Anime Sunday: Gate Episode 01 Initial Reactions

Michael Blaker
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This week on Anime Sunday I’m covering my initial reactions to Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri first episode.

Plot Synopsis: When a portal from another world appears in Ginza, Tokyo, a legion of soldiers and monsters emerge to attack the city.

Plot: So far the plot is pretty freaking amazing, and it doesn’t shy away from the fact that this is a super bloody and serious series! I was so happy to see the first on screen blood that I nearly jumped for joy, a reaction I very rarely have for seeing animated blood. The even better news is that this series will be a 2-cour and run for 24 episodes!

Characters: I’m assuming we’ll get to meet more of the cast, but so far we’ve pretty much just met Itami an Otaku who works to support his hobby. I think I’m really going to enjoy the entire cast of characters.

Art: The animation is done by A-1 Pictures, recently known for their animation of the Sword Art Online series. It’s not ufotable quality, but it’s not nearly as bad as Toei. That being said I was quite happy with this first episode’s art. Let’s hope it can keep up. One thing of note is the absolutely awesome opening and ending sequences, as they are beautifully animated.

Music: The soundtrack is fantastic and I adored the opening and ending themes. I was particularly happy to hear one of my favorite J-Rock band, Kishida Kyodan and the Akeboshi Rockets, performing the opening song. The ending is sung by the female cast from what I could read of the credits, but don’t quote me on that.

Overall: This is going to be a fun series to watch every week.

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