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  • TV-14
  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 7.5  (4,022)

Gate is a Japanese anime series that was produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Takahiko Kyogoku. The series, which was first aired in 2015, is an adaptation of a popular light novel series of the same name by Takumi Yanai. The show was licensed by Sentai Filmworks for distribution in North America.

The story of Gate follows the lives of the people living in the modern world, who suddenly find themselves under attack by a group of mysterious creatures known as "Flame Dragons." Just as humanity seems on the brink of defeat, a portal suddenly appears in the middle of Tokyo, from which emerge monsters, knights, and fairies from a medieval fantasy world. The Japanese Self-Defense Forces are able to repel the attack, but they find themselves transported through the portal into the other world.

On the other side of the gate, they find a kingdom known as the "Empire," which is ruled by a beautiful and powerful princess named Piña Co Lada. The Japanese team quickly realizes that they are not the only ones in the new world, as they encounter an array of strange creatures, such as armored giants, fire-spewing drakes, and undead armies. The team must navigate through the foreign terrain to uncover the truth behind the portal and devise a plan to return home.

While Gate is not without its action, it spends a significant amount of time delving into the exploration and interaction between the two worlds. Through these interactions, viewers are able to get a sense of the stark differences between the modern world and the medieval one. As the Japanese make their way through the other world, they come across two main nations, the "Empire" and the "JSDF" (Japan Self Defense Force), which pose very different challenges to the Japanese team.

The "Empire" is a fantasy version of a medieval society, with nobles, knights, and castles. The residents there are in a state of perpetual war with the other nations around them, and even view the Japanese as potential new allies. Piña Co Lada, the princess of the "Empire," is portrayed as a strong and intelligent ruler who is eager to learn from her visitors.

While the Japanese team is able to befriend some of the locals, they soon come up against the "JSDF" - a paramilitary organization created by a group of Japanese nationals who were left behind in the other world centuries ago. They possess advanced technology, such as helicopters and guns, and their actions often clash with the more conventional ways of the medieval world. The "JSDF" comes off as uncompromising in their methods, and they view the Japanese through a lens of superiority, being proud of their modern advancements.

One of the strengths of Gate is how it handles its world-building. The series does an excellent job of showing how complex and different the two worlds are, from the way the characters dress and speak to the architecture and technology in use. The show also makes an effort to avoid the stereotypical portrayals that are often associated with the fantasy genre. The fantasy elements are balanced by a more grounded reality, with several nods to the real-world political and military issues that Japan faces today.

The animation and artwork in Gate are solid, with a good mix of realistic characters and imaginative monsters. The character design highlights the differences between the Japanese and the locals, with carefully crafted designs for their clothing and armor. The series also features some impressive action scenes, particularly when the Japanese team uses their military gear against the dragons and other monsters.

In terms of the voice acting, the Japanese version features an all-star cast, including Junichi Suwabe, Hisako Kanemoto, and Nao Toyama. The English dub is also well done, with many of the leading characters being voiced by well-known actors in the field.

Overall, Gate is a thrilling and imaginative series that will appeal to fans of both the action and fantasy genres. It poses thought-provoking questions about the differences between the modern and medieval worlds. The show manages to strike a balance between the two, with well-written characters, solid animation, and a story that keeps viewers engaged throughout.

Gate is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on July 3, 2015.

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Thus They Fought
24. Thus They Fought
March 25, 2016
Itami and the rest of Recon 3 launch one final assault on the palace to recover the captured princess. A new dawn begins for the Empire, and some surprising relationships are revealed.
23. Paradrop
March 18, 2016
The SDF has gotten the go-ahead to assault the capital and protect the diplomats and pro-peace senators. A huge combined arms operation begins, as dragons are shot down by jets and spearman are slain by snipers. But will they be able to reach the Jade Palace before the exhausted Rose Knights are finally defeated?
The Empress in Slave's Clothing
22. The Empress in Slave's Clothing
March 11, 2016
The Pied Piper strikes as Lelei delivers her speech for her masters. Princess Pinya is impressed by Zolzal's new government, and Chule is now the de-facto ruler of the empire.
21. Deadline
March 4, 2016
Zolzal uses the Japanese government's acceptance of the refugees as a pretext to attack. The foreign media is in the Special Region right now, and the government has given orders not to evacuate the embassy. Meanwhile, Itami's crew comes under attack by assassins.
E 20
20. E 20
February 26, 2016
With the Emperor out of the picture, the crown prince is free to run things as he sees fit. He establishes a reign of terror over the empire, and his thugs imprison anyone who speaks out against him. Sherry's parents are killed and she's forced to flee to safety, but Japan refuses to take her in.
Dangerous Sisters
19. Dangerous Sisters
February 19, 2016
Lelei's sister is jealous of her success in money, academics, and wealth. She challenges Lelei to a duel, which threatens to burn down the entire city!
The Magic City of Rondel
18. The Magic City of Rondel
February 12, 2016
With the Fire Dragon slain, Itami's next stop is the magic city of Londol, where Lelei is about to present at a prestigious academy. Meanwhile, peace talks between the Empire and Japan are about to begin...
Decisive Battle
17. Decisive Battle
February 5, 2016
It's the final showdown with the Fire Dragon as Itami, Rory, Chuka, and Lelei join forces with a squad of rocket-launcher-equipped elves. Can swords, magic, artillery, and fighter jets defeat a dragon?
The Fire Dragon, Once More
16. The Fire Dragon, Once More
January 29, 2016
Itami has left in search of the powerful fire dragon. The SDF prepares a force to support him. Meanwhile, Chule baits Delilah into an assassination attempt on Noriko.
Tuka Luna Marceau
15. Tuka Luna Marceau
January 22, 2016
Chuka has gone insane and refuses to face the fact that her father is dead. She thinks that Itami is her father. The only way to snap her back to sanity is to kill the Fire Dragon, but engaging it would mean getting most of Itami's squad killed.
The Imperial Capital Quake
14. The Imperial Capital Quake
January 15, 2016
An earthquake strikes the empire, and the SDF visit the Imperial Palace to give advice on relief. There, they find that the Empire has been keeping Japanese slaves. An enraged Kuribayashi beats the Imperial Prince to a pulp. How will the SDF respond?
The Banquet Begins
13. The Banquet Begins
January 8, 2016
The SDF hold a banquet in the imperial capital to try and bribe the senators to their side. Yao plans to do something nice for Itami.
E 12
12. E 12
September 19, 2015
Yao Ha Ducy pleads with the SDF to help defeat the Fire Dragon, but to no avail. Everyone begins to wonder what Itami would do in this situation.
E 11
11. E 11
September 12, 2015
Itami and co. return to the Special Region, where a bustling town is being created around the SDF base. The base has attracted many visitors, including a dark elf who wants to find the "Green People".
E 10
10. E 10
September 5, 2015
Enemies from multiple countries converge on the resort where Itami and crew are staying. Japan has called off its defense teams, and it's up to Itami to get them out safely.
E 9
9. E 9
August 28, 2015
Mysterious armed men are after the visitors from the other world, and the Japanese Special Forces are waiting for them. But the enemy has plans, and things take an unexpected turn.
E 8
8. E 8
August 21, 2015
Cultures clash as the people from beyond the Gate visit Japan for the first time. After a speech at the Diet, a mysterious group attacks them on the streets of Tokyo.
E 7
7. E 7
August 14, 2015
Itami is beaten up by the Rose Knights and dragged back to Italica, where a terrified princess worries he'll bring down the entire Japanese army in retaliation. She orders the leader of the knights to "use her body" to atone for this transgression, but Itami is too busy with catgirl maids to notice her.
E 6
6. E 6
August 7, 2015
SDF reinforcements lay waste to the invaders trying to seize Italica. Itami tries to secure peace with the city's rulers, but fails to account for Pinya's knights.
E 5
5. E 5
July 31, 2015
Itami's unit agrees to help defend Italica from siege. But will a tactical miscalculation still cause the city's fall?
E 4
4. E 4
July 24, 2015
Isami and the rest of his group take the refugees to a camp created near the SDF base. They're shocked by their first interactions with Japanese culture, but gradually come to enjoy the food and baths.
E 3
3. E 3
July 17, 2015
After the fire dragon attack, the team finds an elf girl in the village well. When escorting her back to the camp, the team is forced to engage the dragon in the ultimate battle: dragon versus rocket launcher.
E 2
2. E 2
July 10, 2015
The JSDF goes through the Gate and finds a giant army waiting for them. After repelling the army's attack, the JSDF puts together a small team to make friends with the locals. Isami is put in charge of squad three, which encounters a fire dragon attacking a village. When the flames have died down, the village is destroyed. Investigating the ruins, Isami finds...
JSDF Goes to Another World
1. JSDF Goes to Another World
July 3, 2015
Itami's efforts to save a doujinshi exhibit turn him into an accidental hero. Now second lieutenant, he's sent through the gate into the other world.
Where to Watch Gate
Gate is available for streaming on the Sentai Filmworks website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Gate on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Vudu.
  • Premiere Date
    July 3, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (4,022)