GATE S2 is a continuation of the 2015 anime GATE released by A-1 Pictures, and directed by Takahiko Kyogoku. As a sequel, the story takes place directly after the events following the first season, where the Japanese Special Defense Force is now trying to make a place for themselves in the world beyond the gate peacefully, and help the inhabitants of the world in whatever way they can. But, there are certain powerful people who still view the JDSF as evil invaders, and plot to defeat them before they can do anything truly evil within their world
WARNING, SPOILERS IN THE 'STORY' SECTION
Like the first season, the story falls short of being a captivating tale because of the lack of an element of danger. The kidnapping of Pina, the fight with the dragon, the assassination attempts against certain key members of the JSDF; all of these ‘dangerous situations’ feel very artificial because of the lack of actual danger involved. No one in the other world poses an actual threat against the JDSF because they lack the weapons and coordination in order to fight against them, so anytime something bad happens, the JDSF quickly resolve it. This feels similar to a bad horror game where the player is put into a dark world filled with creepy environments and monsters, but is given a gun, so anytime something worrisome happens, it can be eliminated with ease and put the player right back into a place of safety.
The animation work is this show’s bread and butter. Everything looks and feels crisp. Even though the action scenes are easily predictable, with the main characters coming out on top, the guns bouncing with recoil, the sword strikes, and everything in between, looks so beautiful, and this is all thanks to Chief Animation Director, Jun Nakai, known for his work on Mardock Scramble, Madoka Magica, and Samurai 7.
Yukio Nagasaki returns to work on this show’s second season, and it’s absolutely wonderful. As mentioned in my review of this show’s season, this man has worked on shows like Beck, Akatsuki no Yona, and Asura, all of which have amazing soundtracks. Everything from the slice of life moments of the show, where everyone is just chilling inside of the base or friendly town, to the epic battle scenes where people are dying left and right, every sound slowly immerses you into the world of GATE.
Thoughts & Opinions
This show could seriously be so much more. There’s an all-star cast working on this series, it’s just that they were put in charge of a series with a lackluster story. It honestly just feels as though the plot was put there to give the girls within the series an excuse to exist, because that’s the main reason I, and others come back to this show. This show could be so much more enjoyable if it didn’t try to be serious at all and just used the character designs in an idol anime or something, and allowed the all-star team currently working on it to work on something much more deserving of love and attention.
6/10 - It's just more of the first season, so watch it on a rainy day, but do not prioritize it.
Review by: Himecatherine