Drifters OVA - Reviews

Alt title: Drifters: The Outlandish Knight

ChineseWick's avatar
Feb 10, 2024

"Drifters: The Outlandish Knight" is an OVA addition to the "Drifters" anime series, known for its unique blend of historical fiction and dark fantasy. This OVA continues to explore the battles and intrigues in a mystical world where historical figures, summoned as "Drifters," clash with the "Ends," who seek the world's destruction. Despite its compelling premise and the anticipation surrounding its release, the OVA receives a rating that reflects a mix of satisfaction and areas where audiences hoped for more, addressing its pacing, character development, and narrative execution.


  • Expanded Lore and Action: The OVA contributes to the rich tapestry of the "Drifters" universe, offering fans additional content that delves deeper into the lore and ongoing conflicts. It maintains the series' reputation for dynamic action sequences and striking animation, showcasing the distinct visual style that fans have come to appreciate.
  • Engagement with Historical Characters: Like the main series, "The Outlandish Knight" leverages the intrigue of seeing historical figures in an alternate fantasy setting. This continued exploration of characters from diverse eras and regions adds a layer of depth and curiosity to the narrative.

Areas for Improvement

  • Narrative Pacing and Clarity: Some viewers have noted that the OVA struggles with pacing, similar to the main series. Key plot points and character motivations can sometimes feel rushed or insufficiently explored, potentially leaving new viewers or even returning fans wanting a clearer, more cohesive narrative.
  • Character Development: While "Drifters" is celebrated for its ensemble of historical figures, the OVA, constrained by its format, faces challenges in further developing these characters. This can result in missed opportunities to deepen the audience's connection to and understanding of the Drifters and their adversaries.

Navigating the Battlefield

  • Continuity and Integration with the Main Series: For fans deeply invested in the "Drifters" universe, "The Outlandish Knight" offers an extension of the storylines and themes they enjoy. However, the OVA's ability to stand alone or introduce the series to new viewers may be limited by its reliance on the viewer's familiarity with the overarching narrative.
  • Balancing Action and Storytelling: The OVA continues the series' tradition of balancing intense action with historical and fantastical storytelling. While it excels in depicting battle scenes, the narrative's depth and character exploration may not fully meet the audience's expectations for progression and insight.

Conclusion "Drifters: The Outlandish Knight" serves as a tantalizing morsel for fans craving more from the "Drifters" universe, offering additional action and insight into its darkly fantastical world. Despite facing challenges in pacing and character development, the OVA upholds the series' strengths in animation and conceptual intrigue. While it may not fully satisfy the appetite for those seeking substantial narrative advancement or deeper character exploration, it remains a valuable addition for dedicated fans and an intriguing, if brief, venture into the "Drifters" saga's expansive lore and ongoing conflict.

6/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall
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Bloodlord739's avatar
Nov 28, 2020

This episode was awesome, its technically episode 15 so you will have to watch it after those other two OVA's. Nice to have a killer after those fillers.

War is coming....

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
10/10 overall
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