Crunchyroll to Stream GATE Anime's 2nd Season

posted on 2016-01-07 17:55 EST
Sequel covering the "Flame Dragon Arc" to premiere Friday

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the second GATE (Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri) anime as it airs in Japan. The series will premiere on Friday, January 8 at 1:30 p.m. EST. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Europe (excluding French and French-speaking territories), the Middle East, and North Africa.

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. Takahiko Kyōgoku (Love Live! School idol project) is directing the series at A-1 Pictures with series composition by Tatsuhiko Urahata (A-Channel, Black Bullet). Jun Nakai (Silver Spoon, The Sacred Blacksmith) is designing the characters, and Yoshiaki Fujisawa (Love Live! School idol project, The Eccentric Family) is composing the music. Yukio Nagasaki (Love Live! School idol project, Yona of the Dawn) is serving as sound director, and GENCO is producing the series.

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.

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