Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Gate the Anime: C1 Review — Is this the end?

The anime known as "Gate" (by the way, what the eff were the marketers thinking on that one? Let's name our anime after a common everyday object so that we're guaranteed to be buried in any web search) is one whose premise is completely fucking awesome.


A mystical gate opens up in modern day Japan connecting our world to your standard fantasy world. An army of soldiers and monsters is poised to invade. After initial heavy civilian casualties, the JSDF (Japanese Self-Defense Force) fights back and counter-invades.

Yes, we're talking modern military, tanks, jets, helicopters, etc against dragons and magic.

We see most of this through the eyes of Itami, a capable, otaku soldier.

It's exceptionally solid.

But then, we pull back a little bit and there's some political workings and you start to realize that the scope of this series is wayyyyyyyyyyy too much for a single cour of an anime. Hell, it's probably too much for 10 cour.

I was completely hooked, but the scope makes you feel like you're going to get a Gecko ending or a non-ending.

OH WAIT, THEY DID A NON-ENDING!!!!!!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I don't think this is spoiling anything, but the last episode has almost next to nothing but a lot of hope and expectation for a follow-up, I mean, even from the characters of the episode. They're like, "I can't wait to see what happens next!"

According to the Internet, a second cour is coming in January though, so we won't have to wait long at least! Thank God!

If you're like me and can't get enough of the modern meets fantasy when done well, you should go check out Gate now. The first cour is available on Crunchyroll. I don't think it really does anything badly (other than maybe overestimate how many episodes they're going to be given . . . ) and it's definitely worth checking out.

Even though I love the modern meets fantasy, I think the characters are extremely well-developed and interesting and can't wait to see where they go in the second cour.

Unfortunately, the light novels Gate is based on are unavailable and I haven't found a fanlation either.

If you can wait for it, it might be best to pick up the series in January, binging the first cour and following the second as it is available.

Have you seen Gate? What did you think? What would you have named it? I think the tag-line, "And so the JSDF Fought" would have been better.

Watch for spoilers of the first cour in the comments (and no spoilers from the LNs please).