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GATE, an anime based on the genres of War, Adventure and Action, areas of my enthusiasm. Having completed the anime, I'm noting down the overall performance and the reasons.
1. Story - 3/10.
I take the Story into the highest consideration, regardless of the other factors, even they must be inadequate to a certain degree. GATE has somewhat failed in this regard.
Excluding the spoilers, the story takes part through a lot of conflicts between the modern JSDF and the hostilities of the Special Region, as mentioned in the anime. A lot of a bloodshed takes place (expected of War movies/shows), but in the end, there weren't much feels over the death and the evils. Why? Because, the anime isn't taking the severity and consequences of the genre well. It's always the victory of the good side. That's a thing I can compromise, but here the feelings of war trauma aren't even seen (expect for one character), even from the view of the antagonists. In real-time sense, WW2, Vietnam and the modern wars had brought home troopers with a part of their souls lost due to their involvements in the conflicts, and here, it feels as if the JSDF are enjoying their hearts out with their downright slaughter. It seemed the author was simply trying to feed his ego with sole-JSDF involvement and aftermath glory against the Imperial Japanese defeat in WW2.
Since, this story is somewhat based in the real world, I believed it to hold true to some of the basic logic in the modern-day. But, that was shaken up when I realised that the main character is an otaku, a JSDF trooper who'd 'put his hobby before work' was selected as one of the leading explorers in the Special Region. Fine, it can be tolerated to an extent as the show was made on anime demographics, but then the concept of power difference seemed too outlandish. It also shows the JSDF taking down special agent troops from military-enhanced troops from the US, Russia and other nations of the world. The JSDF were better in combat and strategy and almost every other aspect. On contrary to all the glory, their heavy military advancements are having a hard time against Dragons. Wow.
The opening theme of the anime puts down a feeling of hope of the war-feels, for critical viewers against this show. Seriously, if you can't tolerate graveness in destruction, this is not your show.
2. Characters - 4/10
The story section itself explains the basic depiction of the military characters. As for the co-protagonists in the show, I wasn't moved much. The lack in depth of characters makes this show blunt.
On the contrary, Itami, the main protagonist can be the only exception with a better storyline than that of any other characters in the show. But then again he's an elite and an otaku. The perfect combination of an anime superhero.
3. Animation - 8/10.
I will agree with the animation and art quality. A-1 Pictures is keeping their good pace.
4. Direction - 5/10.
Nothing much to talk of, except for the heavy action scenes.
5. Music - 4/10.
Average. Neither the openings, nor the soundtracks caught my attention.
Conclusion - 4.8/10.
Another anime/story, which could've been great, if it hadn't fallen into cliché tropes, lack of war empathy, self-glorification and the author's self-ego feeds. Seriously, making it regrettable against its potential.
If you are okay in tolerating with average shows, then GATE should be pretty much of a leisure relief. Good looking anime girls, and some heavy actions, I guess it can be given a shot to the watch list.
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