Double Posting – The Sunshine Award

Kino and Hermes by lm7 (op-center) on pixiv

Kino and Hermes by lm7 (op-center) on pixiv


So the second of the two awards given to me nearly at the same time, Infinite Zenith has noted that the Sunshine Award had branched off from the Liebster Award sometime in 2008. It would seem it probably goes further back than that but he’s hit a roadblock when looking further. That said, I’m following the format he’s used for it, if only because the Sunshine Award is the third award I’ve ever been given, and the second to actually do.

Anyways, the rules for the award:

  • Extend thanks to your nominator
  • Answer the questions provided
  • Nominate other bloggers (the number is of your choosing), notify them, and generate some questions for them.

So for that, I would like to thank Infinite Zenith for this award. He was one of the first blogs, anime related blogs I should say, I looked into, and his blog was one of the early places to generate traffic for this little corner of the internet back when I was a very active commentator at Random Curiosity. That said, he had some questions for me.

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Gate – Episode 12: What Would Itami Do?


And so we come to the end of the show’s first cour offering. The second cour of Gate is slated for a Winter 2016 release, and it promises to be a good season, particularly because of the material left. It would be an alright break, I intend to blog some other shows this upcoming seasons, though not in the same excitement and anticipation as I’ve had for Gate.

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Double Posting – Creative Blogger Award

Oooyodo from Kantai Collection by akasaai

Ooyodo from Kantai Collection by akasaai

So, I figured I need to do this now before I get super lazy and don’t do it. This year I was awarded two blogging awards, the Creative Blogger Award by Medieval Otaku, and the Sunshine Award by Infinite Zenith. So to start off, here’s the award Medieval Otaku awarded me. The rules for accepting the award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Share 5 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers and add their links.
  • Notify the bloggers you included.
  • Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do!

So with that, I once again thank Medieval Otaku for the award, please hit him up in this link.

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Gate – Episode 11: Visitor


And so we start a new arc and the introduction of a new character. I’m gonna be brief in this post, and I don’t have much to say in the end, but as this new arc gets rolling we should get into more meaty things.

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Fourteen Years and Still Fresh in the Memory

Never Forget. Picture done by seo tatsuya on Pixiv.

Never Forget. Picture done by seo tatsuya on Pixiv.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I really need to stop ranting. It looks bad and it flows badly when I re-read my stuff. But eh, for today’s subject, it can’t be helped.

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Gate Episode 10: Despair and Hope


The end to the Japan arc was actually bloodier than the Battle of Itarica. I guess they did hear some complaints on the toned down gore. Meanwhile, anime!Shino is growing on me. Stop! GATE! Stop! The only Shino I acknowledge is the manga!Shino that looks like Maya from Kantai Collection!

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Summer 2015 Event – Kantai Collection

This event was badly made, with the only notable rewards being the Yamato Radar, Hayasui, Teruzuki, and the Cranes Catapult.

I still stake the claim that the event came about because of the previous events being hailed as ‘easy’ by very vocal sections of the fandom. This was a return to Ironbottom Sound, hell, the physical location is the Solomons. The fact CLTs would result in dead pathing annoyed a lot of people who put too much on stake on the Torpedo Lesbians and the genderbent Captain Harlock. Meanwhile, in my mind, I can only imagine the lines from the Meet the Demoman video.

Tanaka/Devs:”…T’all you fine dandies so proud, so cocksure. Prancin’ aboot with your married Hotels and Yakitori cookers! Come and get me I say! I’ll be waiting on ya with a whiff of the ‘ol brimstone. I’m a grim bloody fable… with an unhappy bloody end!”


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Gate – Episode 9: The Hakone Mountain Night Battle


This wasn’t as bad as I had feared. The episode kinda hung back here and there, but by speeding through a chapter or two, it did help tone down what some friends and I thought was the weakest part of the Japan arc, which itself is the weakest arc in the whole story so far.

In unrelated news, Kantai Collection’s Summer Event is kicking the sanity points of many teitoku. And here I am laughing since a lot of this is merely karma coming back to bite when people proclaimed events are too easy.

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Gate – Episode 8: Japan, Beyond the Gate


A change in mood and setting. No more medieval knights being torn apart by modern ordinance, but rather the build up to what is going to be one of the hardest chapters in a manga I had to stomach, and the hardest part of the series for me. Still, there were some good parts in the whole arc, primarily the gun porn, and a lot more Kuribayashi. Also, I’m starting to warm up to the more cutesy version of her in the Anime. Oh God, help me.

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Quick Thought: Gate Episode 7

Summary from Wikipedia:

Piña scolds her knights Bozes and Panache for not only attacking Itami but treating him inhumanely, both of which violated the treaty she signed with him. She fears the JSDF will use this as an excuse to attack them. As the Formal family staff treat Itami wounds, Rory, Lelei, Tuka and some of the 3rd Unit sneak back to Italica to rescue Itami but not before learning, much to Shino Kuribayashi shock, Itami is a Special Forces Ranger.

The 3rd Unit are welcomed by the Formal maids and join Itami for a small party where some of the soldiers get to know the non-human maids. Meanwhile, Piña orders Bozes to sleep with Itami as an apology but Bozes becomes angry and slaps him after seeing him having a party and feeling herself publicly humiliated. Wishing to apologize to Itami’s superiors personally for Bozes actions, she and Bozes join the 3rd Unit’s trip back to Alnus Hill where they witness the JSDF having a live fire Field training exercise along with tanks and helicopters, and is shock to learn from Lelei that their soldiers do not use magic but weapons called guns.

While Piña and Bozes meet with Itami’s commanding officer Lieutenant General Hazama with Lelei as an interpreter, Itami invites Tuka to come with him to Japan to meet the Japanese Diet as a representative of the Special Region. The next day, Itami, Shino and Akira Tomita accompany Rory, Lelei, Tuka to Japan using the Gate along with Piña and Bozes to show them around.


Quick Thought:

As I think I’ve been saying in previous posts, I think the manga did this better. The internal monologue by characters tend to add another dimension to their thoughts, or at least allow us to understand their thought processes a little more. That’s why it felt off that Kuribayashi was amazed at Itami being a ranger. There wasn’t much before the last episode or so for her to really show any discontent over having a lazy otaku as a commanding officer.

That said though, I did like the Piña’s reactions to the various mishaps Itami endured at the hands of her subordinates. Ordering Bozes to seduce Itami was funny in both the manga and anime, and shows the completely different thinking between a ‘peaceful’ Japan and a world mired in medieval attitudes. The realization that they are completely outmatched was fine though I did prefer a little bit of the manga’s explanation. Just when Piña though they could acquire guns to even the battlefield, along comes a Type 74 and Lelei’s explanation between ‘small arms’ and ‘big arms’.

There were minor changes, most likely done for expediency, that were dropped, and while it’s merely a transitory episode, I’m sort of dreading the next arc. It’s the Japan/Bath House one, and those who know me and have heard me rant on Skype already know why I am dreading it.

Also, sorry for this rather quick overview. Been busy.

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