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Shimazu Toyohisa, a 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.

Note: Nominated for the 4th and 5th Manga Taishou Awards.


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Latest Release(s)
c.72 by Animeace Scans 15 days ago
c.71v2 by INP-Mangaz 4 months ago
c.71 by INP-Mangaz 4 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 4, Chap 45

User Reviews

3 topics, 14 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (502 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.19 / 10.0
 29% (148 votes)
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 3% (13 votes)
 2% (9 votes)
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 2% (8 votes)

Last Updated
September 6th 2018, 12:20pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Lezhin Japan
Young King Ours (Shonen Gahosha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Dark Horse (5 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #441 decreased(-7)
Monthly Pos #388 increased(+337)
3 Month Pos #632 increased(+142)
6 Month Pos #733 increased(+42)
Year Pos #846 increased(+119)

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On 3260 reading lists
On 990 wish lists
On 110 unfinished lists
On 390 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Drifters Manga by Hellsing's Hirano Has Anime in the Works over 3 years ago
Theories over 7 years ago
Drifters Chapter 6 over 8 years ago

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It's a manga about warriors' madness   
Rating: N/A
by Laclongquan
May 12th, 2018, 7:11am
Oh, it hide the main points well. Nonsensical gags, jokes, mascot characters... It could blind you, just so the non-fans can read it.

But at the core it's about warriors' madness, and obsessions, and final dying wills. Drifters and Ends, at the end of the day, are just different about whether they are willing to draw the world to die along with themselves (Yes/No).
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Horrendous pacing.   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Jandalman
March 15th, 2018, 9:44pm
Yet another manga with far too few pages per chapter for a monthly/bi-monthly series. We're being drip fed the damn plot and one's patience can only last so long. Seriously I waited 3 months for 16 pages?!
Waste of my time.
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I gave up   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by ms_nobody
September 22nd, 2016, 11:52am
I really wanted to like this manga because I love art styles like this, but it's too jumbled up and confusing. I'm not bothered by the violence or gore.
The story telling is all over the place. The characters are static. I had to ignore the text and look at the art to flip the pages.
I can see why people who are in the mood for pointless action might like it along with history majors.
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Wasted potential   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Neofit
July 12th, 2015, 11:54am
This series absolutely sounds like it has the ingredients for a great and exciting story, but unfortunately it squanders them on nonsensical gags and idiotic motivations for characters. Instead of putting historical characters in interesting fantasy scenarios, to create great action, it uses them as set ups for unfunny jokes and stroking the ego of Japanese famous historical figures.
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Drifter Ultimate?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by JetGT
December 2nd, 2014, 4:46am
Where's the anime for this! I want to see it so here take my money! Ahem, yeah it just that awesome. I thought it was strange first few chapters, but it really grows on you. The story is unique and interesting. The characters are... well take bad asses from history and pitched them against each other and what you get?
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Thumbs Up   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MissModern
July 20th, 2014, 11:09pm
This is a history nerd's true heaven. Not only that, but for people, like me, who aren't as "educated" or "into" history as some, this will be enjoyable. Honestly, I enjoyed a lot of the references and jokes in here. It's seriously interesting, and I love the way the author integrated the character's past and habits in their plans/ideas. Amazing. 10/10 would recommend.

... Last updated on February 22nd, 2015, 4:49pm
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Epic Heroes Carnival   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rennov
May 26th, 2014, 11:14am
Yeah, in short this manga is the stage to show how epic of each hero based on their era. Epic, is for sure. Bloody battle in samurai style is everywhere around the mc.

In brief, enthralling epic bloody heroes stories... I'll give a ten

Edit: @silentanime... the hell?!! U maybe right?! After looking at his hands, maybe u got that right... very very very extreme character to be pulled of...

... Last updated on May 26th, 2014, 11:23am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by jfaerr
June 26th, 2013, 12:21pm
Time warp fantasy fusion type stories are always great, and Drifters is definately top class so far. The humor, action and plot are all quite excellent.

For those that may be interested in a similar yet equally interesting manga, I highly recommend "Gate".

PS: Nobunaga is a total boss in this series. Between him and the main protagonist the lulz just don't stop cool

... Last updated on June 26th, 2013, 12:28pm
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The MC is just another Monkey D. Luffy in another surreal world...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SilentAnime
April 12th, 2013, 9:48am
And that's why I love it!! the earlier chapters (just like some people below me say) are a bit weird to begin with, but after reading few more chapters you'll understand why the plot made like that. If you are a fan of history in general, I'm sure you'll lovin' it, since in the further chapters there'll some more surprises for you. And yeah, this is not your usual samurai story in sengoku era. IT IS MORE THAN THAT.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
After reading chapter 33, it makes me want to shout like: "Hey... Isn't that means the Black King is Jesus Christ?!"
Well, since he was died in angst just like the other "ends", It does make sense. But hell, only the Japanese dare to put something like this in their works that openly.

... Last updated on April 12th, 2013, 9:50am
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Awesome Hirano is awesome.   
Rating: N/A
by Mad_Scientist
March 19th, 2013, 4:04pm
Like people before have posted this is such an awesome manga. I don't about the others but when I was new to this series every chapter send chills down my spine like the kind you get when riding a roller coaster. The battle scenes are good but I prefer the personality and the facial expressions that the characters make. After reaching the latest chapter you would be pissed at Hirano for making this a monthly release.
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