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Sunday, June 7, 2009

New Flavors: Drifters

by Hirano Kouta
The story of Drifters takes place during Japan's Sengoku period (roughly XV to XVII century), a time of constant warring between the island's states, and a natural setting of choice for samurai stories.

So Orange ~

I checked this out mainly for the following reasons: (1) The SENGOKU period thing. Reminds me of Sengoku Basara. Me likey. (2) I've heard that it's also by the mangaka who did Hellsing. And I really really like Hellsing! (3) Story seems interesting.

After reading the first two chapters . . . the art was awesome but for some reason it didn't appeal to me much. The same goes for the story, but it didn't get me intrigued like Hellsing had. Though I admit I still find the story pretty interesting.

It got me really curious on how the heck the main character can still go GAR and survive even with such severe injurues. Is he an immortal or something? And when he ended up in a room with some guy on a desk, I thought he was brought to a place like heaven because he died. But apparently, he still lives and even got transported to a different world. What exactly are the "Drifters"? What's the reason for them to get stranded on a world with elves?

So many things not clearly explained in these first two chapters that I hope will be revealed in the later ones. I especially want to find out more about the other two new characters. They seem more interesting to me compare to the leading character.

In summary, it didn't get me that intrigued but it made me curious enough to be interested on the next chapter. Though I doubt it'll be considered a priority. Nonetheless, I believe fans who like seinen manga, with all these GAR samurai (and possibly supernatural) elements stuff may appreciate it. I don't find it as violent as Hellsing though, but it's pretty close. Hehe.

Plot Source: Baka-Updates


galimagery said...

lol I was gonna completely skip out on reading this manga, but then you said the words 'same mangaka who did Hellsing' and I was a goner.

Yeah, I'm not terribly impressed so far either, (but this may be a bias since I'm on anti-shounen/seinen mode these days) and I agree that the two new characters seem way more interesting than our lead guy. Particularly the girl, I like the look in her eyes. =D I'll probably check out a chapter or two if I remember to.

Sapphire Pyro said...

because the mangaka was also the one who did hellsing is what forced me to check it out xD haha!

same here. I hope the two other characters will be interesting. might check out a chapter or two when I remember too. but if they fail to appeal to me, dropping x_x

Aksharack said...

Same here; like everyone, I read it because Kouta Hirano did it.

Honastly its pretty bad. First thing, he drew it exactally the same way he drew later chapters of hellsing... heavy black backgrounds, spooky faces... but this is supposed to be a period manga! The main lead is drawn alot like alucard, which is not how a HUMAN samurai should look.

The personalities have the same problem.. they all act like insane monsters for no reason! Its like Hirano forgot he wasn't still writing Hellsing.

Oh yes, and the plot makes no sense even 6 chapters in.

total dissapointment.

Sapphire Pyro said...

@ Aksharack
I don't see what's wrong for a period manga having black background and spooky faces. I find it more awesome that way. It's like a combo of history and horror~ And horror comes together with insanity. Haha!

I'm not updated to this but for me it got better from chapter 2 onwards. I don't know about the latest chapters though . . .

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