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.

Episode Summary:

The opening starts off with Tuka/Chuka dreaming about the day her village was attacked and father killed. Waking up on the floor of the Humvee, they arrive at Arnus Station, which has been turned into a modern-day equivalent of the old star fort.

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Elsewhere, one of the survivors from Coda village now works at a bar, where she is being rebuffed by patrons who don’t believe about some ‘mercenaries in green’ fended off a dragon. Pina overhears this and asks her men to report in on the rumor. They dismiss it, thinking it could be any kind of dragon. The girl comes up to them, and through a coin, explains that they came and saved them with a wand that looked like an iron cock.

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Back at Arnus Station, the refugees stare in wonderment at the place, while Itami’s commanding officer is distraught at his actions, and now has to report it. Elsewhere, Lieutenant Yanagida reports on the findings of the recon teams, explaining the medieval nature of the surrounding villages, and explains the difficulty with languages. Asking if it would be wise to invite some of them there, the General says it would look bad if they were to turn around and say they were kidnapped.

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Explaining that Itami had brought back refugees, the General explains it could be easily explained on humanitarian reason. Back at Itami’s unit, his commanding officer drops the responsibility of their care onto him. Having Kuribayashi, Kurokawa to handle rations, and Kurata and Tomita to get tents, he goes to take care of the assorted paperwork before being pulled aside by Yanagida.

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Yanagida calls him out on his gambit, having noted that he had been good on radio call ins until after the dragon battle, he notes he was scared of being told he couldn’t house the refugees, who are now getting accustomed to modern rations.

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Yanagida explains that the special region is a special place with Japan as the only entry way. They are finding resources that rival Earth’s, and the government doesn’t know what to do. He asks Itami if it’s worth turning half the world against Japan for all that. Itami asks if it is, and Yanagida goes on to explain that in politics, the country with the most resources wins, and the special region could mean Japan could survive being cut off from the world.

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Asking how him bringin back refugees has a hand in all of that, Yanagida explains he had built up relationship with the people, and the closest to the information the higher ups and politicians need. Soon he’ll be given a lot of freedom in their actions, and he is should bring it to good use.

The next day, after introducing themselves with Itami badly mimicking and speaking in the foreign language, the refugees from Coda village explore their new place, with Lelei examining at first, construction equipment, a mobile field kitchen, and starting to grasp at the language and culture.

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Elsewhere in the old world, China’s premier states it isn’t fair that Japan gets the gate when they need it the most. He says they would treat Japan kindly for now.

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Back in Japan, the press isn’t pleased about the casualties of the refugees in the JSDF camp, and in usual sensational journalism, badger the Prime Minister who explains that the deaths did not occur in combat, but from a natural disaster that is specific to the special region, a giant monster. When asked why they were told something else by another minister, he said it was due to the fact he had been questioned about combat casualties.

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Several days later, a bath house had finally opened in Arnus Station, with Shino Kuribayashi standing watch over the girl’s tent. Lelei appears, having been dressed in NBC gear, and uses the bath. The girls talk about the luxuries, with Lelei talking about she was from a nomadic tribe who only bathed in rivers and streams, while Rory, as an apostle, wanders the land and is surprised at finding a bath in the middle of nowhere. Upon learning about Itami, Chuka is curious about him.

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Lelei and Rory ask if she’s alright, having just last her family in village. She is unsure if she’s alright to stay at the current location, though Rory notes those who are in the camp also had lost their loved ones. Taking care of some of the younger girls, Lelei fills them in on what she’s learned so far. The JSDF fights for a country called Japan, and that there are others beyond the gate. Something the others seem to be curious about as well.

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Elsewhere, Pina visits a casualty of high birth for information, in reality King Duran. Shocked at his condition, he laid out the truth to her. The Allied Kingdoms were a threat to the Empire, and even though the Imperial Army was defeated, they sent the Allied Kingdoms to die as well. The soldiers on Arnus Hill aren’t the enemy, but rather the ones who ordered them to attack (Empire).

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Asking him for any information, he tells her to go look at Arnus Hill for herself. Her knights ask her not to send her forces charging in, to which she says she won’t, but still agree the need to visit. Tasking her men to order the main force to move out, they will visit Italica enroute to Arnus.

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Back at Arnus Station, Itami finally manages to connect to the net with his phone, ignoring Kuribayashi and Kurokawa until Kuribayashi painfully announces their appearance. They explain that CHuka has been acting strange, requesting two of rations, bedding, and clothing, and always for a man. Lelei has been asked to see what is going on, but due to her rudimentary Japanese, it wasn’t fruitful. They had asked Kato the Wizard as well, who explains that Chuka herself is a rare breed of elf.

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Back at the refugee camp, Chuka is worried about their situation. Even if it’s temporary, it seems nicer than living in the forest. Worried that they may need to sell themselves to the soldiers, Lelei appears, and shows her findings. With the JSDF uninterested in dragon scales, they could sell them rather than their bodies.

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After gathering two bags worth, Third Recon is taking Chuka, Lelei, and Rory to the nearest city to sell their wares. Chuka worries about her father, still in denial over his death, but Kurokawa’s caring pat on the shoulder calms her, and she gets into the Humvee. Lelei says even if the fire dragon comes back, the ‘men in green’ will save them.

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Pina also rides off to Itarica, while back at Arnus Station, it seems Itami had been summouned to the Diet (Japan’s Legislature) along with some local witnesses about the civilian casualties. Asking where he was, Yanagida tells the Lieutenant General that Itami was headed for the walled city of Italica.

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Episode Thoughts:

I didn’t get to say it at all in the summary, but throughout the episode, Chuka seems to be looking for someone. She’s looking for her father, and she’s suffering some sort of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) from the death of everyone she’s known and loved.

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Otherwise, the episode is merely a pause, one can say, between the first three episodes and the next set. Yanagida and Chinese Premier are setting up the next set of events, but first Third Recon and the JGSDF needs to survive their next test.

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On imgur tonight (7/25/2014), someone had uploaded photos of Doctor Ernest Ceriani, a doctor in the 1940s that was the sole practitioner in 400 square miles. Someone in one of my Skype groups commented that ‘we’ve come a long way’, indicating the medical care now compared to seventy years ago. And I guess that’s what I want to talk about now.

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Chuka, Lelei, Rory, Kato, and the orphans have stepped into homes fit for nobles in terms of daily luxuries. These are people who are shocked at the changes of their surroundings, in the quality of their lodging and food, and the culture of their protectors. They aren’t like they encountered before, who would’ve asked for their services with the bodies of their maidens.

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Another thing that a few people, like my friends and me, are thinking about, is how toned down they’ll go with the anime. The manga has frequent reminders of slavery, torture, death by many bad ways (being roasted by a dragon and a Panzerfaust 3’s backblast for one), psychological trauma, and the usual sex and rape is in the manga and I assume the light novels.

There are other anime out there that go edgy and whatnot, but can Gate and A-1 really go that way?

Apart from that, once again the politics that had been part of the Gate manga seems to be put off, for now, but I still think the politics seen the web original novel, The Salvation War, is still better. Granted there were chapters devoted to how the world dealt with portals to another world and invading armies, and not pages like in the manga, or mere minutes in the anime. It’ll be interesting when we get to the story arc after the upcoming Italica battle episodes.

Edit: Due to WordPress being weird, I need to reupload a few missing screenshots.

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About Jusuchin (Military Otaku)

Conservative, Patriotic and an Otaku. Recent grad of George Mason University. I am interested in firearms, politics, Japanese Anime, and military tech.
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