Several months have passed since the infamous Ginza Incident, with tensions between the Empire and JSDF escalating in the vast and mysterious "Special Region" over peace negotiations. The greed and curiosity of the global powers have also begun to grow, as reports about the technological limitations of the magical realm's archaic civilizations come to light.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Youji Itami and his merry band of female admirers struggle to navigate the complex political intrigue that plagues the Empire's court. Despite her best efforts, Princess Piña Co Lada faces difficulties attempting to convince her father that the JSDF has no intention of conquering their kingdom. Pressured from both sides of the Gate, Itami must consider even more drastic measures to fulfill his mission.
#1: "Itsudatte Communication (いつだってコミュニケーション)" by Tuka (Hisako Kanemoto), Lelei (Nao Touyama), Rory (Risa Taneda) (eps 1-11) #2: "GATE: Sore wa Akatsuki no you ni (GATE～それは暁のように～)" by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets (ep 12)
In my review of season 1, I suggested saluting the Japanese flag. Well, it looks like the writers decided to give me a hand because the ending now contains a Japanese flag flying gloriously. Plus fantasy girls in military gear in various military activities, having tons of fun. In fact, the military is portrayed as so fun we should all join. Play around in the bath and get the complimentary harem. Sounds legit to me.
...Anyway, season 2 picks up where the last one left off. Beyond the titular gate is a fantasy land with elves, dragons, catgirls and whatnot. The place has been annexed by Japan and with much creativity and sensitivity named the Special Region. Now the virtuous Japanese Self-Defence Force (SDF) proceeds to help the local population against tyranny and oppression. And they carry it out honorably despite being hindered by incompetent politicians, propaganda-spewing journalists, and other countries such as the US who like to mess with Japan's business.
What? The Japanese constitution forbids using the SDF abroad? Don't be silly. If you annex the place, it counts as part of Japan, duh. Or maybe since the gate is inside Japan, they decided all its contents are too. If they have a team of lawyers, I'd like to hire them too.
Plus they loot, err I mean procure, whatever natural resources there are in the area. That's right; Japan strikes oil. Get rekt, Middle East. The local lords had no idea oil is even valuable when they signed the mining deal. Suckers.
As you might expect, the SDF wrecks the natives with ease. Again. Which is not really surprising because the local royalty and feudal lords have not learned much in the ways of warfare or diplomacy. Actually, forget the guns; they can't even match the SDF in a fistfight. And when the SDF isn't overpowered enough, the otaku protagonist's harem of mages and demigod lolis swoops in and wins in a few seconds. There is also a CGI dragon that is thankfully at least a bit more challenging, and that is probably the reason why it exists in the plot to begin with.
Also, the best cure for psychological trauma is apparently revenge, best achieved by having a traumatized person operate a bazooka. What could possibly go wrong?
The timing of the comedy and drama is brilliant, with random fanservice right next to slavery and war crimes (not committed by the SDF, don't worry). Just the way I like it. Romance is also handled with subtlety: near the end we even get a montage of all the latest crack pairings.
So if you are looking for lots of fanservice, explosions and nationalistic right-wing sentiment, this is the anime for you. Season 3 hype?read more
Every so and often, we come across a series where there’s some controversy. Anime isn’t shy to take risks and so we have stories that involves the military, politics, prostitution, and slavery. Putting that aside, a show is also capable of capitalizing on these risks and turn it into something of a blessing in disguise. Gate Jieitai Kanochi nite Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season is one of these shows.
Returning for a second season, GATE focuses on two major arcs. A few things first though. The series has already build a lot with the first season as we were introduced to Itami Youji, a lieutenant from the Ground Self-Defense Force. Also known for his otaku characteristics, Itami’s encounter on the other side of the world (beyond the GATE as I’d like to call it) leads to extraordinary discoveries. Elves, mages, dragons, and even demi-gods. These are just a few of the otherworldly that Itami encounters. Of course, between the two worlds, there’s also a lot of conflict.
The conflict continues into GATE Season 2. The first few episodes also sets up for quite a bit of events for the reminder course of the story. Characters such as Zorzal El Caesar (first prince of the Empire) and Tyuule (ruler of the warrior bunnies) are just a few that causes controversy. The emperor of the Empire also seems to be planning for big things while Pina still tries to maintain a state of peace between the two worlds. Then, there’s also characters like Sherry Tyueli, a young girl who has a surprisingly crafty mind. GATE Season 2 introduces a variety of characters to instill the purpose of role diversity. It also goes to show that characters of any age, gender, or race can potentially influence a great deal in the story.
Of course, Itami is still the main guy along with the three girls that we fondly adores from the first season. Furthermore, Itami’s relationship in particular with Tuka seems to have grown much deeper in one of the later episodes. Lelei development as a mage is also evident as we witness her skills against even an almighty dragon during the Red Dragon Arc. And who can forget about Rory? The ever so cunning demi-god also develops a special connection with Itami as she gets involved with an old rival. In essence, every main girl shines in their way while Itami still plays the role of being the leader of the squad. In the meantime, there’s a lot of political tension building up that really makes the second season darker than it seems.
These include attempted assassinations, human slavery, and a plot to overthrow the empire within its own forces. If you remember Pina, she also becomes entrenched with controversial affairs that takes unexpected dark turns. It goes to say that GATE still maintains what it tries to do – developing story episode by episode while feeding a lot of its ideas towards a climax. It works out quite well once we realize the purpose of its intent. And while it’s at it, GATE isn’t afraid to show death and make it into a reality. War exists – both in the fantasy and real world with GATE still developing on that throughout the season. Also, don’t forget that the show has a lot of military themes and we can easily see how Japan adapts its propaganda fueled by its technological arsenal. Also, it’s noticeable that GATE continuously maintain a high level of world building. It’s easily recognized and has always been one of the show’s stronger points.
Unlike the first season, the sequel has less comedy and much more on plot emphasis. By the third or fourth episode, I think it’s easy to adapt with the style as the show has already introduced enough concepts. But like most adaptations, the show does omit some material although nothing too crucial. Some of the more controversial content like sexual slavery and abuse is subtly hinted at while there’s less gore. In addition, pacing becomes somewhat rushed in a few episodes. With the story that introduces new characters, it’s not always easy to like them. Zorzal is likely to become one of the most hated characters for his cruel actions. In addition, some of the content such as sex may be uncomfortable to sink into your mind.
The art style of GATE generally remains the same. As I mentioned before, the world building is one of the strongest aspects of the show and we get a good amount of quality of the fantasy world. From powerful looking dragons to artistically decorated structures, the show knows where to go for when it comes to fantasy content. This also extends to character designs that really shows their distinctive appearances. From bunny warriors to apostles, you can expect a lot of unique ways the show does to make characters look different. Similar to the first season, there’s also some realistic content like with Japan’s military. From impressive fighter jets to heavy duty mortars, the show demonstrates what military is really capable of. Supplementing its impressive technical features, the soundtrack of season 2 retains its style that fans are used to. The OP song has a familiar tune while the majority of the action choreography is nicely performed with its stellar OST. Character voice mannerism is also noticeable with Zorzal’s egoistic nature, Tyueli’s manipulative personality, or Noriko’s innocence.
Well, I can’t say that season 2 of GATE is miles better than what the first season offered. However, what it does have is concrete storytelling that builds more and more. It makes viewers anticipate what’s to happen next while skillfully adapt with some of its controversial content. I am a bit disappointed that it does omit certain content though. (read the LN and manga for more details) And to add on to the fire, GATE still has characters that can make people pull their hairs out. That aside, GATE Season 2 maintains a nice balance of storytelling and characters. With less comedy and more serious business picking up, it’s a show that just keeps on giving.
"Gate: And So the Second Round of Propaganda begins"
^^ is honestly a fitting title for this show.
Why? There's more JSDF propaganda in this season than the previous season. That doesn't make me love this show less, however. Also, when I say JSDF propaganda, I didn't mean that in a bad way. It's Japan's show so they can do whatever the hell they want. Hypocrites who criticizes this show for the amount of JSDF propaganda makes me sick because they're the same people who watches American films that also contains some (sometimes a lot of) U.S Army Propaganda.
(There will be some SPOILERS in my review)
I'm a big fan of the first season of GATE and I absolutely loved the show. When they decided to split the show into 2 cour, I was patiently waiting (and dying) for the Second Season every single day for 2-3 months before it aired. I was like one of those fanboys screaming like a girl...I was just so excited. Now that the series has finished airing, is it better than the first season and was my waiting justified? You'll find out soon enough.
The 2nd Season of GATE continues from where the 1st Season left off and is picked up from there. The show is separated into two arcs and adapts the "Fire Dragon" arc and the "Douran" arc. Let's focus on the most anticipated "Fire Dragon" arc.
I was really hyped for this arc when I found out that they weren't going to continue it in the first season. Mostly because I wanted to see Itami, his hare -- *ahem* I mean, the girls that he rescued and his platoon fight off the Fire Dragon. However, the 2nd Season didn't really start off with the "Fire Dragon" arc just yet. It starts off with the Japanese Senators and the JSDF holding a peace talks with the Empire. They also began to maintain peace towards the civilians and their first step to try and improve the lives of the civilians is by setting up a Healthcare System. Now this is where the actual arc begins.
Ahh, the "Fire Dragon" arc..So what did I think about this arc? For the most part, it was good but not great. In the first season, Tuka's father died and we all knew that except her. When a certain someone decided to open Tuka's eyes and forced her to face the reality, she entered into a horrible state of PTSD. That's actually the first time this show made me feel sympathetic for someone else. Itami then decided to do the unthinkable so she doesn't have to face the reality which is a horrible way to deal with someone's PTSD. I gotta give props to Itami though for being a badass but people needs to face the reality sooner or later so Yao kind of did the right thing. Here's the part that I don't like. I didn't really like the way they handled Itami's past to try and relate to Tuka losing her father. Appearantly, something similar happened to Itami's parents and that's the whole reason why Itami helped Tuka kill the Fire Dragon. It was done really poorly and it's like they pulled that backstory out of their ass. That backstory wasn't explored properly, it wasn't expanded and they only spent a short amount of time which makes his backstory seems like an asspull. The arc got a nice payoff though which makes me want to forgive some of the arc's flaws. It's what I always wanted to see and I got it. The JASDF (Japanese Air Self Defence Force) raining down democracy and freedom and the JGSDF (Japanese Ground Self Defence Force) goes there to show us what happens if you mess with the JSDF.
The next arc is the "Douran" arc. I was actually surprised that they adapted this arc. I mean, when they advertised the second season, they only showed the Fire Dragon arc on the trailers so I thought that arc would have lasted for like the whole season. Anyways, this arc focuses on two events. The first event is Itami accompanying Lelei to a town that looks so futuristic but it's not. To be more specific, it's an Academy City that trains mages. The second event is a coup inside the Empire in an attempt to destroy the peace between the Empire and Japan. Honestly, this arc is slightly better than the first arc because a lot more things happened here than the Fire Dragon arc and also a lot of politics are involved in this arc and how it plays a huge role. For example, we get to see why the JSDF wasn't deployed earlier to save the Japanese Senators and why they didn't liberate the Empire sooner.
I talked about the pacing issues in my first season's review and I want to talk about the pacing issues in this review again. Just like the first season, the first arc was rushed and the 2nd half was still somewhat rushed but not too much. They shouldn't have rushed the 1st half because that's the whole reason why I didn't like the Fire Dragon arc that much even though we got a nice payoff at the end of the arc. Instead of rushing the arc, they should have spend more time on Tuka's PTSD and Itami's backstory which would have made a huge impact at the end if those 2 things were expanded. I have no issues with the 2nd half's somewhat rushed pacing because it's mostly politics and Itami's journey to a mage town and what he and the girls did in that town.
I'm sure you noticed this when you watched the first episode but Gate Season 2's atmosphere sure is a lot darker than the previous season. I actually never expected Gate to touch on subjects like Rape, Abuse, and etc. They're obviously censored but they're still somewhat disturbing as shit.
Now I want to talk about a couple of issues that I have with the 2nd Season of Gate. First is pacing issues and I already talked about it so I'll skip to the second issue. The second issue is the side characters not getting enough screentime and by side characters, I mean the soldiers in Itami's platoon not getting enough screentime at all. I really liked their character interactions and their interesting personalities in the first season but in this season, most of their screentime was taken away by Itami's harem... The final issue that I have is the ending. It was cheesy as hell and it made it look like an ad saying "Join the JSDF and you'll get a waifu for your war efforts". I have no problem with JSDF Propaganda but that scene was really cringy as fuck.
The 2nd Season’s art and visuals looks exactly the same as the first season and no surprise there as the show was originally intended to be 24 episodes. So because of that, my ratings for this section will stay the same. There is something weird with how the background was coloured. Remember when you used to colour those colouring books and no matter how hard you colour, there will always be a few white small dots left? That’s what the background looked like which made it seem like A-1 Pictures’ budget was running dry or they ran out of time.
Just like the Animation, every soundtrack were re-used from the first season. Although, I don’t have any complaints with the soundtrack since they weren’t bad to begin with. In fact, I preferred they kept the soundtrack because they’re goddamn amazing and it gives me goosebumps all the time. Especially that soundtrack that plays when the JSDF shows up and gives those Empire bastards and the Fire Dragons a sweet taste of democracy and freedom that we all take for granted. Now the OP and ED theme song(s)
The OP theme song is “GATE II: Sekai wo Koete “ by the Akeboshi Rockets. Ok, I gotta give the Akeboshi Rockets a props for changing how their latest song plays and sounds. There’s still the usual drumbeats at the beginning but at least it doesn’t sound the same as HOTD’s first 5 sec of the OP. Overall, the song was nice but I have a problem with the OP Animation. 90% of the scenes are re-used scenes from the first season, 5% are ripped off from their another show’s OP 1 “The Asterisk War”, and the last 5% are a bunch of character’s face shots. Talk about being lazy or running out of ideas.
The ED theme song is “Itsu Datte Communication” by Lelei, Tuka and Rory. I really love Gate's 2nd ED theme song. It sounds so much better than that funky 1st ED theme song. It's not like I hated the 1st ED theme song. In fact, I loved it, I just prefer the 2nd ED. I love it when Lelei, Tuka, and Rory are singing together which was the reason why I loved the 1st ED of Gate. Same case here..The song is relaxing and it just sounds so beautiful. Hell, I wouldn't mind if they form an idol group. Now, in terms of the ED Animation. Hands down, their best ED Animation yet. In the 1st ED, it's just a simple Humvee riding in a tunnel with glowing lights. In here, the ED Animation is also simple but it's hilarious at the same time. Call it a propaganda shots or whatever the hell you want but I really don't give a shit what you think.
In the previous season, a new character was introduced almost at the end of the first season. All we knew about her is she ventured out to search for the "Green People" or in other words, the JSDF to ask for the help in killing the Fire Dragon. In here, we get to know more about her personality during the Fire Dragon arc like how she's an asshole and does not have sympathy towards another person's feeling. It seems like she does but the way she's handling it makes her look like a bitchy, selfish, insensitive person by telling Tuka the whole truth about the fate of his father. This, however, makes Itami look like a badass by pretending to be Tuka's father. Even though he will "put his hobby over work any day", he did his duty as a JSDF soldier to help out Tuka. Itami felt empathy towards Tuka because he knows what it feels like to lose a parent. Like I said above though, Itami's backstory about his parents seems like an asspull and for that reason, Itami's empathy towards Tuka did not leave that much of an impact to me....It did leave a little bit of an impact to me though.
While Tuka got much of a spotlight in the Fire Dragon arc to give development to her character, the show also focused on Lelei during the "Douran" arc. We learned that Lelei has a sister who fails at everything than her sister in every conceivable way. Though, I understand now why Lelei's teacher (in S1, Ep. 3) would rather "mount a curvy woman like her". She has the hots but she's one of those typical dumb blondes expect she's not dumb.
I still enjoyed the 2nd Season of Gate but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first season of Gate. Just like the previous season though, I did enjoy the military aspect of the show because military in animes are portrayed as an incompetent unit who can't stand for themselves whereas in Gate, it's vice versa. I'm also a big military enthusiast so that part of me contributed to my enjoyment for this show.
"Gate: And So the Special Defence Force Fought There - Season 2" is a good sequel that finally concludes the story of Gate. I am aware that the Light Novel still has some stories to be told like "The Civil War" arc but I'm satisfied with how the anime version ended. I'm also happy that they finally explained how the "Gate" works which I thought would never happen. If you watched the 1st Season of Gate and you enjoyed it then this season is a must watch. Don't expect it to be better than the first season though.
+Show's atmosphere is darker than the previous season
+A-1 Pictures kept the amazing soundtrack
+Tuka and Lelei's character development
+Just like the last season, portrayal of JSDF and their weaponry/military vehicles are almost realistic.
+They finally explained how the "Gate" works
-Itami's backstory seems like an asspull
-Itami's platoon did not get enough screentimeread more
what can i say? good? not that great? mediocre? wait, it's not mediocre but not that good
this anime should have label "FOR MILITER-OTAKU" see that little strip between those words. that has meaning too.
first, if you don't know and don't enjoy explosives and guns. this anime had typical story that offers you. so, it should be hard to enjoy this anime
second, "japs propaganda is so strong with this one" is not an exaggerate statement. but wait, it's still using accurate military tactic and strategy. so, if you enjoy that. this anime should be fine
this anime has not much too offer except guns, military tactic, propaganda and fanservice. well, the story isn't so bad that it hurts your brain. it's not good but no bad either. predictable situation, with predictable outcome sparkled with sweet propaganda of JSDF. but still it pleases your eyes and your ear
i recommend this anime for those who "immune" to propaganda and those who loved guns and military tactic. well, there's not much anime that gives you accurate military tactic besides this one
so, 8/10 is the most high score i can stretch for this anime. based on my opinionread more
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