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Crunchyroll partners with GoArmy for season 2 of 'My Freedom Education'

“Propoganda is for communists. This is just art, hippie,” Vice Corporal Martin Shoehorn said, twiddling his cat ears. I am speaking with the Head Recruiter of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the U.S. Army about his involvement in the newest season of America’s favorite shonen anime, “My Freedom Education.” Though everyone has likely binged it thrice by now, I’ll go over what it’s about. In the world of “My Freedom,” 80 percent of the population has joined the armed forces in some way, granted with fantastic martial abilities. At the top of the military society is the famous Big Bird, who is a humanoid bald eagle with the powers of flight, super-strength, and advanced interrogation. His biggest fan is our protagonist, Can-Do Greentop, who was born with no rank. To make up for this, he spends every moment watching Live-Leak videos of Big Bird in action, learning all his moves and catchphrases.

But everything changes when he meets his idol in the flesh while on a field trip to the Mexican border. Can-Do is kidnapped by the cartel and promptly saved by his hero, after Big Bird spends about half the episode securing contraband for the U.S. government. From that day forward, Can-Do, on recommendation from Big Bird, enrolls in the world famous military school, U.S. Academy.

“We wanted to reach out to the newest generation of Army recruits. Normally, skinny dudes scoff at the armed forces because they seem like a bunch of unfun grunts. But in 'My Freedom Academia,' we have found a way to make even sweaty weebs like the military,” Shoehorn said, now lazily spinning a Rasenshuriken fidget spinner. The recruiter and new Eren-stan is right. Over the last few years the recruitment department of the Army has released one manga (a yaoi about two privates called “My Privates”), one webtoon (an isekai about a guy who gets stuck in a shooting simulator called “Gun Method Internet”) and of course, “My Freedom.”

Beyond the realm of recruitment, the Army has also developed new military technology inspired by the Land of the Rising Sun and its idols. “Using hard-light projectors, we can actually beam a vocaloid directly onto the battlefield. Her name is Georgia Washing-chan, and she knows over three hundred songs and two thousand ways to bomb a hospital,” DARPA engineer and Sailor Moon cosplayer Douglas Bergstrom quoted.

Clearly the future is bright for both jar-heads and japanophiles. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a conscription to fulfill and a Crunchyroll subscription to update.