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On August 20XX, a gate suddenly appears in Tokyo's Ginza district, unleashing a portal where monsters, medieval knights and other fantasy beings come from another world and wreak havoc on Tokyo. The Japanese Defense Force take action against these monsters and push them back into the "Gate". Third Reconnaissance Team is dispatched to the "Special Region" lead by officer (and otaku) Youji Itami. On their travels, they are joined by a beautiful elf girl who is a survivor from the dragon's rampage and guide the group across the dangerous new world.



Dai_Loli
While the first episode left me unconvinced, GATE has since been growing on me exponentially with every new episode. We’ve all seen animes where the humans are attacked by an unknown enemy that far surpasses them, but GATE turns the tables and asks “What if the humans turn out being the ones ridiculously superior?”

While the JSDF is busy setting up camp on the other side of the gate, defending themselves from the armies attacking them and setting out to establish peaceful relationships with the surrounding villages, countries back on Earth are starting to want to get in on the infinite resources this new world provides while the other side’s Empire initiates their sinister plans, adding a surprising amount of political turmoil that really spices things up.

At its core, though, I find GATE's most captivating aspect is simply seeing Itami’s group interact in a world where their military might and technology can really make a difference for the better and seeing their reputation grow with each new feat. Honestly eager to see where this takes us.


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A portal opens to a fantasy world, and our hero ventures through it to find escape from his ordinary life, intrigue, adventure, and romance. It's not the most original premise in the world, and it would be easy to dismiss GATE as just another of the countless series to use that idea for shallow adventuring. The first episode happily disabused me of this notion.

The structure of the first episode is slightly unusual -- Like many, it clearly wants to get down to brass tacks quickly, and jumps forward in time at several points, but it never feels like it's trying too hard or skipping important stuff. What's great about it is the way that it focuses in on the hero, Itami, while not making him the only important character in the world. We clearly see that the existence of the portal to a fantasy world is something that affects everyone, not only in Japan but across the world, just as it does on the opposite side of the Gate. Itami is just our lens into that story.

That might be a problem in another series with a weak main character, but Itami is a hoot. He's another otaku hero, but far from being a loser, he's shockingly effective and competent in a crisis, even if his motivations aren't pure. It's a great combination that lets him be both be funny and badass without either side feeling false, a balancing act not all shows can manage. He's a great way into a series filled with that look like exciting characters, and I, for one, will be happy to be along for the ride.


Koda89
GATE shoots out of the...er...gate by having an invading force from a fantasy realm attack a part of Tokyo. Thankfully, an otaku named Itami who also happens to be in the JSDF is able to rally a resistance force to hold off the invading army until the JSDF proper is able to get into action and save the day. For his efforts, Itami is promoted in rank and given an important role in the mission to explore the fantasy realm. In the fantasy realm he meets many interesting characters, such as an elf, a magical apprentice, and even an apostle for a god of death and war.

However, GATE is far from a perfect series. The chief complaint I have is that the JSDF and company are too overwhelmingly powerful to the point that it sucks the tension out of the action scenes. That doesn't mean the action scenes are devoid of entertainment or are boring, but rather that you pretty much know what the outcome is going to be for every clash. Whether or not GATE is able to become more than a Baysplosion-filled action series is still to be seen, but even if all there is to take away from the show is lots of booms, bullets, and blood, it is still a highly an entertaining series.


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Personally I can't see what everyone else does in this series. There's just too many issues all over the board, in design choices, plot, pacing, and everywhere else. Just as an example, the scene where they fought the dragon. It doesn't take a military expert to realize that if your attack isn't effective, try something else. And yet a team full of them just kept launching missiles to no effect until the elf chick showed them that the eye was its weak point, which also isn't groundbreaking news. Meanwhile a priestess of the battle god is on board and absent for some reason, only to emerge halfway through the battle with no explanation as to what she was doing that was so important.

My biggest beef, though, is with how the army treats the natives. They clearly have the bigger stick, but rather than doing the responsible and humane thing by subdoing their adversaries, showing them they mean no harm, and attempting to set up friendly communications, they wipe out all 60,000+ without blinking, move on to find a burned down village with some hundred casualties and call it a tragedy.

I could go on and on.
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968-year-old demi-goddess of madness laughing hysterically while chopping people down with an axe? How can you not like %%
Posted 8/21/15

pawndidater2 wrote:

Personally I can't see what everyone else does in this series. There's just too many issues all over the board, in design choices, plot, pacing, and everywhere else. Just as an example, the scene where they fought the dragon. It doesn't take a military expert to realize that if your attack isn't effective, try something else. And yet a team full of them just kept launching missiles to no effect until the elf chick showed them that the eye was its weak point, which also isn't groundbreaking news. Meanwhile a priestess of the battle god is on board and absent for some reason, only to emerge halfway through the battle with no explanation as to what she was doing that was so important.

My biggest beef, though, is with how the army treats the natives. They clearly have the bigger stick, but rather than doing the responsible and humane thing by subdoing their adversaries, showing them they mean no harm, and attempting to set up friendly communications, they wipe out all 60,000+ without blinking, move on to find a burned down village with some hundred casualties and call it a tragedy.

I could go on and on.


ugh same here
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pawndidater2 wrote

My biggest beef, though, is with how the army treats the natives. They clearly have the bigger stick, but rather than doing the responsible and humane thing by subdoing their adversaries, showing them they mean no harm, and attempting to set up friendly communications, they wipe out all 60,000+ without blinking, move on to find a burned down village with some hundred casualties and call it a tragedy.

I could go on and on.


Welcome to the real world. When you "wipe out all 60,000+ without blinking" this is called an victory. When people die by the hand of another, it's a tragedy. We see this every day in the news.

For me this anime has the potential to be as engaging as SAO. The ensemble cast is the key, I'm already emotionally invested in more than just the key character.
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pawndidater2 wrote:

My biggest beef, though, is with how the army treats the natives. They clearly have the bigger stick, but rather than doing the responsible and humane thing by subdoing their adversaries, showing them they mean no harm, and attempting to set up friendly communications, they wipe out all 60,000+ without blinking, move on to find a burned down village with some hundred casualties and call it a tragedy.

I could go on and on.


I can tell you as someone who serves in the military, Everything they are doing is by the book. It would be the normal operating procedure for a force attacking you. Historical example is the Japanese attack on Iwo Jima. Where they continued to attack the American forces with swords and knifes. The American had a good relationship with the natives but it was hard to establish at first because the Japanese spread stories of atrocities if they worked with the Americans.
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pawndidater2 wrote

My biggest beef, though, is with how the army treats the natives. They clearly have the bigger stick, but rather than doing the responsible and humane thing by subdoing their adversaries, showing them they mean no harm, and attempting to set up friendly communications, they wipe out all 60,000+ without blinking, move on to find a burned down village with some hundred casualties and call it a tragedy.

I could go on and on.


Welcome to the real world. When you "wipe out all 60,000+ without blinking" this is called an victory. When people die by the hand of another, it's a tragedy. We see this every day in the news.

For me this anime has the potential to be as engaging as SAO. The ensemble cast is the key, I'm already emotionally invested in more than just the key character.


A slightly darker take on this story might have spent more time on both how the morale of the Japanese soldiers is looking, and on how the rear guard of the attacking soldiers would probably have just fled -- many (most?) of the soldiers will never have seen actual combat before, and mowing down wave after wave of actual people armed with pointy sticks is going to hit you pretty hard when the sun rises on the corpsefield.

I'm enjoying GATE as well (it feels to me a bit like, well, Stargate), but I can see how people could want the focus to be elsewhere and the mood to be slightly less optimistic.
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pawndidater2 wrote:

Personally I can't see what everyone else does in this series. There's just too many issues all over the board, in design choices, plot, pacing, and everywhere else. Just as an example, the scene where they fought the dragon. It doesn't take a military expert to realize that if your attack isn't effective, try something else. And yet a team full of them just kept launching missiles to no effect until the elf chick showed them that the eye was its weak point, which also isn't groundbreaking news. Meanwhile a priestess of the battle god is on board and absent for some reason, only to emerge halfway through the battle with no explanation as to what she was doing that was so important.

My biggest beef, though, is with how the army treats the natives. They clearly have the bigger stick, but rather than doing the responsible and humane thing by subdoing their adversaries, showing them they mean no harm, and attempting to set up friendly communications, they wipe out all 60,000+ without blinking, move on to find a burned down village with some hundred casualties and call it a tragedy.

I could go on and on.


Sorry, but I don't care how big a rock someone has, or how big a knife someone has in their hand, if they are running at me I'm gonna SHOOT with my gun.

Yes, I could aim for a leg, or hand, to slow them down, but what if I miss. I'm gonna tend towards the body, which comes with its own dangers.

Couple that with the fact the Empire had large beasts on its side, AND already caused many deaths and MIA's in Japan, I personally could see it playing out just like that. Specially when you step through that gate and your first priority is securing a base.


Kiryuin-Satsuki wrote:


968-year-old demi-goddess of madness laughing hysterically while chopping people down with an axe? How can you not like %%


Not to mention she gets off on the deaths of others literally as their spirit energy passes through her to the other side. I can see how she would have to be careful before going into battle if she is feeling the slightest hint of this.

The resort episode, it took a little while for her to gear up and head outside after soldiers started shooting each other, from the ecstasy she felt.

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Sorry, but I don't care how big a rock someone has, or how big a knife someone has in their hand, if they are running at me I'm gonna SHOOT with my gun.

Yes, I could aim for a leg, or hand, to slow them down, but what if I miss. I'm gonna tend towards the body, which comes with its own dangers.

Couple that with the fact the Empire had large beasts on its side, AND already caused many deaths and MIA's in Japan, I personally could see it playing out just like that. Specially when you step through that gate and your first priority is securing a base.


It would probably only have taken a few explosives and a verbal warning to stop them in their tracks. Maybe it wouldn't have worked, but they didn't even try. And as this other guy said, the least they could do is show the soldiers being somewhat bothered by their slaughter when most of them won't have seen combat. But no, they go right from gunning down tens of thousands of people to "DUDE CHECK OUT THIS ELF CHICK"
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The way the Empire is being portrayed however no, they would not have stopped.

They would have kept coming and the soldiers did their jobs the way they where trained. Could a couple men have been portrayed as bent over throwing up? sure.. maybe..

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pawndidater2 wrote:


GodricKharg wrote:
Sorry, but I don't care how big a rock someone has, or how big a knife someone has in their hand, if they are running at me I'm gonna SHOOT with my gun.

Yes, I could aim for a leg, or hand, to slow them down, but what if I miss. I'm gonna tend towards the body, which comes with its own dangers.

Couple that with the fact the Empire had large beasts on its side, AND already caused many deaths and MIA's in Japan, I personally could see it playing out just like that. Specially when you step through that gate and your first priority is securing a base.


It would probably only have taken a few explosives and a verbal warning to stop them in their tracks. Maybe it wouldn't have worked, but they didn't even try. And as this other guy said, the least they could do is show the soldiers being somewhat bothered by their slaughter when most of them won't have seen combat. But no, they go right from gunning down tens of thousands of people to "DUDE CHECK OUT THIS ELF CHICK"



The Japanese soldier's were abiding by their Rules of Engagement. They didn't start firing until the enemy tried to charge them. They weren't firing on random civilians they were firing on an opposing enemy force that didn't distinguish civilians from soldiers. In that case it is acceptable to use any force necessary in defense of their homeland.

In the end it was in the best interests of the SDF to help out the locals and I don't understand why it is hard to accept the fact that the SDF provided aid and supplies to the innocent civilians on the other side of the gate. In fact the United State's did the same thing when Japan surrendered during WW2. The Americans provided aid, helped Japan rebuild it's infrastructure, invested in Japan's economy and acted as a deterrent from the Chinese who posed a very big threat to the Japanese after WW2. It was in our best interest to help those who used to be our enemy and help each other get past the atrocities that both side's committed during the war. Japan now stands as one of the United States' top allies.

A lot of people don't seem to get a lot of the decisions people have made in GATE, but I assure you(demigods, elf girls, dragons, and leaf mages aside) that from a military perspective GATE has done a lot of things right.
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pawndidater2 wrote:

Personally I can't see what everyone else does in this series. There's just too many issues all over the board, in design choices, plot, pacing, and everywhere else. Just as an example, the scene where they fought the dragon. It doesn't take a military expert to realize that if your attack isn't effective, try something else. And yet a team full of them just kept launching missiles to no effect until the elf chick showed them that the eye was its weak point, which also isn't groundbreaking news. Meanwhile a priestess of the battle god is on board and absent for some reason, only to emerge halfway through the battle with no explanation as to what she was doing that was so important.

My biggest beef, though, is with how the army treats the natives. They clearly have the bigger stick, but rather than doing the responsible and humane thing by subdoing their adversaries, showing them they mean no harm, and attempting to set up friendly communications, they wipe out all 60,000+ without blinking, move on to find a burned down village with some hundred casualties and call it a tragedy.

I could go on and on.


They attacked Japan and killed many, unarmed civilians. The fighting lasted 6 days I think in the manga.

So, when the JSDF go back through the gate and meet another hostile army, the JSDF is supposed to say they come in peace?

Civilians that get caught up in the fighting is a tragedy. That's why Japan sends the JSDF in to go kick some behind after their civilians were killed.


pawndidater2 wrote:


GodricKharg wrote:
Sorry, but I don't care how big a rock someone has, or how big a knife someone has in their hand, if they are running at me I'm gonna SHOOT with my gun.

Yes, I could aim for a leg, or hand, to slow them down, but what if I miss. I'm gonna tend towards the body, which comes with its own dangers.

Couple that with the fact the Empire had large beasts on its side, AND already caused many deaths and MIA's in Japan, I personally could see it playing out just like that. Specially when you step through that gate and your first priority is securing a base.


It would probably only have taken a few explosives and a verbal warning to stop them in their tracks. Maybe it wouldn't have worked, but they didn't even try. And as this other guy said, the least they could do is show the soldiers being somewhat bothered by their slaughter when most of them won't have seen combat. But no, they go right from gunning down tens of thousands of people to "DUDE CHECK OUT THIS ELF CHICK"


There's the whole language barrier thing so who knows how fluent they were at that point. Besides, the empire isn't used to being overwhelmed. They would have still had confidence and charged anyway.

Not to mention they didn't show the battle so who knows what tactics were employed.

Besides, taking down armed, enemy soldiers is a LITTLE different than rescuing the girl. That's insulting all of our troops by saying they no longer have personalities or emotions. If you're referring to the lack of PTSD, adding it would be realistic, but isn't what the show is about. That battle set the stage. It wasn't supposed to be the most important thing in the show.
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