Okay, I just want you to know that Drifters episode 3 starts with Hannibal and Scipio (yes, Scipio of Rome and the famous general Hannibal he defeated) then slowly torrents into a barrage of Lord of the Rings Two Towers style action as a dragon fights a fighter plane and Anastasia Romanov and Joan of Arc assist Hijikata of the Shinsengumi destroy a town. Now I don’t know why generally good figures are apparently evil and the only thing I can seem to connect them with is their deaths were the end of an important era and unjust in many ways. . . but I don’t know if it’s that and not just holy shit evil Joan of Arc. Listen, not many anime can pull off a fighter plane shooting down dragons as Joan of Arc burns people alive and Hijikata uses an Aragorn style ghost army to destroy innocent civilians. Remember how I said the antagonist plot seemed to be destroying non-humans? Nevermind, it seems the true villains of the show are the Black King and his Ends, who seem to want to destroy humans. Goddamn it can we just stop with the genocide stuff here and get back to the dragon airplane fights and seeing an impossible Anastasia Romanov use ice powers?
The first episode of Drifters was generally accurate to history, but now it is going off the deep end. Look, there is no much about history that concludes Oda Nobunaga had an eye patch and was the super pimp he is in Drifters. But if we need to smudge history just a little while still learning important concepts about different eras and making villains that are genuinely impossible (I mean Anastasia Romanov died as a child and was simply buried in another location from her family. Duh!) in a Japanese anime that has no bearing on reality in order to make fighter planes fight dragons and Anastasia Romanov into a sexy white haired ice villain I am okay with betraying history mmkay.
We cut away completely from Toyohisa today and one thing that was a little jarring was the narrative dissonance. At first the white clad guy who was defending the humans seemed sinister, did the ominous leg cross, didn’t seem to be a good guy at all- now he is acting on the best interests of humanity as well as the Drifters. Is he up for human supremacy or is he a genuinely good guy doing the right things for the right reason? I can’t tell you now but I feel the narrative behind him was portrayed a little sloppily up until this point. Other than him, though, the show has been pretty spot on with motivations and idealism. I want to know more about the Ends! I’m curious as to the nature of the Black King, as the Drifters don’t seem to have an all powerful commander. It almost feels like the Ends have the Black King as well as Easy recruiting them whereas the Drifters are a little aimless after being recruited and only follow their gut instincts.
Look, I could try and come up with some ideas about what’s next. . . but dragons are fighting planes and I can only watch in horrified and glorious amazement.