Kuutei Dragons
Drifting Dragons
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Kuutei Dragons

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Synonyms: Airborne Dragons
Japanese: 空挺ドラゴンズ
English: Drifting Dragons
Spanish: Drifting Dragons
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Jun 7, 2016 to ?
Genres: Adventure Adventure, Fantasy Fantasy
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: good! Afternoon
Authors: Kuwabara, Taku (Story & Art)


Score: 7.491 (scored by 21892,189 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #30892
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1651
Members: 12,171
Favorites: 133

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Drifting Dragons
Volume 1


Mika is a draker on the airship Quin Zaza. He earns his livelihood hunting the whales of the sky—dragons! The beautiful beasts are flying treasure troves, providing food and materials, and the Quin Zaza is among the last draking vessels. Mika's not just a talented hunter; he's also a gourmand with a refined palette and a taste for the exotic. Between his duties aboard the ship, his ambitions as an eater, and his new job training the rookie dragon hunter Takita, Mika's days are never boring. But even with the lively crew of the Quin Zaza as his family, the nomadic life of a draker can be lonely and dangerous...

(Source: Kodansha USA)


Kuutei Dragons has been digitally published in English as Drifting Dragons by Kodansha Comics USA since December 5, 2017, and it has also been simulpub. The series has also been released in Spanish by Milky Way Ediciones since October 25, 2018.

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Jan 27, 2018
Preliminary (35/? eps)
This is only a preliminary review, as just two volumes have been released in English at the time of writing, but 'Drifting Dragons' is my favorite new manga released in 2017.

It's too early to make a judgement call on the story, as so far it's been largely episodic and it's a bit early to tell if Drifting Dragons will stay on that path or it's just setting up the story world before diving into a major, central narrative. The story world itself is quite creative, a fantastical version of the 19th century where airship crews hunt dragons in the same way Nantucket sailors used to ...
Sep 9, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (50/? eps)
After reading 50 chapters in 9 volumes, I felt somehow compelled to write a review. This review may contain light spoilers and also, I will not talk about the "glorification of whaling" as this is neither a problem I see in this manga, nor should it influence my review for now.

To put it simplay, Kuutei Dragons had a good shot at being truly great, but sadly missed it. The best quality of this manga is its art/ artstyle, which comes across as lively and brimming during almost all of the chapters I read. In addition to that, the Cover arts are amazing and I ...
Jul 6, 2019
Preliminary (6/? eps)
I usually don't write reviews, but I felt compelled to write one about this out of principle.

Kuutei Dragons is a not very well disguised fantasy / glamorization of whaling ships, with "dragons" (these dragons have, uh, tentacles?) as fantasy whales that the crew of an airship hunts and butchers for meat and oil (ie. cooking and lamp fuel, etc – again, this manga isn't exactly subtle). Given that Japan is one of the few nations that still practices illegal whaling (and dolphin hunting), I found this pretty distasteful.

The art is pretty good. The story and characters aren't really anything to write home about. You could ...

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