The Ride of the Valkyries has decimated the marauders and saved the city of Italica, winning even more public renown for the JSDF. Even though the city was saved and all seemed well, Piña worried about the victory conditions that the JSDF soldiers would set, since they were the ones who won the battle, not the Empire’s forces. To her surprise, they ask for little but 5 of the captives and that the captors treat their prisoners humanely. After both sides agreed to this treaty and Lelei arranged the sale of the dragon scales, Itami and his team set out to return to Alnus, but met the Order of the Rose Knights who then took Itami hostage while he was trying to calm their commander.

Covering the last part of Chapter 13, Grey suggests that they simply apologize to the JSDF for taking Itami in order to avoid fighting a battle that will only end in sure destruction for the Rose Knights. Look at Grey using those grey hairs to make a decision.

When Kuribayashi hears that Itami is a Ranger, she can’t believe it just like in the manga, but her facial expression is so much better in the anime. Also, there’s some eye-candy bugs/magical-floaty-lights out during the night.

Look! Our prayers have been answered! Tuka is actually useful in the anime! Not only is she useful, her magic is actually pretty cool.

I find it interesting that they revere Itami so much for “saving their city” when he wasn’t the one directly responsible for it nor the one in charge of the operation. The way that the people of the Special Region elevate Itami and attribute the power of the JSDF to him could be used strategically later when the inevitable confrontation with the Emperor comes along.

Itami’s team, which is operating under the assumption that the Rose Knights are the enemy because they have captured Itami, actually move around the city like they are in enemy territory. They stealthily navigate their way to their target instead of just walking in normally like they do in the manga. It could be argued that they only view the Imperial soldiers as their enemies (thus why they put the ones guarding the walls to sleep and not the whole city (though that is more likely a factor of the limitations of Tuka’s magic)) and didn’t care if the civilians saw them, but the civilians would probably make a racket praising and thanking the “men in green” for saving their city which would alert any of the knights nearby of their presence.

The team’s reaction to the situation is quite comical and is much better when animated. They burst through the door, ready to fight and find...Itami being fed while recovering in bed.

Lelei is, as always, curious and learning more. Since this seems to be reinforced in just about every episode, I imagine her knowledge and evenness will play an important role in the future.

“Compassionate”.....yeahhh.

Piña’s stress and the team’s response is great comedy. Piña thinks the world is about to crash down on her head, and the soldiers just want to take Itami back.

This scene emphasizes the fact that there is a great disparity between the two worlds, not only in terms of technology, but also in terms of morality. The JSDF doesn’t fight to conquer land and subjugate it for the benefit of their ‘kingdom’, instead fighting to keep the civilians safe (whether they are the Japanese citizens back home or the civilians in Italica) The JSDF fights defensively, not to conquer and control.

“Destroy” is a poor translations choice, as it seems like they are offering to let Itami raze the city (or at least blast it to pieces a good bit). The manga’s “subjugate” is much more apt, implying that they will surrender leadership of the city to Itami to avoid having to fight the great power of the JSDF.

Technically, Medusa was just a name, not a species (and not a species that has the powers described in the anime). If they had used “gorgon” it would have been much more acceptable to me. A minor nitpick, but annoying all the same. In a story that has so many details (moreso in the manga than the anime), the small inaccuracies and inconsistencies stand out all the more.

These...dresses?...cloaks?...are just...yeah, no. The character designs for their formal attire in the manga actually made sense and looked like medieval attire.

Little bits of humor such as Rory’s comment make the chapters a joy to read. We also see Tuka use magic, and (while not as impressive as the anime because of the medium) it’s nice to see some magic being used. Now if we can see something big from Lelei...she’s a mage, and pretty smart too, so I would imagine she is capable of some higher-level stuff.

In addition to the comedy of the scene as Itami thinks he has woken up in a maid hotel back in Japan, we get to see into his thoughts. He isn’t exactly sure what the situation is, but he isn’t being treated as an enemy captive anymore so he decides to wait a bit longer before jumping to any conclusions and using those Ranger skills of his to escape.

Again, “subdue” is much better than “destroy” in this scene.

Piña’s stress over the Rose Knights capturing Itami is much more pronounced in the manga, again making Piña seem less like an incompetent and more like a green commander who hasn’t been dealt the best situation. An interesting comment about the Empire’s diplomats lets the reader know that the Empire isn’t used to losing and has developed a rather large ego - the kind of ego that will get you curbstomped by a modern military because you throw a medieval army at it.

Kurata’s scene is just as funny in the manga as in the anime, with him freaking out that he has finally found what he is looking for in the Special Region.

More of Lelei’s curiosity (it looks like it’s going to set her up to be the “wise mediator” eventually, but I would also like to see her magical abilities). Also, there’s another example of the small comedic moments interspersed throughout the story as Rory wants to eat the food, but is currently stuck listening to the ramblings of the head maid.

Great faces all around - angry Piña, exasperated soldiers (Kuribayashi is the best), straight-faced Itami.

Piña’s imagining of the Diet in the style of the Empire’s Senate is a bit comical, but the fact that she takes this to mean that Itami is a politically important figure adds to the possibility for Itami to use his renown in the Special Region (since all of the civilians pretty much gives him credit for everything the JSDF does to sway the public against the Emperor later on.

Yet another small moment of comedy. This one was not included in the anime, but shows just how willing Piña is to try and smooth things over with the JSDF that she accepts the offer Itami was sure she would refuse. It seems that both Itami and Piña have misconceptions about each other.

Now those are some legitimate-looking formal clothes. A dress, cloak, and sword are much better suited for the general aesthetic of the characters than what they have in the anime.

[awesome drills and details; Piña’s thoughts; Lelei says that the Empire getting guns would be “meaningless”] More of Piña’s thoughts. This seems to be a large portion of the things that get left out in the anime adaptation, leading to a shallower story with a basic character. As she sees the JSDF’s drills, tanks, and helicopters, she again realizes the overwhelming might the JSDF possesses simply through advanced technology.

[Piña is realizing even moreso the situation; “why did we attack these people”; Empire rules the land but not the hearts; Rory derp] Piña begins to question why the Empire attacked Japan, a line of thought that could lead to Piña joining forces with Itami and overthrowing the Emperor later on (this may not happen, but the more I read/watch, the more possible this event seems to become). Along with this question of “why?” Piña learns that though the Empire has conquered many lands and rules over the people, the Empire does not rule their hearts. Piña has seen first hand how the citizens of the Special Region regard the ‘men in green’ and how well loved they are, which begs her to question the Empire’s form of rule.

Piña and Bozes’s first contact with modern comforts shows yet again the gap between the two worlds. Even though they are princesses and used to the finest things in the land, they are amazed at the comfort of a typical couch and what I assume is a plastic or polyurethane-coated tabletop.

The middle right panel is just gold considering Yanagida’s comment about Itami’s ‘wounds’ looking more like a lover’s quarrel: “Got wounded in action” (Itami). “Lol nope” (Yanagida).

Tuka talks a significant amount compared to the anime (no surprise there), and Rory makes the best faces - bored, evil genius, happy little girl - not a sequence you see often.

While not really a ‘Pro’ nor ‘Con’, this page shows that “co” probably means “of”, as in “to show descent/family line” in Piña and Bozes’s names. Bozes is described as “A member of Pina’s Rose-Order of Knights and the second daughter of Marquis Palesti” on the GATE wiki, which would confirm this assumption.

The way the soldiers just casually walk through the city to rescue Itami doesn’t make sense, as I addressed in the anime section of the article.

This episode follows the trend of the rest - it does some things better than the manga, some things worse, and leaves off some details. Episode 7 was a good adaptation of the manga, but this makes two episodes in a row that have covered three chapters which, if continued, will most likely put the end of this season past where the manga will be. The story will be the same because the manga’s story is that of the light novels, but the visuals may be off. Since the anime has taken some liberties already with how they want things to look, I’m sure the producers are fully capable of creating what is described in the light novels, but I still prefer the manga designs over the anime designs. Creating without the precedent of the manga’s illustrations may lead to a change in how the scenery and other things look. regardless of visuals, the story continues to add more depth to the interactions between characters and seems to be approaching the question of whether or not the Empire’s system of ruling is just or even effective, since they do not truly ‘rule’ the people in their hearts. A government that is not supported in its citizens’ hearts and minds will suffer rebellion before long.


AnimeGATE is a series on experiencing an anime and its manga source material simultaneously. But really, “it’s about ethics in anime adaptations...”