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Drifters TV Anime Reveals Maon Kurosaki's Ending Song, Bonus Short Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Blu-ray box ships on December 24 with unaired footage, short anime, 2 CDs, more

The advance screening for the television anime of Kouta Hirano's Drifters manga featured several announcements on Sunday. Maon Kurosaki is performing the ending theme song, just as she had for an anime of another Hirano manga, Hellsing.

The special limited-pressing Blu-ray Box will go on sale on December 24 for 35,000 yen (about $341) plus tax. It will include the complete edition of all 12 episodes (with added unaired footage planned). The special limited pressing will also include an exclusive box illustrated by Hirano, a 200-page animation sketch collection by chief animation director Ryoji Nakamori, a 52-page booklet, a bonus extras disc, a two-CD original soundtrack, and a form for advance ticket sales for an event.

The bonus extras disc will contain a short anime "Kokuō-sama O-Ranshin," promotional videos, and other materials. "Kokuō-sama O-Ranshin" is also the title of the manga shorts published at the end of the main manga's book volumes. People who pre-order the box from participating retailers before November 6 will receive an exclusive illustration card set.

In Japan, the anime will exclusively stream on the AbemaTV service at the same time the anime airs on Japanese television, starting on October 7 at 11:00 p.m. Eight theaters throughout Japan will screen episodes of the anime on October 22 (episodes 1-4), November 19 (5-8), and December 22 (9-12). The cast will appear at a tentatively titled "Maihama no Jin ~Kubi-Oite Yume no Kuni Ittekoiya" event at the Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba on April 2, 2017. The Blu-ray box will include a form to apply for advance tickets sales for the event.

The story of the manga centers around Shimazu Toyohisa, the real-life samurai who fought in the pivotal Battle of Sekigahara. In his dying moments, Shimazu is transported to a world of magic with other famous warriors throughout history. These warriors are forced to fight each other in an endless battle.

The previously announced cast members include:

Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Kuroko's Basketball's Kazunari takao) as the pilot Naoshi Kanno

Daisuke Ono (Attack on Titan's Erwin Smith) as Wild Bunch gang founder Butch Cassidy

Wataru Takagi (Naruto Shippūden's Tobi) as Wild Bunch gang member Sundance Kid

Akira Ishida (Neon Genesis Evangelion's Kaworu Nagisa) as Genkrou Hangan Yoshitsune

The anime celebrates the 70th anniversary of Shonengahosha, the publisher of the original manga. Kenichi Suzuki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders series director) is directing the anime. Hideyuki Kurata (The World God Only Knows, Tokyo Ravens, Maria the Virgin Witch) is handling the series composition and writing the scripts. Yousuke Kuroda (Hellsing Ultimate, Gungrave) is also writing the scripts along with Kurata. Ryoji Nakamori (Hellsing Ultimate) is designing the characters and also serving as chief animation director.

The anime will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX on October 7. Funimation has acquired the home video, video on demand, broadcast distribution, and streaming rights for the anime from NBCUniversal. Funimation already announced that the anime will consist of 12 episodes.

Thanks to Helen H. for the news tip

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