Drifters Anime Sequel Casts Tomoaki Maeno as Shylock VIII

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Episodes 13, 14 ship on BD on December 23

The official website for the Drifters anime revealed on Saturday that Tomoaki Maeno will play Banzelmashin Shylock VIII in the sequel. The website also revealed a visual for the new character.

In addition, the website revealed details of the home video release of the anime's episodes 13 and 14. The episodes will ship on Blu-ray Disc in regular and limited-edition versions on December 23. The limited edition will cost 6,800 yen (about US$60) and include an outer case illustrated by manga creator Kouta Hirano, a jacket illustrated by character designer and chief animation director Ryoji Nakamori, a bonus video, a drama CD, a 72-page booklet, and a "mystery disc." The regular edition will cost 5,800 yen (US$51).

AbemaTV will stream the 13th episode and a retrospective digest for the anime. The website will announce the premiere date later. In addition, the anime will have a booth at the Uzumasa Jyouraku Matsuri event in Kyoto on November 18-19.

Director Kenichi Suzuki said in September that the sequel anime series would start with a release of episodes 13 and 14 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Suzuki added that episode 13 will feature a dispute between Saint-Germi and Nobunaga. The December issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine will reveal more information about the sequel when it ships on October 30.

The 12th and final episode of the Drifters television anime in December featured an end card that teased a second season in "20XX." The final episode also showed an end card for "Act 13 Rewrite."

The anime premiered in Japan in October 2016. Funimation has acquired the home video, video on demand, broadcast distribution, and streaming rights for the anime from NBCUniversal. Crunchyroll streamed the series with English subtitles, and it describes the series:

From the creator and team behind Hellsing comes a thrilling story where history and fantasy collide. Shimazu Toyohisa, a famous samurai who fought in the historical Battle of Sekigahara, is transported to another world when only moments from death. From that moment on, he becomes part of a group known as “Drifters” and is forced to battle against other legendary warriors in an ultimate death game.

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

Source: Comic Natalie

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