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Synonyms: Drifters: Battle in a Brand-new World War
Japanese: DRIFTERS
English: Drifters
Spanish: Drifters: Battle in a Brand-new World War
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2016 to Dec 23, 2016
Premiered: Fall 2016
Broadcast: Fridays at 23:00 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, GoreGore, HistoricalHistorical, IsekaiIsekai, MilitaryMilitary, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.891 (scored by 268479268,479 users)
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Ranked: #7732
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #379
Members: 556,957
Favorites: 3,995

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At the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Toyohisa Shimazu is the rearguard for his retreating troops, and is critically wounded when he suddenly finds himself in a modern, gleaming white hallway. Faced with only a stoic man named Murasaki and hundreds of doors on both sides, Toyohisa is pulled into the nearest door and into a world completely unlike his own.

The strange land is populated by all manner of fantastical creatures, as well as warriors from different eras of Toyohisa's world who were thought to be dead. Quickly befriending the infamous warlord Nobunaga Oda and the ancient archer Yoichi Suketaka Nasu, Toyohisa learns of the political unrest tearing through the continent. Furthermore, they have been summoned as "Drifters" to fight against the "Ends," people who are responsible for the creation of the Orte Empire and are trying to annihilate the Drifters. As the Ends grow more powerful, so does the Empire's persecution of elves and other demihumans. It is up to Toyohisa and his group of unconventional heroes to battle in a brand-new world war to help the Empire's subjects, while protecting the land to claim for themselves and challenging the Ends.

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Cook, Justin
Ueda, Yasuyuki
Ueda, Shinya
Herek, Samantha
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Opening Theme

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"Gospel Of The Throttle 狂奔REMIX ver." by Minutes Til Midnight

Ending Theme

1: "Vermillion" by Maon Kurosaki (eps 1-11)
2: "Rurou no Zakuro" by Yasushi Ishii (eps 12)


Dec 23, 2016
Drifters is the type of show that you’ll quickly realize what it is from the start. Anyone familiar with Kouta Hirano (known for his work “Hellsing”) will get a familiar vibe with the style of the series. If you fancy a fantasy story about extraordinary individuals coming together, then Drifters will be quite a treat.

Adapted from the manga of the same name, Drifters initially will leave the impression of a dark fantasy tale. The first few episodes easily establishes its premise as we meet the Drifters, the main protagonists of the show. They are based on historical figures who are based from their timeline. ...
Dec 23, 2016
Mixed Feelings
"FATALITY!" -Every Mortal Kombat game since 1992.


War is hell. We know this to be true by now. This also applies to the fact about there being a lot of "sent to another world" anime adaptations. You really need to do something really unique to stand out if you're one of these shows, and while I'd like to say that SAO and Re:Zero conditioned me to think otherwise, its obvious that their additions to the concept alone (bloodthirsty video game world and reset after death respectively) were what made them stand out, even if the actual concept, for most part does the exact opposite. ...
Jan 30, 2017
Ok, yes, I'm definitely in the minority here, but I REALLY didn't enjoy this anime. I should've seen the signs when it looked like a serious show, but had a 'comedy'-tag - a combination that almost never works – but here we are.
For now, I'll start with the things I liked about this anime... if only because getting through those is a LOT quicker, lol.

First off, I have to admit, Drifters occasionally had some pretty decent and interesting strategies & tactics in its battles. For example in one instance towards the middle, Nobunaga ordered the elves that they were trying to save to dump ...

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