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A strange dimension overlaps with our reality, sending magical creatures and bloodthirsty spell casters against the forces of Hana and her team of Earth's protectors. As the newest member in Hana's strange group, awkward high schooler Chikahito Takamoto is looked upon with puzzlement and suspicion. His teammates have no idea how he can be immune to their special powers, an A strange dimension overlaps with our reality, sending magical creatures and bloodthirsty spell casters against the forces of Hana and her team of Earth's protectors. As the newest member in Hana's strange group, awkward high schooler Chikahito Takamoto is looked upon with puzzlement and suspicion. His teammates have no idea how he can be immune to their special powers, and they wonder if Chikahito has any latent powers of his own. Finding himself in the middle of a high-stakes mystical war, Chikahito tries to make sense of the quirky, moody allies he's found himself aligned with and his own feelings for Hana--a strong, short, and awfully cute warrior!


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A strange dimension overlaps with our reality, sending magical creatures and bloodthirsty spell casters against the forces of Hana and her team of Earth's protectors. As the newest member in Hana's strange group, awkward high schooler Chikahito Takamoto is looked upon with puzzlement and suspicion. His teammates have no idea how he can be immune to their special powers, an A strange dimension overlaps with our reality, sending magical creatures and bloodthirsty spell casters against the forces of Hana and her team of Earth's protectors. As the newest member in Hana's strange group, awkward high schooler Chikahito Takamoto is looked upon with puzzlement and suspicion. His teammates have no idea how he can be immune to their special powers, and they wonder if Chikahito has any latent powers of his own. Finding himself in the middle of a high-stakes mystical war, Chikahito tries to make sense of the quirky, moody allies he's found himself aligned with and his own feelings for Hana--a strong, short, and awfully cute warrior!

30 review for Gate 7, Volume 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Harvey

    Gate 7 is a series I most likely am giving up on. I usually like Clamp's graphic novels and I really enjoyed the first volume and thought I would get used to the names and references more quickly than I am. Here's the problem, there is a lot of references to Japan's history in this series. There are countless notes at the end of each volume explaining every name in history among other things. I like the story line, but with the large tie to history and the lack of background knowledge in the ti Gate 7 is a series I most likely am giving up on. I usually like Clamp's graphic novels and I really enjoyed the first volume and thought I would get used to the names and references more quickly than I am. Here's the problem, there is a lot of references to Japan's history in this series. There are countless notes at the end of each volume explaining every name in history among other things. I like the story line, but with the large tie to history and the lack of background knowledge in the time period where all these characters reincarnate from, it is starting to grate on me. As it goes on and more characters are added, I'm sure I will get even more confused. It's sad because I love the illustrations and characters in the story. Has anyone else read this series and gotten any farther? Does it get any better? I don't think Gate 7 is for me and I'm going to give up after this volume.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Wong

    As per usual clamp has created another manga with absolutely lovely art and amazing characters designs but I didn't enjoy this as much as other titles by clamp. The story contained many expected characters filling in expected roles. For example, small cute girl that contains a surprisingly large amount of power that loves noodles. As per usual clamp has created another manga with absolutely lovely art and amazing characters designs but I didn't enjoy this as much as other titles by clamp. The story contained many expected characters filling in expected roles. For example, small cute girl that contains a surprisingly large amount of power that loves noodles.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Kempkes

    If you're a Kyoto history buff maybe you'll like this book. If you're a Kyoto history buff maybe you'll like this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    kerrycat

    so so CLAMP-y

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    OK, so if volume 1 was a little hard to understand, this magnifies things a bit. There's __*a lot*__ of historical reference here that I knew just enough to grasp but not enough to truly understand. The end notes were super helpful with this, but clearly can only begin to fill in the missing pieces. Still, the story itself doesn't really require you to fully understand the historical characters these are based on to appreciate that it's setting up for battle. OK, so if volume 1 was a little hard to understand, this magnifies things a bit. There's __*a lot*__ of historical reference here that I knew just enough to grasp but not enough to truly understand. The end notes were super helpful with this, but clearly can only begin to fill in the missing pieces. Still, the story itself doesn't really require you to fully understand the historical characters these are based on to appreciate that it's setting up for battle.

  6. 4 out of 5

    usagi ☆ミ

    I love this series – the idea of kotodama, or literally “making words into weapons”, has fascinated me for awhile now, and when CLAMP started releasing this series I got to see how the old theory of this side of magic worked – at least, in the universe that they created. While Dark Horse has done a usually spectacular job releasing the series – the touch-ups are nice, the pages crisp, the lettering clear – on the translation side of things, I feel like they didn’t quite go the extra but necessar I love this series – the idea of kotodama, or literally “making words into weapons”, has fascinated me for awhile now, and when CLAMP started releasing this series I got to see how the old theory of this side of magic worked – at least, in the universe that they created. While Dark Horse has done a usually spectacular job releasing the series – the touch-ups are nice, the pages crisp, the lettering clear – on the translation side of things, I feel like they didn’t quite go the extra but necessary mile when it came to the actual fights including kotodama words. In other words, if you don’t know Japanese or if you don’t have another source to compare this to, some of the fight scenes where kotodama are used will be a bit confusing if you just go by the words (and not what they turn into) alone. Now, I’m not sure why Dark Horse did this. Volume 2 came out in Japan and the US at around the same time, and I know they’re both on the same release schedule because CLAMP wants the story to come out simultaneously in both countries, so it can be crunch time for Dark Horse when it comes to publishing this because they have other stuff to translate, including their collection of CLAMP omnibuses that they’ve been releasing for the last year or two. Or it could be that maybe once the reader sees what the words turn into (the first page of chapter four in this volume is a good example of this), they just didn’t feel the need for translation. The good thing, though, is that they have several pages of translation notes with words and the pages that they’re on that need clarification – and these are really good, thorough notes from the editor and translator, so it makes up for the lack of translation a bit. I’m just puzzled as to why they chose not to just include the translation along with the original word on the page instead of just doing the translation notes. Anyway, that’s just me. We pick up where our story has left off – Chikahito and Hana are facing off against Nobunaga’s demon (oni) – yet another well-known figure from the Sengoku (Warring States) Period. A lot of anime and manga series have been created about this period as of late, but I don’t think anyone’s approached it as creatively as CLAMP. Throughout this volume of the series it really starts hitting the audience – the Sengoku Era is still going on – in fact, it never stopped. It took a little breather for a few hundred years, but it’s still going strong with the reincarnations and descendents of the original players along with their demons in this shadowy netherworld-version overlay of Kyoto proper. The actual battles in history took place all over the Kyushu and Kansai areas of Japan (basically, from Nagoya/Osaka/Kyoto southward), so I thought this was a nice touch – re-enacting epic battles through the descendents and reincarnations of the generals in the most sacred parts of Kyoto. Even with my gripe about how the translator did things, I’m glad the translation notes are there because they also clue the Western reader in and give more information about the battles, their generals (the reincarnations in this case), and information of where we know everything went down as new reincarnations of these generals appear in this volume – Tokugawa, Sanada, Mitsuhide, Masamune, and Nobunaga for this particular volume and all of the information that goes with them. The art, as usual, is breathtaking – the battle scenes in particular, because we get to see how each demon handles the transition of word to weapon differently, their styles of fighting, and how the reincarnations are processing the current day and age of things since they are a shadowy “overlay” of the Kyoto area while fighting against their old enemies. Some of the funniest parts of this volume come from the reincarnated generals and how they try to recall their former lives (in Nobunaga’s case, with little success) in order to strategize against Chikahito and Hana further, or they’re trying to handle things the way they are now compared to their original “first life” as generals leading men on the battlefield. We also get to see how their original conflicts each other have just gotten more fierce as they compete for the demons that won their original battles all those years ago in order to become rulers of the current Kyoto hanamachi once more. Their interactions are inventive, and it feels like they’re really there, taunting each other – so CLAMP has done a really great job recreating and retelling these stories with their own characters. Final verdict? While I can’t say that this is the best translation of the year (Dark Horse, step it up for volume 3, okay?), the source material definitely makes it onto my best of 2012 so far list. This volume may get a little confusing, but the translation notes should help you through enough to get the basics of what’s going on. If you need further assistance looking up some of the battles referenced in this volume, wikipedia is your friend. Either way, I definitely recommend this series and this volume in the series, so be sure to check it out! “Gate 7: Volume 2″ is out now in North America from the fabulous Dark Horse Comics. This one’s turning into one of the more interesting manga released on this side of the pond this year, so you can’t miss it! (posted to goodreads, shelfari, and birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I got partway through the book and I just couldn't force myself any further. It is super slow and depending way too much on the art and anime tropes to carry the nonexistent plot. I understand they are building a plot but there was no sense of urgency in the story. I got partway through the book and I just couldn't force myself any further. It is super slow and depending way too much on the art and anime tropes to carry the nonexistent plot. I understand they are building a plot but there was no sense of urgency in the story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    3.5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    The series is fun, Hana is so Kawai. Especially in her love of noodles,

  10. 4 out of 5

    Connie (hoot reads books)

    I'm still confused but I heard the last 2 books are better I'm still confused but I heard the last 2 books are better

  11. 5 out of 5

    Martine

    The second volume of the latest CLAMP work is continuing where the first ended, but now there is more of everything. More confusing history. More beautiful pictures. More Onis, more noodles, more Sakura & Tachibana and more characters. I mean, it’s good that the reader’s introduced to the bad guys and some possible allies of the good guys but honestly, I’m trying to find out who might be important before I bother learning their names. And hey, there’s a woman! A real woman, with boobs. How shock The second volume of the latest CLAMP work is continuing where the first ended, but now there is more of everything. More confusing history. More beautiful pictures. More Onis, more noodles, more Sakura & Tachibana and more characters. I mean, it’s good that the reader’s introduced to the bad guys and some possible allies of the good guys but honestly, I’m trying to find out who might be important before I bother learning their names. And hey, there’s a woman! A real woman, with boobs. How shocking! (I hope you get the sarcasm. I mean, it can’t be that hard to insert some cool female characters, can it?) And the appearance of one eyed-characters promises angst, very soon. There are a few things that are frustrating me about the series but so far I find it quite nice and CLAMP were so mean to add some of their usual elements, to make me nostalgic and now my heart’s already too attached to Tachibana and Sakura to quit the series. If anyone asks me if reading the second volume is worth the time I’d say: yes, definitely. And if it’s just for seeing the lovely and cheery Sakura in his badass-mode. He reminded me so much of Kurogane then, that my heart was aching. I want KuroFai back. Badly. There's only one thing I don't get – it's Masamune and his relationship to Hana. He has one eye and, after being introduced for the first time, he's sticking out his tongue and showing his middle finger. He just HAS to be gay (or at least is supposed to have a male soulmate) and I'm basing this conclusion on the usual CLAMP symbolism. So when Masamuse’s flirting with Hana, is that a clue that Hana’s a boy? Or genderless? CLAMP-land of confusion. I hope to get an answer on this question... someday. Right now I'll vote for genderless because Hana looks a lot like Dita from Chobits (Zima and Dita deserve more love, by the way), who I thought was female but turned out genderless as well. But if Hana is genderless, I want a good explanation for that. It's not like the kid is a government computer.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    whomp-whomp, volume 2 of CLAMP's Gate 7 did not live up to my expectations and hopes. this series draws on Japanese medieval history, especially right around the Edo/Tokugawa period. while I initially thought this was a really neat idea, the focus on the history of the Edo/Tokugawa period becomes more intense, so much to the point of obscurity, at least compared to what we non-Japanese learn in Japanese history classes. the story starts to focus on specific figures in the Edo/Tokugawa period whic whomp-whomp, volume 2 of CLAMP's Gate 7 did not live up to my expectations and hopes. this series draws on Japanese medieval history, especially right around the Edo/Tokugawa period. while I initially thought this was a really neat idea, the focus on the history of the Edo/Tokugawa period becomes more intense, so much to the point of obscurity, at least compared to what we non-Japanese learn in Japanese history classes. the story starts to focus on specific figures in the Edo/Tokugawa period which leads to more obscurity. there isn't much background explanation about these figures either, so I can only imagine how confusing this manga might be for someone with little to no knowledge of Japanese history. furthermore, the plot seemed bumpy and confusing in this volume. the flow of the story wasn't quite right and squished and cramped panels did not resolve any of that building confusion. while the art of Gate 7 is quite simple compared to X/1999, Magic Knight Rayearth or Tsubasa (etc), the flow of the story still seems to stall because it's just so hard to figure out exactly what is going on. also, the male protagonist seems to be in a constant state of shock--in nearly all of his appearances, his face is locked in this same "gasp!" expression. good grief, what is he good for anyway? there is a hint that he might be very important later but as of now, he just seems flat out useless and even unnecessary to the plot. so anyway, I guess Gate 7 failed me by becoming too historically complex and thus too obscure for a leisurely read, the lack of clarity within the flow of the plot and main characters becoming very stereotypical or pointless. I still may pick up volume 3 and 4, but definitely not with enthusiasm. :(

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    The art is very, very pretty if CLAMP's style is within your taste. It's very... speckly, if that makes sense. Lots of effects, photoed backgrounds, and pretty people. Even the main character noticed how many pretty people show up in the story. The story is getting a bit more interesting... Even though not much has been explained as far as the characters go, it's getting into the fact that they may be interesting. Nothing past the art and designs of it all have stuck out to me all that much, but k The art is very, very pretty if CLAMP's style is within your taste. It's very... speckly, if that makes sense. Lots of effects, photoed backgrounds, and pretty people. Even the main character noticed how many pretty people show up in the story. The story is getting a bit more interesting... Even though not much has been explained as far as the characters go, it's getting into the fact that they may be interesting. Nothing past the art and designs of it all have stuck out to me all that much, but knowing CLAMP, I assume I'll be drawn in later. So far, I do like Sakura and Tachibana a bit, and the purple eyed boy who's name I am not remembering. Rating PG13 Some fighting (with some blood), but nothing graphic. There are things that a person can be contracted with similar to demons, that are not shown as bad, that are also genderless (making possible attractions awkward for some people). One of these 'eats' people to live, though this has not been shown happening. Magic is part of the main concept.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    CLAMP's art is as excellent as ever, but this volume was just confusing. A lot of characters and plotlines were introduced and it was really hard to keep track of them all, especially as I don't have an extensive knowledge of Japanese history. The endnotes mitigated that somewhat, but it would have been better to have more explanations included in the story itself, with Chikahito and other characters giving us more dirt in situ. (Volume 1 was much better about this.) Overall, while I find the pre CLAMP's art is as excellent as ever, but this volume was just confusing. A lot of characters and plotlines were introduced and it was really hard to keep track of them all, especially as I don't have an extensive knowledge of Japanese history. The endnotes mitigated that somewhat, but it would have been better to have more explanations included in the story itself, with Chikahito and other characters giving us more dirt in situ. (Volume 1 was much better about this.) Overall, while I find the premise of the series intriguing (like most CLAMP stories) the execution leaves me cold. It seems focused on introducing lots of characters and hoping they become fan favorites because of their unique costumes and little personality quirks (like most CLAMP stories). The problem with Gate 7, ultimately, is that it offers nothing new.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    More reviews at Rondo of a Possible World: YA Book Reviews I can still say that Clamp's artwork like to feature the guys as very girly and sometimes I question the true gender of the characters. Some of them in this volume, very much of that guessing going on. Some of the story line confused me and ended up taking away from liking the piece but the action and artwork helped support a bit. The cliff hanger that the volume leaves off has me wanting to know what happens, even if I was bent on not More reviews at Rondo of a Possible World: YA Book Reviews I can still say that Clamp's artwork like to feature the guys as very girly and sometimes I question the true gender of the characters. Some of them in this volume, very much of that guessing going on. Some of the story line confused me and ended up taking away from liking the piece but the action and artwork helped support a bit. The cliff hanger that the volume leaves off has me wanting to know what happens, even if I was bent on not continuing the cliffhanger does its job and has me wanting to know. You can always count on Clamp for those hellbent cliffhangers that suck your attention.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    The art is STUNNING. I have ALWAYS been a fan of CLAMP's work, and this is proving to be a great set-up to a fantastic story. People criticize it for being confusing... but it's easier when you read it all in one sitting. I think my favorite way I've seen it described is like everyone is a pokemon trainer and the oni are pokemon. And everyone is working towards getting the legendary pokemon... the good and the bad side. It makes it a little easier to digest, especially since, admittedly, my knowl The art is STUNNING. I have ALWAYS been a fan of CLAMP's work, and this is proving to be a great set-up to a fantastic story. People criticize it for being confusing... but it's easier when you read it all in one sitting. I think my favorite way I've seen it described is like everyone is a pokemon trainer and the oni are pokemon. And everyone is working towards getting the legendary pokemon... the good and the bad side. It makes it a little easier to digest, especially since, admittedly, my knowledge of Japanese history, especially anything before the Meiji era, is pretty slim. But this manga is looking to be suuuuuper fun and exciting. I love the characters, I love the art, I love the story, and I love the incorporation of so many themes that CLAMP handles so well!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sean O'Hara

    Big improvement over Volume 1, with the plot finally coming together and the characters getting fleshed out. Sure, it's still yet another fantasy story about Sengoku warlords, but at least they haven't been transformed into cute schoolgirls this time (seriously Japan -- I understand doing that story line once, but turning it into a genre unto itself?) The downside is you need a decent knowledge of the Warring States era, otherwise you're going to be flipping to the end notes every other page to Big improvement over Volume 1, with the plot finally coming together and the characters getting fleshed out. Sure, it's still yet another fantasy story about Sengoku warlords, but at least they haven't been transformed into cute schoolgirls this time (seriously Japan -- I understand doing that story line once, but turning it into a genre unto itself?) The downside is you need a decent knowledge of the Warring States era, otherwise you're going to be flipping to the end notes every other page to see who Hideyoshi and Yukimura are.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    CLAMP's newest series is beginning to grow on me. What is working for me is are the references to the Waring States era, Nobunga and Tokugawa. Even the fact Hana and the majority of the cast remain pretty much ciphers after two volumes isn't too big of an issue (for right now at least). My concern is that this series could head the direction of X. At one point in X the characters on each side began to look the same to me, and with the introduction of the main adversaries I was beginning to have CLAMP's newest series is beginning to grow on me. What is working for me is are the references to the Waring States era, Nobunga and Tokugawa. Even the fact Hana and the majority of the cast remain pretty much ciphers after two volumes isn't too big of an issue (for right now at least). My concern is that this series could head the direction of X. At one point in X the characters on each side began to look the same to me, and with the introduction of the main adversaries I was beginning to have that same feeling again.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nazish Ahmed (Nazish Reads)

    I rate this 3.5 stars. I don't know if I'm going to review this volume, since I'm not sure what to talk about, actually, I don't even understand a lot of what happened or even remember it. I feel like Cardcaptor Sakura is one of their best work (even though I've only seen the anime and didn't read the manga yet). I still don't know how I feel about this manga yet, hopefully more will be explained and it will be easier to understand in the next few volumes. I have theory of who I think Chikahito cou I rate this 3.5 stars. I don't know if I'm going to review this volume, since I'm not sure what to talk about, actually, I don't even understand a lot of what happened or even remember it. I feel like Cardcaptor Sakura is one of their best work (even though I've only seen the anime and didn't read the manga yet). I still don't know how I feel about this manga yet, hopefully more will be explained and it will be easier to understand in the next few volumes. I have theory of who I think Chikahito could be, but I might be wrong, I'll have to wait and see.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    The plot is starting to make more sense - there are two factions vying for power, and they are at war. How Chikahito fits into all of this besides being clueless and having everything explained to him (so that we, in turn, have everything explained), we have yet to learn, but there are hints that there's more to him than it would seem. The plot is starting to make more sense - there are two factions vying for power, and they are at war. How Chikahito fits into all of this besides being clueless and having everything explained to him (so that we, in turn, have everything explained), we have yet to learn, but there are hints that there's more to him than it would seem.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Again, very confusing story... and yet so interesting !! Because I get the little by little events butthe overall link with history is just to confusing to me. The drawings were again amazing and pretty and detailed and I'll just never get over CLAMP!! I'm really looking forward to the third volume and I'll make an extra effort to understand the whole historical links. Again, very confusing story... and yet so interesting !! Because I get the little by little events butthe overall link with history is just to confusing to me. The drawings were again amazing and pretty and detailed and I'll just never get over CLAMP!! I'm really looking forward to the third volume and I'll make an extra effort to understand the whole historical links.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    Absolutely gorgeous art. Those unfamiliar with the details of Japanese history should remember there are notes in the backs of these books! Whenever I was confused, I began referring to the back to see if the current page had notes on the history. Reading Gate 7 is like reading a very fantastical history book with cute and beautiful characters.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    3.5 stars for 2nd reading The art style that started in Wish, Suki, Legal Drug and Xxxholic has really blossomed with Clamp's run of Gate 7 IMO. Going to have to write crib notes though to keep track of all the historical characters Clamp has inserted into the story. 3.5 stars for 2nd reading The art style that started in Wish, Suki, Legal Drug and Xxxholic has really blossomed with Clamp's run of Gate 7 IMO. Going to have to write crib notes though to keep track of all the historical characters Clamp has inserted into the story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Namtarn Chawanrat

    I have no objection with Clamp's works but I may consider to give up on this one. I'm sorry but I am really not into the story, plus I think it's quite confusing, especially when I'm not an expert on Japanese historical figures. I have no objection with Clamp's works but I may consider to give up on this one. I'm sorry but I am really not into the story, plus I think it's quite confusing, especially when I'm not an expert on Japanese historical figures.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ladyseishou

    Love the historical references and the artwork is as intricately beautiful as ever.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rhea

    Two volumes in and I'm sure this manga is not for me. I WAS able to understand a bit more of the lore tied in wit the story; however, understanding wasn't enough to actually get me interested. Two volumes in and I'm sure this manga is not for me. I WAS able to understand a bit more of the lore tied in wit the story; however, understanding wasn't enough to actually get me interested.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    Oh man this is just getting confusing, you need to be a history buff of Japanese history to be able to really understand what is going on half the time.

  28. 4 out of 5

    R.A.

    Things are starting to get more complicated.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (Sfogs)

    The fox-oni transformation was beautiful!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Ruth

    Still not sure what I think of this series. It's CLAMP so I want to read more, but it's not grabbing me like Chobits and xxxHolic did. Still not sure what I think of this series. It's CLAMP so I want to read more, but it's not grabbing me like Chobits and xxxHolic did.

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