Gate Season 3 which is also known as Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri in Japanese, is a fantasy anime series that is based on a manga of the same name and a light novel. The light novels were written by Takumi Yanai and are illustrated by Daisuke Izuka and Kurojishi and were published for the first time on April 12, 2020.
Now, fans want to know where has the third season reached in terms of the release and storyline. The Gate anime is officially over according to the creators of A-1 Pictures. Manga is still running with the new volume of Gate Anime. You can read the latest manga to know the remaining plots of Gate.
Gate Anime has received mixed reviews. Some people are saying that it is filled with entertainment from the beginning to the end whereas, some reviews say it is plain shit.
Nevertheless, it’s been a few years since the first/second season of Gate. In contrast to its delay, the fans are still waiting to see one of their favorite fantasy anime again. Hence, here’s all we know so far about the release date of Gate Season 3.
As of 2022, there are a total of 17 volumes released by AlphaPolis. The manga series began its serialization in 2010. The anime series was later released in 2015 and completed its “second season part 2” in 2016.
What the fans need to understand here is the series was launched in the cour format (technically speaking it’s a double cour since it has 24 episodes). So essentially it’s just one season that’s been broken into two parts, so for our understanding, we shall call Season 1 Part 1 and Season 2 Part 2.
The main story of the anime focuses on Lieutenant and Otaku Yoji Itami of JSDF who is sent through the portal to learn about the mysterious creatures this new region inhabits. Using his knowledge of the fantasy stories he’s read, Itami makes his way around the Empire.
With his research and having successfully brought his team back alive, the JSDF manage to initiate peace talks and even establish a forward base of operations to protect the earth. To make these negotiations a cakewalk, Itami takes help from his friends who are old but teenage-like goddesses, and even Princess Pina Co Lada, who is an Otaku as well.
In Episode no. 24, Pina is rescued by Itami and the others as they reach the Imperial Capital with the help of the 3rd re-con team. Zorzal is exiled by Itami and The Emperor announces Pina as the heir is crowned as the Queen of The Empire. Meanwhile, Zorzal and his supporters flee the land but want to get their revenge on Japan.
Gate anime series has a huge fan base that has been demanding for gate season 3. After five years of the publication of the light novel series, gate anime series season one was released on 4 July 2015. The first season received a positive reaction from the fans and soon became quite popular among anime fans. After the first season gained so much popularity, the producers wasted no time releasing gate season 2. The second season for the series was released on 9 January 2016, less than a year later than the first season.
The popularity for the gate anime series only increased after that point, and now the fans are eagerly waiting for gate season 3 to find out more about the story of the show. By the release pattern of the previous two seasons, fans are positive that there will be the 3rd season of the gate anime series. Even though an official release date hasn’t been disclosed yet, fans speculate there is lots of time for season three to be released.
The two main issues for the series have to be money and the confusing source material. Now given the numbers above, clearly creating a new season would mean a great financial incentive for the makers, so why the delay?
The high-budget anime series must have cast them approximately 500 million yen to create since it features heavy VFX work and numerous character and world designs. Plus, the show designs do have some huge production houses’ names attached to it, so it’s safe to say there should be no hurdle to creating a new season.
There has been a sale of more than 15,000 copies. DVD/Blu-Ray discs contribute to around 15-20% of the revenue for an anime series. This may sound un-profitable and also made many animes a failure.
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Gate Season 2 Part 2 ended in 2016. The VFX team who worked on the first two seasons has also been hired for the third season. In 2017, Sentai Filmworks has stated that they were overwhelmed by the response to the show. They were hoping to finish the script in the fall of the same year. But nothing was heard later.
‘Gate’ Season 3 has yet to be officially announced by A-1 Pictures (Persona 5: TheAnimation – The Day Breakers). Unfortunately, It’s common for even a successful anime series to take a long time between seasons, with A-1’sown Blue Exorcist taking a six-year break between seasons 1 and 2.
Even though there hasn’t been any official announcement for season 3, fans are positive about the third season happening because there is plenty of time for the show creators to renew ‘Gate’. We can expect season 3 to come sometime this year or the upcoming Year 2022. Ler’s wait for the official announcement.
Even though there are many characters in the anime series, But the main lead characters are Youji Itami, Princess Pina Co Lada, Rory Mercury, Lelei la Lalena, and Tuka Luna Marceau. Let’s understand their personalities in detail –
Yojuji Itami: Youji, the main character of the anime, is a 33-year old man who’s the First Lieutenant in the ISDF. Being the Third Recon Team leader, Youji is a member of a leading team.
Princess Pina Co Lada: Pina Co Lada is the daughter of Emperor Molto Sol Augustus. Princess is another main character in the story. After Youji and his crew started helping the locals generously, Princess Pina Co Lada saw the positive side the Japanese troops are trying to make and becomes the peacemaker between the Japanese and the authorities in the Special Region.
Rory Mercury: Rory is a demigoddess of the Special Region. She is another lead character in the show who is a follower of Emory, the god of violence, war, and death, known as the Reaper, Rory has a status for being very powerful in battle and shows no mercy to her enemies.
Lelei la Lalena: Lelei is a sage and a sorceress of the human race. He is the second follower of an elder sage named Cato. Lelei is a brilliant and knowledgeable person but rarely shows emotion.
Tuka Luna Marceau: Tuka is a descendant of a higher race of elves. She used to survive in the village of known until the dragon destroyed it, she was the single survivor of the attack and played an important role in the plot of this anime.
What you need to understand before we get to the expected plot is that Gate as a story is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s even considered as a JSDF propaganda series, which we think could be the reason why the anime series per se isn’t getting rebooted.
So, then what could the next season’s / part’s plot you ask? The light novels cover so many different arcs and a storyline that can be explored in the new season/part. Zorzal may have been exiled but his intentions to end Japan are still alive.
Especially as he wants to seek revenge on Yoji. On a lighter note, Yoji is yet to confess his love for Tuka and the whole Rory and Hardy angle was just starting to get interesting. So, we could see a battle between Zorzal and the Japanese army. The series will be action-packed but we have no confirmation from A-1 Pictures on anything.
Another theory making quite a bit of sound on the internet is, the third season could be based on the Gate: Weigh Anchor novels, the series of events in this novel are based 4 years after the events from the Gate being closed.
The interesting bit about this novel is that it ventures into a Xenomorph homeworld that infests the Special Region. Sci-Fi fans out there might know what Xenomorph is but we can’t tell if A-1 Pictures will be able to get the rights from the popular movie franchise unless Disney is willing to experiment. All this speculation sounds exciting, but give us fans some concrete news already!
If we go with what is there in the novel, then the third season is more likely to adapt the ‘Gate: Weigh Anchor novels, which focuses on the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces instead of the JSDF. As mentioned earlier, JMSDF has gone on the other side of the world to explore. However, something interesting happens in the novel series of the later volume that opens the portal to the Xenomorph homeworld with creatures soon infesting the Special Region. However, this will only happen when A-1 Pictures secures a place to use the Alien Franchise for Gate season 3.
In the ending, we saw Pina be crowned as queen of the imperial, on the occasion of which she vows to give her heart and soul to protect the kingdom and bring peace and prosperity. The ending also revealed many secret loves and confessions.
We saw Bozes and Tomita have married, Beefeater and Shunya are in a relationship well as Sugawara and Sherry. But what about Itami? Well, he skips the Pina crown ceremony because he decides to attend a doujin convention which he missed earlier. The Ending looks like a happy one but many serious questions are left unanswered. One is the future of Itami, and what will become of him?
The Gate series has been criticized for promoting political and military propaganda, but that hasn’t dulled the show. It is considered by many a right-wing nationalist propaganda for the JSDF. Countries like the US, Russia, and China have been shown in a bad light.
If you can’t take such sort of content, just don’t bother going through this title. The JSDF used the anime as a recruitment campaign and even used the characters as mascots for the same. Another confusion about the series as we have already addressed above is whether it does have two seasons or not.
As per a MAL report, it was announced that the series was going to be aired in split course format covering the Fire Dragon Arc. So that means, it’s one season that was released with a gap of a few months but Anime News Network considers both the releases as two different seasons.
That just adds to the confusion the source material has already created. Some even confuse the Gate series with Steins; Gate, which is very odd, both the series are completely different stories with only one common word for confusion. Hardcore fans and the manga fans of the show are waiting for a new season.
Though there is no official announcement for the release of Gate Season 3 a fan has released Gate Season Trailer –
Gate is currently available on Crunchyroll, Prime Video, Hulu, and Netflix. So those who want to watch it can check it out there. We can hope that the new Gate Season 3 has a lot more to after than its last seasons. The average rating on Crunchyroll for the series is 4.3/5 which is great.
in the ending, we saw Pina be crowned as queen of the imperial, on the occasion of which she vows to give her heart and soul to protect the kingdom and bring peace and prosperity. The ending also revealed many secret loves & confessions. We saw Bazes and Tomita have married, Beefeater and Shunya are in a relationship well as Sugawara and Sherry.
But what about Itami?
Well, he skips the Pina crown ceremony because he decides to attend a doujin convention which he missed earlier. The ending looks like a happy one but many serious questions are left unanswered. One is the future of Itami, and what will become of him?
I heard a lot of good stuff about it, so it will be interesting to see how good it will be. But if you can’t wait any longer, and you want to learn what happens next after the anime in the story, read the light novel.