Eleven historical personalities have been integrated into Drifters’ tale as a result of the anime’s reliance on historical sources.
Hellsing series creator Kouta Hirano has whipped up another adrenaline-pumping thriller in the form ofDrifters. All of Hirano’s new dark fantasy characters are transported to an enchanted land of elves, dwarfs, and dragons in his latest series. The Drifters are a group of heroes entrusted with combating the Ends, their evil counterparts.
Is this familiar to you? If theFatefranchise had been anisekai injected with Hirano’s distinctive frenzied violence and even more blood, it would have been theFate franchise. From Fate,Driftersgave rise to the idea of reimagining real-life people as exaggerated anime characters.
1. Oda Nobunaga
Oda Nobunaga, of course, is the most likely historical figure to show up in an anime. The renowned Japanese daimyo has been hailed throughout history for his brutal subjugation of Honshu and brilliant military tactics. In the absence of his death at the hands of his trainer, he would have very certainly dominated Japan.
As one of the three main protagonists inDrifters, Nobunaga is depicted as theDrifter’s military strategist. Despite his age, Nobunaga remains as ambitious as ever, and he has set his eyes on conquering this new continent.
2. Naoshi Kanno
During World War II, Japanese fighter pilot Naoshi Kanno fought his country valiantly. After his plane was damaged, he was presumed dead. It came to a conclusion that he was dead when no evidence of his existence was found.
Isekai magic is to blame for his absence inDrifters, as he was taken to another realm. The fact that he has left World War II doesn’t imply he has given up the fight. As theDriftersaerial combatant, he fights gigantic dragons in the sky. Yes, that’s correct, he’s battling dragons in a tiny aircraft. That’s just out of this world awesome!
3. Akechi Mitsuhide
Have you ever wondered who killed Oda Nobunaga and why? Right now, you’re staring directly at him. When Nobunaga ruled Japan during the Sengoku period, Mitsuhide was one of his generals. As yet unexplained, Mitsuhide defied his former daimyo and took up arms against him. After a long battle, the shogunate of Nobunaga fell.
Mitsuhide is depicted on the side of the Ends in Drifters.
Nobunaga’s death is Mitsuhide’s life’s goal, just like it was for his real-life counterpart, Nobunaga. There is still a lot of time before Mitsuhide kills Nobunaga in the anime. The fact that he is so eager to defeat Nobunaga serves as a strong plot point that ties the characters to their past.
4. Butch Cassidy
This guy isn’t Japanese, isn’t he? Yes, the Drifters cast is a lot more diverse than everyone expected. After leading a band of outlaws called the Wild Bunch in the wild west of the 1800s, Cassidy acquired infamy. Wild Bunch members plotted bank and train robberies for more than a decade. In a Bolivian shooting, Cassidy, his partner, and his partner’s girlfriend were all slain.
As the commander of the Wild Bunch, Driftersportray Cassidy is shown as a wild, risk-taking gunman. Cassidy’s character may easily be mistaken for Alucard from the Hellsing franchise in this new version of the story.
5. Sundance Kid
If not for his faithful sidekick, Cassidy would be nothing. The Sundance Kid and his brash captain are whisked away to an unknown magical world. As a group, they work together to fight the Ends. Sundance Kid, as one might imagine, is an expert with a wide range of firearms, including revolvers, shotguns, and rifles, among others.
Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid have quite different personalities. Cassidy, on the other hand, is prone to erratic behavior. These two are sort of like Hellsing’s Alucard and Walter in the Drifters. While it’s logical that Hirano drew inspiration from his earlier work for this new endeavor, it’s also not surprising.
6. Grigori Rasputin
Only this Rasputin can perform real magic. Rasputin was a close friend of Emperor Nicholas II in real life. Alexander, the Emperor’s hemophiliac son, was sent to Rasputin because of the latter’s special abilities. Using his acquaintance with Nicholas II, Rasputin was able to infiltrate the Russian Empire with his influence.
As a result of his zeal, he was assassinated. Rasputin appears to have shaved his beard in Drifters, indicating he is far from dead. Even if they’re thousands of miles away, he can seize control of others. While serving as the End’s secret agent, this skill proves invaluable.
7. Hannibal Barca
Don’t be fooled by his youth. This grizzled veteran is still fighting fit. Carthage’s Hannibal Barca was hailed as “the father of strategy” during the Second Punic War, leading the Carthaginian Empire in numerous engagements. His military tactics were legendary, and they helped him win more than a few wars against the Romans.
Honnibal’s bright thinking pleased Oda Nobunaga, who became him the Drifter’s military advisor. The Drifters’ war against the Ends can’t do without Hannibal’s strategic expertise.
8. Count Saint-Germi
Count Saint-Germi, a European philosopher and alchemist, was a notable figure in European history. His past, present, and even future remain a mystery. Perhaps he’s even younger than he appears. When Count Saint-Germi was still alive, he would make the absurd claim that he was over 500 years old. While adapting him forDrifters, Hirano didn’t skimp on the eccentricity of the character.
Germi was not summoned to join the Drifters or the Ends, unlike the prior entries. Instead, he is linked to the Orte Group. Adolf Hitler founded a harsh regime in the country. When Germi came to terms with the fact that the organization was doomed, he sold it to theDrifters. Netflix’sCastlevaniaseries also adapted Germi.
9. Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova
Isn’t it a bit of a mouthful to say that? When Anastasia was alive, she was the youngest daughter of Nicholas II, a friend of the preceding entry’s Rasputin, who was also her father. That she has such a close (professional) relationship with him in Drifters is no surprise.
When Anastasia finally makes it to the fantasy realm, she discovers she has the ability to summon blizzards that are lethal enough to take a life. It is a physical and figurative extension of her cold-blooded character. After witnessing the tragedies her family was subjected to, she has lost all feeling and empathy.
10. Gilles de Rais
This is what happened when Caster from Fate/Zerowent was on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilding routine. Gilles de Rais, a French knight who fought beside Joan of Arc in the Hundred Years’ War, is well-known in history. Outside, he may appear respectable and upright, yet his heart is warped.
Gilles de Rais was sentenced to death after being found guilty of a slew of horrific crimes. Joan of Arc reunites with him, and he devotes himself to protecting him as her spearmen in a fantasy realm. Gilles, like everyone else, was given special powers that made him a serious threat to the drifters.
11. Jeanne D’ Arc (Joan of Arc)
This Joan of Arc is a far cry from the genuine French heroine, as evidenced by the previous entries. Drifters is the exact opposite of her real-life counterpart. Joan of Arc is a sadist who was enraged by her crucifixion. Now she has a complete contempt for the human race. It’s ironic that her fury bursts into burning flames because of how passionate she is in her hatred.
She is one of the most feared members of the End because of her flaming abilities, battle prowess, and insatiable bloodlust. Joan has no intention of stopping until she wipes out the entire human race.