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Video Game / Divine Gate

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Clockwise from top: Arthur, Midori, Akane, Aoto, Yukari, Ginji
Divine Gate is a Japanese smartphone game developed in 2013 by Acquire and published by Gung Ho for iOS and Android devices.

An anime television series adaptation by Studio Pierrot started airing January 8, 2016.

The anime provides the following tropes.

  • Abusive Parents: Aoto's parents. They put him in a shed outside in the house in the rain.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Twice in Episode 5. The first one is when Aoto and Midori saves Akane from the Seconds, humans with the ability of Animorphism. The second one occurs 10 minutes later, when the Knights of the Round Table save the trio from the same gang of Seconds.
  • Crossover: With Puzzle & Dragons, running a special Pal Egg machine that has a chance to give you characters from the game.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Midori has green hair and eyes.
  • Big "NO!": Akane gave a huge "KUSOOOOOOOOOOO!" in Episode 5 when a girl whom he befriended earlier got killed by the Knights of the Round Table after attempting to kill him
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Aoto who is believed to have killed his parents. He doesn't correct anyone as he blames himself for his inability to save them from his little brother.
  • Death by Origin Story: Aoto's parents.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Aoto. He's at first an Ineffectual loner who barely talks to Akane and Midori, but after some time, he began to show care to them.
  • Demoted to Extra: Hikari, Yukari and Ginji played a much more important role in the story of the game, but they are not even properly introduced until Episode 5.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Oh where to begin? Aoto is mercilessly abandoned by his parents in childhood, and is orphaned after Ariton kills his parents. Akane's father is apparently dead in a laboratory accident. Midori has a childhood friend who broke up with her and went to the divine gate to fulfill her wish of being the one and only one friend with Midori. And that's only the first half of the anime...
  • Gratuitous English: the announcer.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: During Aoto's backstory.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Ifrit.
  • Heroic BSoD: Aoto when his parents die.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Aoto, which match his stoic personality.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: The weapon Aoto is using resembles a Katana.
  • Meet Cute: How Akane meets an unnamed girl in Episode 5: Akane is resting next to a river when he see the girl climbing on a tree. The girl, surprised by Akane, falls down to the ground and Akane, surprised by the girl, falls into the river.
  • Parental Abandonment: Aoto's memory shows that rather than die in a fire he created, they were murdered by his little brother.
  • Parental Neglect: Aoto's parents, in favor of his younger sibling.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Aoto claims he is the one killing his parents. Turns out the true culprit is Aoto's little brother, Ariton.
  • Spoiled Brat: Aoto's memories show his younger brother to be this.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Midori and Akane, Aoto's already taken care of the criminal.
  • The Stoic: Aoto.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Akane, Aoto and Midori.
  • The Unfavorite: Aoto's parents favored his little brother over him.
  • When She Smiles: Aoto in Episode 4 after Undine "Likes" his photo with Samidare.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Arthur tells Aoto he will always tell him the truth.
  • With a Friend and a Stranger: An atypical case in which it is the main protagonist, Aoto, who's a stranger to Akane and Midori.