A gate to a medieval fantasy land opens up in Japan, and this can only mean one thing: sword-wielding troops get mowed down by the glorious Japanese military in their attack copters with Wagner playing. And I mean that in-universe; the soldiers are literally playing a CD of Wagner in their copters.
Why, you ask? Because Japan needs more technology and minerals and such because nationalism says so. Oh, and some humanitarian reasons, but those aren't as important.
The plot kicks off when out of nowhere a gate appears and from it come a bunch of orcs and medieval troops that indiscriminately kill civilians, wreck the
place and interrupt the otaku event the protagonist was planning to visit. As so it happens, the protagonist is not only an otaku but also a member of the SDF (Japanese military), and once the initial attack has been dealt with, he joins the force sent through the gate.
This fantasy land is declared a part of Japan, named the Special Region, because why not? (Nice name, by the way; that's what I'd call a fantasy land too if I ever occupied one.) The Japanese constitution forbids (at the moment, anyway) deploying the SDF abroad, but I guess that's one way around it: just annex territory arbitrarily and suddenly it's all Japanese soil. Some fighting ensues, but no worries: their enemies are so outgunned they might as well be throwing rocks at them. Aside from the technology gap, these feudal lords also come from the Zapp Brannigan school of tactics with plans like:
1. Suicidal charge,
2. Suicidal charge, and
3. Suicidal charge under the cover of night (worth a shot, I guess?)
Actually, that was kind of the idea behind the original invasion into Japan: go to an unknown land without any intel or recon and slaughter everything for fun and profit. ...Yeah.
Soon enough our merry band can venture further into this land while talking about their waifus and singing magical girl theme songs, eager to meet the local catgirls. In the process they recruit mages, elves and goth lolis. The writers thought the SDF wasn't overpowered enough, so the goth loli happens to be an invincible demigod priestess who effortlessly crushes everything in her path. The tone of the show is what you might expect, with slaughter and fanservice taking turns. What is a hot bath scene without people's arms flying off afterwards?
There is also a cultural clash going on, which is used for dialogue like:
"I had no idea our world had [insert everyday thing here]."
"Princess, this is another world!"
Repeat it a few times and you have comedy gold.
Some of the cultural misunderstandings actually make sense, such as the different interests of a feudal society and a modern country, the treatment of prisoners or the idea of throwing a half-naked woman at the protagonist to earn his favor. Actually, the last one just might have worked if he hadn't been distracted by all the animal girl maids already. And who can blame him for being distracted? Barely dressed girls keep throwing themselves at him out of coincidence or because he's just that awesome.
If it isn't obvious by now, the operation beyond the Gate is a one-country effort. Sharing resources with others? Don't be ridiculous. The US, Russia and China (the rest of the world doesn't exist) don't deserve their slice of the cake. Especially America. "A sky with no civilian or US planes in it is a dream come true" for Japanese fighters.
Of course, this is all run by the SDF. Civilian personnel? Media presence? Dream on. All we need is the SDF. Who else would defend Japanese interests? The Japanese government is corrupt and easily swayed. The parliament is a bunch of idiots who want to mess with the SDF's business for no reason. How dare they ask questions about civilian casualties under a media blackout? Eventually there is an entire town for the locals, with shops and everything. Would now be a time to bring in civilians? No, that could get in the way of the runaway militarism we have going on. To maintain order, some of the locals are actually given armbands with "Military Police" on them.
The visuals include machine guns, missiles, tanks, artillery, copters and fighters, which is nice. Sadly most of the soundtrack is not Wagner, which is a shame because that would be poetic justice.
By the way, it is never explained how the Gate was built. Did the Empire build it (which I kind of doubt) or just find it? Are there more of them? If you are after fantasy tech, shouldn't this be near the top of your list? Think about it: you could discover a Stargate network and explore even more worlds for even more glorious nationalism! But nope, never mentioned.
Now let's all take a moment and salute the Japanese flag flying in the distance.
Two worlds, different dimensions, one is fantasy and the other one are reality. If these two existences merge with one gate, what will the future hold for both worlds?
Gate: jieitai kanochi nite kaku tatakaeri or also known as Gate start the show with a bit unique performance and leave the viewers speechless while trying to grasp the situation. I'll admit, on the surface this series doesn't sound like it would make a good series. Add more with the main lead Youji Itami who’s already aged 33 years old. One of the most courageous steps I’ve ever seen. Anime industries have laid teenagers as the
main character for a long time. Gate on the other hand; put a matured and adult man as their main lead which is rather impressive. Unfortunately, our hero is kind of biased with the other main characters who have loved anime and manga deeply. However, I must commend this series because the producers have been doing a good job to develop those characters in series well along with communicating on a larger theme about humanity in general.
Gate: jieitai kanochi nite kaku tatakaeri will be one of the most popular anime soon enough and definitely for a good reason. The series start its pace rather slow at first but very effective, and refreshing for the better understanding.
The technical aspects of the show are really good. Though Gate never loses its character focus, the idea of spending a lot of time exploring political, economics, philosophical and a wide variety of subjects about the fantasy world can be very boring but important for us to understand the motivations of certain characters. As well it is necessary to understand the series better. In terms, the series try it’s best to describe the best path for humanity against this fictional world. It has its merits and its flaws, but above all it is not simple. This issue is rather complex to be discussing or used in anime series and yet Gate does a nicely job showing the themes.
Despite what I’ve said, the realistic way the Gate tries to show sometime can be frustrating with lack of the deeper themes. The plot is actually quite smart but also a little complex than it seem. Still, the developments in the series just makes you want to dive deeper and deeper into the series. The interaction between all the characters is well managed as for the feel of the show.
The art and animation of this series is very nice indeed. Gate background has been designed with the best effort, vivid colors and lines to stylize the characters in a way. The art has been nicely drawn with a lit bit of different style to makes more realistic. Either way, both the art and animation is incredible created for the Gate series. The high-end action is carefully placed and definitely top notch. The value of background is clearly be valued by Gate series.
The soundtrack is really cool, with the outstanding Op and Eds, capturing the viewer’s eye within the series. This is really stunning aspects. Not to mention the sound effects, adding with the previous two, this takes the series to a new stage of fantastic and admiration.
In a sense, Gate is one of the best shows I've seen in a while. I’m not particular boasting about this series. Because Gate is an excellent and enraging works that’s doesn’t lose the main theme focus, the characters never lost their main aim and building up a good relationship among each others. While on the other hand, Gate also focusing a number of high class issues and problems that chained this world for a long time. Gate is definitely a brilliant piece of surreal fantasy fiction that works on nearly every level. If you against the idea of political or philosophical exploration just skip those episodes but it will be a great loss and definitely will affecting your view of the series. Honestly, I can't complain about this series at all. On a purely level, this piece of series was impressive.
GATE, a simple 4 letter word that can release so much potential with its premise. The idea behind GATE is that of a series about modernized humans clashing with fantasy (warriors wielding ancient armor, elves, dwarves, dragons, etc). By clashing, it doesn’t entirely mean a total war between the two sides. After a while, both sides begins to establish a diplomatic relationship with one another. Sounds strange right? It also kind of goes in a two-fold. Fantasy enters reality and reality enters fantasy. Both worlds are separated by a gate and at the center of it, there’s a man named Youji Itami.
Gate - Jieitai
Kare no Chi nite Kaku Tatakaeri (Gate - Thus the JSDF Fought There) or simply known as GATE is a television series that adapts the light novel of the same name. It was originally serialized online on a novel website called “Arcadia” but later got published as a book in 2010. The series also has a manga that is based on the story with the same main characters. Speaking of which, Itami is the main male protagonist of the show and it’s easy for us to get familiarized with him. Despite being a soldier, he’s actually quite more like an otaku with his fascination for fantasy. This lands him in a position where he happily investigates the fantasy world beyond the GATE. Little does he know that is more than what he can bite off.
The show itself adapts many elements that blurs between lines of fiction and reality. The fiction part obviously comes with the fantasy creatures like elves, dragons, and even a demi-god. JSDF (Japan Self-Defense Forces) has more of the reality role. Their military is equipped with high level technology and hence were able to fight against the fantasy world in the beginning. There was even an infamous event known as the “Ginza Incident” when monsters appeared in the Ginza, a real world location and made a memorable massacre. Of course, JSDF responded fiercely and showed that humanity is a doorknob to absolutely nobody. By establishing such a premise, it’s no wonder that the show has a lot of potential. Think about it really, when you have a war that is more than just about imperialism, it shows how much it can evolve. Throughout the story of GATE, we see much of that with cultural, political, and military themes.
GATE’s characters are highly diverse not just because of personalities but by races. No, I’m not just talking about nationalities but also non-humans. The main core consists of three girls – Tuka Luna Mareau (a 165 year old elf), Lelei La Rellena (a 15 year old human from the fantasy world), and Rory Mercury (a demi-goddess who is apparently over 900 years old). These characters have different personalities but also creates fascination as they enter the real world. What we witness throughout the story is how they adapt with real world concepts such as modern life technology and politics. Additionally, a plus side about the show is that the human characters are fairly mature. Itami is an older male (as opposed to the high school teenagers you’d commonly see these days) and has a strong interest in otaku. His military experience also gives him an edge when negotiating with certain parties and we see a lot of what he is capable of throughout the story. His relationship with co-workers from the Third Recon unit also gives us a firm idea of his personality – a casual guy who is kind at heart and easily able to make friends with others.
From the fantasy world, there are also other regions that establishes the clever creativity of this how. For instance, there’s the special region that is composed of an empire with a diverse cast of characters. Pina, the princess of that empire, hopes to establish peace with Japan. There are obvious reasons for this but the show also affirms her personality as a proud princess who is caring towards her people. Furthermore, the show has a strong emphasis of its world fiction. Landscapes and towns are built with resourceful elements of fantasy to make the other world look legitimate. Similarly, there’s a creatures that show their menacing presence while establishing dominance in their world.
An interesting idea about the show also comes from the political affairs of the story. In the second half of GATE, we get politics as there’s some strong indication that not everyone is in favor of the “special region” idea. So in essence, the show plays its part with conflicting affairs that argues about political principles. The show also has some sense of nationalism although is vaguely portrayed and restrained to Japan, as other countries are pursuing their own interest. To say the least, GATE knows its principles and invests time to show ideologies from various parties.
On a more military aspect, I think the show is also aware of its modern technological capabilities. The military reveals a strong degree of realism with its arsenal of weapons throughout the show. We have aircraft such as the Kawasaki OH-1, AH-1 Cobra, and other artillery that makes its presence well known. Soldiers (known to some in the fantasy world as “Green Men”) also demonstrate their degree of professionalism and ethnics. While the series isn’t entirely built about military, it certainly has an appeal to this side. I will also say that GATE’s author did a fairly decent job at demonstrating the firepower and capabilities of the JSDF’s military. The battles have cinematic sequences and is well animated on most parts especially during mid-season.
While the show has lighthearted comedy from all sorts of angles, it also should be realized that its intentions isn’t a parody. Sure, the series makes a bit of fun at otaku culture such as Itami’s knowledge or the character designs of the main girls. However, there’s legitimacy with the war. The first episode easily establishes that JSDF is serious about their counterattack. Furthermore, Itami knows the stakes of war as lives are lost. Unfortunately, it doesn’t capture all the violence and more mature content of the original story. Certain contents are omitted from TV that are deemed controversial and violent. Fan service is also shortened although still exists in a few forms such as with Rory’s teasing and the bath scenes. However, the adaptation does expand on certain parts of the story, especially with events from the manga.
Impressively, A-1 Pictures actually manages to capture the art style of the story. Their work can be a bit of hit or miss in terms of fantasy shows but I do give them some praise for adapting GATE. The character designs of characters from both the real world and fantasy world evokes interest. Military technology looks and feels real with their modern looks. Japan also has a good degree of realism with its modern cities and technology. From the fantasy world, the main female characters are distinctive with their design ranging from Rory’s goth dress to Pina’s medieval style battle gear. And like I mentioned before, the world fiction of GATE stands out as a fantastic feature with what is shown. To further enhance the experience, we get epic battles that almost always reveal the potential of certain characters and weapons.
Soundtrack is powerful but not the type of mind-blowing you may expect. The OP and ED theme song has a catchy tone to it with a modest style of storytelling. What makes GATE perhaps more noticeable is the dialogues that are spoken with sharp tones. And by sharp, I mean the type that clearly defines what kind of characters’ personalities are capable of. Rory’s sarcastic and curious voice is perhaps one of the most noticeable while Pina’s voice shows a sense of her patriotism. On most parts, the OST works well enough to match the intense atmosphere of the action and lighthearted moments.
When it comes down to it, GATE is a show that opens a gate with wealth of interests. There’s the certain “it” factor that makes this show stand out with both sides of the world. It blurs between the lines of fiction and reality with what it has to offer. And to be quite honest, GATE does it quite well on most parts with its creativity. This show is definitely not one that matches anyone’s tastes though. Certain audiences such as those interested in political or military affairs may find this more enjoyable than others. For action junkies, GATE can appeal to that side as well although it’s not a main investment of the story. When it comes to characters, there’s a colorful range of them and by the end of the season, there’s likely one or more that you may like to find out more. The first season is set as 12 episodes but many of the ideas and concepts opens up potentially for more.
GATE is a story about the pursuit of peace, a brave tale about setting our differences aside and to work for the common good. That common good is the Japanese military and cute girls, which are the greatest pillars of holiness that humanity has to offer. By pitting modern day Japan against a medieval fantasy-setting, GATE manages to contrast two incredibly different worlds with each other, showing how peace can be achieved by ignoring all complex questions. Just relax, turn off your brain, and worship the power of cute girls.
Let’s compare how religion works in the two worlds. The god(s) that we know are usually
silent, leaving us with highly complex spiritual lives, inner lives that require us to think about our morals and to question our faith at times. In the fantasy world we have a goth-lolita, a demigod who is immortal and blessed with regeneration that won’t allow her to die. Worshipping war and darkness has given her literal super-powers. If our gods took such physical manifestations, how would our society look today? If these demigods came to our world and saw how our religions impact our lives, how would they react? All of these questions are skillfully evaded by the fact that the goth-lolita is very old yet looks like a child, making her excellent fap-material devoid of any deeper meaning.
Let’s also examine how GATE teaches us to deal with culture-shocks, and how to deal with such a multifaceted subject. Our main character is an otaku, which usually carries a bit of a social stigma. Otakus can however also be considered nerds, people who love to immerse themselves in certain subjects, be it science, history, or fiction. No doubt an otaku who loves fantasy would be ideal to send to a fantasy-world. Their genuine interest in the land’s complex history and customs would be valuable for the sake of embracing our differences. The protagonist however quickly finds his true calling, in the form of a big cast of beautiful girls that he must protect. Truly, when it comes to appreciating other cultures and countries, what else is more important than looking at how beautiful the women are?
Never fear, the other side also encounters culture shocks. A female knight visits Japan, and we learn that she wishes to completely embrace Japanese culture. You might wonder what made it possible for a medieval knight to love our world so much, and the answer is yaoi. When she sees some gay porn, she realizes what true art is. In fact, when she has to go to an ordinary library and see classic Greek sculptures and pieces of our history, she comes back exhausted and bored with life. This illustrates that learning about history and different customs is not the true path to understanding, all we ever needed to find true peace was porn. GATE is in many ways ahead of its time, showing how someone from a medieval European-inspired culture can immediately accept yaoi manga. By never even mentioning how homosexuality is looked upon in her world, we also see how insignificant discussions about sexuality is in this show about contrasting worlds.
The most masterful moment of avoiding conflict is when several of the otherworldly cute girls are about to exit Japan. The story reminds the viewer of the memorial dedicated to everyone who died during the first attack when the portal was opened. Naturally, since the ambassadors of the people that slaughtered so many are cute girls, everyone just cheers for them. Why would anyone be upset over the death of their loved ones? Clearly terrorist-organizations of today could have gained fan-clubs if they simply were more attractive.
In all honesty though, GATE is a harmless show with good animation and sound, but it’s also a series that gets more irritating the more one actually thinks back on it. It likes to meander, stopping to pander to the otakus and prolong things with needless misunderstandings, which is most apparent in the last two episodes when there’s a dragon just around the corner, yet nothing is done to get to the point. If one can see past the tired tropes and slow pacing in the latter half, this show can count as mindless entertainment. A second season is coming, and I can only hope it improves.
The show opens with some loser otaku in his twenties named Itami doing his loser otaku things before a mysterious portal opens in the middle of the city, causing a bunch of fantasy soldiers to enter the real world and slaughter everyone in sight because they’re dirty racist foreigners who hate Japanese despite having just met them or something. No really, that’s it. We never get an explanation for why this portal even exists, let alone why these soldiers have a beef with Japan other than “because there’d be no story otherwise”. Also because they wanted to show that nerdy losers can kick ass too,
because it turns out that said loser otaku is actually in the military - and I never got the backlash for this by the way because we have a fujoshi in the military running a fairly popular anime blog right now, so it’s not that much of a stretch.
After that admittedly exciting conflict, the show proceeds to dump a whole lot of boring plot on us by deciding the best response to this act of aggression is for Japan to send their own military into the portal and weed out the foreigners before they come back to weed-whack them. And any sympathy you may feel for the country due to the “innocent slaughtering” in the show’s opening act will quickly dissolve when every character seems to forget about the first act long before the audience does. In fact, Itami forgot about it as soon as it was over. No, I’m not exaggerating here. After all the killing that happened in front of him, he just thought about the anime event he was supposed to attend rather than helping civilians in the aftermath. You literally could have just had the otherworldly portal appear out of nowhere, send the military in for no good reason other than “human curiosity”, and it would have made no difference to the story. For a fictional product centered on soldiers, death is really cheap in Gate.
And by god does it get even cheaper as it goes on, with a good helping of one-sidedness to go along with it. Most of the battles that happen in this anime have very little purpose other than to show how outclassed magic and dragons are compared to machine guns and tanks, and whenever a powerful fantasy creature who can go toe-to-toe with the military does show up, they’re always on the protagonists’ side so there’s no tension to follow our heroes. Itami’s group literally gains three fan-pandering fantasy “anime” girls within the span of a single episode, and one of them is a demi-god who is immortal, far superior in terms of fighting prowess to everyone else to the point that she resembles a cheat code, and joins because the plot says so - along with the fact that it wouldn’t be a light novel adaptation if we didn’t have physically fit females falling in love with clueless male leads. They didn’t even try to explain anything regarding why she finds him or helping the Japanese interesting. It’s just a masturbatory power fantasy that gets in the way of the plausibility and the excitement of the scenario.
And this may just be me, but am I the only one who thinks "Japanese Adam Sandler" whenver Itami is on-screen? I know most light novel anime feel like they were produced by Happy Madison, but Itami in particular really comes off to me like someone who'd be played by Sandler in the live-action Hollywood adaptation. The show just can't seem to decide whether or not they want to portray him as a bumbling loser or a heroic badass, so one minute he's a highly trained advanced special forces guy who's undergone rigorous training and the next minute he's getting pussy-whipped by princesses who always assume the worst. This unlikely scenario is brought to attention by some of the characters, but the show never gives a good reason for it, and he's not even put in situations where his special training would be of any use, so he might as well not have it.
Literally, the only reason he's the focus character is because the show needed a male protagonist to suck dick on since it'd have no idea how to progress anything otherwise. Gate has the usual light novel problem of going from act to act without much of a clear end goal in mind, and thus the only way to proceed is to put our leads in situations where they make things happen without undergoing any personal arcs of their own in the process. A small town is raided by bandits for the sole purpose of having the military show off their superior strength without suffering any losses on their side. Soldiers from other countries are massacred by the demi-god girl just to show how deus ex she is whilst also carrying the usual anti-American themes we've come to expect from most anime that involve government in one way or another. There's this court debate involving the elf girl that I can't be bothered to describe. And assuming you can get past the Japanese nationalism in all those scenarios, most of the credit for everything good always seems to go to Itami and no one else, even though all he did was get important women to fall for his charms.
Are you seriously telling me that no other military unit accomplished anything significant in some other part of this world, let alone did more than this dude? No one else bothered to learn the fantasy peoples' language at all? I mean Japan eventually claims part of the other world as its own territory and instills its own customs on the local residents with no backlash whatsoever unless you count the occasional bandit, and yet only Itami can help out when a woman seeks "the green people" in order to hunt down a dragon? At least put him in scenarios where he actually has to work for his respect if you're going to go that far in rewarding him.
But of course, whilst I could go on and on regarding these issues, the truth of the matter is that Gate's scenario writing is so fatally flawed that you could have made James Bond the main character and it wouldn't have upped the quality to any significant degree. Its "evil" end goals regarding the Japanese military and the obnoxious fan-wanking are just supplementary reasons to hate it compared to how unimportant and phoned-in everything plays out due to a lack of a convincing reason to care for the conflict, along with a lack of a compelling antagonistic force. If anything, they at least add flavor to pay attention to, even if it's for the wrong reasons. I mean what's left if you strip that all away? A really bland product with no clear sense of progression, no clear end goal, no tension, and ridiculous-looking animation that isn't very exciting to the eye.
Even its fucking sequel hook is just to setup a random adventure that has virtually no bearing on the conflict between modern and magic. I guess I can credit it for being honest with the audience that there's nothing to look forward to come next Winter, but why don't you go the extra mile, A-1, and put up a disclaimer whilst you're at it?
This is one of the worst anime I've ever seen.
(And I've seen a lot)
If this was some cheap production, with recycled scenes, it'd be easy to see why it's bad. After all, "look! They reused the same animation for the umpteenth time!"
But that's not why GATE is bad. Gate is bad because of really, really terrible story. The plot is horrible and the characters worse.
The plot is essentially: A stargate like portal to another world opens in downtown Tokyo. A hoard of a marauding medieval army and monsters comes out and starts attacking civilians.
But! The Japanese Self Defense Force steps in to
save the day! Then they launch an invasion of the other side of the gate, and set up a full military base there, and begin to basically occupy and slaughter hundreds of thousands of iron age level people.
What makes this horrible is is not just that GATE is a completely one-sided massacre. It's that the JSDF is celebrated as these great people with wonderful personalities who switch effortlessly between mass killing and affable, likeable people at a moment's notice.
Then, to top it all off, their invasion is shown to be celebrated by some of the local people.
The whole thing feels profane. There's one scene where you are shown in this pristine, undisturbed ecosystem that fighter jets have been brought into this other world, and while people are riding around on horseback, the JSDF is flying practice maneuvers overhead.
There's even a scene in one episode where they mimic the "Ride of the Valkyries" scene from Apocalypse Now, complete with music blaring from the helicopters as the JSDF essentially murders masses of people with the sheer one-sided slaughter, just mowing them down.
The entire anime, is essentially unabashed Japanese military propaganda.
But whereas most military propaganda, likes to portray troops as hero's and rescuers, this show portrays the JSDF as unabashed mass murderers who are perfectly okay, and completely unfazed with mass one-sided slaughter.
It's like watching an army recruitment commercial, only one that after showing the troops spilling out of the landing craft, with patriotic music, then shows them lining up 2000 people and executing them on site, and then afterwards laughing and smiling, while the patriotic music still plays.
It's sickening. And completely absurd. And the characters are just as shallow. They have no morals, feel no sense of wrong about what they are doing, just continue to follow orders and act like what they are doing is a-ok.
I wouldn't be surprised if the production itself was backed by money from the JSDF. It's pretty unabashed propaganda.
But what makes this really horrible to watch, is how unashamed they are at the horrible things they are doing, and how it's portrayed as completely normal with no sense of irony.
The sound design is pretty poor, the characters are poor, the plot is terrible. The animation? It's not bad, but most of it is simply showing off guns and military vehicles so is essentially gun otaku porn.
I kept watching, hoping it might get better, and that the glorification of one-sided mass killing was really supposed to be flipped around at some point and show the JSDF as the bad guys they really are in this anime. Nope. It just keeps acting like they are the good guys, in the most absurd way.
Very creepy, and extremely unintelligent, shallow, and hollow show with one-sided characters, and very obviously being Japanese Military propaganda.
"Look! We don't just slaughter people, we laugh and have a beer afterwards too!"
This show has so much potential, so while I did enjoy it (perhaps simply because there are not much similarly-themed anime to compare with) don't expect too much from this harem comedy anime. Quick review below:
STORY = 6/10
While having so much to offer, sadly GATE resorts to generic comedy harem theme every time it hints serious development to the main plot. I mean, we rarely have a chance to explore a situation where modern world clashes with fantasy world, and everytime I expect a progress after those "serious scene", all i get are filler-like episodes that took main plot almost nowhere. By the time I
finished this series, I still have no idea WHY the empire attacks Japan (an otherworld they know nothing about), HOW they build the dimensional GATE - IF they build it at all.
+ Genuine, refreshing idea
- Wasted its potential despite serious atmosphere hinted in early episodes
- Some plotholes and illogical actions taken by the power players that I cannot discuss without spoilers
ART = 6/10
+ Main points goes to detailed render of war vehicles & weapons
- Char and background are so-so, and it's pretty weird if you notice how the male and female eyes are in very different style, i mean i can understand if it was used intentionally to highlight the difference of real and fantasy world, but that is obviously not the case.
SOUND = 7/10
Similar to art, main points goes to detailed modern warfare sounds : engines, gunshots, etc. OP is pretty generic and ED is less than mediocre. Not that it matters much. Seiyuus did their job perfectly for characters they represent, but then again this is a standard we should expect from today's anime , so.. what else can i say?
CHARACTER = 4/10
Main screen time are spent on these main protagonists: Itami, Rory, Lelei, Pina Co Lada (in order of appearance), each represents a stereotypical harem casts in a slightly diferrent, original seting. It means they base their actions on harem logic. WISH I KNEW IT FROM THE START. That way i can prepare my mind by setting my expectation as low as possible.
Wait, what is harem logic? Let me illustrate by a few samples without spoiling it too much :
- Instead of asking the enemy "why did you attack us", or asking ANYONE that might have the answers.. you hang around with her and her harem army to get into harem situations as much as you could.
- Almost every main girls the main protagonist met succumb to his "charm" , by default or nice coincidence, whichever is more convenient. Also, the story at some point completely disregards plot logic and progress it has built.. to get main protagonist into harem situations. Again.
As for the other side characters.. they don't have much screen time. Even if a few of them have any, it's because they happened to be together with those main casts I mentioned above - and are used as "dolls" to complement whatever Itami's doing.
ENJOYMENT 6 / 10
Reflecting on how GATE treats the gate as a tool to build a comedy harem situations around it, instead of exploring its full potential and develop realistic / serious plot using up-to-date "modern warfare" know-how (yes it was being hinted in a few conversations, but they never develop it), I hereby judge GATE as "guilty pleasure" anime of this year
.. the pleasure mainly comes from a few action worthy moments & serious/ logical conversations in the first 2 episodes, which steadily drop as the series progress. I give it a 6 anyway, considering that some people may still enjoy it by adjusting their expectation or just because they like comedy harem theme.
Gate is propaganda, and based on how high it scores here it's damn effective but as an anime series it fails on the most basic of principles and just isn't any good once you realize it was built solely around being pro-military media fodder.
So let's break this down into the grading criteria itself:
Gate's surprisingly strong opening and base concept is the only reason I didn't rate it any lower as in the right hands they could have been the building blocks for a genuinely good show.
Shortly after the JSDF enters the titular gate things take a turn for the worse
and the originally unique and interesting concept of an otaku turned local hero being forced to serve his country in a high fantasy setting who's ruling country had previously attacked Japan turns into generic otaku harem fodder all to sell a 100% pro-militaristic, pro-Japanese message.
Even barring how annoyingly obvious the propaganda is it's a failing in story telling as our main characters stumble through situations that are generally resolved one of two ways:
1. Japan/Pro Japanese characters win because they are 100% good and right all the time (See: Propaganda)
2. The even more annoying: Time skips that show none of the resolution and we are told through literal dialogue breaking the most fundamental of writing rules: Show don't tell.
The plot get's weak quickly, though attempting to add a level of court intrigue and political drama it is mired down in it's inability to make the issues subtle or nuanced as it paints literally every other country, either fictional or real, as bad guys to the bone. Even going so far as casting the US as a country intent on kidnapping members of the main cast for no reason beyond it makes Japan look better by comparison.
Most the world mechanics inside the gate are glossed over or never addressed, there is literally no world building.
The best part of this show by a landslide Gate is undeniably pleasing to look at, the style breaks slightly from the current popular style with the people beyond the gate having a distinct look to them compared to those of modern day Japan.
The people beyond the gate are the most visually interesting though not always in a good way. Their outlines are thicker, instead of clean tonal shading there are shading lines reminiscent of manga and western comics. Their eyes are drawn in a distinctly different style, or at least they are if they are female.
It's the men of the gate who tend to look a lot worse than their female characters.
It should be noted that Itami and his team are not ugly by any means, though design wise the male members of the team while distinguishable from each other are not as interesting as the two girls on his team. That is a running theme throughout the show with the female characters being more interesting visually to appeal to the otaku crowd.
The backgrounds are basic pastel pretty but uninteresting fare, however the Japanese's military equipment is oddly and jarringly gorgeous. Several scenes feature nothing more than military porn, which I have a feeling are the reason the story time skips from time to time, gotta make time for gorgeously animated helicopters, tanks and troops in them.
Pretty basic fare here, nothing is amiss here scene wise but the soundtrack will likely only be decorating the shelves of those who are fanatics for the show it's music is wholly forgettable though the guns are satisfying in their clicking and rattling. The opening song while catchy is nearly identical to that of the second season and indeed anything else that band has produced.
Gate's other biggest failing. Itami is interesting at first but after entering the gate he stagnates and refuses to develop, he never suffers from real struggles and when faced with dilemmas pulls the most stupid solutions out of his ass that just somehow, breaking all logic, work out. His character goes from reluctant hero otaku to idiot wearing a military uniform.
And no one calls him out on his horrible decision making processes.
The girls while cute and basically different from each other are boring at best. There's the quiet and studious but powerful one, the sexually liberated one, the broken but alluring one who will probably end up with Itami if any one member of his harem becomes a steady love interest. That's a creepy trope by the way, and it only gets worse in the second season but that's another discussion for another time.
Oh and who can forget the totally unique and not a prebuilt, no effort required, cliche headstrong, Tsundere, strong in a fight but naive to the real workings of the world princess with (red) pink hair. That was sarcasm by the way, Pina is the most color by the numbers member of the cast and unfortunately the one with the most actual personalty.
Itami's actual military team is forgettable, it's male characters blending together and it's female characters one note characters who are quickly sidelined by Itami's new harem.
Any interesting characters are not part of the main cast and forget so quickly by the narrative that I can't even remember their names despite wishing the show was about them instead because they'd be less boring.
The antagonists are one note, hating on the JSDF simply because it makes for better propaganda and either are killed or humiliated into submission or join the Japanese side for no reason at all.
On the surface this is an okay if not somewhat enjoyable show but once you think about it, Gate fails. It's mindless otaku fodder and if that's what your watching it for then go for it but if you're looking for something less intellectually insulting and with more substance skip this.
TL;DR below for the lazy ones ;)
Ever wondered what's it like when an ancient army clashes with modern military? GATE is unique in the way that it presents to us a variety of idea; the clash of armies, the blending of cultures, the true melting pot of Anime.
Do you love Fantasy? Action? Captivating music? Well-crafted and diverse characters?
If you said "Yes" to any of these questions, this gem of an anime is one that you should DEFINITELY catch. (If you said yes to all, you won't fail to orgasm every episode)
The potential in the concept itself already warrants an 8.
However, potential alone
Delicate execution and engaging plot propels this to a solid 9, further supported by the intensity of the developments that leave you begging for more.
Despite the Fantasy theme, GATE attempts inject Reality back into the plot as well. The focus of the show is occasionally shifted back from the"Special Region" to Japan, and sequences that occur back in Japan can affect the main plot happening beyond the Gate, adding to the realism of this series.
While there are arguably certain flaws in the plot, they shouldn't stop you from enjoying the show at all.
While the art isn't exactly magnificent, it's far from bad.
Just don't expect it to be at Kotonoha no Niwa standard.
Despite the animation (which is fine, really), the characters are really well illustrated (up close) and the vehicles of the JSDF (Eg helicopter, trucks) were well drawn and very detailed.
The only fault in the art is that the backgrounds were not taken care of properly. Eg if a character was in the background of a certain scene, details could be missing from her in general.
Both the OP and ED were beautiful.
OSTs as realistic as they could get: the gunshots, clashing of swords, the helicopters; an experience that shouldn't be missed.
The Seiyuus were amazing too! (Especially Rory's one)
Every time I hear her moan I moan as well (It's normal I swear!; Watch it and see for yourself)
Often said to be the most attractive aspect of this show: The Characters
Main Character Itami Youji is an otaku (and First Lieutenant) that most of us can associate with. He's funny and surprisingly caring, a character whom you will absolutely love. Having an MC that viewers can understand, relate to and empathise with is evidence of a great Anime.
Lelei is a smart 15 year old sorceress apprentice that has taken a particular interest in the Japanese language, often acting as a translator for the Japanese soldiers. Her curiosity and cuteness just makes her a lovable character in the series.
Tuka Luna is a elf teen (that isn't as young as she looks) that lost her family and ends up in the care of the JSDF.
Last and definitely not least, Rory Mercury is a (horny) gothic loli demigod that carries around a giant halberd. Her alluring voice and tantalizing demeanor makes you wish that the one she was teasing was you. Yet, she can be unusually deep at times. (If you know what I mean ;)
Of course, there are many other notable characters that all have their own good points, but for the purpose of the review I won't be mentioning all.
What constitutes aesthetics? What is true aesthetics? Philosophers can debate for years on the true manifestation of aestheticism. Is it Art? Is it Music? Little do they know that the answer lies in an Anime TV series. A series called GATE. The true embodiment of aesthetics is in characterisation.
Sadly, the next 3-4 months is going to be a period of hardship that I will gladly endure; the wait for Season 2!
There are so many reasons why I just love this series; the Fate references during the Special Forces mission, the Ride of the Valkyries Helicopter scene;
TL;DR? Gate presents an unprecedented concept to the fantasy genre. If you enjoy shows like NGNL, SAO, Overlord, or fantasy in general, then this is a show that you will certainly adore. Thank me later :)
Story, Character - 3, 2 (potential 7, 7)
Worlds and culture collide isn't a new idea, disney did it, James Cameron did it, warhammer did it, toaru did it. So really Gate isn't that original on this front, no matter how many times it is done, it is still interesting. A clash of technology and magic, two different worlds, guns vs magic, it makes my inner 10 year old very excited.
And if you treat it maturely, the change in culture, the advancement of technology, the political intrigue and all that stuff paired together with a competent MC on a journey and a quest. OH I'm getting excited just thinking about it, imagine all the awesome...
Wait...what? This sack of unoriginal otaku self-insert is our MC...Well, Sh*t
That's right all potential poof went up the air, when the show showed its hand in the opening 5 minutes, a otaku soldier talking about otaku sh*t. You know I remember long time ago, there were MC's with so much charisma and character that you can't help but love them where papers could be written about their development. These days I wish I could just take up a chainsaw hammer and smash the MC's face in, but they are so flat I doubt there is anything to smash.
Our MC Youji is an current JSDF soldier who also happen to be an otaku, and while fulfilling his hobby, another world attack. Our MC "bravely" dealt with it like a soldier. Afterwards we are told that a gate leading to a magic world appeared in Japan and the JSDF is sent in, and etc. (which you can just see the anime to learn about)
Back to ranting about wasted potential. Why was the military sent in like that? Aren't the JSDF about defending Japanese territory not invading someone elses? Where are all the other countries armies? You would think that the knowledge that another world exist would send the world into a frenzy with every country scrambling to get in, but nope only japan goes. (And have any succeed with the locals but this part is spoiler for the anime) Seeing this basically convinced me that the author is jerking off to his otaku patriotism at this point.
And through the gate we reach a generic fantasy world which is even more obvious pandering. I mean loli-gothic-catgirl(?)-wielding a halberd who is attracted to the MC and turned on by killing? Big tities blonde elf? When you have seen a lot of fantasy you know this is elementary stuff that is overused every where, for once I would like to see a fantasy world that is more fantasy, something like Monster hunter, giant mountain like monsters, creepy forest that suck out your soul, terrible extradimensional diseases that turns people into abomination. You know the kind of stuff you expect military man to face in a hostile unknown world and die by droves as mankind struggle with both the benefit and terrible cost of accessing an unknown world.
But that would make too good of a story, instead of that have some more none PTSD soldier MC having hijinks with hot fantasy waifu. There are some actions, the helicopter bits were good, and there were some good military tactics and things. But it could have been so much MORE, having soldiers as a MC is suppose to take us out of the otaku comfort zone and show some real hardcore things, like killing alien abominations, tragic lose of human lives during wars, people unable to get over their PTSD as memories of their died comrades hunt them for decades of their life, and scientists around the world using knowledge from this new world to make discoveries that are both beneficial and terrible. World in a frenzy as countries tear each other to shreds to get a piece of the pie or to get as far away as possible.
But nope, it is the same old pandering thing, I mean we have an otaku MC, waifus, "JSDF is never wrong" mentality, light-hearted fun mixed with pointless edgy (which have no effect on our MC's mentality). This is an author jerking off to his patriotism and fetishes and I'm so sick of it!
Go watch log horizon or western media if you want to watch a better clash of culture.
Art - 7
Clean, it is okay, nothing bad, but nothing awe-inspiring either, but that is just what A-1 is like.
Sound - 8
Okay, but it doesn't make the show any more suffer able.
Enjoyment - 2
Every second I spend on this show was a reminder that Japan couldn't get its sh*t together and how the medium is pandering more and more to the lowest denominator. With the tide of adaptation moving more and more to the WN shows like Overlord and Gate, I fear for the future of anime that is going down the toilet right now.
Now I'm going to play Witcher and Touhou for a while to wash this bad taste of fantasy from my mouth.
I, for one, was drawn into the intriguing world that Gate drops us in, but the real question is what else does Gate manage to do besides having an interesting premise?
The premise and the mystery surrounding the so called "Special Realm" are the strongest points of the show by far, however the execution felt a little lacking in the story department. The battle scenes show how ridiculously one sided this war is between the two realms, which detracts from the suspense of the story as the outcome of any battle is never in doubt. Coupled by the fact that one of the protagonist is literary
invincible make the SDF and their friends virtually unbeatable.
Despite this, the moments showcasing the might of the SDF still manage to be engaging as it really made me think of the morality of the war, or rather, the slaughter that takes place. Also the rampant nationalism gets old real quick in this show, as Japan is the best at everything, everything they make is amazing, basically all I can picture is Japanese Big Brother nodding in approval after seeing how the might of Japan is mentioned once again. Another point of annoyance for myself were the constant mentioning to otaku, and how it felt at times that moments had been crafted to fulfill some otaku fantasy checklist rather than advance the plot. At times it felt like the creator was thinking more along these lines: I know you like cat girls, so here's one and a bunch of fanservice to go with it, and just to sweeten the deal, here's a bath scene, you can thank me later, you otaku you.
The plot isn't really anything to call home about, but gets the job done and sets up some questions about the realm from both sides, and kind of surprisingly focuses on the political aspect of the situation from both sides. As I mentioned before at times it certainly heads down the path of the cliche , but at the same time does manage to patch in some engaging actions scenes at the same time, as well as humor from time to time. Nice guy Itami is the typical male lead who only works to supplement his otaku tendencies, and at times it feels like his character and his skill are just a little too convenient for someone of his background. Most of the other characters are pretty much husks, besides Rory who provides some of the more interesting moments, but also hinders some moments due to her immense power. I found that one character introduced later in the series really added a lot of depth to Itami and his character, but unfortunately she only stuck around for a short time.
I found the music to fit in well with the action scenes and the series, and think that the OP of the series really stands out. The art is visually pleasing as well, I can't even complain about the CGI, which is used minimally and fits in without being too intrusive.
Overall, Gate has a strong concept that will initially get you hooked, but the pieces of the story aren't nearly as strong as its premise, and I felt that at times the narrative fell into some of the usual anime cliches. The constant mentioning of the Japan's might and otaku culture also result in some weird alienating moments from the narrative, taking me out of the immersive world. I would say that Gate is definitely worth checking out, but if the world itself is not able to keep you occupied than you may find yourself tuning out earlier than expected.
i always wanted to see a story like this whether it be anime or not. a story where a medieval time like world comes across the present time in war. The story is very straight forward. It's no the same as Oda Nobuna no Yabou or Outbreak Company, but if you enjoyed either of them you will find this one interesting.
I really like how the characters are presented. Simply said all the main characters are badass in their own way.
The SFX is good. i actually found this anime while listening to one of favorite
classical songs (if you watch it you will know which song i am talking about). The sounds doing the action scenes are not bad. They have some detail put into them so you can hear the difference between the guns.
When I was young(er), my favorite day dream was time travel. The exploits of my journey are outlined as follows: A) Time travel to a feudal era of crude weaponry. B) Bring automatic weapons/explosives. C) Wipe out a nation's army. D) Plunder hot women and treasures.
C’mon guys, don’t act like this dream hasn’t crossed your minds?! ARMY OF DARKNESS –movie plug! If this scenario tickles your fancy/fetish, then GATE just might be the anime for you.
Story: 7. Perhaps imaginative is singularly the best word to describe GATE. The story is basically about a time/space traveling gate that links two worlds together – a fantastical
feudal world with elves, demigods, dragons, and wizards, and modern day Japan and their interactions. Extremely helpful is the succinct recap that precedes most episodes. Story is also very pro-Japan, as if it were the epicenter of the universe. Even made the US look like bumbling clowns at times :). Enough of the overview.
One major gripe: more action! I repeat, I demand DOMINATION! In all seriousness, the first couple episodes were satisfying to watch modern technology go tet-a-tet with swords and spears. Oh man, thousands of people mowed down in an instant with superior weaponry*cue evil grin*. In one memorable scene, combat helicopters laid the smack down and decimated shield bearing knights. MUHAHHAAH! That’s my kind of fan-service! Alas, mid-series, the warfare settles down and the impetus of the narrative focuses on the “other-world foreigners” being acquainted with modern Japanese culture and vice-versa. I must admit, it was sorta fascinating to live vicariously through the eyes of a pre-modern person. The first subway ride, the first fast food, the first clothes shopping experience… But wasn't this supposed to be a gun show?
Second major gripe: there isn’t one identifiable climax, and the denouement is WAY too long. I feel like the anime could have easily ended at episode 10. The last 2 episodes, excuse my french, were BORING.
Art: 7. You’re typical garden-variety animation. I think the most memorable artwork revolves around Rory Mercury’s action sequences. My love, Rory! She is not only Waifu material, but sick nasty in combat. That Lolita-gothic theme brings all the boyz to yard! The attention to detail on the Hummers, tanks, and helicopters are noted as well. Sadly, other action sequences were not as thoughtfully realized. Some sequences were merely static pictures that violently shook and had people screaming. Can we say 80’s anime? Budget-cutz. Overall, art was acceptable.
Music: 7. Typical fare music, meaning that it neither got in the away of the story or was outstanding. I usually always skip the beginning and ending music sequences.
Characters: 7. Rory Mercury! My Waifu 4 Life-fu! Okay, I’ll stop. Characters are flat, 2D and static. Anime is much more plot driven than character driven. Not a bad thing for an action/adventure anime. Most character were not as engaging, except my true love Rory!
Enjoyment: 8. Did anyone mention that GATE is funny? For instance, a fansub translated a phrase, “The invading army fires explosives that look like giant iron cocks!” Hilarious. A queen called Pina Co Lada? I rest my case. While the MAL genre tag of action, adv, fantasy, military is absolutely correct, I’d say this is equally comical.
Overall, while GATE isn’t high on my rewatchable list, it was mindless fun. Actually, real fun. If you need to decompress and watch a relatively clean anime with some genuine humor and imagination, this just might be the anime for you.
Modern VS Ancient Fantasy warfare? I don't know about you but that sounded mighty appealing to me. So I was delighted the moment my friend recommended Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri.
Story: Clashing modern warfare vs an ancient one (with bits of fantasy elements in them) is the main point of this anime. Modern Japan being attacked by all sort of monsters and magicked creatures form another realm was what they first presented. One would expect a very long and bloody back and forth rally between the two factions as most war related titles are, but how this anime deviated from that cliche is
one of the series' charm. Anyone who has a love for war themed titles will love this for its unique and realistic approach.
Art: The art isn't what I would call awe inspiring but it isn't bad either. The overall is just average, but what I like about this anime are the designs and the thought that's been put to them. That means no outrageous appearances for the normal humans while the Special Region characters are well designed. from the human race to the dragons. And lets not forget about the non living parts of the anime. The world at the Special Region was well designed, as well as the war machines. Tanks, choppers, guns. Name them.
Sound: The sound is one of the nicest points of the anime. They've got a quite well rounded seiyuu roster, each perfectly brings out the characters colors. The OP theme is suited for the anime's exciting feel (totally unrelated but fun tip: If you want a more intense feel, play the opening video of this anime and mute the sound, playing SNK's opening Guren no Yumiya instead. IT FITS!) and the ED theme sounds really lighthearted and I think it suits the other side of the series. The effects are not lacking, what with all the gunshots and bombs and everything else that's been used.
Character: Now comes my favorite part. Characters are always important to me whenever I watch anything. You can give me a total let down with good, relatable characters and I will enjoy it. For this series though, I am very please with almost everyone. I'm not really into harem types so I was quite wary of what the character might be like before I started watching this, but to my surprise, Itami is a very realistic character. Easy going, lazy otaku who is actually a very fine soldier. Some might think that this is cliche, but how Itami faces everything is very refreshing. Then you have your mighty Goddess type gothic lolita, a smart, cool mage, a coping elf, and a feisty but worrisome princess. Everyone has got a lot of potential and I'm more pleased to say that they're not annoying. The supporting characters are also intriguing enough not to be set aside.
Enjoyment: I first watched this series expecting a lot of deaths and angst and all those dark stuffs (which I really like) and one might think that I must be disappointed as this series is not any of those, but nope. This is one of my most enjoyed animes for the year so far. Realistic in its approach without being a drag. My only con point here is that it is too short. As I've mentioned, the series has many good points, including its wide array of interesting characters and the limited episodes doesn't do much justice to that. It's good that it has a confirmed new season for next year and I'm definitely looking out for that one.
I am in the Spanish army, also I have been on mission abroad with the United Nations. Many are very detailed modern approaches to how to act in foreign territory, local our mutual cooperation, the escalating use of force, all these details are present in the anime.
Also at the level of use of military material is very detailed, always wearing a bulletproof vest with collars (It seems silly, but they are very unpleasant to wear), including the disposition of weapon down during transport (avoid damage to the face in an accident) not using night vision goggles for day to avoid damaging them, the elastic strap
... For me as a military is like watching peers from another country during an operation factly, beating all warlike animes I've seen so far in realism. There are also some concessions as a work of fiction, but everything is on the edge between realism and entertainment work.
The mix of fantasy and realism is exquisite and is a fantastic "what if ..."
Finally! An anime series with modern military that I can actually call good because it is very hard to find a great modern military anime this days. Plus, it's a modern military vs medieval army so that's an added bonus considering the fact that I'm a fan of both sides.
In August of 20XX, a portal to a parallel world, known as the "Gate" suddenly appeared in Ginza, Tokyo. Monsters and troops poured out of the portal, turning the shopping district into a bloody inferno. The JGSDF (Japan Ground-Self Defence Force) took action and pushed back the creatures into the Gate. The JGSDF has
dispatched the Third Reconnaissance Team to the "Special Region" at the other side of the Gate.
You don't know how happy I am right now to finally find an anime series with modern military that actually uses tanks, jets, helicopter and artillery. Most animes today uses mechas which pisses me off because I like to see modern and historical battles. None of this fake-ass flying robots bullshit.
Anyways..just like the synopsis, a "Gate" appeared out of nowhere and the military has been sent to investigate the other side. On the other side, they found out that the beings we believe as fantasy exists on the other side of the gate. Magic, mages, elves, dragons, and etc..they're there.
The show is mainly focused on Itami, a 33 year old otaku who prefers his hobby than his work. He and his platoon saved a bunch of refugees along with 3 girls who is a mage, an elf and a demi-god. That's what happened on the first 3 or 4 episodes. Later on, some politics stuff happened and they even showed that the US, China and Russia are a bunch of greedy officials who would take the "mysterious" land for their own. How ironic.. Then more plot points appear but revealing more of the plot points will lead to spoilers. In short, it's one problem to another that would get eventually solved by Itami's platoon or other characters.
The only part I didn't like about the show is the pacing.. There's a bunch of time skips in the show and the first few episodes were slightly rushed. A-1 adapted this anime so I'm not really surprised that there would be time-skips and rushed pacing. In the 2nd half of the series, the pacing does slow down so I got a break from the fast mindless action.
I'm just a bit irritated that they decided to split the show into 2 seasons instead of a 25 episode continuous run (Yes..show ends on a cliffhanger) but if you look at shows like Akame Ga Kill and Soul Eater, you'd be glad that they decided to continue the rest of the episodes next year. I'd rather wait than get a shitty rushed original anime plot that's not even in the manga.
If you've seen some A-1 adapted animes before then you should be familiar with the animation at first glance. It's looks the same as their previously worked animes. The environment does look great, especially the the other world. The action scenes are very smooth. Especially the scenes were the 2 sides are fighting and the scene where Rory is fighting with her giant-ass sword.
One word...Awesome! The soundtrack used for the battle scenes are amazing, even the themes used for conversations/fooling around scenes are great. Also, the Ride of the Valkyrie scene. Oh, How I love that classic theme.
The OP theme song is GATE: Sore wa Akatsuki no you ni" by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets and the ED theme song is Prism Communicate" by Rory VA, Tuka VA, and Lelei VA. I am now in love with both the OP and ED theme song. The OP has this rock-type version accompanied with action scenes that fits the song. I love how the opening makes me want to join the JSDF. Showing off their military power and might. Ahh, propaganda at its finest. The ED is more like a cutesy song that was sung by the VA of 3 main female characters.
When I first read the synopsis and saw the cover, I thought that this was going to be a harem because Itami is an otaku and he is surrounded by 3 fantasy girls. Thank god, it didn't turn out that way. A harem consists of at least 3 girls who is in love with the same guy. The thing is only 2 girls have feelings for Itami. So basically, it's a love triangle but not a serious one. Anyways...
Itami is a 33 year old otaku who works for the JSDF..At the first episode, I thought Itami is going to be full of BS..I mean, how can an otaku fight like that (as demonstrated in the first episode) then you find out he's with the JSDF. That figures...Guess what, he's also a first lieutenant and he's with the goddamn Special Forces (equivalent to US Delta Force). He's an otaku and he's also a near-top military official? Yep, I official like this character.
Then there's the 3 main female character which was saved by Itami's platoon. Lelei la Lalena is a 15 year old human (from the other world) training to be a mage. She loves books and she's a very intelligent and smart teenager. She quickly learned Japanese so she became an interpreter for the JGSDF. You know what I love about her? Her calm looks. She looks calm all the time, literally. You barely see her smiling. Tuka Marceau is a 165 year old elf who is considered a teenager in their race's standards. Something tragic happened to her before she got rescued and I don't really want to spoil it. The final main female character is Rory Mercury. She is over 900 years old and is a demi-god. I don't get how some people like her? I don't like her. Her voice is goddamn annoying and her sex noises are also irritating. I do like it when she goes out and fight using that sword of hers.
Besides Rory, none of the characters were annoying. Hell, even Itami who I expected to be the most annoying when he's around girls is not an annoying MC. He can get a little pervy around girls sometimes but he doesn't drool all the time around those 3 girls that he saved. He also tends to be funny when he shows his otaku side.
[Military and Weaponry accuracy]: (9.5/10) (This does not count towards my OVERALL rating)
As a military and war fanatic, I felt like I have to review this section too. I'm going to make this as short as possible.
Did they portray the JSDF right? Yes, they portrayed them almost perfectly. From tactics to the guns they're using, they got it. They're using a Type-64 Assault Rifle which is not the most modern weaponry and they got that right because Japan has cut back on their military costs. They also used a Panzerfaust 3 to fight off the Red Dragon.
Were the military vehicles and weaponry accurate? Yes..They got the Hind right which is an AH-1 Cobra which is used by the JGSDF today. They also got the choppers right which is a Huey. A chopper with gun emplacements on both sides. It is currently used by the JGSDF today. As for the tanks. They were using a Type-74 MBT which is currently used by the JGSDF today. Lastly, the jets. It was shown that they were using a F-4EJ Phantom.
I'm impressed with the show's military and weaponry accuracy. They really did their research or the director probably had greater knowledge when it comes to JGSDF and their military.
This has now become my most favorite anime of the year. I never got bored with the show and I was always on the edge of my seat. It's also nice to see that they portrayed the military almost perfectly because as a war and military fanatic, that's what I'd like to see. Not some fake-ass shit
"Gate: And so the Special Defense Force Fought Back" is one of the best modern military anime I have ever seen. It also has fantasy stuff like magic, elfs, mages, etc that is sure to please the fans who likes Fantasy era. If you're a fan of military genre or the fantasy genre then you might want to give this show a try. I'm warning you though..Once you start watching the show, it will be very hard to stop watching. It's very addicting
+Story is Very Well Done
+Great Soundtrack, especially the "Ride of the Valkyrie" theme.
+Show almost perfectly portrayed the JSDF and their weaponry/military vehicles
GATE, I could've sworn I saw this at 24 episodes and when I finished the 12th episode I could not believe what I saw. I was really let down by that, but onto the review. And I can't stress this enough, if you're an anime apologist, don't even bother reading this review or any of my reviews. If you're open minded, welcome.
A gate appears OUTTA NOWHERE, and came rushing the empire's army, indiscriminately slaughtering the citizens of Japan. And now, our otaku military genius protagonist, Itami, swoops in and saves the day and meets cute fantasy girls that any anime/manga fan dreams of. There, begins
the story of GATE. It's an interesting plot that'll have you coming back out of curiosity and quite honestly, enjoyment.
The world beyond the gate and it's citizens aren't anything inspiring or unique, to say. It's about a fairly above average fantasy setting. But it's good that way, otherwise modern technology, being one of the key elements in the series, to be underwhelmed by unlimited magical powers. The art and animation is consistent throughout the series. It's nothing special but it proves itself to be a great effort. And I applause it for that.
The way the show ended, I can't find myself to say the show is anything other than just good. Not amazing, not horrendous, but good. The voice acting is good enough to keep you entertained throughout the watch. The soundtrack is okay, I never really noticed it as there were plenty of scenes that didn't actually have background music, or either that, it was too low. Additionally, the opening and ending songs are quite good. I enjoyed listening to them. As well as the opening and ending themselves, they convey what the series is about, helping others and creating peace between the two world.
Itami is yet another brown hair protagonist archetype, but unlike the rest of the shitty characters I've seen like that, Itami offers a a lot more scope and range to him. We learn that he's more than what he seems, but more subtle, and not too exaggerated that it would've killed the mood. While I don't feel like he puts up anything new to the table, he definitely is a well crafted main protagonist. And for the three girls that accompany him, Lelei is simply a young magician, Rory is a demi-god, and Tuka is an elf that lost her clan to a fire dragon. That's as deep as those characters get. For the rest of the cast like the other green people and fantasy characters, they are alright. They do their part and it moves right back to Itami and co.. It's interesting to see the fantasy characters interact with the modern world, and it shows the better parts of the three girls that follow Itami, as well as, yes, Pina Co Lada.
Did I enjoy this show? Yes, I did, but I just feel like 12 episodes and how the series left on a cliff hanger, kind of thing, weakened the show very much. I hear it's getting a season 2 but it leaves a conflict waiting to be resolved that was introduced as a sort of new arc. And that is not a good thing to do, even though I understand why not a lot of series can get a full 24 episode show right then and there, having to wait another season or two to get a continuation.
To sum everything up, overall, this show barely misses a recommendation and bad ass seal of approval (Angry Joe!!!). Though it wouldn't hurt to check it out if you have time but not something I will say you must watch NOW.
In france, where I live, if you ask someone to describe Japan, he or she will usually answer the following sentence : "A country mixing tradition and modernity".
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri tends to perfectly fit to this description. Indeed, it brings a contemporary Japan with all its armament, to travel a Gate leading to another world. As you can guess, this world is based on a fantasy Middle-age (even Antiquity I think) with a bit of magic. And the whole show was either directed by Michael Bay or written under LSD.
The whole point of this anime appears - at first - to be
a great battlefield opposing our world with its tanks, assault rifles, machineguns, choppers and even fighter jets ; and soldiers wearing bronze or steel armor and having only spears or shields. Quite an unfair outcome obviously ! But what could be positive (or not, say the blood thirsty watchers) is that our humanity is mostly shown as merciful, understanding and willing to create a peace climate. I might disappoint some people but... you won't get to see a whole show of poor soldiers being slaughtered under Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries song".
Yes you read it correctly : they dared using this glorious (meme) military song to accompany a fight where brigands get literally blew up under attack choppers and their soldiers. I rarely watched such joyful, even orgasmic miltary anime...
However, do not get distracted by the global warfare atmosphere that might appear in your head, reading my previous lines. Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri introduces a lot of characters (one might say too many on some point and he or she would not be wrong) and many of them are catchy, attractive and pleasant to follow on their adventures. You actually get to discover many profiles, going from the classic heartwarmed soldier, the elf, the dark loli or the military superior being overwhelmed by his subordinate's low behaviour.
The global story line cannot be completed by season one and in fact, season starts with episode 13 instead of a complete new episode 1. I highly recommend this show for both military thema lovers and fantasy fans. And if you are none, maybe watching a fire dragon being killed by kilos of C4, Rocket launchers will catch your attention. Same goes with her kids getting shot by both fighter jets and artilery.
Edit : after reading every chapters of the manga that concerned season 1's events, I have now a second point of view to share. Indeed, surprisingly, the anime is extremely loyal to its written parent, covering everything shown on the paper. It even added a better introduction, episode 1 covering more of Gate's first battle which was quite eluded in the manga.
Otherwise, I think almost everything looked alike if we were to compare both versions. However I noticed season 2 received a lot of cuts contrary to the original chapters. Easy to figure out they faced a lack of available screentime, so it was obvious some tiny parts (or not so tiny) had to be removed. Anyway, if you appreciated Gate's animated version, you should get along with the written version ! It is still on 'Publishing' status by the way.
Gate is a failed attempt at an anime that supposed to show how our work would react if we found a different magical dimension that we could travel to.
Story: The story of Gate is 4 so I consider it decent, I find it pretty cool they show how the army would react and how a magic world would react to our worlds tech and military artillery I have to say the way they portray the magic world is awful because the only thing we know about it is how the military work and how the army works. They don't spend enough time on the
townspeople or how their culture is different from ours and i know some of you are thinking "But they don't need to explain how the magic world works because we've already seen it a million times" and that's where I tell you they do need to show it because the audience is looking through the perspective of the military so the military doesn't know anything about this world so it makes sense that should explain how this world works and how the townspeople act plus how different their culture is different from ours.
Animation: The animation is fine but it's nothing super well done since there ins't much to look at except shooting and a couple of slaps from some the girls and the walking where there is a bunch of.
Sound: The music isn't anything special is kind of boring and generic for a military type of show.
Characters: I dislike most the girl characters because most of them are walking cliches and have no personality expect the way they adore the main character and the way they react to the military going through the gate, also they can be it into an archetype and that just sums up their character and how'll they'll be for the rest of the show. The guy characters are fine and are tolerable.
Overall Gate is an escapist fantasy for teenage guys to get off to animal girls in a magical world and has a poorly written story and characters that have no thought put into them
While it isn't unheard of to mix fantasy with reality, the concept of integrating two different worlds together is something entirely new. I wasn't sure what to expect of GATE given its lengthy synopsis, but it certainly delivered satisfying entertainment. The plot pays much attention the detail of military and political problems between two nations while giving the audience glimpses of life from the other world, one filled with elves, fairies, demigods, and magic. It's intriguing to observe the interaction between two different cultures that both want to know what lies on the other side of the gate. We get to see the inner workings
of battle with knights, tanks, aircraft, archers, as well as contemplate the negotiations being made between countries. There is a number of possibilities that this show can take, and it was cool to see how everything developed.
Though my previous paragraph described a whole lot of elements in the story, I don't believe the plot became very exciting until the third episode. There were a lot of preparations made for the journey through the gate to the other world, and I got a little bored. At the same time, they were necessary to the plot. The main characters are responsible adults and they can't just go waltzing into new territory. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased when the plot did pick up, though.
What I liked about this show were the occasional spurts of humor and fan service. A plot centered on peace between two nations could hardly be interpreted as a funny situation, but conversations and interactions between people of different countries were sometimes hilarious. Fan service also helped lighten the situation.
An interesting point was the translation needed between Japan and the Empire. A language barrier should be expected between different worlds, but it never occurred to me in fictional settings. Though I don't know Japanese, sometimes it seemed to me that the people of the other world were also speaking Japanese, though. I could pick up snippets of conversation, so it perplexed me a little. I understand there must be dialects, but hmm...
The art for scenery and backgrounds was pretty fantastic. It was important for showcasing the other world's forests, ancient buildings, and such in contrast with Japan's modern structures.
The best part of the animation in my opinion was the detail put into military equipment, like the tanks, planes, and guns. They were super cool and enhanced the story immensely.
I think the characters looked pretty wonderful, though. They were very colorful and unique, with distinct hair colors, hair styles, and clothes. The animators paid great detail to their clothes, distinguishing between soldiers of rank and those of royalty. I think they did a great job with drawing people of different races. Even face shapes and noses were different. It was all pretty cool.
For some reason there are a lot of shots where the screen is cut into at least three pieces to show different characters or different angles of equipment. I didn't mind it so much in the beginning, but I think it's a little overdone.
What struck me about the opening song was how casual it sounded. I was expecting something more in my face and epic because of the plot involving war and stuff, but it was a little rock and laid back, sort of like Itami's personality. The rest of the soundtracks suited the mood in times of battle, life, fear, etc. I didn't find many of them that memorable, though.
All the characters were pretty different, though because there were a lot of them, their development isn't as much as I had hoped. However, with respect to the people of the other world, their development is mostly due to the existence of the gate. They come to understand the new world and accustom themselves to their ways, and in doing so they become different people, more independent and intelligent.
Of course, the most important one is the protagonist Itami, and he exceeded my expectations immensely. At first he is construed as some 33-year-old otaku crazy about doujinshi, and suddenly he is command of a squad and giving orders to soldiers and defends villages. How's that for development? The kicker is throughout the show he's still the calm and laid back person he was when he started. Even in dire situations he keeps his cool, never breaking a sweat. Even if he's an excellent commander, though, he still has his love for doujinshi, which I found annoying at first, but became used to later on.
I'm pretty satisfied with having watched this show. While the entertainment wasn't heart-stopping, I did binge watch a few episodes, and the cliffhangers were not annoying ones. The plot develops smoothly, animation is great and not overdone, soundtrack is fine, and characters are great. If you're up for an anime possessing a serous plot dotted with some humor, action, and fantasy, maybe you should give GATE a try.