For a slow week, Drifters this time around offered up a surprisingly heavy bit of exposition. From another dive into the inner psyche of the Black King to further discussion on the merits and strengths of gunpowder firearms, everything and then some played a part.
The Saviour of
It’s hard denying the Black King is Jesus reincarnated, and once again more evidence lends credence to the idea. Our hooded leader has some pretty OP powers, capable of replicating anything biological to such a degree that he can invoke cancer at will. Beyond the obvious allusions drawn from such healing capabilities, the Black King also bluntly states seeing no difference between the strongest of rulers and the weakest of creatures. I’ve seen arguments the king could be Moses or another of Jesus’ disciples, but these features point me more towards the son of God than say the saviour of the Jews, especially the king’s remarks about him not being God. These theories turn moot, however, in the face of our king’s plans. He wants a new writing system, to forge a unified religion, and found a new civilization, all for the sake of the demihumans before he meets his end. It’s hard to deny after all what heavily bandaged feet and shedding salt (I’m guessing) mean in the face of previous evidence.
Firearms and Treachery
The other big thing this week was once again firearms, where manufacturing is now transpiring. Muskets are being produced 10 a day, which might be surprising considering Nobunaga’s glee (after all, 10 is a small amount), but it must be remembered that we are dealing with medieval blacksmithing here. 15th-16th Century muskets required a lot of labour to produce, and with no mass assembly lines, all would be carefully handcrafted. This comment leaves me to believe Drifters will minimize the effect of firearms on this universe, largely restricting them to key characters so we don’t suddenly have our protagonists running roughshod over the enemy. Interestingly too, Nobunaga appears hesitant to reveal ubiquitous facts about firearms such as the ease of training, simplification of killing, and reduction of guilt. More than the fear firearms create, Nobunaga has fixated on the change these weapons push, giving an ordinary man with a few hours instruction the capability of downing a warrior with years of training. Nobunaga (for all intents) looks like he fears a day when the elves and dwarves might turn around and use those brand new muskets on him and his compatriots.
Such a day, however, may be far off given Count Germi (who is finally confirmed a Drifter) has now sided with Nobunaga and crew. The Count is determined to sell off the Orte Empire (or at least his share) to avoid war, and of course Nobunaga won’t refuse that offer, particularly given the hint towards a balls to the wall strategy of defeating the rest of the empire in quick detail. Considering Jean d’Arc has properly returned and openly wants revenge against Toyohisa, expect things to get down and dirty in a mighty rush. With only two episodes remaining and enemies on all sides, we will very likely go out with a bang.
Holy gay jokes this week. Cherry boy, seductive Yoichi, and two underlings with some striking differences in fetishes. Particularly had a chuckle at the call to hide all the elf boys before the Count appeared.
Really interesting Anastasia suggested Toyohisa spared Jean for a reason other than her being a woman, when we know (from Toyohisa himself) that was the main reason why. Given Anastasia supposedly will set Toyohisa up for Jean to kill, I cannot help thinking she will get Jean killed.
Laughed hard at the Count’s comments regarding Hitler. Efficient bureaucracy, eliminated nepotism? Anyone with more than passing knowledge of the Nazi government will understand the irony behind those remarks.