With all its action and wonderful animation, Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune is a terrifying view of a future that may be far from metaphorical.
Our review of the Netflix anime series Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune Season 1 will not contain significant spoilers.
There’s an abundance of literature and TV that bring humans down to inferior beings. It could be argued that we are manifesting the future, already succumbing to being ruled by species greater than us. Of course, the first thing that comes to your mind when I say that is AI.
With all its action and wonderful animation, Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune is a terrifying view of a future that may be far from metaphorical. Great Resets happen. Societies collapse eventually. Carlo Zen wrote the Japanese novel, and it is now licensed into an anime series by Netflix.
Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune Season 1 Review and Plot Summary
Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune is set in the future. Planet Earth has been battered by superior species that have collated together to create a Trade Federation. Humans are seen as inferior and have been subjected to the “Great Collapse.” What was once a planet with beautiful cities is now entirely run by third-world countries.
The story follows a team of human soldiers part of Unit K321. Human soldiers who are enlisted into the Trade Federation are called Yakitori.
Yakitoris are used to carry out military operations. The risk of death is high, but, inhumanely, they are classed as assets, not life forms. The system is designed so that humans carry out military risks on behalf of the Federation.
Most of the series takes part on Planet Barka. Large, intelligent mice who inhabit the place are displeased with the military’s presence and resist any diplomatic attempts. Unit K321, with lead character Akira (voiced by Taito Ban), must navigate plenty of action to survive and carry out their mission.
Is Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune Good or Bad?
There’s a deeper meaning to this anime series. While the show provides Sci-Fi and dystopian tropes, the systematic nature of war is a salient message in the narrative. As human beings today, you could argue that countries use the military similarly to carry out military operations with little consideration for human life. This anime series is a reminder of how conflict plays out. There are no winners in war.
Is Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune Worth Watching?
From an anime perspective, this is a great action series. It relies on an array of animated action-filled reels over dialogue, wowing the audience with colorful and well-transitioned imagery.
Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune plays out a great concept, and at six episodes in Season 1, you’ll be left wanting more.
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