Editors: PervySageChuck, Nate
To those readers who have just obtained this volume, or to those who have started reading it, thank you very much.
This story is about how an otaku becomes involved with a world where the modern military meets a fantasy world.
Although I don’t think anyone will want to join the JSDF after reading this book, if you decide to enlist, and they ask you why you want to join, please don’t mention this book. There’s a 90% chance they’ll reject you. However, don’t be too idealistic either, like saying you want to protect democracy, the nation and so on. In short, don’t say anything you yourself would not believe in. The interviewers know all about that, and I can confidently say that because I’ve enlisted six times. These interviews are where you show off your attitude and your will.
If you say you’re choosing this path for yourself, the interviewers can accept it. At a stretch, even if you say, “I just want to eat”, as long as you can convince them of your determination, you might still make it.
The protagonist of this story, Itami Youji, is a man who lives for his hobbies.
During Itami’s interview, he probably replied like that when asked for his motivation.
“I want to join to protect my everyday life (when I can read manga and etc…)”
The interviewer was convinced of Itami’s conviction from the way he replied. No, he definitely felt it. Of course, if he had heard the parts in parentheses, it might have gone differently. And so, that was how a singularly unmotivated person like Itami made it into the JGSDF.
That said, Itami did not forget the debt he owed his country and the JSDF. While he was a slacker under normal conditions, he was quite animated when push came to shove, which was why he could show his stuff in the Special Region.
Dear readers who have stepped into the world of “Gate” through this novel, I am certain you will enjoy Itami’s antics. I’m sure that those readers who are starting on the manga tankoubon will enjoy Black Lion-sama’s insert pictures.
Then, I look forward to seeing you again in the future!
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