Netflix’s original anime Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan is an absolute pleasure to watch and will teach you a lot about growing… in addition to being the catalyst for your girls in cargo pants fetish.
Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan is an original story from STUDIO BONES with the help of Mari Okada, who worked on the script for Anohana, and Shinji Higuchi, who directed Kill La Kill; so we’re in pretty good company. Hisone Amakasu is the talkative, kind hearted female protagonist of this story who, like most individuals, chooses her future on a whim. The show begins with Amakasu sitting in class struggling with deciding her life past academia. As she looks out the window she spots a fighter jet soaring across and self proclaims her future to be a member of the Air Self Defense Force.
We need to emphasize how powerful this moment is because many of us can relate to this. There are no instructions on how to live your life. Many adolescents go through the motions until it’s time to make a decision and you realize you’ve never really given it much thought. Very few of us full understand ourselves well enough narrow down our passions and follow them, especially when you’re young. So, we end up doing what Amakasu does. Guessing. Which isn’t to be ashamed of. The reality is you have to do something and making a choice and dealing with that choice is part of growing up. And being an adult is the what Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan is all about. It’s also about Dragons that turn into fighter jets. So you have no excuse not to watch this show.
Shortly after Amakasu joins the Air Self Defense Force she is moved to a new base where she will undergo training as an OTF, Organic Transformed Flyer, Pilot, or D-Pi. The job of an D-Pi, is to fly ancient dragons that disguise themselves as modern aviation technology and to guide an ancient fish-like OTF big enough to resemble a mountain to its next resting place. As you can probably guess, Amakasu consistently rejects her new position to no avail as not a single person will listen to her. This is Amakasu’s first lesson in becoming an adult. Doing shit you don’t want to do and as most working class citizens can agree, work sucks.
Constantly being asked to go above what you signed up for at the beginning of your employment. It’s a pain in the ass and nobody wants to do it. The only difference from Amakasu and most people is she speaks the truth. Amakasu has “bad habit” of speaking her mind freely, whether it be about contract violations or roasting her co-workers for their smoking habits. Unconsciously stating the current situation exactly and although Amakasu sees this habit as bad it’s actually needed. In a world that’s being taken over by technology it’s hard to find honest communication in most places.Her free speech is also related to her inherent curiosity. Through pure curiosity she confronts the position she was given even though it’s both figuratively and physically bigger than her. Although afraid, she attempts to understand this completely foreign concept of being the pilot of a dragon and results in finding her passion, an experience not to be taken for granted.
Some of the D-Pi already understand their passion. Hoshino wants to be the first ever female fighter jet pilot, but feels her responsibility to be a D-Pi holds her back from achieving this goal. Her OTF, F-2, participates in self destructive behavior to help Hoshino achieve her dream. It might be a stretch, but you could relate Hoshino’s behavior to the social shift in Japan. More Japanese women are forgoing the traditional family route to pursue their work careers, which is leading to the Japanese population to age drastically. This trend is not restricted to Japan, however, the overall age of the world continues to increase, just more so in developed countries. And of course there is only one thing powerful enough to bring someone’s career to a stand still. Love.
All past D-Pi had one thing that kept from completing the final mission and that was love. An OTF requires their pilots to be 100 percent devoted to them and the love for another causes them to reject the D-Pi. Love is not a voluntary emotion and you can’t just turn it off try as you may and is apart of being an adult. In real life you’re going to have to make decisions and sacrifices for that special someone. Which, while we’re on the topic let’s take a moment to talk about the male cast in the show.
The males in this show, with the exception of Okonogi, are down right belligerent. Constantly spouting sexist obscenities every chance they get, which is the creative way to highlight the gender inequalities in the workplace. Dragon Pilot tackles the subject very well by not only making the male cast, namely Zaito, learn as the show progresses.
The moral of the story is not to give up your passions for Love, but to involve your passions into your love. Amakasu realizes this and manages to not only fly with Masotan again, but retains her love for Okonogi, a difficult balance to achieve. It’s at this point in the story where she finds her identity and teaches the viewer something about being an adult that other forms of media can’t. There are no clear cut answers, or short cuts you can take. Sometimes people understand what they want and sometimes it’s a complete guessing game. The only way you’re going to find your place in this world is by taking chances and doing things outside of your comfort zone. No one lives a happy life doing what they love by playing it safe. Sometimes the quality of your whole life can depend on just asking one simple question. Also, Mayumi is best girl.
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