with info dumps, yet, so many things weren’t even properly explained. What the hell is the Divine Gate? Why did edgy MC-kun see it when he was little? Who the hell is that kid that follows MC-kun? Why do most characters wear clothes that match their hair? Was it some kind of trauma they got? Did they forget about MC’s brother at the end?
I normally don’t want to call an anime pretentious because I don’t know what the studio were keeping in mind when making an anime, but I have a strong feeling that Divine Gate is definitely pretentious. The anime tries so, so, SO hard in making it looks edgy and dark. It only took 5 minutes for me to realize that this is pretentious. That’s even longer than the time it took for me to realize Bubuki Buranki’s completely CGI. When an anime makes you laugh harder than KonoSuba when characters are dying, you know that there’s something wrong. That’s the only enjoyment I got from this anime – comedy. The flashbacks for characters are so poor. They just feel tragic for the sake of being tragic. The direction was so bad that had to search up whether or not Divine Gate was given a director. And even if it had a director, he either must be a goat or a newbie director. The director is actually someone who was called GOAT by some people for directing Bleach, Great Teacher Onizuka, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Kuroshitsuji’s better seasons. Abe-san, where did you go wrong?
If you think that characters can be a redeeming point after all that, you’re wrong. The characters are so cliché, poor-written, and outrageously plot-device-y that you can’t help but cringe. The main character, Aoto, Is literally one of the most pretentious characters out there. He’s given such a tragic backstory just to make him a tragic character. When they showed his flashback, how he was treated like a dog by his parents while his brother was treated like a god, I laughed hard enough to almost suffocate myself. I wondered to myself am I just a sick, sadistic person, or is this anime so bad it’s funny? I guess it’s the latter. He’s so edgy that it feels like this anime is lighthearted. And his behavior is so damn inconsistent. For most of the part, he acts all gloomy and depressed, however, at times, he seems like his enjoying thing and he never went through that tragic past. What’s going on with that character? Then you have Akane, some dude with daddy issues for 80% of the anime, until suddenly in 1 minute, his personality changes to a daddy’s boy. Talk about sudden. And then you have Midori, some chick whose tragic past happens to do something with her best friend. Then you have other characters that you’ll never remember their names because it’s easier to call them by their hair color rather than searching them up online. There’s a moment in the anime where they introduce a large cast of characters and killed them off the next second. Am I supposed to be emotionally attached to these characters? I’m sure the main characters in this anime are attached so should I be too? When the anime ends and shows off their huge cast of characters’ normal lives, I wonder to myself… who the hell are these people? They’re that forgettable.
I don’t want to say the art is bad because Studio Pierrot is behind this anime, because they can do good stuff when they care. However, this anime’s art just felt lazy, and the studio tries to cover it up. The art style is really different, but that doesn’t make it better. It certainly makes the anime look more dark and edgy, and also pretentious at the same time. The shading and shadows are downright terrible. The shading should make the colors slowly get darker, not one color and then suddenly black. Look at the characters’ hair for example; it feels like shading it bitmapped onto their hair. The anime will have lighting directly pointed at shadows, but the shadows still remain. Do they even physics? And the backgrounds are pretty lame too. A lot of the time, they use a solid color with so shading. That’s it. Come on, even I can do better with MS Paint.
The animations aren’t too bad in Divine Gate. It’s not very good either. The action animations don’t impress at all. A lot of the fights are CGI heavy and they’re distracting since they’re not that well done. It can look really messy at times. And when they’re not using CGI during action scenes or fights, it just looks very unorganized and cruddy. The flow between frames are pretty bad. However, the normal scenes in Divine Gate don’t looks too bad. It’s not mind blowing, but it works. It’s sad that above average animation is one of the highlights of Divine Gate. However, this might just be one of Studio Pierrot’s laziest work… and that’s saying a whole lot about Divine Gate.
The voice acting in Divine Gate isn’t bad nor good, just average. Saito Soma does Aoto averagely. He’s able to make his character sound as edgy and pretentious as the script wants him to be. For most of the time, he sounded uninterested in his role and I don’t blame him. Kakihara Tetsuya does Akane, who does a better job than most of the other seiyuu in Divine Gate. He shouldn’t spent his talent on something else though. Then there’s Itou Kanae who does Midori, and she also does alright, but she did make her character feel irritating at times, but that might just be the scripts fault. Some really talented seiyuu, such as Ishida Akira and Nakamura Yuuichi, are in minor roles, which is disappointing because they can make the anime more enjoyable. Most of these seiyuu feel disinterested when voice acting probably because they also can’t feel for these character. However, the voice acting isn’t bad because at least it didn’t make my ears bleed, but the dialogues sure did (and that’s the presentation that’s lacking).
Voice Acting: 5/10
Finally, the best part about Divine Gate – the OP. The OP, “one-Me two-Hearts”, isn’t just the best thing about this anime, but one of the best things about this season. The OP is a personal favorite of mine as it really makes my mood. However the rest of the episode doesn’t. Just listen to the OP, then drop this anime as if it’s hotter than the sun. The ED, “CONTRAST”, is alright. It’s nothing to special, but it doesn’t hurt when you listen to it. However, Divine Gate can never be good in a category as there’s one major flaw in its music, which is its background music. The background music is very lackluster and they don’t help to make scenes better, but only worse. When something emotional is happening, but instead you’re laughing, the music only adds to the comedy with its overdramatic music. Even the music is pretentious.
If you’re wondering whether or not I enjoyed Divine Gate, how can you possibly think that after I barely said anything good about this anime. For half of the time, this anime feels so boring and makes you lose your purpose in life. For the other half of the time, makes you laugh, even though the anime doesn’t want you to. Divine Gate sets the standard high for overly pretentious and unnecessarily edgy anime. Every Friday I was excited to see the new Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu and Ajin episode, but Divine Gate always made my day bad. It’s not like this was destined to be bad. The premise can go somewhere, but the execution is just so, so poor that I couldn’t care less about the plot or characters.
In the end, Divine Gate is definitely not worth your time at all. Save yourself the pain and trouble by skipping this one from this season. The narrative is terrible as I didn’t even know what was going on for most of the time. The characters are tragic for the sake of being tragic and their behaviors are so inconsistent. The art style is just a way for the studio to hid their lazy work. This anime is one of the most pretentious (I used this work ten times so far for a reason) piece of entertainment. Search up the OP, listen to it, and never turn back. That’s the only thing you need from this anime.
+ The OP is really good and catchy
- Overly pretentious content that tries to be a tragedy but ends up being a comedy
- Characters are poorly written, inconsistent in their actions, and lack emotional impact.
- Narrative is uninteresting, all over the place, and leaves too many plot holes.
- Art style is pathetic and backgrounds and character designs are lazy.
- Overdramatic music just adds to the lameness.
What happens when you bundle up all your favorite anime ideas and tropes and dump them into one anime? While I would say this anime, it is really hard to discern what even happened in this anime to find out, but dissecting it anyways!
Story: All in all, the story is well a mess. Constantly shifting focus from episodes to episode, there really is no clear main character nor main goal in the anime except for the idolized Divine Gate. But a lot of the time, the Divine Gate really just feels like its there and then everyone else is just sobbing about how they want it. There were a lot of cool concepts from technological sci-fi world with robots and elemental drivers that gave you cool weapons but besides that, the story is too confusing and underdeveloped
Art: The art for this anime is gorgeous! While it isn't mystifying or particularly memorable or even matching really a certain mood of the anime, the art is clear and polished, and a lot of the character designs and environments appear dazzling. Honestly, the designs of the main characters are great, but they lacked something about them that just would have made it all clicked. Oh right, their actual personalities.
Character: No character was thoroughly fleshed out. The anime starts off focusing on the woeful life of depressed water boy. Seems ok, but then the anime switches to the two government worker kids, earth girl and fire boy, without much transition and tries to detail us on all the reasons why we should empathize with their sorrow and need of the Divine Gate. Except its all terribly done for such a convincing synopsis idea, there lies little emotion nor compulsion for character actions in both their pasts or the present, so even when we get explanations, they don't make sense or fail to evoke any feelings of compassion.
Furthermore, practically every other character isn't explained at all but the anime tries to make you pity them or understand their warped ideas. The other 3 kids that the anime tries to show off as a contrasting trio? They add NOTHING. They randomly appear, and while they look cool and their contrast is cool, they literally follow the group around, disappear, come back but with opposing mentalities, only to be dragged off the show for an arbitrary reason (like really dumb and random reason). The anime will add a ton of government workers as characters and all of them will have backstories, and unfortunately, none of them are detailed and they all are basically minions until their deaths(?). (so imagine the Angel Beats cast except the useless half is twice as useless). Overall, poor character development.
Sound: You won't notice the sounds of the anime sadly, because there will be an obnoxious omniscient kid narrator constantly reading you ALL THE CHARACTER AND PLOT DEVELOPMENT, leaving nothing to be characterized by characters' actions, emotions, or backstory. Nope, a dude walking down the street? Suddenly, "the man felt regret as he walked down the street, alone as he had always been." Indirect characterization exists for a reason folks. It makes characters more human and creates an empathy link, but when I'm told that someone hates themselves, it's like k. cool.
But the opening song is rather catchy and probably the most promising thing of the show. if you only watched the opening music video then you would probably think this anime is really good.
Etc: So a lot of what I just complained about revolves around the fact that the anime tries to be something it is not. It acts like a vague mystery anime, reaching for some salvation and human futility undermined by the Gods (imagine the obscurity of Mekaku City Actors, the confusion of Steins; Gate, and some cool elemental concept of powers. Mush them together with Gorilla Glue and that's what you get), and this causes a lot of characters to be left out because the anime is indecisive. It wants to tug at your heart strings but it also wants you to try to warp your mind around it. It has a cool plot concept which would earn it a solid 7 if it went the typical shounen route or something, but it reached too far and ended up being incomplete. Lots of potential, but it's just a Jack of all trades and a master of none.
Enjoyment: You'll find yourself liking the first 3 or so episodes. They're not too bad. But then after that you'll start not comprehending things and things become loose and silly. Character behavior becomes inexplicable and trifle. But you really liked the idea of teens with element-charged weapons fighting similar counterpart adults for a all saving deus ex machina goal, so you keep going. But you won't find anything, just like this anime did, and that is why I give it a 6/10. Most people will find this anime, overall, unenjoyable, regardless of tastes. read more