Drifters Season 2 has to be one of the most-anticipated on-screen adaptations of a classic manga comic of all time. It’s been several years since the first season of Drifters finished up, and the studio announced the show was being renewed for a second season. So the question all our hardcore fans are asking is, when will Drifters Season 2 be released?
The team behind Drifters actually ordered the creation of Drifters Season 2 reasonably early on. It gave fans hope of quick turnaround time. The show last hit our screens in 2016, so we have been waiting for a long time. As each day passes, hope for the second season of Drifters declines slightly, but don’t lose faith!
Under the current circumstances, it seems highlight likely we will see a second season sooner than you think. Here is everything you need to know about the Drifters Season 2 release date, plot, and cast.
Drifters Season 2: Renewal Date
The Drifters source material is actually derived from a manga series by Kouta Hirano who serves as the writer and illustrator. Publishing of the widely popular manga series began in 2010, and there are now six volumes published in the Shōnen Gahosha magazine. The first season ran for 12 episodes back in 2016, and it was praised for its action sequences and dark humour. It sits with a score of 7.7 on IMDB with over 2000 reviews.
During the airing of the final episode of the first season, the studio publicly announced the renewal of Drifters Season 2. The announcement was released alongside the message below which means “To be continued the Second Season. See you again. Tokyo 20XX. Sayonara”.
Drifters Season 2: The Beginning
Fans were ecstatic in 2017 when the producers released the first two episodes of Drifters Season 2 as OVAs. However, overseas fans have been left devastated. The 13th, 14th, and 15th episodes of the second instalment of Drifters were only released in Japan on DVD and Blu-ray. This has left international fans of the show disappointed as they have not released an update on when these will be shown to a broader audience.
However, check out the links below to get the complete series in high-quality Blu Ray and enjoy it from the comfort of your own home.
Has Production Started For The New Season of Drifters?
Clearly, the release of three episodes way back in 2017 tells us that the studio has been chipping away at Drifters Season 2. It may be that the production schedule at the studio has become incredibly crowded because even director Kenichi Suzuki confirmed that they would continue to release episodes from 2017 onwards.
However, with the first three being released as OVA’s we have been left waiting for the rest of the series to hit out screens. It is expected that they will release the remaining episodes together rather than sporadically.
The events of this year may have put a further spanner in the works and ground production to a halt. Aside from that, fans are worried that the lack of source material may be what is affecting the process.
Is there a lack of content for Drifters?
The first installment of Drifters brought to life four volumes of the original manga source material. However, this means there are only two volumes of material left for the entire Drifters Season 2. Worryingly, the three episodes that were released ad-hoc back in 2017 have covered nearly half of the existing content.
The creators may be struggling for material to be able to create a season as long as the first one. It wouldn’t be the first time a lack of manga source materials has delayed a major anime producer. Let’s hope the manga’s author, Kouta Hirano, creates a new volume sometime soon. We hope that we will get Drifters Season 2 when the 7th volume of the manga series is released.
If you are a fan of manga in general and haven’t read the series, I highly recommend taking the time to indulge. It is awesome! Check the links below to get started with Volume 1 of Drifters.
Drifters Season 2 Trailer
Of course, with no official release date, we don’t have a Drifters Season 2 trailer, but we do have the first seasons trailers for you to relive the excitement.
Also, make sure to check out the best moments below. I would be impressed if you got the entire way through without cracking a smile.
Drifters Season 2: Release Date
Unlike most US TV shows with a team of writers churning out content, Drifters Season 2 is at the mercy of the manga series writer. Long delays in anime series are not uncommon and because the studio has already announced that it will be renewed all we can do is sit back and wait.
Realistically with the events of this year, we are unlikely to see it hit our screen by the end of the year. Industry insiders have informed us that fans should expect a potential release date of 2021.