Genre: Historical Fantasy
Season: Fall 2016
Premiere Date: October 7, 2016
Hellsing creator Kouta Hirano began his Drifters manga in Shonengahosha’s YOUNG KING OURS magazine in 2009. A promotional video for the manga was included with the HELLSING OVA X anime in 2012 and a full television anime adaptation was announced in March 2015. The story of Drifters follows the conflict between Drifters, a group made up of historical heroes and leaders, and Ends, who are magic-using, malice-filled non-humans taken from history.
In the year 1600, the great, decisive Battle of Sekigahara was underway…The commander of the Shimazu clan who ruled over the Satsuma Domain Toyohisa Shimazu escaped from the place he was supposed to die after a fighting withdraw. Wandering alone in the mountains for a period of time, battered by the rain, he eventually found himself in a hallway-like room with an infinite number of doors. Almost immediately after asking the mysterious man residing there named Murasaki where he was, Toyohisa was thrown to the other side of one of the stone doors.
…He arrived in Orte, another world ruled by the state in which humans and demi-humans–beings not considered people–live amongst each other. Alongside other war heroes throughout history who drifted to Orte (including Nobunaga Oda, Yoichi Nasu No), Toyohisa dashes through the battlefield in the other world, his warrior spirit never wavering!
Voice: Yuichi Nakamura
However, he was transported to another world by Murasaki after he escaped the place he was supposed to die. With an excellent sense when it comes to warfare and daring and courageous personality, he does not hesitate to attack, even when his life is at risk. He also has a chivalrous spirit, as he believes that rewards will come to the righteous and resentment will come to those who do bad deeds.
Voice: Naoya Uchida
His war tactics are just as strong as ever in the other world. He uses his resourcefulness to assist Toyohisa and his team not only on the battlefield, but in other areas as well.
Yoichi Nasu No
Voice: Mitsuki Saiga
A warrior with extraordinary skill with a bow, he was talented enough to shoot a fan placed on a ship swaying in the waves at the Battle of Yashima. After being sent to the other world, he makes a base alongside Nobunaga. His appearance is so beautiful that he sometimes gets mistaken for a woman.
Voice: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
He has a frank personality, and he has a habit of saying “idiot” and “you dumbass.”
Voice: Yutaka Aoyama
He shows some feebleness due to his old age, but he gains back his vigour as a seasoned commander and gives advice to Nobunaga and his other comrades. He is constantly bickering with his rival Scipio. His favorite food is raspberries.
Voice: Hiroshi Yanak
He has been under the protection of Oct since coming to Orte.
Voice: Daisuke Ono
Even in the other world, he works alongside Kid. His weapons are two pistols.
Voice: Wataru Takagi
Even in the other world, he works alongside Butch. His weapon of choice is a Gatling gun.
Voice: Mitsuru Miyamoto
Voice: Kanae Ito
|Crunchyroll||North America, South America (subtitled)|
|Funimation||North America, South America (English dub)|
|Ani-Gamer, Mighty Japan Channel||Taiwan|
|Aniplus||Southeast Asia, South Korea|
Original Work: Kouta Hirano (Serialized in YOUNG KING OURS)
Director: Kenichi Suzuki
Series Composition/Scripts: Hideyuki Kurata
Scripts: Yosuke Kuroda
Character Design/Animation Director: Ryoji Nakamori
Art Director: Kenichi Tatefuji (SEE THROU STUDIO)
CG Director: Tomoyuki Takae (lucky pictures inc)
CG Producer: Garyo Tanaka (FelixFilm)
Color Key: Haruko Nobori (Hiyori)
Color Key Assistance: Ryoji Nagasawa
Director of Photography: Yasuhiko Abe (Raretrick)
Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Music: Yasushi Ishii/Hayato Matsuo
Ending Theme Song: Maon Kurosaki
Setting Research: Seiichi Shirato
Caligraphy Design: Setta
Animation Production: HOODS DRIFTERS STUDIO
Yuichi Nakamura as Toyohisa Shimazu
Naoya Uchida as Nobunaga Oda
Mitsuki Saiga as Yoichi Nasu No
Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Naoshi Kanno
Yutaka Aoyama as Hannibal Barca
Hiroshi Yanaka as Scipio Africanus
Daisuke Ono as Butch Cassidy
Wataru Takagi as Sundance Kid
Taiten Kusunoki as Kokuo
Junko Minagawa as Jeanne D’Arc
Kenji Nomura as Gilles de Rai
Junko Kitanishi as Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova
Masahiko Tanaka as Rasputin
Hiroki Yasumoto as Toshizo Hijikata
Takahiro Sakurai as Haruakira Abe No
Shiho Kokido as Ormine
Masakazu Nishida as Caffet
Mitsuru Miyamoto as Murasaki
Kanae Ito as EASY
Akira Ishida as Minamotono Kuro Hogan Yoshitsune
© KOUTA HIRANO/SHONENGAHOSHA/DRIFTERS Committee