VIDEO: Staff and Cast Announced for Summer "Gate - Thus the JSDF Fought There!" TV Anime

Love Live's Takahiko Kyogoku will be directing the GENCO and A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online) productio

A site and other promotion has launched for the TV anime adaptation of Takumi Yanai's fantasy novel Gate: Jieitai Kano Chi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri (Thus the JSDF Fought There). The adaptations of the books, which are now approaching two million copies sold, will air on Tokyo MX and other stations starting in July 2015 with Love Live's Takahiko Kyogoku directing the GENCO and A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online) production. 


Tatsuhiko Urahata (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) will write series composition with Jun Nakai (Silver Spoon) on character designs, Yukio Nagasaki (Love Live) on sound and Yoshiaki Fujisawa (Love Live!) on music.



Cast includes


Yoji Itami - Junichi Suwabe

Tuka Luna Marceau - Hisako Kanemoto  

Lelei la Lelena - Nao Toyama

Rory Mercury - Risa Taneda



The author is an ex-Self Defense Force official. After discharged from military service, he was posting the novel on novel contribution site Arcadia from 2006 to 2009, then Tokyo-based publisher AlphaPolis started publishing its print editions from April 2010. While the main story already ended in five volumes, the spin-off series is still going and its latest 4th volume was released on December 22.


In year 20XX, "Gate," a portal to a parallel world suddenly appears in Ginza, Tokyo, then the army and

monsters from the world are pouring out of the portal. After successfully beating them down, the Japanese

Ground-Self Defense Forces goes exploring the other side of the portal, named "Tokuchi" (special place).

By saving the villagers from a giant fire dragon, 1st lieutenant Yoji Itami, who is 33-year-old deep oaku

and in charge of the 3rd scouting party, starts having close relationships with a bishoujo elf, sorcerer, and

sub-god from the different world.






Previous Anime key visual



Novel volume 1 and 2 covers


Volume 3 and 4


Volume 5


Spin-off novel volume 1 and 2


Volume 3 and 4


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.


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