Drifters stood at the top of my list among the present season’s anime, and I wrote as much in the chat of an entertaining conversation hosted by LitaKino. Then, one of my best commentators, David A, pointed out that St. Joan of Arc was portrayed as a crazied pyromaniac in the show and as one of the villains. This counts as the most wholly inaccurate and unflattering representations of a saint I have heard of since Wolf Hall, a show which portrays St. Thomas More as a corrupt fanatic. I cannot get behind a show which calumniates a saint. At least Joan of Arc’s portrayal in Shingeki no Bahamut—even though it presents a Joan of Arc who falls from grace for a time–still presents a character bearing her name as noble, courageous, and just.
Calumniating the memory of the saints and great men counts as one of the blackest crimes a writer can commit. Not only does the calumniator blacken someone’s reputation, but he damages the heritage of new generations. Each generation has a right to have heroes to look up to and emulate. One can claim that Drifters‘ portrayal is mere fiction, but most people get their information about the past from media, especially because schools don’t properly educate the youth on the subject of history. Many people do believe that St. Joan of Arc was insane and delusional.