January 31, 2016

Life's Unexpected Detours

This week on GATE we are treated to a moment of introspection.

This happy bunny lady is Delilah.

Delilah was one of the beast-girl maids/bodyguards from Italica who was sent to Alnus to provide security and translation assistance.  She stayed in Alnus and  has since opened an inn and tavern, which she seems to own a majority stake in, though it is an open secret that she's Italica's unnofical eyes and really big ears in the town. Delilah has a reputation of being something of a hard-ass despite her cottontail. You see, she takes no guff from anyone and runs her employees hard in order to make sure that inn she is proprietor of is well run and free of creeps. despite (and partly because of) this she is liked and respected in Alnus and her fastidiousness has paid off; her inn being quite successful. 

Today...It hit her.

Mere months ago she was a maid and bodyguard in Italica, which as a slave and member of one of the "subject races" was about the best she could ever hope for. Now she owns a business. She can own property, keep nearly all of the money she makes while living in a town where the food and water are safe. Alnus is also completely safe from raiders and monsters. The various demi-humans in town are treated as PEOPLE and the citizens are not worked to death in mines or other hard labor and peace is breaking out all over.

Reflecting upon this, Delilah, perhaps for the first time in the many years since her country of origin was conquered, finally relaxes...and skips through the streets of Alnus singing the praises of "the town the sky has smiled upon". 

 Life is good...

Though not without its pitfalls...

Well, this is certainly full of surprises...well except for the dragon. We were quite prepared for there to be a really big dragon in this episode.

This show is genuinely interesting. I am quite glad that, unlike some other people, I have not seen the manga, so I do not feel let down and this show's future is an unlit road for me. 

I think now is a good point in the show for those of us who have not read ahead to ponder and speculate on what we know:

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 12:35 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 A correction: she doesn't own the restaurant; she simply works there. If anyone owns it, it would be Lelei, but it's actually community property as far as I can tell.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Jan 31 15:01:04 2016 (+rSRq)

2 I've seen all kinds of anthropomorphic designs, but I have to say, this is the first time I've seen one where only the arms and legs are furry, but not the body, hands and feet.  That's kinda odd.

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Jan 31 23:18:26 2016 (5Ktpu)

3 @ Steven: Is this information from the manga? I don't remember any reference to Leili being involved in the tavern. I got the distinct impression that Delilah was running it and was at least a part owner . 

You've mentioned the stylistic changes and the fact that the story is moving faster in the anime, but have there been big changes to the story in your view?

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Feb 13 18:10:37 2016 (AaBUm)

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