GATE Episode 5: Imperial relations?

[HorribleSubs] GATE - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.16_[2015.08.01_06.42.35]

So this week’s episode introduces Pina as the somewhat sheltered princess. After seeing this episode, she seems like a weak character to me, mostly because of her desire to lead despite her inexperience with the world. That being said, she’s probably going to change that behavior pretty soon, so I can’t get too upset. I’m assuming she’ll eventually join the cast, even if only as a support character that tries to pressure the king.

Next week’s episode looks to continue the battle from this week. Presumably, the Japanese forces will gain Pina’s trust by coming to her aid despite the orders she gave them. As a side note, am I supposed to be reading into the crazed state that the bandits seem to be in? Is it just an exaggeration to emphasize Pina’s inexperience or is there actually some magic going on in the background?

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