Funimation Acquires Broadcast, Home Video, VOD Rights to Drifters!


Funimation has announced the acquisition of rights to Hellsing creator  Kouta Hirano’s anime series Drifters for broadcast, VOD and home video.

Drifters will premiere in October on the company’s streaming service, FunimationNow, in the U.S., Canada,U.K. and Ireland. For more, follow the jump.

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New Series from “Hellsing” Creator to Debut in October 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA July 3, 2016. Moments ago, at its annual Industry Panel at Anime Expo 2016, Funimation Entertainment revealed to the capacity audience its acquisition of “Drifters” – the eagerly anticipated new anime series from “Hellsing” creator Kouta Hirano. Funimation has secured international rights to home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution of the title from NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan. “Drifters” is set to premiere this October on the company’s subscription streaming service, FunimationNow, in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan following last year’s acquisition of ‘Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign,’” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “We are anticipating a great response from fans for Kouta Hirano’s ‘Drifters’ – given the tremendous popularity of his ‘Hellsing’ series.”

“Drifters” is based on the immensely popular, 5-volume manga series of the same name. Writer Kouta Hirano, best known for his highly successful “Hellsing” series, leads the creative team for the series. He is joined by fellow “Hellsing” alums Kenichi Suzuki (director) and Ryoji Nakamori (character designer) among others.

“With the addition of ‘Drifters,’ Funimation can already assure fans of an exciting fall simulcast season, both for subtitled shows and Broadcast Dubs (near-simulcast English dubbed shows),” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation.

For information on Funimation’s current summer simulcast & broadcast dub season, visit

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