January 16, 2016

...And Then Suddenly,Things Got Complicated

From episode 14 of GATE which seems to have fully recovered from episodes 9&10 and now provides us with plot whiplash of an entirely different kind.

This show is certainly full of surprises. It will be interesting to see if the JSDF's er, exuberance, opens a whole new can of worms or is just speaking to the power fantasies of its author. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 11:12 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I'm having a real hard time resisting the urge to answer your questions about Tyuule... moan...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Jan 17 14:09:49 2016 (+rSRq)

2 Ultimately, the author's writing a war story. He's got to keep the temperature simmering, high enough to keep it from turning into one big happy economic exchange, but at the same time, low enough to explain why they haven't just come through and stomped the empire flat.

That said, doing it through this avenue ultimately hurts the realism of the scenario. It's almost plausible that the US would be willing to take a back seat for a while and let Japan handle the first contact, goofy spy drama from the first season aside. But the US is, shall we say, pretty damn firm on this particular topic, and the Japanese history on the topic is bad to begin with. This would be on the short list of things the US is not likely to trust Japan to handle; basically putting Japan in a situation where it might like to take a soft line on things, but where they're pushed into a hotter conflict by knowing that any pussyfooting around will be the justification for US intervention.

But... this author simply isn't going to write this kind of story, because in his fictional universe, the US has neither the moral authority nor the sheer throw weight to actually force that issue. And I'm a bit torn there, because on the one hand it does strain the credibility of the whole enterprise - but on the other hand, given what this guy does with our-world international politics, "maybe shut the hell up on the issue and draw Itami and cute girls doing things" is actually excellent advice!

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Sun Jan 17 14:22:06 2016 (v29Tn)

 but on the other hand, given what this guy does with our-world international politics

Oh...I dunno. His portrayal of the U.S. and its president may have seemed completely blinkered and unrealistic last year, but given recent developments in the primaries it could, in fact, be yugely prescient. Which might mean this guy is a time traveller....which in turn would mean....

Gloriously gratuitous Gate gals in bodacious beachwear are by Yuuichi Teraida  

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Jan 17 19:24:34 2016 (AaBUm)

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