Funimation recently announced that they have acquired the streaming and home video rights to the new TV anime adaptation of Kouta Hirano’s Drifters manga. Hirano’s follow up to Hellsing has been running since 2009 and much of the same staff from the Hellsing OVA series are returning to adapt Drifters for television. The first two episodes of the new series came bundled with the latest volume of the manga in Japan; but those of us who didn’t get to pick that up will have to wait until they air this October.
Funimation will begin streaming Drifters soon after it begins airing in Japan this fall and to get people hyped about the new series, they have posted a 6-minute teaser for the series on Youtube.
I’ve been a big fan of Hirano’s work for a long time and the staff that created the Hellsing OVA series was a perfect choice for animating Hirano’s work. The six-minute teaser for Drifters looks great and I can’t wait to check out the rest of the show when it airs!