Gate – Jietai Kare no Chi nite, Kaku Tatakeri

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In August of 20XX, a portal to a parallel world, known as the “Gate”, suddenly appeared in Ginza, Tokyo. Monsters and troops poured out of the portal, turning the shopping district into a bloody inferno.

The Japan Ground-Self Defence Force immediately took action and pushed the fantasy creatures back to the “Gate”. To facilitate negotiations and prepare for future fights, the JGSDF dispatched the Third Reconnaissance Team to the “Special Region” at the other side of the Gate.

Youji Itami, a JSDF officer as well as a 33-year-old otaku, was appointed as the leader of the Team. Amid attacks from enemy troops the team visited a variety of places and learnt a lot about the local culture and geography.

Thanks to their efforts in humanitarian relief, although with some difficulties they were gradually able to reach out to the locals. They even had a cute elf, a sorceress and a demigoddess in their circle of new friends. On the other hand, the major powers outside the Gate such as the United States, China and Russia were extremely interested in the abundant resources available in the Special Region. They began to exert diplomatic pressure over Japan.

A suddenly appearing portal to an unknown world – to the major powers it may be no more than a mere asset for toppling the international order. But to our protagonists it is an invaluable opportunity to broaden knowledge, friendship, and ultimately their perspective towards the world.

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Gate - Thus the JSDF Fought There!
ゲート―自衛隊彼の地にて、斯く戦えり
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Latest Release

Date Group Release
02/10/18 Skythewood v10c10 (end)
02/03/18 Skythewood v10c9
01/27/18 Skythewood v10c8
01/20/18 Skythewood v10c7
01/13/18 Skythewood v9c6
01/13/18 Skythewood v9c5
01/06/18 Skythewood v9c4
12/30/17 Skythewood v9c3
12/23/17 Skythewood v9c2
12/23/17 Skythewood v9c1
09/28/16 Skythewood v7 afterword
09/28/16 Skythewood v8c9
09/28/16 Skythewood v8c8
09/28/16 Skythewood v8c7
09/28/16 Skythewood v8c6
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rdawv
rdawv rated it
April 6, 2016
Status: --
Gate is one of those novel series where you love the underlying premise, but might dislike the MC.

There have been other literature about modern armies crossing over to technologically-inferior worlds but currently Gate is at the forefront due to the fantasy setting and its popular anime and manga adaptations.

A mysterious dimensional-crossing gate opens in the middle of Tokyo, and mayhem ensued as a medieval army complemented by fantasy creatures poured through. The invading force found modern Earth a strange place, but thought it was ripe for the picking as they... more>> slaughtered the civilians... only to be beaten back and destroyed by the modern JSDF which had mobilized a swift response due to the actions of the MC: the laid-back and otaku Youji Itami.

His quick-thinking turned him into an overnight military poster child and he was sent as part of an expeditionary force to go through the gate and explore the other side...

The story is great and we get to read how a modern force of tanks, fighter jets, artillery and modern infantry decimates a medieval army with almost contemptuous ease. The JSDF is shown as an entity that was reluctant to inflict such slaughter, but not hesitant in using their advantages after the attack on Tokyo. The Empire on the other hand seemed to be filled with short-sighted people who do not comprehend the gap in technology, resulting in bloodbaths whenever the two get into a conflict.

Well written and filled with decent characters, much of the criticism from people who disliked the anime lies with the MC who is at the forefront and thus trip over a bevy of fantasy women: a female mage, a forest elf, a dark elf, a demi-goddess. However, they are well-written and their attraction to Itami is a gradual process and somewhat understandable.

The novel has more details than the anime and fans of the series should read it. It is interesting as the LN features character illustrations which are a little different from the manga as well as the anime. <<less
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LivingCorpse
LivingCorpse rated it
December 16, 2015
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Gate is pretty much Science vs Magic novel. Unlike many other Japanese Novel. This one is where the MC is not an OP bastard seeking a harem in other world while doing OP stuff.
THIS IS ALL ABOUT TANK, GUN, BULLET, JET FIGHTER, AND ROCKET LAUNCHER VS HORSEMEN, SWORD, ARROW, DRAGON, AND MAGIC!
In short this is not a story of One Man vs the World, this is a story of a World vs Another World.
This novel is glorifying the JSDF, and other country is depicted as a Resource... more>> Hungry bastard. But honestly I don't care, after all the world is just like that. What important is, I can see Dragon get blown up by RPG in a world straight from Fantasy RPG... That was not a good pun wasn't it? <<less
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ninthlite
ninthlite rated it
January 27, 2018
Status: v10c7
This novel had a lot of potential, however the author is an extreme nationalist. Rather than a novel about the modern world interacting with a fantasy world, its a soapbox where the author shares his biased political views. Straw men are created by the author to vilify the nations of the world, and of course Japan is the sole heroic nation. In recent chapters I feel like the author forgot this is supposed to be a fantasy novel and spends most of the time unironically building China as some villain... more>> who kicks puppies for fun.

The author seriously needs to get over himself.

2/5 <<less
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ZoorYuvonHeim
ZoorYuvonHeim rated it
August 18, 2017
Status: v8c9
I enjoyed the premise, but the mixture of characters and where the focus actually was left me somewhat underwhelmed.

For me, the MC otaku being an overpowered super-soldier essentially derailed most of the drama and leads to some unbelievable situations where you wouldn't expect it to go at first. But once it does, it becomes a far too predictable feeling. After the big reveals it begins to fall flat as a large part of the tension just evaporates.

The premise of modern-military vs fantasy world sounds awesome, but its focus gets reeled... more>> back down to a geopolitical hodgepodge behind the MC's story, often leaving out what would be fantastical fights for most of the story. It does pick up on spots, but largely its one where your expectations are left out of sight of where the story is.

All in all I have to admit it has its merits, but its not great, nor is it truly bad. Just a mixed bag of misplaced expectations and a direction you probably didn't think it would go. <<less
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Victor DoUrden
Victor DoUrden rated it
December 14, 2015
Status: --
I could literally go on all day about this but won’t bother. If your into disgusting cliche garbage stories that if printed are only good for toilet paper, and worse yet if those garbage stories are harem....... this is not for you.

This at long last has a translator who will shine and enlighten those who can read or only read english with the glory that is Gate.

Is sci fi fantasy, slice of life, political, realistically modern outlook of.... of course Japan encountering a gate to another realm... what would be... more>> less then 2 vols (if it even got to two) if the stories premise occurred in USA/China/Russia or the Korean demilitarized zone.....

WARNING: this story contains an actual plot, sh*t actually happens, characters are not as deep as a puddle on a convex surface, main character is not half assedly gay, story is realistic and bleak at times not all freaking rainbows and disney sing alongs. Also for some this is important... there are no, I repeat no as in none extremely needless/pointless/digressive depictions of tits and ass every 1-4 chapters. Also inside gate is an over 5 out 5 story.

If your looking for and original and great story... read this.

Side note there is none of that JSDF is super awesome bullsh*t and that the author thinks country X is X nonsense that some people say. The JSDF is just there and the characters are in it. Countries are shown sadly... quite realistically. <<less
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Xuanyu
Xuanyu rated it
May 27, 2016
Status: --
It is a good story, can't deny that. But there are a lot of things that would cause people not want to read this.

... more>>
Spoiler

First: of all the Japanese protects mas murderers, mas rapist, genocide causing slavers and their government.
Second: seems like racist, couple of Japanese women where saved millions of other slaves where left behind.
Third: ever heard of aiming? They start shooting at the eye the size of an little truck and still can't get a hit in.
all combat scenes are like this. Completely ruining the flow of the story.
If you can read past these problems and plenty of plot holes this story is worth the read

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sdarkpaladin
sdarkpaladin rated it
January 25, 2016
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Rated 4/5 because of the premise of the story. Never have I read before this kind of modern technology vs ancient weaponry. Although it might be because I don't read much.

If you are looking for a all-loving heroic MC, this is the novel for you. Throw in a demi-goddess, magician, elves and you get a generic harem novel. That said, this novel is anything but. Military otakus would love this because of the showcase of weaponry and the Jet Fighter vs Dragons scene. Need more info? Watch the anime.
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Ezmac1
Ezmac1 rated it
May 18, 2017
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The geopolitical elements of this story are ridiculous, but I still enjoy the premise of swords and magic vs. A modern army. As other reviewers mention the authors bias towards the JSDF is massive and really unfortunate missed opportunity. Would have been awesome to see the characters interacting in a power struggle between the powers in the modern world in a realistic way, a bit like a modern version of colonization in a magic world. Disappointing tbh that the author chose this route, but I guess it sells in japan.... more>> Not terrible at all but could have been awesome. 7/10 <<less
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DarkD
DarkD rated it
February 27, 2018
Status: v8c8
I loved this story and don't care much for where they took it in the ladder half of the book.

It almost feels like they brought fantasy into the real world in this fiction. It was probably one of the most immersive fantasy experiences I've had. Not that it was particularly well-written, just the concept was so good that I could ignore all the flaws.

Spoiler alert. The problem then became that I wanted to keep the two worlds linked. I wanted the novel to show a stable portal between the two... more>> worlds. Instead in the ladder half they began showing the two worlds couldn't be joined forever because it would break the universe. End of spoiler.

As the story went on though, the series became less about showing off the the JSDF in the fantasy world and more about the politics going on behind the scenes. Long droning political scheming began and it just isn't what I wanted to read in this series. That kinda took away what made the story so immersive. So the first half I'd give a 4.5 but the ladder half is more like a 2.5 or a 3. <<less
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captain crunch
captain crunch rated it
June 9, 2017
Status: v8
Update: I have read V7-8, previously read V5. Lowering my rating to 3.5-4 stars. V7-8 have so many long, uninteresting conversations or narrative explanations, that I end up wanting to skip through. Often they are about politics or paranoid nationalism. There's even a page about how there's no such thing as altruism. I don't know why there's such a change in the storytelling. Maybe the Chinese translation was of the web novel, or maybe the author has lost some focus. I think many readers would prefer V1-5's style vs V7-8.

Rating:... more>> 4 (maybe 4.5) stars, Translation: 5/5

(My reviews may sound negative, but my format often lists reasons why I didn't give 5 stars.)

[[5 star = almost all readers may enjoy. 4 star = large majority of readers may enjoy. 3 star = 50/50 of readers may enjoy. 2 star = a niche audience may enjoy. 1 star = maybe portion of niche audience may enjoy.]]

[[5/5 = Infrequent minor errors. 4/5 = Frequent minor errors or infrequent major errors, no difficulty to read. 3/5 = Frequent major errors, some difficulty to read. 2/5 = Difficult to read. 1/5 = Unreadable.]]

A portal to a fantasy world appears in Tokyo, and the Japan Self Defense Force repels the invasion of a fantasy army. Japan sends the SDF and diplomats through the "Gate" to prevent further invasion, find who's responsible, and explore this new world. The story follows the MC, an otaku laid-back JSDF officer, as he befriends some locals and goes on missions/adventures.

As of end of volume 5, features: JSDF cold-war era equipment, alternate fantasy world with magic/demihumans/demigods/Roman Empire style civilizations. Asymmetric technology and combat, small group and large scale combat, laid-back but capable MC, "somewhat" harem-ish (no real romance, more like attached companions), some politics on both sides of gate, some references to colonialism.

I thought the story is pretty good. It is a collision of the realistic world with a fantasy world (no RPG system). It has plausible scenarios of how a modern military and country might respond. The MC is not like the typical solo adventurer/reincarnated, but a JSDF officer who can't go off on his own. He doesn't have a cheat ability, unlike most reincarnated stories. I think most readers would be entertained.

I think the biggest issue is this paranoid nationalistic vibe. Every country on the planet is out to get Japan to get access to the gate to begin a new era of colonialism. It's plausible, but still felt weird, because of these long wall-of-text political stuff. The story sometimes feels like a military-sponsored video game or movie aimed at recruitment. The author even wrote a note with tips for otaku's to join the JSDF. Politicians are often interfering with missions and goals, and it feels like the the JSDF can do no wrong. The combat feels glorified, even though it's mostly a 1-sided massacre against iron-age armies.

Some minor issues: the MC, the romance. Since the MC can only follow orders and is a low to mid-ranking officer, he is not off changing this fantasy world, is not always doing adventuring stuff, and is not always the focus of the story. I don't think this is a problem, but some fantasy fans might not like it. The female companions from the fantasy world, it's implied that they are totally attached to the MC, but barely any romance happens. Readers who want some romance may be disappointed.

I think a large majority of fans of these genres would be entertained. There are some issues, but I think they're either not a big deal, or wouldn't stop many readers. Thus, 4 to 4.5 stars on my scale.

Other info: There are many versions of this: web novel (incomplete?), novel, light novel, manga, and anime. I think the WN is now replaced by the LN? And the WN's main difference is extra political commentary. The novel and light novel are identical, except for the numbering of chapters and volumes. The translator, Skythewood uses Chinese versions of the LN. They are now on hold after V8, waiting for more Chinese volumes. They also skipped V6, because they don't have the Chinese version.

The anime mostly follows the LN V1-V6 very closely, until the end of the 2nd season. The differences happen in V6, which hasn't been translated. If you watched the anime, like me, you will pretty much know what happens in V1-V5. <<less
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Lachiel
Lachiel rated it
October 26, 2015
Status: --
Gate.. Unique premise of a other wordly gate pops up in tokyo. Alright kewl modern earth gets invaded by medieval ppl and.. They end up retreating through the gate.. And thats how we have our story.
The story is smooth, but you should be aware that the author is a die-hard supporter of the JSDF so prepare yourself for some things pointed at other countries with a extremely biased view.
The setting and overall plot is straight forward once you figure it out but you will still find yourself surprised... more>> through your reading.

I recommend this to >anyone< who likes slice of life with military / Fantasy setting. <<less
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FatalStrings
FatalStrings
December 13, 2015
Status: --
if you can stomach a much darker version of the anime, I recommend giving it a read
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