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One day in the 21st century, a gate opened in the middle of the Ginza district of Tokyo. Out of the gate poured soldiers and strange creatures, and they soon made Ginza look like an image of hell. The gate apparently connected Japan to another world, a world with a militant empire and many supernatural creatures. The Japanese Self-Defense Force decided to send a small group, led by a soldier who's also an otaku, into the other world on a reconnaissance mission. They're meant to learn what they can about the empire (and its plans), the world, and the people.
They're hardly in the world yet, though, when they come across a village destroyed by a giant fire-breathing dragon. The only survivor is an unconscious elven girl they find hidden in a well. Now they feel like they must warn the nearby towns about the dragon, and do what they can to help. On the way, they'll meet more magical, female companions, and learn more about this dangerous new world. [tethysdust]
Врата: там бьются наши воины ゲート―自衛隊彼の地にて、斯く戦えり Gate - Thus the JSDF Fought There GATE奇幻自卫队
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Absolutely loving this series!
Got into this via reading about Outbreak Company. This is basically the older, more mature and grittier version of the former. The story is interesting, the portrayal of a competent modern military force in a fantasy setting is refreshing instead of the usual "Oh noes magic makes our bullets useless!". The main characters have equal amounts funny, interesting and awesome. I really hope an English translation of the light novel goes well under way and the scanlation of this gem of a manga to continua at a steady pace. That is if this manga is popular enough in Japan to continue on for as long as the LNs goes (I'm praying.)
Highly recommend you give this a try.
Japanese manga version of Stargate
Anybody familiar with the Stargate movie and television series would be fair in making comparisons between this manga and that license. The concept behind both of them is so similar you can't help but wonder if the author was influenced by the Stargate series when he began writing this manga. That of course does not mean this is a bad series, far from it, it is very interesting with great art and playing upon the age-old concept of what would happen if the people, culture, and technology of the past collided with the present/future with a magic twist akin to those seen in fantasy RPGs like World of Warcraft. It's certainly more original to see something like this in a manga series than most of the other shounen stuff flooding the market these days. Highly recommended!
One of the Best Hidden Gems out there!
This manga is Seriously UNDERRATED! I didn't even know this manga existed until tumbling upon it by accident and oh boy what a Gem it turned out to be...
The story concept is nothing new or special. Somehow a gate to another world appears in Japan and a small group of JSDF soldiers are sent their to explore the country/continent and learn as much as possible while establishing connections within that world. The execution on the other hand is really good: Likeable characters (especially the squad leader), good humor, nice art and action make this series extraordinary.
The characters are the selling point of the series no doubt about it. The personalities and how they play off each other is always fun to read. LT Itami really makes the series though with his Otaku nature clashing with the more Serious military affairs is really Fun to read
... Last updated on August 28th, 2013, 5:43am
Ruined by otaku garbage
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A gothic lolita, JRPG elves, catgirls and a main character that's both an anime and army otaku, though most of the cast seems to cream themselves over this or that piece of military hardware. It's otaku-pandering garbage, which is a shame because the concept is good. But if you're a gun nut or in the military and you really like the military, then some of the scenes in it will appeal to you - Ride of The Valkyries taken straight from Apocalypse Now, comes to mind.
... Last updated on August 24th, 2013, 5:29am
this manga was a great read ive been reading all night and this was the my best read this run good and clean art amazing and really interesting storyline likable characters i really like the mc the only thing i didnt like was when i caught up to the most recent chapter and couldnt read anymore....
What a great mixed genre!
I must admit that the author is a genius "bartender" who can mix different flavor into one beautiful taste... Mixed genre usually creates an interesting story setting but weak story development, but not this one... I dunno, but i usually found many interesting manga based on novel adaptation. Is it just me or the light novel in Japan is really that good?
The right combo, done the right way
Absolutely amazing. This manga is a wonderful piece of work that sparks your imagination and envelops you in spellbound lust.
And the thing is it achieves all this by taking the same very likable tropes and vaguely familiar cookie-cutter fantasy characters that you'd see in the likes of Gunslinger Girl or Spice and Wolf. But here, the author is truly Japanese in his style by having the attention to detail to pepper in the EXACT right amounts of attention to detail for its many characters and topics. It's just the right combination of technically competent artwork, the cuteness of the girls, just the right touch of moe factor without being distracting, putting an effort towards language and cultural logistics, and of course the remarkably accurate military strategy, tactics, and the specialization of reconnaissance for such a fantastic situation.
The military and political scaffolding in the back story is riveting and reminds me of The Hunt for Red October. Who knows who is supporting who and where do we start with all the disinfo? I can only hope the author can subdue himself enough to truly draw out a cold-war scenario instead of HURR DURR AMERICA VS BEAR VS TIGER with Japan being the conniving middleman. The reviewer down below asking why the world's super powers wouldn't just demolish Japan and pave the way clearly has a limited understanding of successful global warfare, even if you are capable of being the uncontested aggressor. That's why I appreciate this story's willingness to go into proxy warfare, tradecraft, and also tap into the very uncomfortable topic of Japan's incredibly underrated and overlooked competence in military force (you don't think one of the richest, most diligent nations in the world sat around with its thumb up its ass with N. Korea, PRC, and USSR so close, do you?).
Beyond all the geekery, my personal nerdgasms and biases though, there is one compelling reason to check this out:
It has heart. It's made with love. It's been crafted by folks who give a shit, and it shows in the magic of exposition and storytelling that transcends any single medium, let alone manga. Let's hope it keeps its going.
I greatly await how this series will go and can only hope that it continues at the caliber we've been seeing as of the time of this review.
... Last updated on July 25th, 2013, 5:42pm
This series is very interesting!
It is well thought out with great characters and plot twists and really keeps you wondering what the fate of the "other world" will be when so many world super powers are pressing for control.
If the series can maintain its current caliber of storytellng for a reasonable number of chapters (at least 100-150), I would have no problem placing it alongside Gantz, Claymore, and Berserk as one of my all time favorites.
PS: After you finish reading this, I highly recommend reading "Drifters" next. It is another time warp fantasy fusion type story that I found to be equally as awesome as Gate.
... Last updated on June 26th, 2013, 12:31pm
Not your typical cross-world manga. It doesn't dwell on magical explanations that would make reading too boorish. It also sticks to a what-if situations when the modern and medieval age meet. Art is also great for a war and political manga, and the dialogue is also ók.
... Last updated on June 6th, 2013, 11:59pm
This is really addictive manga. Love the mixture of Fantasy + Human realm jemmed into create a wonderful story coupled with Great and appealing Characters (selling point of the series)
i am really enjoying the conversation between the group, their exploration and adventure of the great universe the author has created