Funimation Presents "Drifters" Anime's Opening Five Minutes With English Subtitles

TV anime coming this fall

Announced at the annual Industry Panel at Anime Expo 2016, Funimation revealed that they have acquired exclusive international rights to home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution for Drifters, the new anime based on the manga by Hellsing creator Kouta Hirano. Before the fall premiere of the TV anime a special edition of the manga's fifth volume, out on June 6, presented with a 36-minute version of the first two episodes, and Funimation has shared an English subtitled version of the five-minute preview. 


From the creator and team behind Hellsing, comes a thrilling story where history and fantasy collide!

Streaming October 2016 on FunimationNow!

Based off the manga published by Dark Horse Comics that has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide in five different languages. Nominated for the 4th and 5th Manga Taisho Awards in Japan, an honor shared with huge hit series such as My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, Assassination Classroom, and One Punch Man.



Jojo's Bizarre Adventure/Stardust Crusaders series director Kenichi Suzuki helms the production with Hideyuki Kurata (Grisaia, Maria the Virgin Witch, NananaThe World Only God Knows) and Yousuke Yuroda (High School of the Dead, Gundam 00) writing series composition.


Cast includes


Shimazu Toyohisa - Yūichi Nakamura

Oda Nobunaga - Naoya Uchida

Nasu no Yoichi - Mitsuki Saiga 

Hannibal: Yutaka Aoyama
Scipio: Hiroshi Yanaka



Jeanne d'Arc: Junko Minagawa

Gilles de Rais: Kenji Nomura

Anastasia: Junko Kitanishi

Rasputin: Masahiko Tanakai

Toshizo Hijikata: Hiroki Yasumoto

Black King: Taiten Kusunoki


Abe no Seimei - Takahiro Sakura

Olminu -Shiho Kokido 

Ham - Masakazu Nishida 


Plus, the folks pulling the string

Murasaki: Mitsuru Miyamoto

EASY: Kanae Ito



Staff listing includes

Director: Kenichi Suzuki
Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata
Screenplay: Yousuke Kuroda, Hideyuki Kurata
Character Design & Chief Animation Director: Ryouji Nakamori 
Setting Research: Seiichi Shirato
Art Director: Ken'ichi Tatefuji
CG Producer: Garyo Tanaka
CG Director: Tomohisa Takae
Color Key: Haruko Nobori
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Letter Design: Setta
Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose


The manga is released in North America by Dark Horse. 


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime

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