GATE: Where the JSDF Fought

Alt title: Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri

Vol: 22+; Ch: 126+
2011 - ?
4.184 out of 5 from 1,002 votes
Rank #983
GATE: Where the JSDF Fought

On August 20XX, a gate suddenly appears in Tokyo's Ginza district, unleashing a portal where monsters, medieval knights and other fantasy beings come from another world and wreak havoc on Tokyo. The Japanese Defense Force take action against these monsters and push them back into the "Gate". Third Reconnaissance Team is dispatched to the "Special Region" lead by officer (and otaku) Touji Itami.

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Honestly the only good thing to see is exactly the reason this attracted me (as the first manga i ever read), the geopolitics and how they go about the "what if" senario are well executed, story is def the best part about the manga from what i remember (although the part with the 13yo sherry is goofy, stupid and throws off the seriousness of the story) the manga is ofc one big self stroke by the author or propaganda or both, some of the statements might be so bad it actually gets annoying and cringe, keep that in mind ig art is ok i guess, some panels are beautiful (mostly military) but rest are below average in how clean they are (god forbid you read a low quality scan), the charcter design is badass sometimes pretty eh or awful most of the time, generally they go with casual clothes which i like i just hate the charcters especially the main cast, i'm glad they stepped away from them for the latest 20 chap or so (118ch rn) and focused on what is actually good, some of the best charcters are side even minor charcters ,itami himself is pretty good being an actual adult with experince and not a self insert, tho it does seem like the author is trying to make him look pathetic sometimes, the 3 main girls are just plain annoying, rarely important sometimes wierd if you like badassery, military schenanigans and is interested in the concept i totally recommend reading it, it's very dialouge packed so be ready (if you are not interested in the harem like normal person you should skip around a bit) [also the manga is nowhere near finished there is barely a small chap every month so i'd recommend just putting it on the shelf for now]


Gate is a rare gem amongst the thousands of mangas out there. It portrays a modern military (Japanese armed forces, the JSDF) versus an empire almost identical to the Romans. Currently, after 75 chapters, I'm still looking forward to further releases. The story is interesting and well paced. You get to see both sides of an armed conflict and how the higher military powers operate and regulate the life of the troops on the ground. Whilst the modern day JSDF have very few issues taking on an entire bridgade of Roman style troopers, you don't mind the sheer overpowered nature of them. It's utterly cathartic, especially with a revenge hook at around chapter 35. There's a huge world and the MC (Special forces and an Otaku) gets to explore it all whilst trying to play peacemaker. The art is very well detailed too. From the finer details on attack helicopters to the scales of Wyverns, it all looks believable. A hard feat for mangas to achieve. However, it can sometimes be hard to keep track of whats going on during fight scenes thanks to the intricacies. The characters are all well thought out too. Even the side characters. They each have some personal charm and are unique to the imaginary world they inhabit. The only issue I have is with some fanservice parts as it detracts from the plot. That is still a minor headache compared to this fantastic story. As a side note, it's very gratifying to see that Antagonists truly get what they deserve. Everyone should read this!

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