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Drifters


Alt Names: alt ドリフターズalt Başıboşlaralt 漂泊者alt Скитальцыalt التائهون
Author: Hirano Kouta
Artist: Hirano Kouta
Genres: Action ActionAdventure AdventureComedy ComedyDrama DramaFantasy FantasyHistorical HistoricalSeinen Seinen
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: The story of Drifters takes place during Japan's Sengoku period (roughly 15th to 17th century), a time of constant warring between the island's states, and a natural setting of choice for samurai stories. A young samurai on verge of death suddenly finds himself into another, fantastic world, alongside important military figures from history. How? Why? These questions remain unanswered.

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Vol.6 Ch.65 Read Online
Mavi Manga kaichou-chan A week ago
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Stay calm and don't give up territory unless absolutely required seems to be the theme for this release.

The title of the chapter is "yume-iro chaser" in Japanese, which is the title of the intro  song for a mecha anime titled Metal Armor Dragonar (thank you Super Robot Wars for introducing me to awesome mecha anime I didn't even know existed). And this chapter happens to be where the focus is on a dragon. Dragon -> Dragonar maybe? Maybe the translators know? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

All the chapters of Drifters are named after Japanese pop/rock songs

I dunno if I'm grasping at straws here but I'm thinking that this is the reference/shout-out for this chapter's title: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItCMX3A1qaE

 

The title of the chapter is "yume-iro chaser" in Japanese, which is the title of the intro  song for a mecha anime titled Metal Armor Dragonar (thank you Super Robot Wars for introducing me to awesome mecha anime I didn't even know existed). And this chapter happens to be where the focus is on a dragon. Dragon -> Dragonar maybe? Maybe the translators know? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

In the spirit of Easter, all hail the Black King! Also, apparently historians and archaeologists have recently come into the conclusion that nails were all that's needed to perform crucifixion and that descriptions of people being tied to crosses or poles actually refer to the method by which the Romans preposition their limbs for nailing. This conclusion was reached after statistical analysis of several ossuaries containing the bones of people in the ME who SURVIVED Roman crucifixion. Since it took a (long) while for someone to actually die from this punishment, if the family managed to bribe the right people or plea bargain with the magistrates, it was possible to save them. Survivors then had to be removed from their crosses and the pattern of recovery etched into their bones show how the nails were removed. In almost every single case, nails were removed from the back of the palm. This does mean every crucifix got it wrong, but people who insist on nailing through the wrist are even more wrong. Romans used large nails with a rectangular cross-section and they nailed their victims through the back of the palm so that their hands would be positioned above the crossbar, not in front of it. This position prevents tearing of the palm and also prevents the weight of the person from pulling his palm off the nail (a common occurence in the Phillippines during Good Friday reenactments). The natural reflex of the victim also plays a part because in this position his pain-triggered hand spasms would tighten his grip on the crossbar, keeping him in place. Legs are nailed in place using a single huge nail punched through one leg, the cross, the other leg, then affixed in place with a small wooden board at the other end. Tests with properly-weighted balistic gel mannequins prove that this method precludes the need to tie any limb. The nails and the natural reflex of the victim would do the job just fine.

If I remember right, in the story, it was mentioned that he ws called to other worlds to save them, and although he tried his best, humanity always betrayed his expectations. I can't really blame the guy for being pissed at humans, can I?


Well, something stinks. Whatever his identity is, he has a secret of sort. What did he hide under his cloak that one goblin happened to see and what he needs it for? Maybe there is limit to his powers. Maybe his goals are absolutely different.

I wonder how long its been since I've read a manga where characters just shit talk each other before fighting. I've missed it.

 

nowadays only Hirano and Gori-san can pull it off....

Haha, yes, if you want a pragmatic definition of Drifter vs. End, then absolutely, it really does just come down to who recruits who. That said...

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Of course...that's just, like, my opinion, man!

 

 

How do you explain Hijikata then? He doesn't fit your theory on Ends abandoning what values they held in their previous life.

 

Grand Duchess Anastasia has not had much screen time, but she doesn't strike me as someone really angry in the Jean D'Arc mould. Rasputin too appears to have played for both camps based on his conversation with St. Germi.

 

Likewise, it's my opinion that speculating on who gets chosen to be a Drifter or End is superfluous when all that really matters is what the pawns do once they've been set on the game board. 

Big flaw in the theory: Nobunaga certainly did not want to roast to death inside Honnouji temple and makes it very clear in that panel he wasn't willing to be a human BBQ. 

 

The only difference between a Drifter and an End: Murasaki recruits the former and EASY the latter (plus she grants them some kind of supernatural power as part of the deal).

Haha, yes, if you want a pragmatic definition of Drifter vs. End, then absolutely, it really does just come down to who recruits who. That said...

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Of course...that's just, like, my opinion, man!

That is an interesting theory, but I have a different take on it...

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I think the difference between the Ends and the Drifters is not so much how they were killed, but the attitudes they had when they met their deaths. All of the Ends hold grudges that outlasted their deaths; the Drifters seem to have been individuals who are said to have accepted their deaths without negative emotions (or at least, they are portrayed in the manga as such).

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Big flaw in the theory: Nobunaga certainly did not want to roast to death inside Honnouji temple and makes it very clear in that panel he wasn't willing to be a human BBQ. 

 

The only difference between a Drifter and an End: Murasaki recruits the former and EASY the latter (plus she grants them some kind of supernatural power as part of the deal). 

 seeing how the bad guys are all characters who got killed or judged to death by the masses..

That is an interesting theory, but I have a different take on it...

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I think the difference between the Ends and the Drifters is not so much how they were killed, but the attitudes they had when they met their deaths. All of the Ends hold grudges that outlasted their deaths; the Drifters seem to have been individuals who are said to have accepted their deaths without negative emotions (or at least, they are portrayed in the manga as such).

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After all that from Nobunaga Mutsuhide retort being basically "ur mom(son)" it's pretty funny

Ouch... This fight just got seriously personal.

Them's fighting words, Mitsuhide.

I wonder how long its been since I've read a manga where characters just shit talk each other before fighting. I've missed it.

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Which is currently not present at the battlefield and doesn't work anyway without the correct casing for bullets.

 

This release is merely a sideshow as Nobunaga and Mitsuhide have it out with each other in the new world. Assuming Nobunaga isn't too obsessed with taunting Mitsuhide into actually attacking personally, he still has to deal with the full-on frontal assault. 

 

Slightly disappointed Mitsuhide didn't try another cunning strategem after witnessing his giants fall short of the target, but he's got the numbers advantage and has a kumquat-sized strategic brain so didn't expect much else.

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I say, just get them some pylons, as long as they have enough pylons, no zerg army will win against them.

Please stop trying to give Toyohisa a phonetic accent, it never works. It's unnecessary anyways, the mockery over him being a hick in the early chapters was more than sufficient.

Yeah. If it was a well written accent, that would be one thing, but this is just cringy and difficult to read, especially since the normal writing is filled with enough grammar and spelling issues as it is.

 

Without the intervention of Admiral Yamaguchi, Zero pilot Kanno and Scipio Africanus, the defenders have no answer to the dragon riders.

 

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Please stop trying to give Toyohisa a phonetic accent, it never works. It's unnecessary anyways, the mockery over him being a hick in the early chapters was more than sufficient.

To be fair, he IS right. The cross was far from an unusual punishment for the Romans- as an example, during one slave revolt (might have been Spartacus, I'm not too sure) they nailed enough people on crosses to cover the entire Via Appia (road from Rome to south Italy).

Shall we start the search from there then? :D

Mitsuhide has quite the raging hateboner for Nobunaga.

i think mitsuhide is banking on the fact that he knows about oda while oda doesnt know about him currently, so im guessing that if the giants fail to breach, their bodies will become effective siege towers to absorb musket fire and allow the infantry to climb them

They've reloaded the chapter with the missing pages. A closer look at the panels shows the giants falling over through a mix of gunpowder, pitch and musket balls straight in the eyes.

 

One of the giants made a big hole in the first trench but not much else. Akechi Mitsuhide's response is to rally his troops and press them forward by driving up their self-belief. Sure he has the numbers on his side but the intervention of Toyohisa and the dwarves has already won the defenders a small victory. Bar the one giant which has fallen on its back just before the first trench, it doesn't look like any of them can be used as impromptu siege towers.

 

Without the intervention of Admiral Yamaguchi, Zero pilot Kanno and Scipio Africanus, the defenders have no answer to the dragon riders.

 

The Drifters have already recognised that the key to stopping the army's advance is to kill the Black King. To do that they'll need to survive wave after wave of endless demihuman soldiers and the supernaturally powered Ends commanders. Then they'll need a way to ambush the Black King without being turned into giant cancerous tumours. Although it seems impossible, I haven't forgotten what Kouta Hirano did with Alucard's final restriction in his last series and I imagine something very similar for the next chapters.

63 has been reuploaded 2 pages where missing sorry for the mix up.

 

 -INP-MANGAZ

It's obviously Bobby of Bethlehem.

 

I think its Chad, hes the troublemaker

Well i guess we start to search for some mentioning about another legendary person who multiplied food, healed the wounded and did benevolent deeds enough to be mentioned in the books of history up to his end where he got nailed to a cross/wall/ground/ thin air. My history knowledge isnt what it used to be but im pretty sure only one easter bunny got famous enough through this resume.

To be fair, he IS right. The cross was far from an unusual punishment for the Romans- as an example, during one slave revolt (might have been Spartacus, I'm not too sure) they nailed enough people on crosses to cover the entire Via Appia (road from Rome to south Italy).


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