An anime television series adaptation, produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku, The series’ character designs are based on the light novel illustrations. The first 12 episodes aired in Japan between July 3 and September 18, 2015. It was streamed online by Crunchyroll and is licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America. The second half will begin airing in January 2016. The opening theme song is "Gate (Sore wa Akatsuki no Yō ni)" (GATE~それは暁のように~?) by Kishida Kyōdan & the Akeboshi Rockets and the ending theme song is "Prism Communicate" (ぷりずむコミュニケート Purizumu Komyunikēto?) by Hisako Kanemoto, Nao Tōyama and 

Risa Taneda.


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 perspective towards the world.


Main Article: List of Episodes

The first season of the anime has been completed. It started airing on July 4, 2015 and finished on September 19, 2015.

Japanese Staff

  • Director: Takahiko Kyogoku
  • Series Composition: Tatsuhiko Urahata
  • Music: Yoshiaki Fujisawa, Richard Wagner
  • Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
  • Background Art: Scott MacDonald
  • Character Design: Jun Nakai
  • Original creator: Takumi Yanai
  • Original Character Design: Daisuke  Izuka

Japanese Cast

Main Characters

Third Recon Unit


Special Region

Openings and Ending themes


  1. Gate (Sore wa Akatsuki no Yō ni)


  1. Prism Communicate