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New Drifters Anime Episodes Previewed in 3rd Promo Video

posted on 2017-12-16 15:00 EST
Episodes ship on Blu-ray Disc in Japan on December 23

NBCUniversal began streaming a third promotional video on Friday for the 13th and 14th episodes of the Drifters anime.

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 (pictured below), 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).

Tomoaki Maeno joins the cast as Banzelmashin Shylock VIII in the sequel.

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 12th and final episode of the Drifters television anime in December 2016 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.


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