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.
One summer anime more has ended and this time it's Gate. This was quite good anime even though I don't wait this to continue even though it would (and I probably will watch it if it's going to continue) but I wouldn't be sad if it doesn't get season 2. I'm not saying that this isn't good, but I just don't need to watch more.
The story is really interesting and not so ordinary. The worlds and their differences are really convincing and make it feel a little realistic like even though this is fantasy anime. It's quite smart that they don't understand right away each others, even though it would be lot easier if everyone speaks Japanese. But it add little more realistic feeling to it that way.
Then there are those great characters! Those are actually the best thing in this anime. Even thought the story is quite interesting the anime wouldn't be good without those characters. Main character Itami is really good and it's great that main character is good! (it is just really pain to watch if you doesn't like the main character because it is always there). Other main characters are Rory, Lalena and Luna. Those three are really good characters too and it is really nice to watch when all the things from our world is so weird and interesting for them.
Overall this is watchable, but without those characters this anime wouldn't been even watchable. Because even though the start of the story is interesting and cool it starts to walk still when they got past the starting point and just hit you with those characters and hope that those characters are going to rescue this anime (and they actually did).
But that's all~