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A-1 Pictures' Gate Anime Casts Haruka Tomatsu, Yōko Hikasa, Maaya Uchida

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Hiroki Yasumoto, Kaito Ishikawa also cast; ad streamed for series premiering on July 4

The official website for the television anime of Takumi Yanai's Gate: Jiei-tai Ka no Chi ni te, Kaku Tatakaeri (Gate: The Self-Defense Forces Fight Like This in Another Land) light novel series updated on Wednesday with a streaming television commercial, as well as more cast and staff. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 4 at 12:30 a.m.

Production: A-1 Pictures
Director: Takahiko Kyōgoku
Gate: Jiei-tai Ka no Chi ni te, Kaku Tatakaeri
Slated to air in July 2015!

The newly announced cast members are:

The anime's main cast includes:

Junichi Suwabe (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Bakuman.) as Yōji Itami, the otaku leader of the Self-Defense Force group sent into the new world

Hisako Kanemoto (Sailor Moon Crystal, Maria the Virgin Witch) as Tuka Luna Marso, a member of the elf race with blonde hair.

Nao Tōyama (Nisekoi, The World God Only Knows) as Lelei la Lelena, a human and a mage.

Risa Taneda (Strike the Blood, April is Your Lie) as Rory Mercury, a demigod who serves the god Emroy.

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.

Takahiko Kyōgoku (Love Live! School idol project) will direct the series at A-1 Pictures with series composition by Tatsuhiko Urahata (A-Channel, Black Bullet). Jun Nakai (Silver Spoon, The Sacred Blacksmith) will design the characters, and Yoshiaki Fujisawa (Love Live! School idol project, The Eccentric Family) will compose the music. Yukio Nagasaki (Love Live! School idol project, Yona of the Dawn) will serve as sound director, and GENCO will produce the series. Yuji Hosogoe (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King, Blood-C: The Last Dark) will be in charge of sub design, while Takaaki Suzuki (Girls und Panzer, Strike Witches) and Ken'ichi Kaneko (Lupin the 3rd, Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow) will be in charge of military supervision.

Kishida Kyōdan and the Akeboshi Rockets will perform the opening theme song "Gate ~Sore wa Akatsuki no Yō ni~" (That is Like the Dawn). Tōyama and Taneda will perform the ending theme song "Prism Communicate."

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. ome of the characters are modeled after people Yanai actually knew during his time in the Self-Defense Force.

[Via Ota-suke]

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