“It was the story of a world that connected to another. This is what people called the thing that connected them… The Gate.”
GATE’s second season kicked off following the events of what occurred in the first. This season mainly focused around the “Fire Dragon Arc” and the ongoing political battle between the Empire and Japan.
Most of the scenes within the season were dedicated to either fighting or talking. This season seemed to be more “bloody” than the last, which was quite satisfying to watch because it wasn’t just a steamroll of the good guys. However, it continues to show how dominant advanced technology can be when fighting against others which less favorable technology. On the other side, the political talks between nations become more entwined as there are different agendas between each decision made, leading to a lot of drama in deciding the “best” route either for Japan or the Empire. It was interesting too see how realistically it mimics politics today, whereby there is a surface message but many things going on behind the scenes to ensure there aren’t any pitfalls or losses.
We are introduced to even more characters this season, whilst also continuing to develop the others. There was a further emphasis on Lelei and Tuka this season, where their backgrounds were increasingly fleshed out, which created a bit more understanding for their characters. The drama between the characters backstories actually provided more depth to the world, finding out more about the GATE, which was good to see.
Lelei Best Girl!
OP/ED: It was really enjoying too see that their was consitency kept between the 1st and 2nd season in the OP and ED, with Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets back for the OP and the seiyuus of Rory (Taneda Risa), Lelei (Touyama Nao) and Tuka (Kanemoto Hisako) for the ED. The OP keeps its continuing rock-based vibe providing a lot of energy for the start of each episode. It was also nice too see that they used the past animations from the 1st season during the OP, allowing for an easy update to what happened. The ED on the other hand, focused more on the life as a soldier in the JSDF. It was funny too see the trio of girls in the animations provided, which matched really well with the choice of singer.
Gate Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri – Enryuu-hen Was it Good?
GATE’s 2nd season expanded more upon the first, which was really nice to see. With an additional emphasis to the fighting and the politics, it became a show that was both easy to watch and thought provoking. It still maintains the comedy from the first, mixing that in with the added drama provided a good on/off watching as it always wasn’t so tense. The ending provided a good summing up of all the events, and here’s hoping to an another season.
Recommendations: This season focused more on the action and drama, whilst maintaining its lighthearted side in its comedy. Overall the consistency from season too season was well kept, and through all these factors, I recommend the following:
- Outbreak Company
- Zero no Tsukaima
- Log Horizon
- Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen