Hello there! This week Japan has experienced the century’s coldest climate. Have you been all right? As for me, I was totally not ready for that level of frosty weather, I got chilled to the bones, brrrrrr…
Speaking of the residents in the world of GATE, they seem to be totally surprised with the unexpected earthquake.
In Japan, small-scale earthquakes occur so frequently that it doesn’t surprise us at all. How about your country?
The Imperial Capital Quake
Unexpectedly a massive earthquake strikes the Imperial Capital. The city shakes violently and the buildings crumble.
Pina and Hamilton are trembling in fear, wondering if the end of the world is drawing near. Itami and Sugawara happen to be present at the scene. Despite the surrounding commotion, two men appear to be quite calm. Learning from the two about possible aftershocks, Pina feels compelled to see her father, the Emperor Molto, as quickly as possible. She asked Itami to escort her to the palace.
Itami and his group, Princess Pina, and Hamilton, arrive at the palace. The Emperor Molto meets with them. The prince Zolzal rushes into the scene, with a young Japanese woman who has apparently been mistreated. Enraged, Itami punches Zolzal in the face. Zolzal’s underlings draw their swords. Deadly fight breaks out between Zolzal and Recon Group 3 members.
Script: Kurasumi Sunayama
Storyboard: Tomoki Kyoda
Direction: Yuuki Itoh
Animation direction: Yuu Yonezawa
Oh this happens all the time in Japan!
Wait, that’s an overstatement. LOL
Although we Japanese are accustomed to earthquakes to some extent, still, if books slide off the shelves (scale 4) or, you can’t walk straight because the ground shakes so bad (scale 5), and especially if it goes on for long time, yeah, we get scared. If it’s scale 2 or 3, then we would let it go, like, oh it was shaking a bit, huh. By “we”, I mean civilians.
The members of JSDF may possibly be more adapted to handle big earthquakes, since they are professionally trained to deal with disasters like the recent Great Tohoku Earthquake and Kobe Earthquake. They are also deployed to the front lines overseas.
As noted in the conversation between Pina and Itami, after a major earthquake there will usually be a few aftershocks, and quite frequently.
When Pina worries about her country and people so sincerely and seeing her plea like that, I thought, no one can decline her.
Itami puuuuunch! & Kuribayashi Muso!
As everybody wanted, the prince got beaten up. Brutally. As much as I enjoyed the scene, I feared the open fire scene. I watched in horror how the gun takes down human beings so easily and quickly.
In a subsequent scene, Sugawara notes “Please keep in mind that our nation and our world have a long, bloody history that far surpasses your own.”
Peace is truly precious.
Watch how Pina is caught in the cross fire between the two countries. I understand the dilemma of being torn between two feelings, which always makes me sick to the stomach. Ugh.
Mystery of Tyuule
The prince has been cruel to Tyuule thus far. Why, then, did she decide to save him? There’s got to be something more than we know between them. I wonder if the next story reveals more about this.
I’m curious about Tuka, as well as the unfortunate situation of the rescued Japanese woman, then, Tyuule.
The diplomatic negotiation is steadily proceeding. I wonder what new development we might hear about next.
I’m looking forward to the next episode!
©Takumi Yanai/AlphaPolis/GATE Project