「忍はシノビの勘がはたらくようです！」 (Nin wa shinobi no kan ga hataraku youdesu!)
“It Seems Shinobu Has a Shinobi’s Intuition!”
The ubiquitous adage of the ages is that if you’re in a hole you should stop digging, yet Choyoyu is apparently throwing caution to the wind when it comes to that idea. After going all out in terms of crazy premise and crazier execution (mayonnaise and million dollar smile say hello), now we’re going for broke in the realm of enemies and their reasons for being, well, enemies. I’d like to think we’ve seen the full breadth of Choyoyu’s imagination, but deep down I know the shenanigans are only just getting started.
Considering how early on we got the attempted rape and assorted fan service scenes it was always a question just what Choyoyu would bring to the table next, but colour me surprised when the next great leap is towards underage drinking and kisses of sobriety. Well, and forced cannibalism too, but hey, this is Japan we’re talking about. While easy to laugh this entire situation off as just another heavy handed and ridiculous way to show how utterly evil our opponents here are, the ironic thing is there’s a kernel of truth to Choyoyu’s recent display. Many landed lords (especially pre-Enlightenment) held some, shall we say, unique concepts of right and proper, and depending on how ingratiated they were with their rulership, the results could be disastrous for the local inhabitants. Not to the same degree as our Duke of course, but enough to really make one happy knowing the likes of John Locke succeeded in their philosophical argument. Choyoyu may be running the idea a little too hard to make it anything more than glorified background noise (after all, it’s up against bloody Patriot missile systems), but at least the show knows how to keep its antagonists undeniably evil.
As for those antagonists, well, no denying that crazy knows no bounds in this series. Duke Fastidious (great name by the way) has done everything up to physical penance for failure to revere his emperor enough—and considering the results of wintertime layover and VA Nakata Jouji waiting for the chance to go wild, I imagine that action is not far off either. Choyoyu may not be winning isekai awards anytime soon, but the sheer audacity to take absurdity and crazy of the highest forms (literally) and throw it at the canvas never fails to leave a smile on face. Plus the fact we’ve got a new girl waiting for further introduction and some needed explanation on the seven heroes front leaves plenty of room to start fleshing out this simplistic story. Well, as much as possible.
Choyoyu may ultimately wind up cutting off just as the going gets good, but it sure isn’t intending on leaving any tricks up its sleeve.
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