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Drifting Dragons
Drifting Dragons volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Drifting Dragons volume 1 by Kodansha
空挺ドラゴンズ
(Kūtei Doragonzu)
GenreAdventure, cooking, fantasy[1]
Manga
Written byTaku Kuwabara
Published byKodansha
English publisher
Magazinegood! Afternoon
DemographicSeinen
Original runJune 7, 2016 – present
Volumes10 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byTadahiro Yoshihira
Written byMakoto Uezu
Music byMasaru Yokoyama
StudioPolygon Pictures
Licensed byNetflix
Original networkFuji TV (+Ultra), KTV, THK, TNC, UHB, BS Fuji
Original run January 9, 2020 March 26, 2020
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Drifting Dragons (Japanese: 空挺ドラゴンズ, Hepburn: Kūtei Doragonzu, transl. "Airborne Dragons") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Taku Kuwabara. It has been serialized in Kodansha's seinen manga magazine good! Afternoon since June 2016 and has been collected in nine tankōbon volumes as of September 2020. The manga is published digitally in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint.

An anime television series adaptation by Polygon Pictures aired from January to March 2020 on Fuji TV's +Ultra programming block. It was followed by an international Netflix release in April 2020.

Characters[edit]

Mika (ミカ)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno[2] (Japanese); Billy Kametz (English)
Takita (タキタ)
Voiced by: Sora Amamiya[2] (Japanese); Cassandra Lee Morris (English)
Jiraud (ジロー, Jirō)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō[2] (Japanese); Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
Vanabelle (ヴァナベル, Vanaberu)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa[2] (Japanese); Colleen O'Shaughnessey (English)
Gibbs (ギブス, Gibusu)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[2] (Japanese); Keith Silverstein (English)
Crocco (クロッコ, Kurokko)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki[2] (Japanese); Jake Green (English)
Niko (ニコ)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai[2] (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (English)
Berko (バーコ, Bāko)
Voiced by: Kōsuke Toriumi[2] (Japanese); Doug Erholtz (English)
Capella (カペラ, Kapera)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya[2] (Japanese); Christine Marie Cabanos (English)
Gaga (ガガ)
Voiced by: Kentarō Kumagai[2] (Japanese); Kaiji Tang (English)
Faye (フェイ, Fei)
Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa[2] (Japanese); Tony Azzolino (English)
Badakin (バダキン)
Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama[2] (Japanese); Jonah Scott (English)
Oken (オーケン, Ōken)
Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi[2] (Japanese); Alejandro Saab (English)
Soraya (ソラヤ)
Voiced by: Yūto Uemura[2] (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook (English)
Mayne (メイン, Mein)
Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki[2] (Japanese); Reba Buhr (English)
Hiro (ヒーロ, Hīro)
Voiced by: Junya Enoki[2] (Japanese); Daman Mills (English)
Yoshi (ヨシ)
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue[2] (Japanese); Chris Smith (English)
Lee (リー, )
Voiced by: Hiroo Sasaki[2] (Japanese); Kyle McCarley (English)
Katja (カーチャ, Kācha)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[3] (Japanese); Kayli Mills (English)
Nanami (ナナミ)
Voiced by: Sayaka Senbongi[3] (Japanese); Kira Buckland (English)
Ascella (アスケラ, Asukera)
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto[3] (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English)
Ura (ウラ爺, Ura-jii)
Voiced by: Kiyonobu Suzuki[3] (Japanese); Kirk Thornton (English)

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Drifting Dragons is written and illustrated by Taku Kuwabara. It started its publication in Kodansha's good! Afternoon on June 7, 2016.[4] Kodansha has published the series into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was released on November 7, 2016.[5] As of March 5, 2021, ten volumes have been released.[6]

In North America, Kodansha USA announced the digital release of the manga in November 2017.[7] They also announced the print release of the manga in March 2019.[8] The first volume was published on December 17, 2019.[9]

Volume list[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 November 7, 2016[5]978-4-06-388204-9December 17, 2019[9]978-1-63236-890-4
  • Flight 1: Quin Zaza (クィン・ザザ, Kuin Zaza)
  • Flight 2: Bounty & Dragonet alla Diavola (賞金と極小龍の悪魔風, Shōkin to kyokushō ryū no akuma-fū)
  • Flight 3: Reasons for Flying & Dragon Terinne (乗船理由と龍のテリーヌ, Jōsen riyū to ryū no terīnu)
  • Flight 4: The Shining Dragon & Smoked Salo (光る龍と塩漬脂身の燻製, Hikaru ryū to shiozuke aburami no kunsei)
  • Flight 5: Sky Pirates & Pastrami (空中海賊とパストラマ, Kūchū kaizoku to Pasutorama)
2 May 1, 2017[10]978-4-06-388255-1December 17, 2019[11]978-1-63236-944-4
  • Flight 6: First Butchering & Dragon Tapestries (はじめての解体と龍の壁掛け, Hajimete no kaitai to ryū no kabekake)
  • Flight 7: Festival & Dragon Laghman (祭りと龍肉の手延べ汁麺, Matsuri to ryū niku no tenobe shirumen)
  • Flight 8: Disaster & Edible Dragons (大災と食える龍, Ō wazawai to kueru ryū)
  • Flight 9: Operation: Take Down The Rampaging Dragon (暴れ龍捕獲作戦, Abareryū hokaku sakusen)
  • Flight 10: Soup Kitchen Goulash & Dragon Cutlet (炊き出しの釜煮と龍のカツレツ, Takidashi no kama-ni to ryū no katsuretsu)
  • Flight 11: Farewells & Departure (別れと旅立ち, Wakare to tabidachi)
3 November 7, 2017[12]978-4-06-510319-7February 18, 2020[13]978-1-63236-945-1
  • Flight 12: Jerky & Portraits (干し肉と似顔絵, Hoshiniku to nigao e)
  • Flight 13: Migrating Dragons & the Chasm Depths (渡りの龍と谷の底, Watari no ryū to tani no soko)
  • Flight 14: Dragonet & Dragon Brain Hunter Stew (小さい龍と龍脳の猟師鍋, Chīsai ryū to ryū nō no ryōshi nabe)
  • Flight 15: Dragon Oil Mayonnaise & Mount Kin (龍油のマヨネーズとキン山, Ryū-yu no mayoneizu to Kin-san)
  • Flight 16: The Migrating Dragons' Destination (渡りの龍の終着地, Watari no ryū no shūchaku chi)
  • Flight 17: Dragon Corridor (龍の回廊, Ryū no kairō)
4 May 7, 2018[14][15]978-4-06-510319-7
978-4-06-512047-7 (LE)
April 3, 2020[16]978-1-63236-951-2
  • Flight 18: Luxury Liner & Cafeteria Cheeseburgers (豪華船と賄いチーズバーガー, Gōka-sen to makanai chīzubāgā)
  • Flight 19: The Oboro Casca & Brno Massinga (オボロカスカ号とブルノ・マッシンガ, Oborokasuka gō to Buruno Masshinga)
  • Flight 20: Repair Costs & Dragon Art (修理代と龍の絵, Shūri-dai to ryū no e)
  • Flight 21: Panna Cotta & Hunt Order (パナコッタと討伐指定状, Pana Kotta to tōbatsu shitei-jō)
  • Flight 22: Ship Eater (船喰い, Fune kui)
  • Flight 23: Swallowed Vannie & Ambergris Lamp (食べられたヴァニーと龍, Taberareta Vanī to ryū yodare kō no ranpu)
5 November 7, 2018[17]978-4-06-513454-2August 25, 2020[18]978-1-63236-952-9
  • Flight 24: Stowaway & Ship Eater Offal Hot Pot (密航者と船喰いのモツ鍋, Mikkō-sha to fune kui no motsu nabe)
  • Flight 25: Parting Gifts & Promise (餞別と約束, Senbetsu to yakusoku)
  • Flight 26: Drunks & Ham-Stuffed Mushrooms (酔っ払いと生ハム詰めマッシュルーム, Yopparai to nama hamu-zume masshurūmu)
  • Flight 27: Secret Base & the Past (秘密基地と過去, Himitsu kichi to kako)
  • Flight 28: First Draking & Steak Tartare (はじめての龍捕りとタルタルステーキ, Hajimete no ryū tori to tarutaru suteiki)
  • Flight 29: Kraken (クラーケン, Kurāken)
6 May 7, 2019[19][20]978-4-06-515527-1
978-4-06-515530-1 (LE)
October 20, 2020[21]978-1-64651-035-1
  • Flight 30: Escaping the Storm (嵐からの脱出, Arashi kara no dasshutsu)
  • Flight 31: Brawl & Kraken Carpaccio (喧嘩とクラーケンのカルパッチョ, Kenka to kurāken no karupaccho)
  • Flight 32: What It Takes to Drake (龍捕りの資格, Ryū tori no shikaku)
  • Flight 33: Ol' Harpoon (銛付き, Mori-tsuki)
  • Flight 34: Showdown & Prosthetic (決闘と義足, Kettō to gisoku)
  • Flight 35: Father & Daughter (父と娘, Chichi to musume)
7 November 7, 2019[22]978-4-06-517587-3December 1, 2020[23]978-1-64651-036-8
  • Flight 36: Target Practice & Dragon Cubano (射撃と龍肉のクバーノサンド, Shageki to ryū niku no kubānosando)
  • Flight 37: Engine Room & Dragon Meat Cake (機関室と龍肉のローストミートケーキ, Kikan-shitsu to ryū niku no rōsuto mīto keiki)
  • Flight 38: Do or Die (命賭けの沈没ゲーム, Inochi kake no chinbotsu geimu)
  • Flight 39: Majuro & Dragon Pepper Buns (マユーロと龍肉餡の胡椒, Mayūro to ryū niku an no koshō)
  • Flight 40: The Red Lantern's Chilong & Dragon Crystals (赤提灯の赤龍と酒の肴, Aka chōchin no aka ryū to sake no sakana)
8 March 6, 2020[24]978-4-06-518878-1March 16, 2021[25]978-1-64651-028-3
  • Flight 41: The Tian Shan Maze (天山迷路, Tenzan meiro)
  • Flight 42: Stone-Grilled Tian Shan Steak (天山迷路と石焼きステーキ, Tenzan meiro to ishiyaki suteiki)
  • Flight 43: Restart & Dragon Belly Bao (再出発と龍の角煮のパオサンド, Sai shuppatsu to ryū no kakuni no pao sando)
  • Flight 44: The Skyfarer's Code (空の掟, Sora no okite)
  • Flight 45: Conclusion & Fatty Tian Shan Sashimi (決着と天山龍の脂刺し, Kecchaku to Tenzan ryū no abura sashi)
9 September 7, 2020[26]978-4-06-520746-8
  • Flight 46: The Legendary Ship Eater (伝説の船喰い, Densetsu no fune kui)
  • Flight 47: Fundraising & Tian Shan Shan Long Rou (資金集めと天山涮龍肉, Shikin atsume to Tenzan Shuàn Long niku)
  • Flight 48: The Industrial Capital of Meroe (工業都市・メロエ市, Kōgyō toshi Meroe-shi)
  • Flight 49: Fallen Dragon & Arenan Lemon Pie (堕ちる龍とアレーナ風レモンパイ, Ochiru ryū to areina-fū remon pai)
  • Flight 50: Live Catch (龍の生け捕り作戦, Ryū no ikedori sakusen)
10 March 5, 2021[6]978-4-06-522496-0
  • Flight 51: Launching & Cook-off (解纜式と二人のコック, Kairan shiki to futari no kokku)
  • Flight 52: New Channel (新たな針路, Arata na shinro)
  • Flight 53: Jitters & Dragon Curry Tangine (焦燥と龍肉のカレータジン, Shōsō to ryū niku no karei tajin)
  • Flight 54: Truth Within the Mists (霧の中の真実, Kiri no naka no shinjitsu)
  • Flight 55: Encounter (遭遇, Sōgū)
  • Flight 56: Dragon Lemonato & Reinforced Resolve (龍肉のレモナートと決意の再会, Ryū niku no remonāto to ketsui no saikai)

Chapters not yet in Tankōbon format[edit]

  • Flight 57: Lurkers in the Mist (霧から現れし者, Kiri kara araware shi mono)
  • Flight 58: Tzita (ツィータ, Tsīta)
  • Flight 59: Solo Battle (独りの闘い, Hitori no tatakai)

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced on March 15, 2019. The series was animated by Polygon Pictures and directed by Tadahiro Yoshihira, with Makoto Uezu handling series composition, Kyoko Kotani designing the characters, and Masaru Yokoyama composing the music.[27] It premiered from January 9 to March 26, 2020 on Fuji TV's +Ultra programming block, as well as KTV, THK, TNC, UHB, and BS Fuji.[28] Yoh Kamiyama performed the series' opening theme song "Gunjō", while Akai Ko-en performed the series' ending theme song "Zettai Reido".[2][29] It ran for 12 episodes.[30] The series premiered on Netflix worldwide on April 30, 2020.,[31]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1"Quin Zaza"
January 9, 2020 (2020-01-09)
2"Bounty & Dragonet alla Diavola"
January 16, 2020 (2020-01-16)
3"Glittering Dragon"
January 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
4"Reasons for Flying & Dragon Terinne"
January 30, 2020 (2020-01-30)
5"Sky Pirates & Pastrami"
February 6, 2020 (2020-02-06)
6"Festival & Dragon Laghman"
February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
7"Disaster & Edible Dragons"
February 20, 2020 (2020-02-20)
8"Operation: Take Down the Rampaging Dragon"
February 27, 2020 (2020-02-27)
9"Soup Kitchen Goulash & Dragon Cutlet"
March 5, 2020 (2020-03-05)
10"Migrating Dragons & the Chasm Depths"
March 12, 2020 (2020-03-12)
11"Dragonet & Dragon Hunter Brain Stew"
March 19, 2020 (2020-03-19)
12"Dragon Corridor"
March 26, 2020 (2020-03-26)

Awards[edit]

Drifting Dragons has been nominated for the 52nd Seiun Award for the Media category in 2021.[32]

References[edit]

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