Gate – Episode 9: The Hakone Mountain Night Battle

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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

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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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A Pause for the Week

I am going to pause a for a bit this week. No posts about KanColle’s current event. Or Shooting Girls concurrent event. Or most likely even Gate’s seventh episode until Sunday at the earliest.

We had a death in the family, one we knew was coming. We decided it would be best to let my uncle go than to let him and our family suffer.

I’ll be around.

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Gate – Episode 6: The Ride of the Valkyries

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As the sun rises over the battered city of Italica, a new era in warfare greets the denizens of the Special Region. Medieval barbarians, meet modern Air Cavalry. 1/9 Air Cavalry would’ve been proud.

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Stumbling Through a New Japanese Browser Game

So…I joined the craze and on a region cookie’d IE11, I have a new browser game up. Heavens knows when we’ll get something like KCV for it. Anyways, copying the intro from a friend on facebook.

You’re an instructor at the Tokyo Metropolitan Technical College, or the Lily L.A Boot Camp. You have just been tasked to take part in the Tokyo Battlefront, a battle against the robotic Unknowns, heavily armed androids with guns for head. For this, you are given command of a small squad of students from the College to fight against the Unknown. It’s what I managed to get a gist of from it anyway.

– A friend’s description

I chose the HK MP7 as my starter girl/gun/character, with the SIG P226 and AK-47 as the other choices. So far, I had completely stumbled through and screwed up the pre-registration thing, and though I thought I had gotten the GM6 Lynx and FN Minimi (with a para stock) as my pre-registration girls, I got the SPAS-12 shotgun and FR-F2 sniper rifle instead.

Ah well. I tried out the equivalent of modernization on here and apparently it’s a yuri scene in a random building in the technical college’s grounds. Fun.

Anyways, I thought I would try and tag some people.

My current squad consists of (in placement order):

GunColle Day 1 Squad Leader: H&K MP7A1

GunColle Day 1 Squad Leader: H&K MP7A1

GunColle Day 1 Rifleman: FN SCAR-L

GunColle Day 1 Rifleman: FN SCAR-L

GunColle Day 1 Rifleman: Colt M16A1

GunColle Day 1 Rifleman: Colt M16A1

GunColle Day 1 Rifleman: H&K HK53

GunColle Day 1 Rifleman: H&K HK53

GunColle Day 1 Anti-Material DM: PTRS-41

GunColle Day 1 Anti-Material DM: PTRS-41

GunColle Day 1 Designated Marksman: FR-F2

GunColle Day 1 Designated Marksman: FR-F2

Also apparently  another friend told me to go die because when he did the 555+/[][][]+ box language stronk crafting, he got some random gloves, while I got a bipod.

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Gate – Episode 5: The Battle of Italica

“[N]o plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force.”

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

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“Perfect plans, aren’t.”

Murphy’s Laws of Combat

The episode introduced Princess Piña Co Lada, third princess of the Empire, and her Royal Order of Knights. It also seems fairly accurate in showing what would happen when a medieval army does when its leadership is destroyed, or worse, when its wanton excesses are encouraged by what leadership they had.

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Gate – Episode Four: To Unknown Lands

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Dealing with the effects of bringing along refugees, Itami finds little sources of rest with the inclusion of a cellphone tower in the special region. Meanwhile, I never saw the Panzerfaust 3 referred to that before reading and watching Gate.

 

Edit: And unlike other series, I am not writing out Gate’s long-ass full title on the top of blog posts.

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Three Episode Rule – Gate (Episode 3: The Fire Dragon)

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On tonight’s episode of Gate: Jietai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri. The main female protagonists appear; Kurata is jealous of Itami; and the Komatsu Light Attack Vehicle does some evasive maneuvering.

Edit: I also wanna apologize for the overabundance of Rory Mercury screenshots. I have a friend who is a fan and wanted some nice shots.

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Three Episode Rule – Gate (Episode Two: The Two Armies)

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And so we see a little of what other nations in the primary world are thinking, and what the empire in the other world is thinking.

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