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Gate: Jiei-tai Ka no Chi ni te, Kaku Tatakaeri Military Fantasy Novels Get TV Anime

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Story of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers traveling to alternate world began as web novel

A television anime adaptation of Takumi Yanai's Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri (Gate: The Self-Defense Forces Fight Like This in Another Land) light novel series has been green-lit. The website for the anime made the announcement with a promotional video:

Text: A super-scaled "Other-World x Self-Defense Forces" fantasy!
Text: Being adapted into a much-anticipated anime!

The military fantasy series begins when a gate appears in Tokyo's Ginza district sometime in the 21st century. From the gate pours out monsters, knights from middle-age Europe, and other fantasy-like beings, and they kill many of the citizens of Tokyo. This event is known as the Ginza Incident.

The government sends a small group of soldiers from the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (a replacement for Japan's military) to the alternate world beyond the gate. Led by otaku soldier Yōji, they find that the villages in the world are being attacked by a dragon. An elf girl who is a survivor from the dragon's rampage joins the group in their travels across the dangerous new world.

The cast of characters- some of who were modeled after real people who Yanai knew during his time in the Self-Defense Force- include:

Yōji Itami, the otaku leader of the Self-Defense Force group sent into the new world

Takeo Kurata, a member of the group sent into the new world. He is also an otaku, and loves beast girls.

Shino Kurebayashi, another member of the group. She is of short stature, but has large breasts.

Mari Kurokawa, a member of the group with qualifications as a nurse. She has a pretty sharp tongue.

Tuka Luna Marso, a member of the elf race with blonde hair.

Lelei la Lelena, a human and a mage.

Rory Mercury, a demigod who serves the god Emroy.

Yanai wrote his Gate novels on the novel-uploading website Arcadia between 2006 and 2009, and the series was picked up for a print release by Alpha Polis in 2010. The physical release featured illustrations by Kuroshishi, and is still continuing, with 10 volumes of the main series being released as of April, as well as five new edition volumes and three side-story volumes. The novels inspired a manga series that began serializing in 2011 with art by Satoru Sao. The fifth compiled volume of the series shipped in September.

Update: Typo fixed. Thanks, Juhachi.

[Via 0takomu]

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