FOREWORD

I'll have to confess, while I enjoy the Star Wars films, I've never really done a fanfic for them until recently. It's probably because a lot of the fanfics draw upon the Expanded Universe of late, which has only become ever more complicated with the whole Disney purchase of Lucasfilm, the change of what is canon and what isn't…I swear, the bloody Whoniverse is less complicated to deal with the EU canon, and that's saying something!

Anyway, what to do as my first crossover with Star Wars? I initially tried out a Sekirei story called Spreading Wings, but I felt it wasn't going anywhere after the first few chapters. However, I had a moment's inspiration that could be considered daring. I intended to use another franchise with a military speculative fiction bearing. I decided to use GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There.

For those unfamiliar with the franchise, GATE involves a mysterious gateway opening up in the Ginza District of Tokyo, Japan. It promptly disgorges an army out of a fantasy world, and is beaten back by the Japanese Self-Defence Forces. The JSDF later launch their own expedition through the Gate, to investigate the world beyond it, and to find those responsible for the invasion attempt, as well as establishing relations with the locals. It's fairly heavy on the Japanese nationalism and has a few disturbing elements, but the concepts and characters in the series make it worth a look.

This is far from the first Star Wars/GATE crossover. Indeed, one of my favourite crossovers from either franchise is Universal Impossibility by MMiFwI, featuring a post-Episode VI Luke Skywalker. I personally wish I could have done that one myself, but it's a good fic that I recommend to anyone else interested in this particular crossover.

I decided to have this story focus on Anakin just prior to Episode II, by about a year. Anakin, pre-Darth Vader, was filled with a lot of potential that the movies just didn't tap (I am yet to watch any episodes of The Clone Wars), and I wanted to make him a hero of the story, rather than just someone we're waiting to see turn into Darth Vader.

Anyway, some disclaimers before we get to the story. Firstly, there will be spoilers for Star Wars and GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There. You have been warned. Plus, I'm pretty much cherry picking what is canon for both franchises. If I get something wrong, especially for this fanfic, then it's not a problem for this fic. It takes place in its own little bubble of continuity.

Secondly, there will be annotations. If you feel the urge to complain, then resist it, or better yet, strangle it. You know, with a Force Choke, Darth Vader style.

Thirdly, this is an M-rated work. There will be language, violence, dark themes, and sexual references. Again, you have been warned.

Finally, the following is a fan-written work. Star Wars and GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There are the property of their respective owners. Please support the official release. Otherwise, you'll get disarmed…rather literally with a lightsaber…