On December 18, an anime adaptation for the light novel/manga series Gate – Thus the JSDF Fought There (Gate – Jietai Kare no Chi nite, Kaku Tatakeri) was announced. A short PV was added to the official anime site as well.
A brief story summary for those who are not familiar with the series:
A mysterious gate suddenly appears in modern-day Tokyo’s Ginza district. Warriors who appear to be from middle-age Europe, monsters (e.g. “orcs” and dragons) and other fantasy-like beings pour out of the gate killing many Tokyo citizens in the name of conquest. The Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF) is quickly mobilized and defeats the invaders using superior modern weaponry and tactics, but the mysterious gate remains. The Japanese government decides to send a small group of soldiers from the JSDF to investigate the alternate world beyond the gate. Led by otaku soldier Lt. Itami,Youji, an Intelligence and Reconnaissance (I&R) platoon discovers that villages in the world are being attacked by a flame dragon. An elf girl, the sole survivor of one such attack, joins the group as they travel across this dangerous new world.
I like this series quite a bit and regularly follow the manga (LN translation has stalled out long ago ). For those interested in the series and don’t mind being spoiled for the anime, you can read it at the usual places or visit /ak/ scans for releases. However, this is definitely a NSFW manga – mature, seinen material here, so keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to read it. As a fan of the series, the anime announcement leaves me with mixed feelings. While I definitely would like to see a good (let alone great) anime adaptation of Gate, recent, shall we say “sub-par”, anime adaptations have made me much more cautious than optimistic when it comes to these things. Hopefully, the studio and staff will give this series the quality adaptation I think it deserves.