Anime "Gate: jieitai kano chi nite, kaku tatakaeri" ゲート 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり

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Gate: jieitai kano chi nite, kaku tatakaeri is taken from the light novel by Takumi Yanai and illustrated by Daisuke Izuka. In 2011 was followed by a manga transposition and followed by this Anime series.

The plot is very special and blends fantasy series with modern characters but with an intent (sometimes too veiled) of "propaganda" linked to Japan's self-defense forces.

In Ginza suddenly appears to be a strange magic portal (a Greek-Roman colonnade), from suddenly human and semi-human creatures come out to attack and kill people.
After the first battle leading to the defeat of the invaders, the Japanese decide to cross the Gate (the portal) with the self-defense forces that will find themselves in a very special fantasy world.
Battles, fantastic semi-human characters (Elves, Cat women, rabbit women, dragons, ect), haunted adventures, will follow the protagonist Yōji Itami 伊丹 耀 司 past the gate.


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The anime series was produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku and given the amount of material available (the manga volumes and the light novel are full) was divided into 2 seasons: the first half was broadcast in July 2015, while the second  for January 2016.
Personally I found it interesting, it's a series that makes you spend a good day, fun and enjoyable. The traits of the drawings are beautiful, unhurried, the natural landscapes and those of the cities (which refer to a Roman imperial or early Middle Ages) are beautiful and well-outlined.

The nature of the anime is intentionally "propagandistic", it seems a series designed to outline Jieitai 自衛隊 as the necessary force, to protect the citizen who protects more than fights, and the phrases that often pronounce him make it clear.
It will be a case ... let's say :D ... but in the period when this anime came out, it was arguing (a strong and harsh debate) in the parliament raising the funds for the self-defense forces and a change of the constitution itself. Japan after the war has "made" the constitution by the Americans, and in this it is forbidden to equip itself with an army, even though Jietai is formally given the forces provided.

But beyond the theses that have led to the production of this anime, let's enjoy it for what it is, a well-designed, funny soul that certainly will not disappoint you. Let's wait for the second season and in the meantime watch it and let us know what you think.

Also follow our review of the manga transposition of the series.