Imagine yourself in the final boss fight of the game. The boss is putting pressure on you—each movement you make must be precise otherwise you’re finished. You try to slash at him, but it doesn’t work. The boss lifts their gigantic greatsword back and slashes towards you with extreme force...you use blade parry on the boss’s greatsword, leaving them wide open for your furious, final strike! SHHRRRKK! The boss is defeated, and the chaos brought from the boss melts into bright rays of light. You finally did it; evil is vanquished! Before you can log out of the game, the light around you gets too bright and you wake up in a new world, again.
This is roughly how New Gate Volume 1 begins. To sum it up in a sentence, the series is an isekai inside of an isekai. But it takes the normal trope and alters it a bit. The story follows an adventurer named Shin who was stuck inside a VR game alongside other players, and defeats the final boss, releasing everyone from the game prison. Sounds familiar, I know, but bear with me here. Before Shin has a chance to log out or even bask in the glory of beating the game, a bright light transports him back into the game, several centuries into the future. Confused by what happened, he checks his menu and learns he can’t contact anyone he used to know and he discovers he has new titles that beef up his stats greatly. Curious about his strange surroundings and his titles, he ventures into the world for answers.
One thing I really liked about this series is how relatable the main character is. I know if I was rethrown into a world I just saved and rewarded with insane stats, I would investigate what happened to me and the world while keeping my stats a secret, which is exactly what Shin does. Another thing that caught my attention was how much of the world had changed since Shin saved the players. In one scene, Shin finds out that the currency he previously used now has a ridiculously higher value than before. I really enjoyed how they illustrated this scene because the over-the-top reactions from the merchant were hilarious and it paired greatly with Shin’s relaxed yet cautious personality.
New Gate is an exciting series that seems to play off some of the normal isekai tropes but adds a twist to set it apart. If you really enjoy isekais and are a fan of Sword Art Online, give New Gate a quick read—you won’t regret it!
An online game transformed into a life-and-death struggle for its players. Thanks to the valiant efforts of Shin, the most powerful of them all, an end to the game and freedom for everyone seemed within reach.
But just moments after Shin defeats the game’s final boss, he finds himself bathed in an unknown light and transported some 500 years into the future of the in-game world. Thrown from a simple game gone wrong into a strange new land, one young swordsman of unrivaled strength is about to embark on a legendary journey!