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[ANIME REVIEW] Drifters

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THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SHOCKING, UNEXPECTED, WTF-Y SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Series:Drifters: Battle in a New World

Episodes: 12

Status: Second season confirmed in production

If I wanted to, I could sum this series up into a seven eloquent words.

WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST WATCH?!

First I thought I was watching a romantic war tale, and then all of sudden Japanese war hero Toyohisa Shimazu is in a white hall and thrown into a new world. And there are elves.

Secondly, it’s not just him. Oda Nobunaga and Nasu no Yoichi are there as well. They are being watched by some magicians guild because they are drifters.

BUT THE ELVES. They are in servitude to the humans because of a empire that overran them and the dwarves and hobbits (HOBBITS!) and are treated as serfs.

Oh, and the empire was set up by HITLER.

Hannibal of CARTHAGE is in this world too! HANNIBAL!

Joan of Arc is EVIL!

ANASTASIA AND RASPUTIN!

Even BUTCH CASSIDY!

And what to do the japanese war trio do? THEY INCITE AN UPRISING OF ELVES AND DWARVES TO TAKE ON THE ENDS AND THE DARK KING AND TAKE OVER HITLER’S NATION AND JUST—

WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST WATCH?!

AND WHY DOES IT WORK?!

Seriously. This show is absolutely hilarious (even the opening is funny), dramatic, inspiring and crazy surprising in every way. It’s a mash up of some of the most prolific figures of history, a big heaping dose of fantasy and worldbuilding, drama, suspense, drag queens, baked in a funny oven until crisp around the edges.

It’s violent but tasteful, if that’s even possible. The character encounter all sorts of cultural discrepancies, learn about their own histories, and yet without fail walk forward to create a new world. Why?

Because conquering is what they do. And because the guy sending them there (Murasaki) and the girl who created the ENDs are trying to outdo one another for some mysterious reason that has yet to be explained but I digress

Somehow, Drifter’s just works. I was so stoked (yes, stoked– leave me alone it’s te only appropriate adjective okay) when I found out the 2nd season was confirmed. I’m going to watch like breathing. Seriously, this show is just all around fun and shocking and is always finding ways to push the envelope for when shifting genres is too much. Is this a story of politics and war tactics, is it about a higher power and the sins of a nation, is it about the second lives of heros after their death in their original universe? Is it a play on the pupeteer trope?

It’s a bit of everything, and that is what makes it so beautiful. Five out of five. If you like humor and action or fantasy and politics or war time dramas or what if stories, WATCH DRIFTERS.

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