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The New Gate is all kinds of Meh… Yet Still Fun?

Article at a glance:

  • Despite its unoriginal Sword Art Online-like premise, The New Gate effectively portrays the passage of 500 years, highlighting the value shift of in-game items and the decline of unique skills in a post-war world.
  • The anime struggles with flat, one-dimensional characters and relies heavily on plot conveniences, leaving much to be desired in terms of depth and development.
  • Despite frustrations with its lack of originality and character depth, The New Gate oddly provides a sense of enjoyment akin to anime “junk food,” leaving me conflicted but intrigued by its potential.

I hate it when things like this happen. Critically, I can rip this anime apart to shreds. And yet, I actually enjoyed watching The New Gate, episode 3 in particular was quite good. It is the Sword Art Online formula carried on into a full isekai. So sort of like Overlord, for example. It is a very unoriginal idea and yet there are some things that this anime does right. I don’t know why I had fun watching this, given that there are literally no characters to invest myself in so far… Is my taste that bad or did I just need some anime “junk food”?

Well, let’s find out. I say that but I probably won’t even be able to describe why I ended up enjoying this anime so far. Let’s just start and we’ll figure things out along the way. So yeah, welcome back to another first impressions article, today we are talking about The New Gate.

What do I think of The New Gate so far?

First of all, the plot is unoriginal as hell. It was a Sword Art Online-like death game in the beginning, but, of course, our MC defeated the final boss, completing the game and allowing others to log out. But when he tries to log out, he gets teleported into an isekai. Well, not quite, it is the same world as the game, just that it has been 500 years since the boss was defeated.

Despite the unoriginal plot, this anime does a good job of making us feel the passage of time. This is mainly done by showing us the value of items that the MC and other players took for granted in the game. Of course, since 500 years have passed, the value of those items has increased tremendously. 500 years ago, the world was at war (and there were players too) so people with unique skills were fairly common. Now, that is not the case.

That and the opening theme are the only good things this anime has going for it so far. Because every character so far has been so flat. I wouldn’t even call them two-dimensional, most of them are one-dimensional because they literally have a single trait. Willhelm is the only interesting character so far. That was too because of his personality, not his story. And don’t even get me started on the plot conveniences/contrivances.

That is all for now

I hope that my frustration was obvious in this article. I really do hate it when I end up enjoying watching something I know I shouldn’t like. But hey, I’m only human, I make mistakes, so don’t put your blame on me. Seriously though, let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!

Also, check out my thoughts on Voice Actor Radio here! It is a much better anime, go watch that T_T

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