Based on the “ゲート 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり” light novel series written by Takumi Yanai, “Gate” is a fantasy anime with a core plot and world setting that is similar to that of “Outbreak Company”.
The story takes place in our current era, but whereas in “Outbreak Company” the Japanese Self Defense Force finds a gateway to another world filled with magic and mythical creatures, in “Gate” it is the medieval armies of that other world that invade modern day Japan, causing a massacre before the JSDF drives them off.
Like in “Outbreak Company”, the main protagonist in “Gate” is a hopeless otaku who seems to easily attract a harem of otherworldly cuties, however similarities end there as Youji is a soldier in his thirties who distinguishes himself in battle, whereas Shinichi from “Outbreak Company” is a young student.
Considering the military and political themes of this anime, it’s nice to see its main characters are all adults, making the story more believable. Although “Gate” still succumbs to typical harem anime standards by portraying the three main female characters as young girls, even though elf Tuka and goddess Rory are well over a hundred years old.
Although it did feature political machinations and some action, “Outbreak Company” is mellow and innocent compared to “Gate” which from the very start shows lots of bloodshed and the harsh realities of geopolitical machinations and scheming.
“Gate” also emphasizes on the inhumane massacre that occurs when an army with the superior might and technology of machine guns, tanks and missiles face off against an opponent limited to medieval weaponry, making it abundantly clear that a large part of this show will be rather dark.
Considering those two serious themes, the comedy and harem akin elements in “Gate” are a welcome lighthearted touch that prevent this anime from coming across as depressing.
Those of you who are fan of military themed anime will enjoy this show for its detailed portrayal of the JSDF’s gear and equipment. Be prepared though to have some harem tinted comedy shenanigans and more dramatic political schemes thrown in. You can watch “Gate” on Crunchyroll.