Off-duty Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) officer and otaku, Youji Itami, is on his way to attend a doujin convention in Ginza, Tokyo when a mysterious portal in the shape of a large gate suddenly appears. From this gate, supernatural creatures and warriors clad in medieval armor emerge, charging through the city, killing and destroying everything in their path. With swift actions, Youji saves as many lives as he can while the rest of the JSDF direct their efforts towards stopping the invasion.
Three months after the attack, Youji has been tasked with leading a special recon team, as part of a JSDF task force, that will be sent to the world beyond the gate—now being referred to as the “Special Region.” They must travel into this unknown world in order to learn more about what they are dealing with and attempt to befriend the locals in hopes of creating peaceful ties with the ruling empire. But if they fail, they face the consequence of participating in a devastating war that will engulf both sides of the gate. – My Anime List
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All in all, the fantasy type anime is a real enjoyable piece of anime, and I highly recommend it.
GATE is something you can enjoy. The concept is awesome and the production is superbly done. What plagues it, however, is the same thing that harmed shows all over these last few years. This nearly insane fetish with lolis, the paranoia with cute girls, and the insistence in making these things more important than the initial idea makes most of GATE’s experience something you can find nearly everywhere else, especially other works from A1-Pictures and their cutie style.
I don’t know why A-1 decided to moderate the tone and change the original source on such minor details. They could have extracted a lot more potential from the source. For one thing, people interested in this kind of fantasy meets modern military, really like blood, guts, and horror. They’re basically the adrenaline crowd looking for thrills of some sort, they can take an Elfen Lied or two. If A-1 wants to get mainstream ratings, they can moderate the explicit content, but cutting or removing the material like this won’t get them the hardcore support of the hard liners.
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GATE could be seen as glorifying Japan’s military, and that may prove a problem for some viewers. But it can also be seen as a story of cultures colliding and trying to get along (or to poke each other into not getting along), or just as a story about an otaku finding out that bunny warriors exist but so do dangerous dragons. It isn’t always spectacularly animated and there are quite a few off-model faces as the series goes on, but GATE is still a good watch, despite some story and art worries and an ending that makes “inconclusive” feel like an inadequate word. If nothing else, it could be a great way to sneak an anime reference into your history paper.
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This is the first anime I’ve watched where the modern and the ancient warfare remix.
At its worst, GATE does become a little full of itself, like American movies of old so expertly parodied by Team America: World Police. Again, the anime does reduce the amount of national pride from the novels, so don’t worry; GATE is probably a tolerable watch for most people, even if the caricatures can be a bit obnoxious at times. You might guffaw a bit from some of the representations among the JSDF’s political or national opposition, but at least the rose-tinted look at the JSDF isn’t too bad as long as you look on it as an ideal rather than a representation. GATE is fun and exciting enough to be worth a watch, and seems well researched enough not to come across as stupid in any way. The show even surprised me with a startingly good explanation for this seemingly stereotypical fantasy world our lovable troop of soldiers are thrown into, and while the show seems to round off on a satisfying degree, it still leaves itself open for more, should the fancy strike us.
The Verdict: As with KanColle, I’ll give the producers the benefit of the doubt and assume this isn’t meant as insidious nationalist propaganda, because at the end of the day there’s still a very neat premise in play. I’m looking forward to seeing where GATE takes us, and how Itami befriends the real-life elf, sorceress, and gothic lolita he once only saw in media, and briefly hallucinated after hitting a subway pillar.
Overall this is a great series, with amazing fights and not overly censored like some series tend to be. I’m a bit meh about how the US president reminds me of Trump, and the how aside from a little strife from Russia the other countries are holding back on trying to enter the GATE. In real life the USA would be all over it, wanting to be included in all the expeditions, especially since we have US bases in Japan. I love almost everything about the series except for Zolzal and the rape and such… totally throws me off when it’s included in some stories like this. If not for that bastard prince I’d give this series a perfect score.
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A different spin on the fantasy genre with characters good enough to reel you in!
In a sense, Gate is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a while. I’m not particular boasting about this series. Because Gate is an excellent and enraging works that’s doesn’t lose the main theme focus, the characters never lost their main aim and building up a good relationship among each others. While on the other hand, Gate also focusing a number of high class issues and problems that chained this world for a long time. Gate is definitely a brilliant piece of surreal fantasy fiction that works on nearly every level. If you against the idea of political or philosophical exploration just skip those episodes but it will be a great loss and definitely will affecting your view of the series. Honestly, I can’t complain about this series at all. On a purely level, this piece of series was impressive.
Overall, in my opinion, this is the best anime of 2015.
If things keep up, this show will be a nice journey and aside from all the typical serious shonen action I typically watch. Besides what couldn’t be entertaining about the clash between modern weapons, medieval era weapons, and magic?
Gate is an interesting new anime with a fun premise and great action. Unfortunately, its tone and main character need a bit of work. If these two issues can be fixed, then Gate has the potential to be a great series.
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Overall the anime was pretty awesome, it ended in a high with another cliffhanger where a second season could eventually happen, if it does, I’ll be more than happy to watch it too. I’d like to rate this series:
GATE is based on a manga and a series of light novels, of which only the manga seems to have been licensed for the English speaking world (by Sekai Project, interestingly). The show itself is well animated, with my personal highlight being the enigmatic and quite psychotic Rory. A demonic gothic lolita wins every time in my book. The series has clearly had a bit of money thrown at it as the quality holds up right the way through the first four episodes, but as mentioned earlier, time will tell as to which way the story go. Will GATE be a story about nationalistic conquest, or will the presence of the three lovely lasses open the gate for a harem story. Only time will tell.
All in all the show is pretty good, I have watched the show subbed as well as read the manga, the manga is nothing special and that anime does a better job of portraying the characters. When this show aired it was one of the few that season that I waited eagerly with anticipation, This show is a fun watch and will hold your entertainment if you are a fan of any of the genres.
On the whole, Gate – Thus the JSDF Fought There!’s greatest sin is not its content but its episode count. Had it been stretched out to 30, or even 26, episodes with more time devoted to filling in plot-threads and developments, as well as fleshing out exactly how this will impact upon the world, it would have been good. Even without those extra episodes, it’s still worth the watch if only for those moments that do feel genuinely good. It will likely only hit a sour note for those who can’t stand harem anime or are very picky as well, as it makes no big missteps beyond failing to go the extra mile that would have broken the bounds of its casing.