Gate Anime – First Impressions

Series Introduction

In August of 20XX, 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 part of the JSDF to investigate the alternate world beyond the gate. Led by otaku soldier Lt. Itami,Youji, an Intelligence and Reconnaissance platoon (Recon 3) 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.

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New Strike Witches TV Anime Announced

Military anime related news has been thin lately, but I ran across this article on SGCAFE.  Instead of our beloved girls of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, we will be introduced to a new group, the 502nd Joint Fighter Wing: The Brave Witches (aka The Breaker Witches).  The news is also reported here which references a great character chart (unfortunately in Japanese)  of the witches and the RL pilots they were based on.