January 29, 2016

Gate 2, ep 4

Something I thought I'd never write: I'm starting to lose interest in the GATE anime.

My problem is that I've been reading (and rereading) the manga, so whenever I reach some point where they diverge, I'm jerked out of the story. Not just because it's different, but because the anime is worse. It's always been worse. And a lot of the changes have been unnecessary. I wonder if there is animosity between the mangaka and the team doing the anime?

For instance, they've changed the character art for a lot of characters, and I like the manga versions better. For instance, Countess Myui of Italica:

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Sage Cato:

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And Delilah:

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I can't believe that the anime version of Delilah is any easier to draw or animate than the manga version would have been, with a bit of streamlining. Their reason for changing Cato is that in the anime he's a silly old man who only serves as comic relief, and the manga version is entirely too dignified. And I can't think of any reason at all for changing Myui besides Not Invented Here.

They're also abbreviating the story, too much IMHO. It's disjointed; they're leaving too much out and characterization and character motivation is suffering. They've done so much of that that the anime is close to being incoherent.

It feels like they're in a hurry. The next-ep preview suggests that That's where I originally thought this series was going to end, and it's going to happen in the fifth ep.

This isn't what I really wanted.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 04:24 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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The second season of Gate does lack a certain special 'something' that grabbed my attention in Season 1, but one point needs to be addressed:

I wonder if there is animosity between the mangaka and the team doing the anime?

I seriously doubt that because both the manga and the anime are based on the original light novel series - and it appears the art and character design in the anime are closer to the original light novels.

Having said that, the series is speeding along at an extraordinary clip, which creates all sorts of problems.

Posted by: cxt217 at January 29, 2016 04:59 PM (oEaXk)

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I'm aware that the manga and the anime are both based on the novels.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 29, 2016 05:24 PM (+rSRq)

3 My guess is that it hasn't been as successful as they had hoped, yet somebody there wants to tell as much story as possible since there won't be any season 3.

Posted by: Jaked at January 29, 2016 11:32 PM (LFYPk)

4 From what I gather, the dragon arc was very popular for the manga readers (including me). I wonder if they thought they needed to speed through to get to this point.

The problem is the short cuts will hurt future arcs. How they handle the aftermath of the Dragon is very important and I am afraid they will scotch it up.

I agree: the show is suffering for it. I'm kind of regretting reading the manga. If I held out till after this season, I would have been pleasantly surprised.

Posted by: topmaker at January 30, 2016 12:49 AM (6stZH)

5 I don't know if it has anything to do with it or not, because I don't know how the demographics break on this issue in Japan; but Delilah looks almost like she's wearing a costume in the anime, while in the manga it's pretty clear that she's actually covered in fur.

Posted by: Ben at January 30, 2016 06:35 AM (DRaH+)

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