GATE is a twist on the "another world" premise popularized with a number of recent anime titles in that a portal crossing over into another world is investigated by the Japanese military, who try to establish diplomatic relations with the medieval-like kingdoms of this world. While our lead of focus, Youji Itami, is an otaku, the anime is wise not to heavily focus on this aspect of his character as other titles would as the series mostly focuses on him leading Japanese military officers in engaging residents of the parallel world they travel into, having peaceful or hostile interactions with them depending on their intentions. The politics between the two factions are also explored as Japan establishes relations with several of the kingdoms in the other world, and also find themselves facing hostilities from some who view the country as a threat to their influence. A number of characters in the other world also get focused on with the show exploring their back stories and some gradual developments they undergo, most notable being Tuka Luna learning to cope with the loss of her father. The series is also quite believable in depicting how battles between medieval and modern era weapons would realistically play out as despite the greater numbers and influence of the kingdoms at play, the modern tactics and weaponry of the JSDF are able to handle most situations without much difficulty.
In spite of these highlights though, GATE does come with a good deal of major issues for me. The series seems to glorify the JSDF a bit heavily here as the soldiers are depicted to have pure intentions in all their actions and never seem to come under fire from the residents of the parallel world. Itami gradually finds himself developing a sort of harem with the three girls of the parallel world he encounters as the three have varying degrees of affection for him that they demonstrate at points in the show. A number of characters fall under character types you would come across in some form in other anime titles and get limited to no depth as a result. Also not helping matters is that the series does end inconclusively as the JSDF still find themselves at odds with The Empire.
Overall, I suppose my perception of GATE is a bit mixed. While the series creates some new storytelling elements with its "another world" premise with exploring diplomatic relations between Japan and a fantasy world, it seems to get a wee bit too nationalistic with its exploration with the JSDF being glorified and the series still doesn't totally shy away from more conventional tropes of anime with its character types and Itami drawing multiple girls to take interest in him. I suppose your mileage may vary on how well you warm up to GATE.
Rating: 6 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
First time I see nationalism being too much of a good thing.
It's been a long time since I watch Gate. I did it find it lack of tension due to how one sided in a physical confrontation with Japan's military outmatching the fantasy world despite there could have been disaster in relationship between Japan and the fantasy world or the other countries seeking to take a piece of the fantasy world
I had thought Magic vs Science was going to be a thing. I was wrong.
For those who read the manga, there were more rapes depicted in it than the anime. Season 2 is probably the first time but if you look carefully at season 1, you would see legs under a sheet in a dim campfire when Rory was going to kill the bandits for their crimes.
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Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
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Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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