First Impressions: GATE


So after reading my first impressions of Charlotte yesterday and then watching the show you decided you want something that speaks to you a bit more: you want more monsters and medieval Japanese soldiers. The thing is you liked the modern setting of Charlotte and would like some kind of modern involvement in the next show you watch. If that is indeed the case I have found just the show for you.

Medieval mounted Japanese general in modern Tokyo. Sorry, what?
Medieval mounted Japanese general in modern Tokyo. Sorry, what?

GATE begins in modern Japan, focusing on Youji, an Otaku who lives and works for his hobby. On the way to a convention, he finds that Tokyo is being attacked by monsters and regimented medieval soldiers like he would see out his dream manga, anime or other otaku related media form. Being experienced in these kind of events, he takes control saving many civilians, earning himself a promotion in the army and stems back the tide of enemies.

His physical ability is a bit surprising at first, but it does make sense by the end.
His physical ability is a bit surprising at first, but it does make sense by the end.

At this stage of the first episode I’m obviously very skeptical. Monsters and soldiers from an unknown place and time period have started attacking modern day Japan with no justification only to be saved by a completely ordinary middle aged otaku.

Youji: Otaku first, soldier second
Youji: Otaku first, soldier second

This is where GATE starts to get interesting. It transpires that a large gate (no way) has opened in the middle of the city, connecting a land that cannot be traced on any map to the world as we know it. As is the way with human curiosity and greed, it is decided that this new world is part of Japan and that the army, including Youji of course, will be sent in to secure peaceful negotiation with the people of that land.

Look, an elf!
Look, an elf!

In all honesty, the first episode doesn’t give all that much away. What is clear is that the anime will contain elements of both modern and historical Japan. We also know that there will be elves, sorcerers and all manner of other fantasy characters involved at some point in the story.

I’m not going to predict either way if this show will be any good or not. I will say though that GATE has set itself up to be a decent show and I’m looking forward to the next 23 episodes through the summer and into the autumn.

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