Drifters OVA Previewed in Video

NBC Universal Anime began streaming two promotional videos on Saturday for the anime DVD that will ship with the fifth compiled volume of Kouta Hirano's Drifters manga. The DVD will have a 36-minute edited version of the first and second episodes of the upcoming Drifters television anime adaptation. The videos show the same animation with different narration, and both play the song "feel-it" by Yasushi Ishii.

The volume will ship on June 6 for 1,600 yen (about US$15) plus tax.

The television anime is slated for this year.

The anime stars

Yūichi Nakamura as Shimazu Toyohisa Naoya Uchida as Oda Nobunaga Mitsuki Saiga as Nasu no Yoichi Takahiro Sakurai as Abe no Seimei Shiho Kokido as Olminu Masakazu Nishida as Kafeto Junko Minagawa as Jeanne d'Arc Kenji Nomura as Gilles de Rais Junko Kitanishi as Anastasia Masahiko Tanaka as Rasputin Hiroki Yasumoto as Hijikata Toshizo Mitsuru Miyamoto as Murasaki

(Historical Japanese names are listed family name first here, while modern names are listed given name first.)

The story of the manga centers around Shimazu Toyohisa, the 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.

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

The manga already inspired a short that was bundled with the 10th and final volume of the Hellsing Ultimate video anime series in 2012. (Hirano created the original Hellsing action manga, just as he did for Drifters.)