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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: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.891 (scored by 275121275,121 users)
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Ranked: #7942
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #384
Members: 571,826
Favorites: 4,046

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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 challenging the Ends protecting the land to claim it for themselves.

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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)


Feb 25, 2024
Yes! Yes! Yes! This is what the fuck I’m talking about! Yes! This is entertainment!

Kouta Hirano has made many unsuccessful attempts at grabbing the attention of the mainstream audience. His first big hit was the Hellsing manga. Drifters is his new project. Warriors from all eras are summoned into this parallel world to fight. You get to see characters such as Oda Nobunaga (of course, wouldn’t be an anime with historical characters without good ol’ Nobu), Hannibal Barca, Butch Cassidy, Scipio Africanus, Joan of Arc (again, of course), Grigori Rasputin, and many others.

I cannot describe how much fun this series is. It’s an action-packed thriller ...
Mar 30, 2024
Mixed Feelings
You notice the familiarity with Kouta Hirano's "Hellsing", the style, the gags, the themes.

• The plot is relatively straightforward with it being a large-scale war fought by two opposing sides. The Drifters along with the support of the Octobrist organisation are pitted against the Ends led by the notorious Black King. The Black King whose identity is shrouded in mystery, vows to destroy the world completely by erasing all types of civilizations to form his new empire. What makes this experience incredible, is that the characters in it, are real historical figures, otherwise, it would have been one of the usual military, isekai, historical anime.
May 13, 2024
This show has so many interesting building blocks and does absolutely nothing with them.

The show is so clumsy in its handling of historical figures that it strips any interest that the characters had, and spends more time praising ADOLF HITLER than criticising him. These real iconic historical figures become grating, surface-level, and uninteresting action figures.

There are so many attempts at comedy, but almost all of them fall flat. They bring the pacing to a standstill just to make sexist, homophobic, or gross-out jokes. The sexism and homophobia also extend to the character designs and treatment of the female characters in story. (They make ...

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