Welcome to the Drifters review! It's 2017 for everyone on the east coast and on the other side of the world. So it's 2016 on my end for less than 2 hours so technically, I might not have made it in. I like to work things during crunch time since it gives me the rush.
Drifters is by the creator of Hellsing, Kouta Hirano, so that's why I chose to watch this anime. Normally, I abstain from watching gorey shows unless the characters and story were cool enough to look past it. Funny enough, this show's violence is actually tamer than Hellsing Ultimate.
Time to do the review. Drifters is about Shimazu Toyohisa who died in battle, making sure his uncle retreated. He finds himself in another world where there are demi-humans. He finds other Drifters like himself who died in his world, Oda Nobunaga and Nasu, and that time travels in this world strangely. Finding a purpose after protecting the elves from the Orte Empire, Shimazu, Oda, and Nasu strive to build a federation (more of Oda's ambitions) and toppling Orte Empire while the gang and other Drifters find themselves in conflict with the Black King and the ENDs, people from Shimazu's world who are now bent on destroying this world.
Nasu Suketaka Yoichi
The anime is pretty linear, straightforward and the pacing is pretty natural. It's adapted from the manga series, so I don't know how much skipped. I would review the anime in comparison to the manga. It's story driven rather than character driven. If you are history buff especially in Japan's feudal history, there are lots of references to enjoy. There were errors such as Oda or Abe knowing about how to make gun powder compared to their real historical figures in their time. So there are some historical errors. Shimazu is dumb, but he's not a ruthless thug. He lives by a code which has honorable ritual seppuku which others might find barbaric. He doesn't kill women as he doesn't see it honorable. Some folks will like him. Oda is a guy who does shady things and he has a share of lots of betrayals, so he acts as Shimazu's advisor. Nasu, one of my favorite characters, is a cool archer who doesn't like doing dirty tactics like Oda. The chemistry between these characters makes an enjoyable experience which most of the humor comes from them.
The animation and music is excellent. I sometimes hum the opening song. In comparison for the animations to other shows this season, the sport shows, Yuri on Ice and Haikyuu, had higher quality of fluid animation than Drifters.
Speaking of humor, Hellsing also shares this issue, too. Drifters has humor scenes with the crude, cartoonish drawings which tends come out at the wrong time usually during tense situations. While I get they are trying to do comic relief or relax tension, some scenes such as them cracking jokes during executing the men who raped the female elves feel inappropriate. There are no censorship I believe, well I watch from Crunchyroll, so I wouldn't know about the Japanese broadcast. This might be a con or not depending on your sensitivity levels regarding homosexuality as the show has very stereotypical gay characters and there are running gags.
Overall, I recommend this show to any fans of Hellsing and new fans who are new to Kouta Hirano. The pilot episode was a bit weak in my opinion as it lacks world building and it has dry exposition. After that point, the first season is excellent especially the ending. For seasonal anime, expectations are high, and you want a good show with potential to end on a good note. Drifters does that and it also makes you want a second season to find out what happens.
Drifters was a pretty fun show to watch, certainly more enjoyable for the people who know who most of these famous characters are. I kinda wish we got to see the Drifters fight the End more than the few battles we got, but overall it was enjoyable. Nice review.
I think they are just building it up. Season 1 is just a set up if you think about it. Right now, Shimazu and his group were dealing with Orte, and they weren't as happy or reluctant to believe Olminu or accept her invitation to fight the ENDs.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
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Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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