First things first, I’m fairly new to the whole anime world and the weebness that comes with it. As a kid I watched a few episodes of Macross and even though I thought it was cool it never really stuck with me. During my early highschool years Dragon Ball was the big thing on TV but I was too busy playing football outside.

My first real introduction to anime were the movies Akira and Legend of the Overfiend. A friend thought it’d be funny to give me the coolest one he had and the most fucked up one that he had.

During my 20’s I lived with my roommate Eelco, who actually bench watched tons of anime. there were nights where I couldn’t play games due to him hogging all the bandwidth. He got me watching a few shows but it never really stuck. We do have a weird thing where we scream “Tetsuo! Kaneda!” to each other but Monique was never a fan and would always tell us to shut the fuck up.

First series I watched from start to finish was a show called Ranma 1/2. Heck, even Monique watched that. I tried watching a show called Love Hina where I got introduced to the whole Harem and semi-nude stuff which put me off from watching anything else after that.

I never really watched TV shows either because I just don’t really have the patience for it. The few times I watched a TV show it got ruined by shitty writing. The Lost TV show was a great example of that.

Now I’ve been playing games online for most of my life and met a lot of great people. A lot of these guys I’d play games with would start a conversation with “Did you see [insert anime show name] last night?”. Years later I started watching people playing games on a site called Twitch.tv and every single time that chat would be dominated by anime conversations.

So… I gave in and I’m going to start watching some shows as a really cranky old man. However I’ve made a rule for myself which is that no matter how bad a show gets I have to finish it.

Now I started my anime journey with a show called Gate. I picked this show because one of my favorite style of movies is the old 80’s fantasy adventure movies like Conan the Barbarian. Gate had elves and dragons in it which seems like a pretty good start.

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) Youji Itami. On their travels, they are joined by a beautiful elf girl who is a survivor from the dragon’s rampage and guide the group across the dangerous new world.crunchyroll.com

When I watched the first few episodes I saw a lot of potential for some crazy interactions between the modern day world we know and the fairy tale world we grew up with as kids.

As the story progressed it became more of a political driven story and the character development takes a backseat. A real shame because I do feel that the characters had a lot more to offer.

One of the things I’ve always been uncomfortable with in animes is the whole oversexualizing characters that are drawn like little girls and that is just something you’ve got to deal with when watching animes.  There is a character called Rory the Reaper, a demigoddess with a giant axe who is 961 years but has the appearance of a 13 year old girl in a lolita dress. It’s a really awkward character for me because I do love seeing a little girl with a lot of attitude destroying enemies with a giant axe but… Seeing that same character then trying to get some sexy time going on with a dude is just… weird.

Not to mention the elf girl that keeps thing that that the protagonist Youji, a super anime nerd who is also part of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, is her father. Oh… and the princess who gets addicted to reading raunchy novels.

Not going to lie, it was pretty cool to see fairytale creatures walking around in a modern day Japan and watching military vehicles trying to take out a dragon. I guess I had certain expectations from watching the trailers but, like I said, it became a show more focussed on the political aspects of the story which is a real shame since there are plenty of colorful characters.

I’ve watched the first 2 seasons of Gate and I’ve been reading there is more planned for the near future so when it comes out I’ll revisit this post.