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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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c.72 by Animeace Scans 3 months ago
c.71v2 by INP-Mangaz 7 months ago
c.71 by INP-Mangaz 7 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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

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3 topics, 14 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (505 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.19 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 2nd 2018, 2:05am 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 #446 decreased(-4)
Monthly Pos #590 increased(+146)
3 Month Pos #821 decreased(-132)
6 Month Pos #846 decreased(-53)
Year Pos #836 increased(+129)

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Drifters Manga by Hellsing's Hirano Has Anime in the Works over 3 years ago
Theories over 7 years ago
Drifters Chapter 6 over 9 years ago

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Very similar to hellsing in almost every aspect   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Seregosa
September 26th, 2018, 3:07pm
This is a fairly good manga, no doubt about that, the art style is great, the drawings and story is full of vibrant energy and everything is high-paced. The frequent comedic relief is sorely needed for this author, otherwise the story would honestly be just average. It's just about famous historical figures getting transported to a parallel universe by two god-like beings. These two god-like beings are seemingly playing around, one is dark and sends historical figures who has huge reasons for having grudges against humanity who is the "enemy side" and tries to annihilate either the entire world or the human race, the other side is just random historical figures who either loves war, is connected to wars or has other qualities that makes them useful there. They're on the human/demi-human side. Now these people fight against each other in a huge war. Well, that's pretty much it, with a wacky main cast that are eccentric to say the least.

Pretty much a copy of everything that made hellsing into hellsing with a different setting.

Well, I can't really rate it higher than 7/10 though, that's the absolute highest I was able to feel that this work deserved. There are too many issues with this author's writing style which is similar to the issues in hellsing.

First of all, there a lot of unnecessary dialogue that fulfills no real purpose other than fill up space and look cool. Then we have the characters, they're all pretty much insane in one way or another. There's no sanity or logic to be found here, both the enemy and ally side are freaking morons. It doesn't make much sense and is way too chaotic to be called a good story.

One feels completely and utterly disconnected to the character cast, just like in hellsing. I couldn't care less if any of the characters died, I have no attachment to any of them and I feel nothing for them, be it enemies or allies. They feel empty and quite honestly kinda boring in a way. You won't find any good storytelling or anything that would make you actually care about what's happening, it's just fairly interesting to see it play out. None of the characters have any great motivations and they're all very shallow, beginning and ending at being lunatics who runs around and does stuff for fun or some code they live by, they don't truly have any intriguing personalities.

The author makes things up as he goes and nothing is ever truly explained, it seems more like he writes whatever he wants and makes it up as he goes with no great plan. Nothing is really revealed about anyone until the critical moment. Who is the two people behind the scenes? What is the motivations of all these people? Why are they doing anything? What happened to them in the mind of the author to cause their current convictions? Who is that guy that looks like the shadowed murderer from a detective drama? How did some people gain powers? What system does that world run by? What background story does the world have? What of its people? Seriously, you won't find the answer to ANYTHING. It's just a chaotic story with no major thought put into it. There's battles everywhere, some people pop up and can use powers, things have or is happening but we don't know why or how. The readers just have to accept that it exists but it's not even introduced properly, as an example, we just find out that these people have powers when they use them, or maybe that this guy is almost immortal for some reason and then he turns into ashes, but why? What are they, or he/she? So many unanswered questions that will never be answered, just like in hellsing. It's frustrating, but since the author manages to make one feel completely disconnected from everyone, it doesn't feel that annoying because you don't really care about them or the story that much. I've never seen an author that is better at making the readers give absolutely zero f*cks whatsoever about the characters and what happens in their story.

There's tons of gore, but once again, it doesn't feel even remotely real and even someone who've never read stuff with gore in it wouldn't necessarily be disturbed by it, it's like watching straw dolls be killed, who cares? This author should never write any true horror stuff, he doesn't have what it takes, not even a little bit. The only thing he can write is hotchpot stories with paper thin characters, no real plot, some comedy and lots of chaos and insanity that truly can't let readers be immersed and absorbed. Anything more than that is clearly not possible.

Not saying that his stories are truly bad, I like them, but they're not something I feel immersed and absorbed into, they're not something that makes me feel desperate for the next chapter, nor are they clever or creative. If I had to say what makes them pretty good, it's the uniqueness. The insanity, the chaos, that everything just moves forward with lots of violence and nothing deep that would make you stop and wonder. It's chaos, yet it somehow works. It's still interesting and you don't get bored. That's the best part, how it isn't boring and won't get boring after reading for several dozen chapters. This guy is one of those rare authors that have managed to find their own styles that pretty much no one else offers. It's not necessarily awesome, but it's good and since it deviates from other works, it feels fresh and interesting even for those who have read thousands of novels, manga and anime.

I feel that this work might be more deserving of a 6/10 while thinking of all the flaws, but since it manages to entertain and not get boring nonetheless, it gets a 7/10.
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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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