Drifters: Battle in a Brand-New World War : Review
Genre: Action, Science Fantasy
Written by: Kouta Hirano
Published by: Shonen Gahosha
Original run: April 30, 2009-present
Anime Television Series
Directed by: Kenichi Suzuki
Written by: Hideyuki Kurata & Yōsuke Kuroda
Music by: Yasushi Ishii & Hayato Matsuo
Producers: Hoods Entertainment, NBC Universal Entertainment Japan, Shounen Gahousha
Licensors: FUNimation Entertainment
Studios: Hoods Drifters Studio
Original run: October 7, 2016 – present
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
As the name drifters suggest wandering person moving from place to place without any fixed destination, this anime is about the historical person who has been a great warrior/leader in his/her lifetime. These great historical figures are summoned to unknown mysterious world where not only human lives but also consist elves, dwarves and hobbits who known as demihumans.
Drifter’s anime centers around two major categories of characters i.e. Drifters and Ends. Drifters and Ends are people who are summoned to unknown mysterious world. Drifters are protagonist and ends are antagonist who has forsaken humanity.
After watching first episode of Drifters, I believe that Shimazu Toyohisa is the main protagonist of the anime. Toyohisa is involved in a war at Sekigahara against Eastern Army Commander Fukushima later supported by Li Naomasa General of Eastern Army Commander. Toyohisa, in order to save his uncle, gets heavily injured but also mortally wound li Naomasa General of Eastern Army. As the Eastern Army flee with General Naomasa, Toyohisa tries to return to Satsuma with disappointment found himself in the corridor in front of a mysterious person (Murasaki) reading Newspaper where “Battle of Sekigahara is over” is mentioned. The mysterious person says “Next” and Toyohisa got sucked into the closest weird door. After that, two children elves found Toyohisa and take him to the deserted castle. I believe the world where Toyohisa is teleported is completely different world.
In the deserted castle, Toyohisa met a middle aged man and young lady who claimed that they are Nobunaga and Nasu Suke Taka Yoichi. According to Toyohisa, Nobunaga was long dead 18 years ago and Yoichi 400 years ago. They find very difficult that those three people from different timeline are in one place.
The world where Nobunaga, Yoichi and Toyohisa are summoned is completely different world where not only human lives but demihuman also lives such as elves, hobbits and dwarves. In this world, demihumans are like servant to humans as they have lost war against humans. Currently, in this world the war is waged between humans of this world and ends. Ends are also summoned from world same as Toyohisa but they have forsaken humanity in their lifetime and who has died in unorthodox and violent circumstances and possess supernatural power. The commander of ends is Black King who once tried to save humanity but disregarded by humans start war against humans to completely destroy human beings and save demihumans.
In Drifters anime, most mysterious character are Murasaki and Easy who are responsible for summoning drifters and ends and their true identity and power are not revealed yet. Besides, there also exist octobrist organization composed of humans known as magicians and whose purpose to monitor and gather drifters to fight against ends.
The most interesting feature of this anime is that it has the real time characters acting as protagonist in anime. Toyohisa, Nobunaga and Yoichi are the historical figures of Japan. In late 16th century, Oda Nobunaga was a powerful daimyo of Japan who attempted to unify Japan during Sengoku period. Toyohisa was a member of Shimazu Clan who served in Battle of Kyushu under his uncle. Yoichi was a samurai who fought for Minamoto clan in the Genpei War and is particularly famous in Battle of Yashima in 1184. Besides, all of the major characters are very intense and most of them act crazy which is very fun to watch. This is one of the best anime for those people who love to watch crazy fight scene involving blood or gore type anime.