Me: Hey, hey bro lemme ask you something. . .
Me: Have you ever wondered what it be like to go back in time to like, . . . the middle ages with our tech and show off our progress as humans?
Brosef: huh? . . ahhh. . . na not really. . .
Me: ye. . . me neither . . .
Intrigued, and thinking i could be doing something better with my time, is the essence of G.A.T.E....
Takumi Yanai is the novelist who brought gate to us by way of novel. His work got adapted to manga in 2011 with illustrations by Satoru
Sao. 2015 an anime was birthed into this harsh harsh world.
What i liked . . . Rory . . . she is the most badass character in this series. Her going crazy was fun to watch.
The idea of it all . . . was unique, i can actually say that i have never once thought what it would be like for our army to straight mortal combat a platoon of spear men from the 14th century.
It kept me watching because i know now with all our martial knowledge, compared to a 14th century dude, we have the brain advantage while they have the brawn advantage from the harsher life style. I was interested in how they were going to do the conversations between each time zone and the politics of finding a treasure trove of valuable resources and how they were going to go about taking it all. Unfortunately none of this has really happened yet. . . It will though . . . right?
Mood Progression throughout 12 eps:
:) => :] => :(
The niet goed. Turning an original idea into a cliche harem was so disappointing because i was rooting for the main and his exploits. Him saving people and whatnot and then its turned into a bad comedy with drama your like ahh shit thats just to bad . . here have a cookie. . .
Theres no suspense, no reason to think theres trouble around the corner, or at least a reason to tread lightly. Na none of that basically in the first 2 eps the army shows there bow and arrows are alot better and thats it . . . the proud people of the 14th century will get back to you with some retaliation later. First we will focus on the girls. Why the girls you ask because the story and progression and . . .ramble. . .rant . .. (clears throat) . . .sorry bout that. . .
What im trying to say is theres no learning in this series. You dont see the way people live which is an opportunity wasted, you dont see the way people would really act in that era, opportunity wasted, the politics are really dulled down, opportunity wasted, we know its not gonna be action based because of the onslaught on arnus hill. (Our army tears the archers and infantry apart which makes sense.) What they have chosen is to focus on the main and his women. . . Another harem where plot is secondary and chatting up chicks that you will never find in real life is whats important. . . Well i hope that this isn't the case but i think it will be.
Do i recommend this. . . ? Nope. . . Im someone that loves anime and want people to see its good parts. If i showed this to a non anime viewer they would have a harder time appreciating what anime is and should be remembered as. . . Gate has all the makings of a good anime but in the end doesn't use its assets to its fullest and instead focuses on a harem style relationship. . . at least its a unique harem but no its not really. . .
I rate this nothing special. I wanted it to be. . . but it wasn't. . .
What started off as a decent show quickly degraded into an obnoxious promotion of Japanese superiority with a harem thrown in.
Originally centered around cultural and military exchanges between the Japanese and creatures of a different universe, GATE wasted no time in shoving various forms of extreme nationalism into the viewer's face while completely abandoning all hope of a meaningful plot. The battlefield transforms into a foot tour of Japan and a very in-depth analysis of the perfect Japanese culture, leaving the main conflict to collect dust. By the time you've finished the first season, you'll wonder how exactly you went from
heated warfare to a tourist simulation.
This is perhaps one of the most realism anime about how military works when their dealing with foreign presence or (unknown presence). This also features element of what the world would respond because as you watch you find that Japan must face two decision however since i can't put spoiler i won't say it. Also i find that Gate is very interesting as it takes the aspect of monster coming out of the "gate". Instead of fighting and getting rid of the "monster" then proceeding to close the gate, they instead enter the other dimension and proceed to somewhat occupied it. As you watch
this you find that they are somewhat immortal however that's not where the true strong point of this anime. Also note that i say somewhat immortal as they can easily still die if their not careful. However the strong point of this anime i would say is how a military would proceed when facing such unknown. I would strongly recommend this to people who are interested in realism and a bit of fantasy. Also as you watch this anime you find that Japan can't send their entire military force to occupied it.
If you ever wanted to see how an ancient or medieval army would last against a modern army with guns then GATE might be just the thing you wanted. Unlike other anime's that have teenagers as the main protagonist this one has a 20-30 yrs old Army Lieutenant, who turns out to be an otaku. The art style is damn good, the details on the tanks, planes, helicopters, guns and uniform are quite well detailed. Story-wise, there may be something lacking here and there but overall if you are fond of military weapons and tactics, fantasy, history or you just want to watch some action
and the Japanese Self-Defense Force going all "blitzkrieg" then this anime is definitely a must watch
Another exposition and trope free review from yours truly here. I'm just going to give a short but concise review of this show where I express my reasons for rating it as I have.
*Disclaimer* I'm not really plugged into the "hype culture" so my review will be completely unaffected by it.
If you're interested in a recap read the synopsis section of the anime list; i'm not going to bore you with another summary here. Overall the story isn't all that original, a gateway to another world, magic, knights, etc. however the manner in which they tell the story is very
well put together. It's serious when it needs to be, funny in all the right places, and believable enough to make it rather enjoyable.
Nothing new or fantastic to talk about here, hence the 7 (good) score only. The entire anime is well drawn or animated. Not to many instances of single frames with long dialog to save on animation budgets here. Action sequences are well done. Sorry for the short section on the art, its just that as of 2015 I've come to expect the animation and artwork quality of any serious anime to be of this caliber or better.
The OST wasn't anything amazing but it fit well where it was needed. Other than that I don't really have much to say except this is one of the few anime I have watched recently with an opening theme that I thought was actually worth listening to rather than skipping past.
It seems to be a trend now a days that all anime have specific character sets within them. The reluctant hero, the loli-bad ass, the shy elf, the power hungry emperor, etc. However, because of the way the story is written this pretty standard set of characters actually mesh quite well. The almost harem-like cast that supports the main character is almost laughable except that the show knows this and pokes fun at itself in the process.
And now the only category that really matters to me! I gave this show an outstanding rank 10/10 for enjoyment because quite frankly, besides Overloard, I haven't seen an anime this entertaining in quite some time. The mixture of the story, the fan-service (yes there is some but it seems to be just the right amount for me), the characters, the uses of tropes from other famous military style movies and shows makes things so incredibly amusing there were times that my jaw hurt from smiling and laughing so hard.
I ranked "Gate" an 8/10 (very good) because I thought it was a incredibly entertaining show; the only reason I didn't rank it higher is because I couldn't possibly compare it with the likes of Cowboy Bebop or Code Geass. Being entertained is the whole point right? Anime is supposed to be another medium for great story-telling and I would have to say if you're in the mood for a modern-military "what-if" scenario style show then I guarantee you'll be a fan of Gate. Are there some things in this that are used in many other shows, yes, but who cares! One final point I would like to make about this show is the way they show reactions to people coming into contact with things that they cannot believe to be real. If you watch the show you'll know what I'm talking about. Some peoples reactions to things are priceless. All I'm going to say here is JDSF Apache/Cobra Attack Helicopter with a minigun... >:D
Would I recommend this show to a friend? Yes! 100%. In fact I think the premise of the show is so good that someone like the Sci-Fi channel could probably do a "live action" version of this show (obviously altering a few things) with some pretty decent results; but that is just my opinion.
Now this is going to be a quick review, for those who don't like reading a lot. I'm going to assume you've read the plot (or watched the anime) so you know mostly what should be going on.
Here's a short spoiler free summary tho: (you can skip this)
After a gate appears in Ginza and causes some ruckus, Itami Youji, a 33 year old otaku, along with other soldiers is sent through it to see what's on the other side. As the story progresses 4 main girls are introduced; Pina Co Lada, Rory Mercury, Tuka Luna Marceau and Lelei La Lalena. They go through some events
in order to achieve peace between Japan and The Empire.
Story: (may contain VERY minimal spoilers) 10
I thought this was very interesting. I have seen Outbreak Company but wasn't much of a fan because of all the harem, which Gate managed to mostly dodge (at least for the first season). But the story of going to another world and exchanging the cultures is always intriguing. That's like when you show people the trap characters and they're shocked. The progress went very well, smooth and without any complicated subjects or events. Everything was straightforward and unlike some army anime, required no heavy thinking. A tiny bit bubbly, yet serious and well balanced for everybody's enjoyment. And of course, the ending makes you want to watch the second season.
The art was quite common, but very good. Amazing visuals and the fights were well done. I personally had no complains. If you're not a fan of big eyed girls (like a friend I have) you might find this fit, since they have all sorts of eye designs.
The sound in this anime was not remarkable or memorable but very well aligned with the scenes, making them even more interesting and less boring. It did the job very well to me so I also have no complains.
Characters: Spoiler free- 9
If you know anything about me, you most likely know how much I usually find the male protagonist annoying. This also applies to books and movies, not only anime. However Itami was different, or at least managed to bend my view of him. At first, I didn't like him much; he's the nice all girls over him type of Otaku that you see a lot in anime, VERY COMMON. But then you start to know more about him and although we still don't know much, I could say he does great job at being a neutral to me. I just don't mind him.
The girls were awesome. I liked almost everything about them all and hopefully that doesn't change next season. My favourite was Lelei, but I liked Rory a lot too, especially because of how powerful she was.
The show was very enjoyable all from the beginning to the end. Didn't bore me and kept me starting the next episodes without hesitation. I finished it in less than 2 days.
I can't get enough of this. I have to say that this is by far the best anime collision of Fantasy and RL I've ever see so far.
First off Itami, this Otaku of otaku's, this guy who acts as the single largest blight on society; who's only care is his single passion in the world, his absolute adoration of all things anime. This guy somehow ends up becoming the biggest hero in all of Japan for single handedly turning the tide of what starts out as a complete disaster into a well maintained defense in the center of Tokyo by an invasion from
another world. Then as time goes on you learn that this always aloof person, actually has the training and experience that is the equivalent of a Green Brae, Navy Seal, Special Ops, Black Ops soldier; and his best friend in the army is the guy with the animal girl fetish!
Then you add in your Demi-god of Darkness, Young Genius Mage, and traumatized Forest Elf characters (all who happen to be girls) into the mix of his echelon that forms as he is forced back into the army to go through this gate to another world and fight back against the initial invasion. Then if this hodge-podge, mismatched, unorthodox group doesn't get you interested the number and scale of inconveniences that get dropped in their laps most certainly will. It is completely outrageous, and I mean that in the best ways.
And in episode 6 you have a scene with what looks to be fully decked out AH-64 Apache, and Blackhawk helicopters flying in a criss-crossing formation; While, playing "Flight of the Valkyrie" on exterior mounted loudspeakers approaching their target which is a castle at siege. If this doesn't get your inner evil genius to make you laugh maniacally I don't know what will.
The anime starts with showing to us a simple day of otaku - Itami. Few minutes later we see that Tokyo was attacked by ancient forces and the otaku helped people like every otaku will do. Fine. Interesting first episode as much as all others.
Art: picture is fine, like all nowadays anime has. But one feature: rory's lips so hot. 8
Sound: opening song is great, it remembers me op of HOTD, sometimes crazy, nice vocal. ED song and other OSTs are fine. 9
Characters: an otaku, gothic lolita, mahou shoujo, elf - sick combo, like it. Characters seiyus, fuku make them nice. 9
Very fun, enjoyable.
poor. At first plot is unfinished, fights pretty boring(till rory comes), political part weak.
Fun, enjoyable but about nothing.
DISCLAIMER: this review contains spoilers for the first 2 episodes and is for the whole season (MAL has wrongly broken it into 2 parts)
One of my favourite Video essayists once said, “Art is all about pushing your buttons”
And I tend to agree with him on that statement, but what does this have to do with Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri (GATE for short)?
Everything, and during this review I am going to tell you why.
GATE is a 24-part Web-Novel /Manga adaptation by A-1 pictures, a studio that has often been the centre of controversy and producer of some of the most polarising shows
in recent anime History.
The plot follows a low-mid ranking Otaku soldier named Yōji Itami. The world he lives in is generally identical to our own, until one day a ominous gate opens in the middle of Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district and an Army from a medieval fantasy world invades, slaughtering anyone in their way.
The first episode opens with Itami having the day off, attending a local convention and being inevitably caught in the middle of this. Some quick thinking on his part manages to save a large amount of people from the Invaders and keeps them safe until the Japanese Self-Defence Forces arrive and inevitably slaughter the invaders.
Now if you are anything like me the concept of a modern Military, politics and society facing off against their Fantastical counterparts, sounds incredibly appealing and the first few episodes will probably thirsting for more. What this work has done to you in this case, is push your buttons; it has peeked your interest and made you react and be invested.
“Why is this important?” you ask, and rightfully so. It is important, because of how the Series develops.
These first episodes, with their gripping plot (interspersed with some comedy), simultaneously upbeat but grim opening, brilliant choice of sound; and the brilliantly looking art and good animation typical for A-1 Pictures, are very much the setup for the actual plot of the later episodes,
These follow the escapades of Itami, who has been promoted to 2nd Lieutenant for his actions in Ginza, as he Leads a small Recon unit making first contact with the locals after the first pushes through the Gate. On his journey he (as probably could be guessed by the opening and cover art) meets and inevitably is followed by a “diverse” cast of typical Fantasy females.
Now this may be where most people see warning signs come up, and one can most defiantly not blame them for this. HOWEVER, to GATE’s credit is seems to have kept it to a reasonable level so far.
This shift in tone and focus will inevitably scare some people off, but for those willing to brave it, GATE delivers a Vibrant wold, filled with strong personalities, intrigue and the occasional, “(modern) Humanity Fuck Yeah” Action feasts.
Gate is a “Modern VS fantasy” action/adventure with more plot and background than a story of this calibre has any right to, sufficiently interesting characters, Beautiful art, more than passable CGI and animation, good sound and (in second half) Very good music choices, all leading to a high level of enjoyment
Giving it a numerical breakdown of:
Leading to a weighted total of : 7,5
For further “reading” on the topic of “buttons”
I recommend Digibo’s Video Essay: Art Is All About Pressing Your Buttons!
First impressions, so we got modern Japan meets fantasty world with the help of an magic inter dimensional gate that appears out of nowhere sounds interesting enough.
When a magic inter dimensional portel opens up in Japan.
Hordes of Fantasy Warriors and monsters poor out and Attck the people of Japan.
With one man standing in there way.
A Japanese soldier named Itami who manages to lead a counter defense in order to push the intruders back.
Which actually works even though any one with half a brain could have come up with it.
Some time after the attack he is apparently a hero now
and promoted in the army.
So after that he is in the first squadron of the Japanese army to explore this new land and etc.
the story of gate pretty much starts out like this epic war between the Japanese army vs the empire which is totally not a cheep ripoff of the Roman Empire.
Which I thought was a pretty interesting idea for a war story.
Because you got modern combat with guns and tanks vs fantasy combat with magic and swords. Which would make some very interesting battles going down. And while this epic war is going down we will have people from both side trying to stop the war so the two worlds can coexist in peace.
Sounds pretty cool right? Well if you think that what the story like then I am sorry to tell you that gate is otaku pandering and Japanese propaganda to the max.
And I am not jokeing when I say this.
The underline story is basically Japanese propaganda and otaku pandering.
For the otaku pandering part you got a fantasy world filled with most otaku fedish's like lolis,elfs,animal girls and etc.
it also includes a main protagonist as an otaku who is a hero to the people and has been starting collecting girls for his haram.
There is also A lot of fan service.
For the Japanese propaganda part.
You got the leaders of America,China,Russia government acting like one dimensional evil villains who want to take over the fantasy world and mine it for natural resources for money or eta.
While the noble Japanese government what to protect the fantasy people from those who would have evil intentions like America,China,Russia.
Another example of this propaganda is how normal Japanese soldiers where actually able to beat highly trained American blacks ops who probably have years of combat experience.
I get it Japan your still salty about World War Two but you have to get over it,
The Japanese army isn't as strong as it used to be and you have to understand that.
But Also I would like to add that any country would probably do the same if a new land popped up and it was full of untapped resources and one county was just like no we call dibs on this.
This is global politics 101.
But apparently you can't have a war drama without all these "important" elements like otaku pandering and Japanese propaganda.
Actually it isn't a war drama is more like a war dud.
Because Who needs Gray morality or deep themes or good characters even.
what the fuck is that? Take the safe rote and hope the plebs will bite and call it a master piece of mature writing which it really isn't.
So gate had the potential to be a good war drama and if it had taken it self seriously it would have Been good. But sadly it decided to Take the Safe route And becomes a soulless otaku pandering wish fill ment bull shit with a war thrown in as flavoring.
And when I think about this could have been a pretty decent harem if it wasn't for the war and the badly explored politics.
Hell it could have been a decent adventure story if you again remove the war and politics.
Actually when I think about.
the war and political elements really do actually drag it down to the mud.
Because this could have been a fun story with harem and ecchi shit happening,
And It would probably be a ten times better show.
And that is saying something.
The main character Itami is the most out of place thing in his setting.
He is pretty much an otaku with a pretty decent ranking the military.
And I understand that anyone can have a hobby that's outside their work place.
But I would think if he was a soldier for the army he would be a lot more fit or in fact more highly trained.
I know he not part of the black ops or any highly trained military.
But in all honesty he doesn't even act or feel like a soldier.
Because I have meet people that are or where part of the military in some point in there lives.
And he doesn't have that vide about him.
Even when I include other anime with military people in them.
his presence is probably the most jarring thing in this show.
The side character are very one note and are as bland as toast.
All the characters are spupind,
Even the military leaders Who are In charge.
There not even a single character I care about in this entire show.
There is no character development or fleshing out.
Even though there could be with the whole war thing.
Because war is very stressful and losing your friends or killing things can do things to people.
Some it doesn't really affect them and others well PTSD is quite the popular way to go about things.
Not one character say especially from the Japanese army
What is this fighting actually actually doing to us or how do people feel when killing entire army's in mare seconds.
They feel like robots they just point, shot, repeat.
But in the flip side It more reasonable for the people from the fantasy world to act like that.
Because death and fighting are more common for them,
Especially When you make in the midevil fantasy world setting as context for that.
The animation is very average as a whole.
It has some very colorful backgrounds.
The art style is very generic.
I like some of the character designs,
Not there not amazing or mind blowing in any way.
The op I don't care about and the ending is probably the worse choice they could of picked for a ending song.
Because it so upbeat even though people are getting killed in mass in the show.
It doesn't fit very well.
The ost was fine for the most part.
It was done by yoshiaki Fujisawa.
So over all despite being quite negative towards this show in general. I did quite find it quite entertaining at times.
Like for example when the empire tried to attack the Japanese base and the empire army got recked almost instantly.
Which I fould funny because the empire army was so cocky and thinking they were going to win and then they get ripped apart by gun fire.
That was favorite part,
It got even better when they did it a few more times with a bigger army each time.
And still got ripped apart easily.
Those episodes are probably the most fun I ever had in this anime.
And sadly it never go back to the quitly those episodes had
If you like simple shows with fan service and fantasy elements then gate is an anime you will like. But if your looking for a war drama that takes it's self seriously then you won't find it here along with over things like logic or gray characters.
Also if this was supposed to be some sort of advertisement for the Japanese army then it's a fail.
Even as that.
Hey kids, have you ever wanted to live in a fantasy anime with dragons, elves, nekomimis, and complete other bullcrap? Me neither! Don't worry though, because this anime called Gate does just that for you, except not quite as you'd think. Alright folks, let's HACK INTO THE GATE!
(My god, did I just say that? I just said that...)
Let's add a synopsis, because no bad review ever has a synopsis in it!
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.
Japan Ground-Self Defence Force immediately took action and pushed the fantasy creatures back to the "Gate." To facilitate negotiations and prepare for future fights, the JGSDF dispatched the Third Reconnaissance Team to the "Special Region" at the other side of the Gate.
Youji Itami, a JSDF officer as well as a 33-year-old otaku, was appointed as the leader of the Team. Amid attacks from enemy troops the team visited a variety of places and learnt a lot about the local culture and geography.
Thanks to their efforts in humanitarian relief, although with some difficulties they were gradually able to reach out to the locals. They even had a cute elf, a sorceress and a demigoddess in their circle of new friends. On the other hand, the major powers outside the Gate such as the United States, China, and Russia were extremely interested in the abundant resources available in the Special Region. They began to exert diplomatic pressure over Japan.
A suddenly appearing portal to an unknown world—to the major powers it may be no more than a mere asset for toppling the international order. But to our protagonists it is an invaluable opportunity to broaden knowledge, friendship, and ultimately their perspective towards the world.
So for the 100% that didn't read the synopsis, Japan randomly gets attacked by a bunch of dragons, orcs and trolls. It's as if the Internet became real life.
Japan, being in the 21st century and stocked with heavy artillery, go Hiroshima all up ons the dragons n shiz. If that wasn't enough, they decide to go into their dimension so they can genocide their sorry medieval booties.
Let's meet our faptastic cast, shall we?
First off, we got otaku weeb trash that u aspire to be. Get this, the guy is basically the highest grade of Japanese Marine someone can possibly be.
"Your taste in anime is trash!"
That guy will freaking find out where you live. As a matter of fact:
"What the fuck did you just fucking say about my waifu,you little bitch? I'll have you know I am known on numerous otaku website's,and i've been involved in numerous meet ups across japan and I have over 300 Limited DVD release's of naruto. I am trained in Kanji and Katakana and I'm the top of my club at my local akihabara store. I will show you the otaku way's and skill with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth,mark my fucking words. You baka gaijin."
Yeah, this guy is my inspiration.
Then you have the three girls that convinced you to watch the show, but ultimately decided Rory is the best girl.
This one elf chick who has daddy issues. Literally, that's all she worries about through the entire anime.
Then RORY MERCURY BEST GIRL OMG OMG OMG! YASSSS😘😘😘💕😘💕😘💕😘💕😘💕😘😘😘😘💕😘😘😘😘😋💕🍍💕😋👌🍇😋😋🍑🍍🍑🍍🍑🍍🍑😘💕😋😋💕💕😋🍍🍑😋💕😋🍇💕🍑😋💕💕👌
Now we have Leilei. Let's hold up for a second and talk about the utter bull crap that is Leilei. First of all, why include her and elf at all when Rory is going to get all the attention in the first place. Honestly, it just hit my hopes up and those hopes were only slightly satisfied with Leilei cuddling with otaku marine. Literally, that's the only scene she had and maybe the bath.
Second, I want to give props to Nao Toyama for trying a new type of character. In my opinion, she performed the personality of a Kuudere very well. However, the problem here is that even though she did well, it wasn't noticed because of Rory-sama. Toyama thrives when her character is the best girl, but her character was, for once, not the best. I'll just hold onto my hopes and see if she gets another opportunity to play as a Kuudere in a different show.
ANIMATION & MUSIC
I want to categorize these together because my opinions are the same for both of them and that's that they're massively above average and provide enjoyment even when there was times when the story was getting boring.
I believe the times when the animation was truly at its best was when they were in battle and animated the tanks and helicopters. The computer animation of the dragon was slight and hardly noticeable and the animations of the characters fighting was truly fluent and felt natural.
Music-wise, I may be biased because AKEBOSHI ROCKETS, but honestly the opening and especially the ending were great to excite and enjoy the anime. The addition of Flight of the Valkyries was an amazing addition to the soundtrack as well. Let's be honest here, that episode was a slaughter and we loved the hell out of it. I swear, I'm almost as edge hungry as this gothic Lolita goddess.
Let's look back on this show one more time. We have relatable otaku power soldier as the main character who literally doesn't give a f**k about anything except his anime along with some sugoku kawaii fantasy girls from my WoW dreams along with fluent battle animations and orgasmic soundtrack. Looking back at those points... Eh, it was ok. There was honestly some points that I wondered if I should drop it, but it ended up holding my attention with Lolita goddess and can we just hold up for a second here? See this chick? Her name is Piña Co Lada. Please tell me that was done on purpose.
So, is Gate worth the watch? Here's a fun factoid really quick before answering that. After researching a bit about this show, I learned that the original material creator was apart of the JDF, or whatever that special force is called. Basically, he took reliable source material from what he learned fighting for his country and made it into an anime. Combine that you're learning a bit about Japanese military with Weeaboo trash anime grills, you have a pretty dope anime.👌
Fun anime to watch unless you hate new Japanese policy or the Japanese army for any reason because the anime is obliviously such a clear propaganda for the Japanese army and for the nationalist right wing there,
if you are interested in the Japanese politics now with the new constitutional changes and their impact on the people there you will find this anime interesting to watch accordingly.
another good aspect of the anime is the way they presented the colonial expanding , although they tried hard to make it look nice and just in childish way , it was good to see how some wings
in Japan thinks about that now .
other than that , I liked the new idea of GATE , it's some thing somehow defferant then the recent anime titles in the last 5- 10 years.
Gate in a Nutshell:
Overhyped military anime with anime tropes thrown in. Starts off epic and interesting but later devolves into some rather uninteresting story points. Some of the focus isn't where it needed to be. Kind of lost itself to the anime tropes later on, focusing less on the military side. Has art that gets the job done, a couple memorable moments, characters that are kind of forgettable, and a "meh" soundtrack.
Should you Watch?
Depends. If you like anime, go for it. If you want something epic, don't. If you want something to watch when you're bored this is perfect.
The blending of two completely different genres can be something completely genius when executed correctly. However when done wrong it can doom an entire anime. Gate falls into the prior with a creative narrative that is far from typical. As a fan of high fantasy stories, I was pleasantly suprised but the blend of military warfare and mythical fantasy proves to be a surprisingly great relationship.
So what is Gate? Gate: Thus the JSDF fought there is the summer 2015 anime based off the light novel of the same name. The narrative follows a 33 year old otaku who is a struggling lieutenant
in the special defense force. Than a gate to a parallel dimension unexpectedly opens and he saves countless lives in the attacks. He then becomes a leader of a recon team and heads into this dimension to interact with locals and bring peace between Japan and the special region.
So what impressed me about this show is the integration of politics. And these politics aren't boring, in fact I think it give the story some depth and intrigue. The story in this show is so great because the political structure of the Empire and the fact that Japan is under constant political pressure from other super powers in the world is well explored and explained.
When you look at the genres here you don't normally think that they would go together as well as they do. But damn the execution is AMAZING. The high fantasy medieval empire with elves, Demi gods, and mages that feels like it's straight out of lord of the rings. Clashes with a modern militaristic style modern Tokyo. The characters in this show interact with such a foreign environment perfectly and they show how they have to adapt to such a new world. The comedy is also well integrated in this story. So as a creative story with political depth and intrigue that works with high fantasy and military elements, Gate is a success hands down.
You can't have a great world like this without great characters and I have to say the characters in Gate had me satisfied to say the very least. First we have our main character, Itami. He's an otaku and the most unlikely hero I can think of in anime. He has a nice personality and despite being kind of average by a soldier standard, he is still very fun to watch and a unique lead character. The most interesting thing with the character is not the characters themselves, but the excellent character interaction and relationship. The way these soldiers are so loyal to Itami is great enough, but there relationship with these mythical beings are quite dynamic. The Mage Leilei is very curious and had a fun role as the language interpreter . The Demi God Rory had a witty and rebellious personality and added some rollicking fun. And the Elf Tuka's mental illness and denial of her father's death was very intriguing.
The way all of these diverse personalities play off each other was very fun to watch and it shows that they don't really care about a stupid war. Itami and his team come to realize that they want to create friendships and exploring the unique world, and how it's not just as source for resources like other countries are looking at it. It's an opportunity for them to broaden their knowledge and build diplomatic relationship and peace.
The art is very well done with good detail and color. And the OST and opening theme were both excellent. However I found the eyes to be drawn oddly and it was a tad distracting. It wasn't that big of a deal though. At the beginning I felt it was a bit too fast paced and the plot felt a little forced. For an example of what I'm talking about, the gate to the other world just randomly appeared so quickly. I mean no explanation it just appeared. Another problem I had was that some side characters should have been more developed. And lastly the conclusion was a cliffhanger but I can't be too mad due to a second season currently airing.
So in conclusion this anime was a pleasent and highly creative surprise. Interesting characters, fun story, good world building, good art, great music, and a fantastic blend of opposite genres. Gate is something that you mustn't miss and is a must watch for a good narrative of political intrigue, high fantasy, and modern warfare.
Throughout history, the concept of discovering new lands has ended with one of two possibilities. One, the invaders take over the natives and make the lands for themselves, or two, the natives push back the invaders and keep the lands for themselves. So, with Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri, or Gate: and so the JSDF fought there, alluding to that concept with Japan and another world, what are we to expect from this story?
Story: Yoji Itami is your everyday average Otaku. He likes Doujinshi, he has his own personal fetishes, and he likes online novels. On the way to go
buy some Doujinshi, a Gate reminiscent to a roman structure opens up in the middle of the city, and all kinds of people, monsters, dragons, and militia barge in and begin slaughtering the innocent civilians. With quick thinking, and the help of the military he contacted, Itami rushes to help with the situation where we discover that this guy is actually a pretty damn good soldier reaching the rank of First Lieutenant. And so, with a mysterious gate that spawned creatures of fantasy existing in the middle of Japan, the government dispatches the JSDF to go in and discover what is on the other side of the Gate.
Gate's story is very similar to the ideas of conquering a new land. We have the invaders and the natives played by the JSDF and the Empire respectively, and we have to opposing sides that go to war (to some degree) and battle for control over certain areas. However, rather than a full-on takeover, Gate focuses more on peaceful resolutions and a mix of cultures and knowledge amongst the two different peoples. Rather than focusing more on the war side of politics, Gate puts most of its effort towards the idea of peace as throughout the entire anime there are talks of peace, sharing cultures and goods, as well as other political acts such as Diets, shifts of power, and well, war. Because you can't have two opposing sides go against each other without war.
Aside from the peace treaties, occasional war, and trade that goes on in the series, there's honestly not much to say beyond that. Character development doesn't particularly exist in this anime as it is very much story-driven, and any sort of thing that seems like character development really only equates to "Itami is a good guy." Hell, those are the closing lines for the show. In addition, some of the politics does get a bit messy halfway through the series. A lot of things happen around the halfway to 2/3 mark of the series and it isn't...really all that clear. A lot of events can happen in Gate at one time, and it ends up becoming rather confusing to watch simply because there is just so much going on.
In the end, Gate did succeed in what it wanted to tell, which was a story that focused on two different sides now coming together since there was a gate that allowed them to come in contact with one another. What it didn't really do well on was the specifics on what it wanted to do. Its somewhat poor execution was only heightened by the lackluster ending. In all fairness, it was a very anticlimactic ending. Nothing...really happened there and the luster of the series just sort of faded away.
+ Good base story idea
+ Decent plot and progression
- Lackluster ending
- Poor execution sometimes by jumbling a lot of stuff together at once
Characters: In addition, characters in Gate are good when looked at from face value, but they don't really hold much value in the long run.
Up first, there's Yoji Itami, the main protagonist of the series. As a First Lieutenant of the JDSF army, Itami is a man who has control over an entire little squadron of characters. Throughout the series, Itami is shown to be a rather lax man, wishing only to be one with his Otaku goods and not worrying about the going ons in politics and what have you. But contrary to that, he is a very kind person, seeing that everyone who asks for help should get help and unwilling to back down whenever there is any immediate threat to the people he knows and loves. But really, that's about it. There isn't really any character development for Itami throughout the entire series. He stays rather static with the role that he's given and really doesn't change at all. In most cases, he acts a bit like a plot device because he's the one giving orders and the one that influences most of the characters in the series, while not really changing much as a character himself.
And then we have the three title girls of the series. Tuka, Lelei, and Rory. Similar to Itami, these three girls don't really change much as the series goes on. Static in their roles as sort of "the last girl" due to how Tuka comes in the series, "the knowledgeable one" on account of Lelei's will for knowledge and ability to become a mediator/translator between the other world and Japan, and the "fan favorite" on account of Rory's rather...interesting personality. (I relate her to Tokisaki Kurumi as a comparison, and a bit sad that Sanada Asami didn't get the role for Rory. The parallels!!!) They also don't show up as much as you would think, since there are times where we can basically go an entire episode without either one of these three saying any significant lines.
As for side characters, Gate has a very expansive cast featuring characters from both sides that add to the complexity on the views on what is going on in the other world. However, like always, there are some characters that get more screentime than most. Most notably is the third princess of the empire, Pina Co Lada (I'm sorry, but...that name is hilarious. She's a drink.), who spends the series learning about Japan and, like the JDSF, is shooting for peace. Aside from her though, many other characters get shelved off into two separate categories. Characters who actually involve themselves with the main characters on an episode by episode basis, such as Itami's unit, or just story fodder who serve to do nothing but try and build up the way the story works or what kind of people live in the world. (Cause there are a surprising amount of non-humans.) As a result, the story fodder is chock full of characters you really only meet once and is just a complicated way of saying that they're plot devices.
+ Some interesting characters
- Little to none character progression
- Expansive and completely forgettable side cast. (They even had random operatives from the US, China, and Russia one time. Come on, Gate.)
Art: Produced by A-1 pictures, Gate has a rather high quality style of animation. The colors that they use for the series features a rather bright color palette that gives off a very whimsical feel to the series, reminiscent of a magical world. (Well, we are in a magical world.)
In addition, the animation is very fluid and nicely detailed. Any sort of action sequence that does not involve just complete modern warfare is very fluid in its motions (Particularly Rory and her massive halberd badassery), and the backgrounds and characters are very nicely detailed. While there aren't any completely stunning scenes to make note of, the animation does stay very consistent throughout the whole runtime and doesn't fail to look good in any way.
+ High quality animation
+ Fluid fight scenes
- No real memorable moments in art
Sound: Gate's OP is a very peculiar piece to listen to. It's unique in the sense that you can't really pin it down as a specific kind of track. It's not heavy metal, it's not your general cutesy music, nor is it any sort of epic war song. It's a sort of mixture of rock music with a little whimsy, and some war song-like attributes, particularly one that sort of boosts morale. Oddly enough though, it doesn't go to the extent of being memorable. That being said though, it is still a decent track and one worth listening to.
The ending on the other hand is similar to a very cutesy song. The three VA's who voice Tuka, Lelei, and Rory sing the song, and it honestly isn't really all that memorable. There isn't anything about it that screams as a track that's memorable.
+ Unique OP
- Mediocre ED
Personal Enjoyment: While Gate had more than a couple problems with its execution, it was still a rather enjoyable show. It reminded me of a more serious version of a similar show called "Outbreak Company" where we have an Otaku placed in a magical world.
Did I like this show?
Indeed, I did. Because the show was mostly story based, there were moments where I was completely enthralled by what was going on and was greatly anticipating the next episode. The concept of the show intrigued me and I thoroughly enjoyed that initial battle scene. (The slaughter was funny.) Also Rory. Rory is a fantastic character and probably the fan favorite for the entire series.
What didn't I like about this show?
Gate had some very obvious problems with its execution. As it didn't focus on characters, everyone was rather one sided in terms of personality. In addition, the politics were confusing to me when they began bombarding us with country interactions, and the series just sort of...ending with that anticlimactic ending really didn't do any justice for the series.
Would I recommend this series?
If you're a fan of war-related anime or any kind of fantasy anime, then Gate would be good series to watch. While there are problems with the way the story is made because of its severely down moments and its less than phenomenal character development, it does have enough to it to make it an enjoyable show. Plus, you get to see like a dozen people take down a freaking dragon. That's pretty badass.
GATE is a story that, however extremely enjoyable in some areas, is seriously lacking in others. This show presents a setting that is not by any means original. In fact, one such example of a similar series which kept popping into my head would be the 90's movie and television series, "Stargate". Which shares aspects such as a paranormal "wormhole" to another world, as well as modern military power interacting with a primitive civilization. These aspects have become very well known and popular within the sci-fi community, to the point of almost being considered cliched. Although, GATE is a show that adds just enough to
let it stand apart from the rest, and introduces it into a medium that allows for it to be told in a way not yet attempted. However, originality, unfortunately, was not the only issue I had. There is no doubt that GATE was designed to be a very nationalistic series, promoting Japan and her SDF as best as possible, and there is nothing at all wrong with that! Hell, I'm from the US, we generate media like this more than anyone. However, it wasn't the nationalistic sentiment that irked me, it was the downright xenophobic twist the story takes. Other nations in this universe are portrayed extremely unrealistically, to the point of being comically evil. Now, I UNDERSTAND that this is anime, the place where realism goes to quiver in the corner crying, however, considering the story that GATE is trying to tell, it seemed that a realistic portrayal of world powers would be somewhat essential. However, if you know the source material, and its creator, you'd understand why it took this turn. Yet, I can't help but be a bit disappointed at the lost potential.
The art style of this show has encountered mixed reactions from fans, however, I myself quite enjoyed the look of it. GATE seems to have fallen into the recent trend of using a very diverse color pallet, and utilizes a neat and satisfying motion in its animation. The style very loosely reminded me of that of the series "No Game No Life", which also had a very bright and appealing aesthetic.
From the OP to the background tracks, as well as the voice acting and SFX, the sound of this show maintained a very pleasing consistency. The music always seemed to fit the mood, and added an even greater depth of impact during some of the shows more prominent action sequences. I'm not Japanese, so I am not sure I am one to judge voice acting, yet I can honestly say there was not a voice I felt that did not fit a character, so I would be inclined to say the director made some good choices in that regard. In addition, the SFX were very well crafted. In an action/military themed series like this, with loud and intensive battles, it is very important to do it justice with a proper mix of sounds that make up the environment. I have to say I was very pleased with how they directed this, and it made the whole show have a very 3-dimensional feel to it in terms of production value.
One thing I felt was somewhat lacking in GATE would be any real character development. I would not go as far as to say it was bad, as the characters presented in the story were very likable, and definitely felt like human beings. However, it was the lack of any real change or development in any of their personalities that really nagged at me. I mean, considering the extraordinary situation they were thrown into, all the lives they were forced to take, you would think it would at least strike a cord. So yes, this is one area in the show in which I found myself unimpressed.
Last but not least, my personal enjoyment. Overall, looking past any minor quarrels I might have with the story or characters , I am loving this show. I'm a sucker for intense battles, and generally kicking ass, so if your into that as well, you will defiantly enjoy this show.
My rating for the series thus far is a sold 7/10. The art and sound present a very crisp and immersive world which you can't help but love, but in the fields of story and character there were some genuine disappointments, as well as some likable aspects on the flip-side. However, either has yet to impress me. Although, as the season has yet to come to a close, I guess my opinion might be subject to change in future edits, but I am definitely looking forward to it! This show has been one hell of a ride, and continues to entertain regardless of whatever nitpicks I throw at it, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a show to have some fun, or just to see some bad guys get blown to kingdom come. Either is great in my book!
THIS IS NOT THE FINAL REVIEW! AS I CONTINUE WATCHING THE SERIES THIS REVIEW WILL CHANGE - It only shows my impressions so far. I will rework it after I finished the Anime
First review by the way. Epicness = Extra Points (Obviously I am joking, with those points, usually there are other smaller elements, or just a feeling that make me increase the points - Kidding about that last thing here)
Well, lets start with the story. By the way. I watched the show with German Subs.
I was really excited when I first read the description of the Anime. 21 century meets medieval age. The idea
and potential of this anime is amazing. Tbh, I was so interested that I watched the series to episode 10 and couldnt hold myself from spoilering myself by reading through the manga. But don't you worry, this review will only tell you if the >Anime< is worth to watch, or not...
The storyline till now was on an average level. Until now (hehe) the Anime didn't really have a complex plot, as things just continued without any big consequences. But, watching the series still gives you the excitement you wish to have and you are always curious about what happens next, and if you are interested in what happens, then you are interested in how the story continues. If you want to continue watching an anime, because you actually WANT it, then in my opinion it is a good Anime. Maybe not a masterpiece but good and enjoyable. 8/10 for the story.
The Art of the anime is not something that kicks you off your chair once you start watching it. It is quite good.
Anything else to say..? OH YES. BATTLE SCENES. Wow. As you can imagine, when the 21. century military has to fight against medieval Military, things become... obvious. It was amazing how the animators managed to give the battles scenes this taste of EPICNESS. Oh and who didn't notice the smooth fighting style of Rory. That was very good. Pushing the Art to 8
The intro was quite good. It is one of those intros you don't skip at the beginning because they annoy you. You start the anime, sit down and listen how the drums introduce you to the next episode. The sound in the series itself was nothing remarkable. Could have been more though as the series sometimes has moments, where people talk and around them everything is mute. Little thing to mention, "Walkürenritt eng: Ride of the Valkyries".
I didn't believe my ears (yep, not the eyes this time.) when I heard that music combined with that scene. But the sound of the vehicles, weapons, fights and other stuff were really damn good.
Its a good 7/10
The characters... One might say "Oh this is so fanservice and omg ofc the leader of the squad is an otaku, oh what a coincidence he is involved in all those stuff and suddenly a super cool person with a stupid attidude waffle waffle".
Yes the characters, especially those from the special region, are designed to fit to the majority of Anime watching people. We got an elve, a gothlike dressed demigod, and a young sorceress.
We also got the squad of Itami (our protagonist), which doesn't have any special members, besides a woman who uses to talk about the background stuff sometimes. The character development of Itamis isn't really present, they are good educated soldiers, they know what to do, nothing "that dangerous" to face. On the other hand we got the "Special-Regioners" (lets just call them like that) who have to watch a might, so powerful, that it could eliminate them all within a blink, wanting nothing more than peace and friendship and at the same time, they have to fear them, because if they wanted to, they could, as stated above, eliminate them in one turn.
We see princess Pina with the ton pressure shes under, witnessing this might from a first person view. I think this is what we should look at. The other side. If we were to face what the Special-Regioners see currently, we would be like "Oh thats cool, lets explore it." While our SRs (Special Regioners) are used to medieval standards. They are facing something completly different. A godlike might, which doesn't care if you are a honorable soldier. If it wants to, it eliminates you. A world, ruled by a people, not only by Kings and Queens. A world that aims for peace but at the same time does everything for ressources. They have to face that fact, that they need to negotiate with a world, they don't know, but at the same time, is ruled by a race they know. This isn't like some ET wants to destroy earth, it is different. And this is the place where the character development shows itself. As I said before, I did read the Manga so I know that Character Development will happen, pretty good development though. But this rating is for the anime thus a fair 6/10.
Enjoyment. Well. I really... really enjoy watching this series. It is just great and interesting to witness this clash of ages. Of course you have episodes where (felt) nothing happens. But you still want to know what exactly happens even if it is nothing special. It is a sign of a good Anime to make the viewer curious, (best tool in this Anime is the good old Cliffhanger). I like to watch this series and I will continue watching it.
A strong and outstanding 10/10
In the last version of my review, I called this Anime already one of the best Animes this year. This of course is just an expectation, as I don't know the exact full story. It has a lot of potencial, very much. From what I've seen so far, this is a very good anime and I hope it gets better as it continues.
TL;DR or SL;WTRM (So long; want to read more).
You sometimes need these setups, that look too random, for a good story (this setup is the perfect example). This is not a bad thing, this is what makes something interesting. This Anime is worth to watch and is enjoyable, even for people who have nothing much to do with the militaristic scene of Animes.
So much about this anime was superb, so why did I put it as a 5? Imagine Star Wars. Now imagine the Death Star's super weapon could only dent an A-Wing. That's what's wrong with this anime.
The story did a great job sharing what would happen if medieval weaponry met current weaponry, but that very creativity is the story's downfall. My only enjoyment in this came from the fact that there were elves, gods and magic in a medieval setting coupled with the idea that I could imagine myself there fairly easily, that aside it was dreadfully boring. Even when they went into politics
it was far too straightforward. The story was sapped by the sole fact that the whole story was one sided. Basically nothing happened throughout the entire story. "Shit, badguys. Shoot your gun... Oh, they're dead and we didn't lose anyone" rinse and repeat. I'm looking into the light novel with hopes that it's better than the anime and gets more detailed. Magic looks like it has great potential to be competition against Japan's military and there might be fights with other countries from earth.
All too often we have some dragon popup and the military ends up completely powerless only to have some teenager with a magic sword solve the worlds problems. This basically reverses that type of plot and instead we see with some degree of realism the amount of firepower that modern(ish) military weapons have. We also have a MC who is 33 and already a member of the JSDF (albeit known as a slacker) when the story starts.
We do get a bit of a pseudo-harem with the MC being surrounded by several attractive females from the fantasy world, but
the amount of romantic attraction is mostly limited to one of them and there are several other supporting male characters. I did find the fantasy characters to be slightly predictable, but not so much that they ruined the story.
The amount of "Japan, heck yeah" is quite thick at times, but this is fairly standard from a military themed show. It's mostly when you see it from another country's POV that it becomes somewhat noteworthy. On that note - there is some interesting politics in the fantasy world, but the real world is mostly presented as cardboard cutouts in terms of politics. But then again the fun is on the fantasy encounter.
This has some gore, compared to the magna it is toned down a bit by having some of the more hardcore stuff either occur off screen (but still occur) or be changed a tiny bit. I felt that in the first season/cour that the only place I really felt this was the introduction of Rory. So don't think that because this is a fantasy there isn't a lot of bloodshed and stuff.
Gate is interesting because of the fusion of modern world and fantasy/Roman/medieval world. I always like seeing guns and missiles rekt knights and traditional tactics and weapons and these makes Gate satisfying because it’s done right and we can see the difference between two world and unsatisfying because I still got to wait next year.
Gate’s cast isn’t anything special but at least the MC is kind of likable and most of the characters have different traits, personality and characteristics. Rory as a yandere, Lelei as the curious, cute mage, Tuka as you know…. I don’t know, traumatized because her father is dead? Then we got
the MC Itami which not your usual otaku, because Itami is actually a human being who works in the military (although he seems a bit OP) , then Pina Co Lada (God, I love that song) who is what we expected as a princess, patriotic and will do anything to save her nation from getting rekt by Glorious Nippon.
Gate’s technical aspects aren’t bad either. We got nice and realistic animation of weapons and tanks and helicopters. It has a good music, a good OP and ED and most of all, Wagner. The censorship didn’t bother me at all since I haven’t read the manga and it wouldn’t make a difference even if I read it before.
Gate is a fun show and it has little problems especially the unrealistic politics. Nonetheless, it always gives me satisfaction every week.
Story – 7/10
Characters – 6/10
Technical Aspects – 8/10
Overall – 8/10