In this episode, Sabu & Ichi take on a gang that is smuggling opium from Nagasaki, and using it to run an opium den in Edo. The gang all wear masks, but Sabu slashes one of their masks open and catches a glimpse of one of them…if only he could remember why the man looks so familiar…?
This is a joint project with Hokuto no Gun, check out their website here.
Ametuchi recently pointed out how Sabu and Ichi was made smack in the middle of the 60s protest years, and often talks about social issues under the guise of an old timey story. Opiate addiction was a big problem back then, and of course these days it has returned with a vengeance thanks to Purdue Pharma and their aggressive, deceptive marketing of OxyContin (there’s a very good expose on this in the LA Times, which you can read here.)