Gate: Jieitai Kano Chi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
This has been mentioned before but has not been added to the compiled list of suggestions and has not been mentioned in Licensing Suggestions yet.
Name: Gate: Jieitai Kano Chi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri!
Gate: Thus the Japanese Self-Defense Force Fought There
Genres: Fantasy, Isekai, Modern, Harem
Volumes: 20 (Complete) or 10 (Complete) There were 2 releases in Japan where the second split the books into 2 parts.
Plot: One day a gate opens up in the middle of a downtown shopping area in Japan and an army of goblins, orcs, trolls, knights, mounted wyverns, and more come out and start slaughtering shoppers. The police respond and are assisted by an otaku who is an off-duty JSDF member to save as many as possible. Through the efforts of the JSDF and the local law enforcement they manage to end the invasion.
Then the JSDF sends forces into the other world to establish a foothold there and prevent such a massacre from happening again. They send out scouts (including the off-duty JSDF member that saved so many people in the first incident) to obtain more information about the land, it's resources, and political structure.
There is an Anime of this series available on multiple licensed Anime streaming sites.
The Manga has been licensed by Sekai Project. They have released the first volume years ago (but it is out of print) and the second volume is supposedly coming out "soon". They have a release date listed in either May or June of this year but I don't remember what it was.
The Light Novel has not been licensed by anyone to my knowledge. There is a fan translation of the first half of it but I will not link it due to questions about the legality of it since I do not know if they obtained permission to distribute a translation of it. According to a site that aggregates links to fan translations, it has been several years since an update has occurred.
The Anime ends well but it definitely leaves open loose ends. It is one of my all-time favorite Animes. The Japanese voice actors did a really great job representing their characters. I really want to know what happens next.
Here's a link to LNDB for those who prefer it (MAL is down for maintenance): http://lndb.info/light_novel/Gate:_Jieitai_Kanochi_nite,_Kaku_Tatakaeri
I've watched the anime and I checked out the manga scanlation. I wasn't aware that the LN is actually complete so that's good to see.
Too bad that the publisher is Alphapolis so there's little chance for JNC to be able to license it.
I wasn't aware that the LN is actually complete so that's good to see.
It actually has a second series with, I think, all new characters.
Yeah, I'm aware of the second series. But since it has all different/new characters I don't consider it strictly a sequel since it doesn't continue the previous story. That's just my opinion though ;P
I love alternate history with technology gap stuff, so combining that with an isekai was just delightful. Modern military in a fantasy world? Yes please!
Also, this poster was just incredible and would have sold me on the series alone even if I didn't know anything else about it: