GATE: Where the JSDF Fought

Alt title: Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri

Vol: 21+; Ch: 116+
2011 - ?
4.491 out of 5 from 941 votes
Rank #842
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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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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