GATE Anime Reveals Key Visual, Premiere Date for Show's 2nd Half
posted on 2015-12-05 11:00 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The official website for the GATE (Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri) anime series revealed the premiere date and the key visual (pictured below) for the show's second half on Friday.
The second half will premiere on January 9 at 1:05 a.m. on Tokyo MX TV, and it will also air on MBS, TV Aichi, BS11, and AT-X.
Kishida Kyōdan & The Akeboshi Rockets will return to perform the opening theme song "GATE II ~Sekai wo Koete~" (GATE II ~Surpass the World~). Voice actresses Hisako Kanemoto, Nao Toyama, and Risa Taneda will also return to perform the as-yet untitled ending theme song as their characters. The singles for both themes will also go on sale on January 27.
The anime's 12th episode had revealed in September that the anime would return in January. The anime's second half will cover the "Flame Dragon Arc" of Takumi Yanai's original light novel series.
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 to the alternate world beyond the gate. Led by otaku soldier Yōji (voiced by Junichi Suwabe), they find that the villages in the world are being attacked by a dragon. An elf girl (Hisako Kanemoto) who is a survivor from the dragon's rampage joins the group in their travels across the dangerous new world.
The main staff and cast are returning from the first season. Crunchyroll streamed the anime's first half as it aired and Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for North America. Sekai Project will release Satoru Sao's manga adaptation in North America.