Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Drifters. This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Drifters

10. Jigen Sengokushi: Kuro no Shishi – Jinnai-hen
9. Akame ga Kill!
8. Bungou Stray Dogs
7. Overlord
6. Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu
5. Hellsing Ultimate
4. Berserk
3. Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
2. Fate/Zero
1. Re:Creators

10. Jigen Sengokushi: Kuro no Shishi – Jinnai-hen

Synopsis – The year is 1580. Using an army of soldiers equipped with sophisticated weaponry, Nobunaga Oda is on the verge of ruling Japan with an iron fist. One of his enforcers is Ginnai Doma – a fallen samurai reborn into an indestructible killing machine. As Ginnai continues his killing spree on ninjas and those who oppose Nobunaga’s rule, Shishimaru of the Iga Ninja – going against the Koga Ninja’s plans – pursues a one-man vendetta to avenge the deaths of his comrades and kill the immortal warrior.

Similarity –These two anime feature time travel and having Oda Nobunaga in the main story. Not to mention these two are action-packed with a large amount of blood and violence.

9. Akame ga Kill!

Akame ga Kill

Synopsis – Night Raid is the covert assassination branch of the Revolutionary Army, an uprising assembled to overthrow Prime Minister Honest, whose avarice and greed for power has to lead him to take advantage of the child emperor’s inexperience. Without a strong and benevolent leader, the rest of the nation is left to drown in poverty, strife, and ruin. Though the Night Raid members are all experienced killers, they understand that taking lives is far from commendable and that they will likely face retribution as they mercilessly eliminate anyone who stands in the revolution’s way.

This merry band of assassins’ newest member is Tatsumi, a naïve boy from a remote village who had embarked on a journey to help his impoverished hometown and was won over by not only Night Raid’s ideals, but also their resolve. Akame ga Kill! follows Tatsumi as he fights the Empire and comes face-to-face with powerful weapons, enemy assassins, challenges to his own morals and values, and ultimately, what it truly means to be an assassin with a cause.

Similarity – Blood spilling, swords swinging and eye glimmering – these are only a few that Akame Ga Kill and Drifters have in common. What really captivates the audience to both anime is their dark tone which allures those who enjoy the action. Drifters is a story of warriors from the different time and places summoned to a different reality with the purpose – to fight/kill. With different principles of morality, these warriors will do anything to gain power in their new world. Of course, they won’t be met unmatched – the Ends. If you enjoyed Akame Ga Kill’s gore of battle scenes, then you can expect nothing less from Drifters

8. Bungou Stray Dogs

Bungou Stray Dogs

Synopsis- For weeks, Atsushi Nakajima’s orphanage has been plagued by a mystical tiger that only he seems to be aware of. Suspected to be behind the strange incidents, the 18-year-old is abruptly kicked out of the orphanage and left hungry, homeless, and wandering through the city.

While starving on a riverbank, Atsushi saves a rather eccentric man named Osamu Dazai from drowning. Whimsical suicide enthusiast and supernatural detective, Dazai has been investigating the same tiger that has been terrorizing the boy. Together with Dazai’s partner Doppo Kunikida, they solve the mystery, but its resolution leaves Atsushi in a tight spot. As various odd events take place, Atsushi is coerced into joining their firm of supernatural investigators, taking on unusual cases the police cannot handle, alongside his numerous enigmatic co-workers.

Similarity – Drifters is a series where a bunch of famous Japanese historical figures fights together. Bungo Stray Dogs is a series where a detective agency comprised of famous Japanese authors who have supernatural powers. Both shows have some bloody sections, in Drifters, the blood and gore is a huge selling point. Each series has some comedy, but is serious when it should be.

7. Overlord


Synopsis – The final hour of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has come. However, Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to spend his last few moments in the game as the servers begin to shut down. To his surprise, despite the clock having struck midnight, Momonga is still fully conscious as his character and, moreover, the non-player characters appear to have developed personalities of their own!

Confronted with this abnormal situation, Momonga commands his loyal servants to help him investigate and take control of this new world, with the hopes of figuring out what has caused this development and if there may be others in the same predicament.

Similarity – Both have a powerful main character and they are both “traveled to another world” anime.

6. Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu

Synopsis – In 1863, Izuminokami Kanesada and his partner, Horikawa Kunihiro, arrive in the streets of Edo from the future to investigate their master’s reports of an upcoming enemy invasion. As humanoid manifestations of the famous Toshizou Hijikata’s swords, they have been tasked with protecting history from the Retrograde Army that seeks to alter it. Soon enlisting the help of other sword warriors, they continuously battle the mysterious army throughout the Bakumatsu period.

However, their journey will not be an easy one. Fraught with blood and betrayal in the chaotic era closest to their hearts, the duo will be forced to make difficult decisions with everything they care about on the line.

Similarity – In both anime series the MC are sent back in history in order to protect something. The only difference is that in drifters there are many other creatures like Elfs, dwarfs, and others. In Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu the MC are animated swords that must protect the history and in Drifters they are warrios from different eras of Toyohisa’s world who were thought to be dead.

5. Hellsing Ultimate

Synopsis –There exist creatures of darkness and evil that plague the night, devouring any human unfortunate enough to be caught in their grasp. On the other side is Hellsing, an organization dedicated to destroying these supernatural forces that threaten the very existence of humanity. At its head is Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who commands a powerful military and spends her life fighting the undead.

Integra’s vast army, however, pales in comparison with her ultimate weapon: the vampire Alucard, who works against his own kind as an exterminator for Hellsing. With his new vampire servant, Seras Victoria, at his side, Alucard must battle not only monsters but all those who stand to oppose Hellsing, be they in the guise of good or evil.

In a battle for mankind’s survival, Hellsing Ultimate proves that appearances are not all they may seem, and sometimes the greatest weapon can come in the form of one’s worst nightmare.

Similarity – I found myself liking both for the same reasons:

– Intense violence
– Badass characters with over-the-top personalities
– Same art style
– Completely misplaced humor within the violence
– Over-the-top badassery

They are both written by Kouta Hirano so if you liked one, you will DEFINITELY like the other as the storytelling and characters are pretty much identical to one another.

4. Berserk

Synopsis – Now branded for death and destined to be hunted by demons until the day he dies, Guts embarks on a journey to defy such a gruesome fate, as waves of beasts relentlessly pursue him. Steeling his resolve, he takes up the monstrous blade Dragonslayer and vows to exact vengeance on the one responsible, hunting down the very man he once looked up to and considered a friend.

Along the way, he encounters some unlikely allies, such as a small elf named Puck, and Isidro, a young thief looking to learn swordsmanship from the former mercenary. As the ragtag group slowly comes together after having decided to join Guts in his quest, they will face incredible danger, unlike anything they have ever experienced before.

Similarity – Both have the same plot where blood and gore are involved and the antiheroes are gonna have a hell of the time dealing with the supernatural opponents, however, while one isn’t fighting alone the same can’t be said for the other one where the antihero is a lone wolf.

3. Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri

Steins Gate

Synopsis – Off-duty Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) officer and otaku, Youji Itami, is on his way to attend a doujin convention in Ginza, Tokyo when a mysterious portal in the shape of a large gate suddenly appears. From this gate, supernatural creatures and warriors clad in medieval armor emerge, charging through the city, killing and destroying everything in their path. With swift actions, Youji saves as many lives as he can while the rest of the JSDF direct their efforts towards stopping the invasion.

Three months after the attack, Youji has been tasked with leading a special recon team, as part of a JSDF task force, that will be sent to the world beyond the gate—now being referred to as the “Special Region.” They must travel into this unknown world in order to learn more about what they are dealing with and attempt to befriend the locals in hopes of creating peaceful ties with the ruling empire. But if they fail, they face the consequence of participating in a devastating war that will engulf both sides of the gate.

Similarity – This series is somewhat similar. They both have to do with war, both being in a different world of their own. In both anime’s, warriors from a different era come to this other world and fight battle of sorts and because they are from a different era, they mostly over power they’re enemies.

Also read, Gate

2. Fate/Zero

Fate Zero

Synopsis – With the promise of granting any wish, the omnipotent Holy Grail triggered three wars in the past, each too cruel and fierce to leave a victor. In spite of that, the wealthy Einzbern family is confident that the Fourth Holy Grail War will be different; namely, with a vessel of the Holy Grail now in their grasp. Solely for this reason, the much hated “Magus Killer” Kiritsugu Emiya is hired by the Einzberns, with marriage to their only daughter Irisviel as binding contract.

Kiritsugu now stands at the center of a cutthroat game of survival, facing off against six other participants, each armed with an ancient familiar, and fueled by unique desires and ideals. Accompanied by his own familiar, Saber, the notorious mercenary soon finds his greatest opponent in Kirei Kotomine, a priest who seeks salvation from the emptiness within himself in pursuit of Kiritsugu.

Based on the light novel written by Gen Urobuchi, Fate/Zero depicts the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War—10 years prior to Fate/stay night. Witness a battle royale in which no one is guaranteed to survive.

Similarity – Both are seinen series with Battle-royale theme between heroes that transported / summoned to different era/places. They share similar theme, but Drifters more gory and brutal while Fate/Zero is more focused on Heroic action for claiming holy grail ..

1. Re: Creators

Synopsis – Humans have designed countless worlds—each one born from the unique imagination of its creator. Souta Mizushino is a high school student who aspires to be such a creator by writing and illustrating his own light novel. One day, while watching anime for inspiration, he is briefly transported into a fierce fight scene. When he returns to the real world, he realizes something is amiss: the anime’s headstrong heroine, Celestia Yupitilia, has somehow returned with him.

Before long, other fictional characters appear in the world, carrying the hopes and scars of their home. A princely knight, a magical girl, a ruthless brawler, and many others now crowd the streets of Japan. However, the most mysterious one is a woman in full military regalia, dubbed “Gunpuku no Himegimi,” who knows far more than she should about the creators’ world. Despite this, no one knows her true name or the world she is from.

Meanwhile, Souta and Celestia work together with Meteora Österreich, a calm and composed librarian NPC, to uncover the meaning behind these unnatural events. With powerful forces at play, the once clear line between reality and imagination continues to blur, leading to a fateful meeting between creators and those they created.

Similarity – Both series are about… characters from different universes united in a world, where they fight each other. The only difference is that one has a darker theme (…right?), gory and includes real people that once existed on this planet such as Nobunaga Oda and Joan of Arc, the other has fictional characters from TV series, mangas, and games.

Credits – MAL


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