TL;DR below for the lazy ones ;)
Ever wondered what's it like when an ancient army clashes with modern military? GATE is unique in the way that it presents to us a variety of idea; the clash of armies, the blending of cultures, the true melting pot of Anime.
Do you love Fantasy? Action? Captivating music? Well-crafted and diverse characters?
If you said "Yes" to any of these questions, this gem of an anime is one that you should DEFINITELY catch. (If you said yes to all, you won't fail to orgasm every episode)
The potential in the concept itself already warrants an 8.
However, potential alone
Delicate execution and engaging plot propels this to a solid 9, further supported by the intensity of the developments that leave you begging for more.
Despite the Fantasy theme, GATE attempts inject Reality back into the plot as well. The focus of the show is occasionally shifted back from the"Special Region" to Japan, and sequences that occur back in Japan can affect the main plot happening beyond the Gate, adding to the realism of this series.
While there are arguably certain flaws in the plot, they shouldn't stop you from enjoying the show at all.
While the art isn't exactly magnificent, it's far from bad.
Just don't expect it to be at Kotonoha no Niwa standard.
Despite the animation (which is fine, really), the characters are really well illustrated (up close) and the vehicles of the JSDF (Eg helicopter, trucks) were well drawn and very detailed.
The only fault in the art is that the backgrounds were not taken care of properly. Eg if a character was in the background of a certain scene, details could be missing from her in general.
Both the OP and ED were beautiful.
OSTs as realistic as they could get: the gunshots, clashing of swords, the helicopters; an experience that shouldn't be missed.
The Seiyuus were amazing too! (Especially Rory's one)
Every time I hear her moan I moan as well (It's normal I swear!; Watch it and see for yourself)
Often said to be the most attractive aspect of this show: The Characters
Main Character Itami Youji is an otaku (and First Lieutenant) that most of us can associate with. He's funny and surprisingly caring, a character whom you will absolutely love. Having an MC that viewers can understand, relate to and empathise with is evidence of a great Anime.
Lelei is a smart 15 year old sorceress apprentice that has taken a particular interest in the Japanese language, often acting as a translator for the Japanese soldiers. Her curiosity and cuteness just makes her a lovable character in the series.
Tuka Luna is a elf teen (that isn't as young as she looks) that lost her family and ends up in the care of the JSDF.
Last and definitely not least, Rory Mercury is a (horny) gothic loli demigod that carries around a giant halberd. Her alluring voice and tantalizing demeanor makes you wish that the one she was teasing was you. Yet, she can be unusually deep at times. (If you know what I mean ;)
Of course, there are many other notable characters that all have their own good points, but for the purpose of the review I won't be mentioning all.
What constitutes aesthetics? What is true aesthetics? Philosophers can debate for years on the true manifestation of aestheticism. Is it Art? Is it Music? Little do they know that the answer lies in an Anime TV series. A series called GATE. The true embodiment of aesthetics is in characterisation.
Sadly, the next 3-4 months is going to be a period of hardship that I will gladly endure; the wait for Season 2!
There are so many reasons why I just love this series; the Fate references during the Special Forces mission, the Ride of the Valkyries Helicopter scene;
TL;DR? Gate presents an unprecedented concept to the fantasy genre. If you enjoy shows like NGNL, SAO, Overlord, or fantasy in general, then this is a show that you will certainly adore. Thank me later :)