Gate - Thus the JSDF Fought There

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"Gate - Thus the JSDF Fought There" (ゲート:自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり / Geito - Jieitai Karenochinite Kakutatakaeri) is a Japanese fantasy novel series by Takumi Yanai.

Between 2006 and 2009, Gate was serialized online in a novel website called Arcadia.

Later in 2010 it was published by Alphapolis. Compared to the online serialization, the published volumes place a lesser weight on political commentary. Also, volume three has been substantially rewritten. The ending was also different. The concluding fifth volume was published in late 2011. Two gaiden (side story) volumes were also published in 2012 and 2013.

An ongoing manga adaptation of the story began serialization on 30th July, 2011. There are 5 volumes so far. As of 3rd July, 2015, anime adaptation started airing, with 24 episodes announced.

Story Synopsis[edit]

The Gate

In August of 20XX, a portal to a parallel world, known as the "Gate", suddenly appeared in Ginza, Tokyo. Monsters and troops poured out of the portal, turning the shopping district into a bloody inferno.

The Japan Ground-Self Defence Force immediately took action and pushed the fantasy creatures back to the "Gate". To facilitate negotiations and prepare for future fights, the JGSDF dispatched the Third Reconnaissance Team to the "Special Region" at the other side of the Gate.

Youji Itami, a JSDF officer as well as a 33-year-old otaku, was appointed as the leader of the Team. Amid attacks from enemy troops the team visited a variety of places and learnt a lot about the local culture and geography.

Thanks to their efforts in humanitarian relief, although with some difficulties they were gradually able to reach out to the locals. They even had a cute elf, a sorceress, and a demigoddess in their circle of new friends. On the other hand, the major powers outside the Gate such as the United States, China and Russia were extremely interested in the abundant resources available in the Special Region. They began to exert diplomatic pressure over Japan.

A suddenly appearing portal to an unknown world - to the major powers it may be no more than a mere asset for toppling the international order. But to our protagonists it is an invaluable opportunity to broaden knowledge, friendship, and ultimately their perspectives towards the world.



Those who wish to contribute are asked to first notify a supervisor beforehand.

Some people find Gate difficult to translate, so prospective translators are encouraged to try their hand translating a page to see how it feels. Also, they should be cautious about registering many chapters at once.

Translators are asked to register which chapters they are working on. They can also post in the Discussion Thread if they have any questions about registration.

Format Standards[edit]

Every Chapter (after editing) must conform to the general format guidelines.


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  • November 17, 2013: Renovated page. Added light novel section.
  • June 11, 2011: Status of the prologue updated to 20% done.
  • June 8, 2011: A snippet of GATE 1 uploaded.
  • June 5, 2011: Project Page Created. Character introductions, prologue and a snippet of GATE 2 uploaded.

The "Gate - Thus the JSDF Fought There" Series[edit]




Gate 1:Contact cover





Light Novel[edit]

A light novel was also released by Alphapolis. The illustrator is Kurojishi. There are slight differences between the light novel and the previously published novel.

Volume 1 - Contact Chapter (First Half)[edit]

Volume 1 cover

Volume 2 - Contact Chapter (Second Half)[edit]

Volume 2 cover

Volume 3 - Flame Dragon Chapter (First Half)[edit]

Volume 3 cover

Volume 4 - Flame Dragon Chapter (Second Half)[edit]

Volume 4 cover

Volume 5 - Upheaval Chapter (First Half)[edit]

Volume 6 - Upheaval Chapter (Second Half)[edit]

Volume 7 - All-Out Attack Chapter (First Half)[edit]

Volume 8 - All-Out Attack Chapter (Second Half)[edit]

Volume 9 - Dark Gate Chapter (First Half)[edit]

Volume 10 - Dark Gate Chapter (Second Half)[edit]

Project Staff[edit]

  • Project Administrator: N/A
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For such a long series we are extremely short of translators to work on it. We welcome anyone who has good Japanese comprehension capability to join our team. Please leave a message in the Discussion Thread if you are interested.


  • Beroin
  • Deemoney08
  • PervySageChuck (A.K.A Senile Old Fart) at Skythewood
  • Nate at Skythewood
  • Hexcolyte Skythewood
  • TaintedDreams Skythewood
  • ExLeecher-kun at Skythewood

All editors who speak English proficiently are welcomed.

Series Overview[edit]

Main Series[edit]

  • 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり / Jieitai Karenochinite Kakutatakaeri
    • GATE 1: CONTACT / 接触編 (12 APR 2010, ISBN 978-4-434-14235-2)
    • GATE 2: FLAME DRAGON / 炎龍編 (5 AUG 2010, ISBN 978-4-434-14763-0)
    • GATE 3: UPHEAVAL / 動乱編 (24 DEC 2010, ISBN 978-4-434-15254-2)
    • GATE 4: ALL-OUT ATTACK / 総撃編 (24 JUN 2011, ISBN 978-4-434-15720-2)
    • GATE 5: DARK GATE / 冥門編 (22 DEC 2011, ISBN 978-4-434-16238-1)


  • 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦っちゃってます。/ Jieitai Karenochinite Kakutatakacchattemasu.
    • The Episode of Steaming Hot-springs / 湯煙温泉編 (Arcadia serialization)
    • The Episode of the Comike Winter Campaign / 混家冬の陣篇
    • The Episode of Thriving Business / 商売繁盛編 (Arcadia serialization)

Light Novel[edit]

  • 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり / Jieitai Karenochinite Kakutatakaeri
    • ゲート―自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり〈1〉接触編〈上〉 (DEC 2012, ISBN 978-4-434-17474-2)
    • ゲート―自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり〈1〉接触編〈下〉 (DEC 2012, ISBN 978-4-434-17475-9)
    • ゲート―自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり〈2〉炎龍編〈上〉 (MAR 2013, ISBN 978-4-434-17702-6)
    • ゲート―自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり〈2〉炎龍編〈下〉 (MAR 2013, ISBN 978-4-434-17703-3)
    • ゲート―自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり〈3〉動乱編〈上〉 (JUN 2013, ISBN 978-4-434-17937-2)
    • ゲート―自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり〈3〉動乱編〈下〉 (JUN 2013, ISBN 978-4-434-17938-9)
    • ゲート―自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり〈4〉総撃編〈上〉 (SEP 2013, ISBN 978-4-434-18239-6)
    • ゲート―自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり〈4〉総撃編〈下〉 (SEP 2013, ISBN 978-4-434-18240-2)
    • ゲート―自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり〈5〉冥門編〈上〉 (DEC 2013, ISBN 978-4-434-18575-5)
    • ゲート―自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり〈5〉冥門編〈下〉 (DEC 2013, ISBN 978-4-434-18576-2)