The legend of the Divine Gate is a story told to young children that depicts the merging of the living world, the heavens, and the underworld. "Adapters"—people born with unique elemental abilities gifted to them from the union of these worlds—formed the World Council, an organization which controls the chaos of the Gate by portraying its legend as nothing more than a myth. These Adapters train in a special academy owned by the World Council that allows the students to hone their skills.
Aoto, a teenage boy with exceptional water powers and a tragic past, rejects the offer to join the academy numerous times—until he is successfully pressured by the energetic wind user Midori and stubborn fire user Akane. Together, with the World Council and their mysterious leader Arthur, they seek out the Gate in the hopes of uncovering the truth. But in order to reach their goals, they must unite and overcome their own despair while dealing with behind the scene mischief.
During this period, the anime industry suffers "Material lacks". Ideas are getting narrower but productions are getting wider. Many companies suffer to bankruptcy, and to anticipate this they must broaden the marketing ground. In order to broaden it, they throw many adaptations to stabilized the situation. Because of it, there is dozens adaptation appear in various sources. One of those sources is game. But the truth is until this period, not many game adaptation live up to its expectation.
Divine Gate, is a smartphone game developed by Acquire. While the animation is in the hand of Studio Pierrot. As the series went, there are some flaws that can be spotted.
As the story goes, they do throw out dozens of information to construct the world building. Unfortunately, it failed. There are too many things unexplained things and the story doesn't start explaining things but keep throwing information dump, hoping the viewer felt a mystery thingy. And if it's too late to explain those things, this can cause a backfire to the plot and can wreck any of the plot elements, make the story felt pointless. All of the elements could be floating in the water without any clear directions. The anime have a hard time to compel dark themes to the story, the truth is the story was failed to bring that feeling. It has terrible exposition and dull storytelling.
Next one is flashbacks. The anime didn't use the flashbacks effectively and producing a slow pacing to the storyline.
Animation quite decent, characters have different colorful designs. While there are some scenes using CG, but the fighting scenes still tolerable. The World seems to be set with advanced technology, with robots, gadgets and other futuristic elements occur.
Background music seems to be mediocre. Seiyuu do their job fairly. There aren't anything that can outshine this anime except the OP theme. It's quite catchy itself.
Divine Gate wanted to be more focused in characterizations than story, they trying to develop the main characters at the early episodes, but it's failed in the execution, the anime more like want to explain how it's their past, not more or less. It tries to blend dark past to the character but failed to relate those past with the story.
After episode 7, I'm totally disappointed by this anime. Divine Gate has a huge number of supporting casts. The bad thing is those characters are not getting any single development. They're purely just a plot device to help the fight more dramatical, which make it more pointless.
Divine Gate is a great example of a pathetic attempt to draws many viewers as quickly as possible. It has been coated into 12 episodes of disaster with forced conclusion in the end. This anime really makes you don't want to watch anime again, so it is obviously not recommended.
So what is Divine Gate? Even Einstein can't answer this.....
Hey guys sup? And I Finally Make an Anime Review!!! And this Time I'm going to Review an Anime that Many Like it and Many Hate it because it was all Edgy and stuff like that. Today I will be reviewing Divine Gate!!!!
Now please Note; this Is 100% My Personal Opinion, not Facts at all!!! also My Score is Base on Enjoyment alright. And more thing I don't Guaranteed you if there would some Spoilers or not, read it on your own risk alright guys.
Now let's get Started Shall we?
The Concept sounds interesting tho, I gonna be honest I do like The Power of Each Elements that all the Characters had tbh. I do also like the Fights in this Anime as tho. For an Anime Base on an Mobile Game Is a Really good Adaptation in my opinion tho.
All The Characters are so Badass tbh!!! Like I said Earlier, They have the Power of one of the Elements tbh, and Each Character are pretty much OP in my opinion tho.
Aoto, One Of The Main Character on this Show, Aoto is Really Awesome and Badass tbh. He always says that he killed his Parents because he was being absurd by them. And now he's a Lone Wolf who doesn't trust any one.
Akane, The Second Main Character in this Anime!! He wants to find his Dad that's supposedly Dead, but he's Alive in the Divine Gate. And Akane wants to Find him to ask his Dad why did he abandon him and Akane's Mom. Akane is Very Badass tho. Annoying at first but you get used to it Tbh Tho.
Midori, The Female Protagonist, Midori wants to find her Best Friend that's also in The Divine Gate. And tbh She's pretty Cute and Badass at the same time tho.
Hikari, She doesn't really Appear too much, but she does Fight some times and She's pretty much Badass as well, I mean She have a Freaking Lightning Sword For Christ's sake!!!
Yukari, she doesn't really Appear too much Neither tbh, she's good at Fighting I tell you that.
Ginji, Authur's Childhood Friend, he's Usefull, Badass and Awesome as well tho. Oh and Speaking of Authur...
Authur, Man this Is my Favorite Character in this series tbh with you guys!!! Badass, OP, have a Huge Lightning Sword, and He's just so cool and Epic just like Tatsuya and Kirito tbh.
Loki, I thought he was going to be like Hisoka from HxH because he kinda looks like him and Have Similar Voices tho. But no at all, even know he looks like Hisoka from HxH he kinda acts more like Gilgamesh From The Fate Series. He just want to Conquer all over the world by Killing everyone who gets of his way. Not the Best Vilian out there but not the Worst tho.
There's way more characters but Since I don't got the Time to talk about All the Characters and Most of them are basically Spoilers let's move on to the Animation Shall we?
The Animation Is Animated by Studio Pierrot, So I Trust them with it Come to making Shounen Anime, Animation is Amazing tho, not As Colourful as Phantom World but at least looks Great tbh. The Fights so Epic and it kinda would remind you to Hitman Reborn if you guys watch That Anime.
The OST is Epic Tbh Tho, the OST is Amazing and This Opening is Amazing in my opinion tbh. I do recommend this Anime if you're looking for Good OST tho.
Is not the Best Anime out there nor The Best of this Season but Is one of the Badasses Anime out there tbh tho, I do recommend it if You like Action Shounen Anime and If you like OP Characters tbh. If you like Hitman Reborn then Expect Similar Fights as well. But without Spoiling a Thing The Anime is Incomplete!!! so I hope Pierrot does a 2nd Season of this Epic Anime tbh tho.
As a player of the original game "Divine Gate" who has at least some knowledge on the original story, I had some hope on this series before. Unfortunately, cramming such a convoluted story (involving dozens and dozens of characters, five different worlds, and having probably storylines that couldn't be counted by one hand) that would be otherwise more fitting for a multiple-storyline novel into a 12-episode anime proved to be an absolute disaster.
In a nutshell, the story is a kudzu plot full of irregular jumps. Allow me to briefly outline what happened in the first 7 episodes.
1: Introduction and Aoto's flashback
2: Aoto accepting the call and Akane's flashback
3: Aoto in school and Midori's flashback
4: Blue Christmas
5: The Seconds
6: Divine Gate chores
7: Evil Arthur
The three flashbacks in EP 1-3, albeit occupying most of the episodes, are unresolved and disconnected to each other. The jump from Blue Christmas to the Seconds to Divine Gate in EP 4-6 is even more of an eyesore, almost like they are merely poorly-placed information dump.
Quite good. The fighting scene between Aoto and Samidare in EP4 is particularly well done. I deducted some points for the designs of various characters like the Nordic Gods, though (just google their original versions in the game and the anime version, and you will immediately know the graphic decay).
It's probably one of the few redeeming features of the adaptation. The OP, one-Me two-Hearts, is a catchy song, and numerous OSTs, like the one playing on Aoto's reflection in EP1 and Midori's one in EP3, also enhanced the otherwise bland scene (which, in my opinion, falls into wangst for the lack of character development as will be described below).
Another direct result of squeezing dozens of characters into a 12-episode anime. The first 3 episodes zigzag between Aoto, Akane and Midori's background without even giving us some time to develop sympathy towards them. The various threads are left unwound for the next 4 episodes. Hikari, Yukari and Ginzi are not even properly introduced until EP5 (and then, they are merely shoved away with a "tell, don't show" description that will not make any sense to anyone who hasn't know them in the game before).
And there are serious problems of "What happened to the mouse?" (laconic: characters disappear all a sudden without any apparent addressing) for many characters, like Ifrit, Undine and Sylph, the Seirei-ō 精霊王 that should be guiding the protagonists; Samidare, the machine that should be in Aoto's possession; so on and so forth.
Oh, and for the part where Aoto finally addresses Undine by her first name in EP6? I don't even know why that happened all a sudden. Poorly enforced character development.
But the greatest victims so far are the Knights of Round Table. Amond the 12 members, only probably half of them actually showed up in front of the protagonists, and only Breunor and Bedivere are properly named. Then there comes Episode 7, and we are expected to show some shock and sympathy over their fates...
The random mumbling of K and the ubiquitous poem recitations ruin the scene. End of story.
I have dropped this anime, feeling the adaptation will go to nowhere. If the whole thing doesn't even ring a bell to a fan of the original game like me, then its meaning to the general audience is self-explanatory. I can only hope that the game developer will spend more effort back to the original game (irrelevant to the anime, but the rate of update of the game has slowed down considerably after the plan for the adaptation), and that Gungho will learn a lesson for the next adaptation of PADZ.read more
What happens when you bundle up all your favorite anime ideas and tropes and dump them into one anime? While I would say this anime, it is really hard to discern what even happened in this anime to find out, but dissecting it anyways!
Story: All in all, the story is well a mess. Constantly shifting focus from episodes to episode, there really is no clear main character nor main goal in the anime except for the idolized Divine Gate. But a lot of the time, the Divine Gate really just feels like its there and then everyone else is just sobbing about how they want it. There were a lot of cool concepts from technological sci-fi world with robots and elemental drivers that gave you cool weapons but besides that, the story is too confusing and underdeveloped
Art: The art for this anime is gorgeous! While it isn't mystifying or particularly memorable or even matching really a certain mood of the anime, the art is clear and polished, and a lot of the character designs and environments appear dazzling. Honestly, the designs of the main characters are great, but they lacked something about them that just would have made it all clicked. Oh right, their actual personalities.
Character: No character was thoroughly fleshed out. The anime starts off focusing on the woeful life of depressed water boy. Seems ok, but then the anime switches to the two government worker kids, earth girl and fire boy, without much transition and tries to detail us on all the reasons why we should empathize with their sorrow and need of the Divine Gate. Except its all terribly done for such a convincing synopsis idea, there lies little emotion nor compulsion for character actions in both their pasts or the present, so even when we get explanations, they don't make sense or fail to evoke any feelings of compassion.
Furthermore, practically every other character isn't explained at all but the anime tries to make you pity them or understand their warped ideas. The other 3 kids that the anime tries to show off as a contrasting trio? They add NOTHING. They randomly appear, and while they look cool and their contrast is cool, they literally follow the group around, disappear, come back but with opposing mentalities, only to be dragged off the show for an arbitrary reason (like really dumb and random reason). The anime will add a ton of government workers as characters and all of them will have backstories, and unfortunately, none of them are detailed and they all are basically minions until their deaths(?). (so imagine the Angel Beats cast except the useless half is twice as useless). Overall, poor character development.
Sound: You won't notice the sounds of the anime sadly, because there will be an obnoxious omniscient kid narrator constantly reading you ALL THE CHARACTER AND PLOT DEVELOPMENT, leaving nothing to be characterized by characters' actions, emotions, or backstory. Nope, a dude walking down the street? Suddenly, "the man felt regret as he walked down the street, alone as he had always been." Indirect characterization exists for a reason folks. It makes characters more human and creates an empathy link, but when I'm told that someone hates themselves, it's like k. cool.
But the opening song is rather catchy and probably the most promising thing of the show. if you only watched the opening music video then you would probably think this anime is really good.
Etc: So a lot of what I just complained about revolves around the fact that the anime tries to be something it is not. It acts like a vague mystery anime, reaching for some salvation and human futility undermined by the Gods (imagine the obscurity of Mekaku City Actors, the confusion of Steins; Gate, and some cool elemental concept of powers. Mush them together with Gorilla Glue and that's what you get), and this causes a lot of characters to be left out because the anime is indecisive. It wants to tug at your heart strings but it also wants you to try to warp your mind around it. It has a cool plot concept which would earn it a solid 7 if it went the typical shounen route or something, but it reached too far and ended up being incomplete. Lots of potential, but it's just a Jack of all trades and a master of none.
Enjoyment: You'll find yourself liking the first 3 or so episodes. They're not too bad. But then after that you'll start not comprehending things and things become loose and silly. Character behavior becomes inexplicable and trifle. But you really liked the idea of teens with element-charged weapons fighting similar counterpart adults for a all saving deus ex machina goal, so you keep going. But you won't find anything, just like this anime did, and that is why I give it a 6/10. Most people will find this anime, overall, unenjoyable, regardless of tastes. read more