Volume 01
Author: HIRANO Kouta
Original Run: April 30, 2009 - Ongoing
Published by: Young King Ours (Shonen Gahosha)
Volumes: 3+ (44+ Chapters)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Historical, Seinen
Drifters (ドリフターズ, Dorifutazu) is a fantasy, alternate history Japanese manga written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. The manga started serialization in Shonen Gahosha's magazine, Young King Ours on April 30, 2009. It centers on various historical figures summoned to an unknown world where their skills and techniques are needed by magicians in order to save their worlds from total destruction. It is licensed in North America by Dark Horse Comics.


Shimazu Toyohisa, while involved at the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically wounded in the process. As he walks from the field wounded and bleeding, Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors, where a bespectacled man at a desk waits for him. This man, Murasaki, sends Toyohisa into the nearest door where he wakes up in another world. There, Toyohisa meets other great warriors like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as "Drifters". This world contains both native humans and a number of fantastical races, including elves, dwarves, and hobbits. However, the world is at war, with the humans waging a losing war against another group of great warriors, the "Ends", who wish to take over the world and kill all of the Drifters. Under the Ends' command are many terrible creatures, including dragons, which they use to destroy everything in their wake. At the start of the series, the Ends' army has control of the northern part of the continent, and are currently trying to invade the south through a pivotal fortress at the northernmost tip of a nation called Carneades. Meanwhile, the "Octobrist Organization", a group of human magicians native to this world, attempt to bring together the many individual Drifters to save their world from the brutal Ends.

Volume GuideEdit


# Release date Volume
1 July 7, 2010 Japan August 31, 2011 American Volume 1
Synopsis: AD 1600. The final battle to control Japan's future is being waged. Shimazu Toyohisa sets his sights on the opposing general's head in an all-out assault on enemy forces. On the edge of death, a door to another world opens and swallows Shimazu. He awakens in a place that is not here, in a time that is not now, where the strongest samurai from the period of warring provinces in Japan are brought to a new world of war where elves, dragons, goblins, and other warrior "Drifters" snatched from Earth's history are used as chess pieces in a endless game of blood, destruction, and madness.
Volume 01
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2 October 13, 2011 Japan July 25, 2012 American Volume 2
Synopsis: Heroes from Earth's history are mysteriously deposited in an enchanted world where humans subjugate the nonhuman races. Samurai warriors Shimazu Toyohisa and Oda Nobunaga aid the elves in their struggle against tyranny and enslavement, but an even greater threat grows in the North, where the Black King and his Ends have set out to decimate the planet. And yet, sometimes chaos creates opportunity, and Nobunaga has his own visions of conquest!
Volume 02
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3 March 18, 2013 Japan March 12, 2014 American Volume 3
Synopsis: In an enchanted world, heroes plucked from Earth's history - "Drifters" - face off in battle to determine the future of this mystical calm in the face of the onslaught of the malefic Dark Lord and his own Earth warriors. Allied with the native elves, samurai warrior Shimazu Toyohisa forges a daring plan: form an alliance between elves and dwarves, the elves' generational enemies! From Hellsing creator Kohta Hirano, Drifters is an all-out fantasy slugfest of epic proportion!
Volume 03
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4 October 27, 2014 Japan August 9, 2017 American Volume 4
Volume 04
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5 June 6, 2016 Japan January 9, 2018 American

Volume 5

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Chapters not yet in tankōbon formatEdit