July 31, 2015

The Battle of Italica

  In the last episode of GATE our heroes were sent on a short mission to reconnoiter and hopefully open trading relations with the  town of Italica, a heavily fortified crossroads town at the juncture of two caravan routes and a river. Also in the last episode  Princess Penã of "the empire" who has been sent with her order of knights to do a reconnaissance of the invaders (our heroes) offhandedly mentioned that she intended to stop off in the town of Italica.

In this episode, things went to worms just as expected. 
But they did so in a way that was rather unexpected. 

This remains an exceedingly smart show. We get a little bit of background on the princess, who is, it turns out, is quite interesting.

Oh..as an aside...In case there was any doubt...

Roary Mercury serves the DARK god Emloy.

 Itami doesn't know what cards he has in his deck...which is a much better situation than having an empty deck. GATE remains a really intelligent and entertaining show, with this episode in particular maintaining a remarkably high tension level throughout and left me quite upset that I have to wait 167 hours to see more of this. 

That is a sign of quality programing. 

UPDATE: Over at Steven's place Avatar has a well thought out comment on Princess Pinã's motivations and rationale behind her (and Lt. Itami's) tactical decisions towards the end. 

Also: Yes. Her full name does appear to be Pinã Col Ada. We will speak no more of this particular matter. 

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Her full name does appear to be Pinã Col Ada. We will speak no more of this particular matter. 

Dammit.  Dammit!  That's just like waving the bloody shirt!  Now I have to do... something! *typing sound*  Okay:  I've got the refrain; I'll work on the rest of the song in a bit.

"If you’re like Pina Co Lada

Getting’ caught in a fight

You’re grasp of tactics is nada

And things are really tight

You’re watching your command fall apart

From the raider’s onslaught

Then pin your hopes on Third Recon

And the troops that they brought."

Posted by: Clayton Barnett at Sun Aug 2 03:05:27 2015 (lU4ZJ)

2 I just remembered that the first time Itami bonked himself (right before Tokyo got attacked), he had a prophetic vision of his female companions to come. Bonking himself a second time got him improved language skills.

So obviously the god of concussions is on his side... and is knocking some sense into him.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Tue Aug 4 22:47:26 2015 (ZJVQ5)

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