「不思議CALL ME」 (Fushigi CALL ME)
“Mystery – Call Me”
The Drifters formula of following up action with transition returns this week as another buildup episode graces our presence. This one though was certainly one of the more entertaining, particularly in terms of humour. Drifters’ comedy was never the series’ strong suit, but there were good moments amidst the mediocracy. Here we definitely saw some of that. The feud between Kanno and Scipio was hilarious, particularly how Kanno ended up a sky god and how both kept talking past one another with barbarian remarks and claims of national superiority. The Axis joke especially ended me, probably the first time I’ve ever seen that relationship used as a source of comedy, and by a Japanese writer no less (did I mention that Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere allusion?). Then we had Toyohisa’s ignorance regarding Seimei, which even if you don’t know who Seimei actually is, was pretty damn funny given the voice acting of both Toyohisa and Nobunaga. Arguably it’s the voice acting which makes most of the comedy work as well as it does here, and that’s saying something considering some of the jokes we have been subjected to up until now. If the rest of Drifters’ comedy matched the good jokes from this episode, there would be little to complain about regarding this series.
On a more serious note we also received some musings upon both the morality of leadership. I already mentioned why Nobunaga considers Toyohisa for king previously, so it’s a pleasant surprise when the man himself confirms all those same points. As highlighted before, Nobunaga simply lacks Toyohisa’s charisma, he may have an intelligent mind (i.e. understanding the Gatling gun impact) and wickedly insidious strategy (that multiracial federation aspiration under
his Toyohisa’s gentle guidance), but he cannot convince men the way Toyohisa does (i.e. speak to their heart). The ability to recognize this fault is something few glory seekers ever possess, and even fewer act on—most would rather vaingloriously perish than yield the top spot to another more fitting, even when they could wield more power from an advisory position. I’m really intrigued Drifters has dug into such leadership dynamics this much, usually we just get the overpowered, perfect leader and call it a day. Having both leadership styles represented between Nobunaga and Toyohisa (and to a degree Scipio and Hannibal) is alone enough to get me itching to see happens next.
Of course we all can guess what’s next, given that the dwarves and guns just became the new major story arc. Personally I’m quite surprised how important guns are becoming in Drifters’ main story. Typically such a plot device would be brushed over in general terms (mostly to avoid technical jargon), but here we are getting information on bullet casings, primers, and Gatling gun metallurgy. For me this is some fantastic exploration as we rarely see how modern weapons start out impacting fantasy worlds—usually it’s the aftermath we are left to digest (GATE is a good example of this). I’m really hoping Drifters follows this plot line all the way to the end because there are a lot of potentially interesting tangents to follow and showcase, such as what firearm variant Nobunaga ends up developing, and how that aircraft carrier factors into things. If the show can pull it off, I’m seriously willing to overlook any bad joke it wants to throw at me. Bring it, I’m ready.
Guaranteed Hannibal doesn’t actually have dementia, the poor geezer just feels lost without Scipio to perpetually berate.
Who wants to bet our Count is also a closet chemist with a thing for primer formulae?
Interesting how Seimei knows Murasaki by name. For me this implies his meeting with the bespectacled bureaucrat wasn’t as short or simple as he makes out.