Drifting Dragons is a unique work that blends a grand fantasy adventure with elements of cooking. Its overwhelming world view reminds many of the worlds crafted by Studio Ghibli. It tells the story of the “dragon hunters” who make a living by hunting dragons. The scenes where they eat the dragon look very appetizing, and while it is a fantasy, it evokes strong feelings of everyday life.
Based on the same-titled manga series published since 2016, Drifting Dragons was first adapted into the anime series by Polygon Pictures in 2020. The first 12 episodes have been watched by global anime fans, streamed on Netflix.
The anime has just started, and only a small portion of the ongoing original manga story has been adapted into anime. Good news for those who have finished watching the existing episodes of Drifting Dragons and are curious about what comes next. Here, I will explain where the Drifting Dragons anime ends in the manga, allowing you to seamlessly transition from the anime to the manga and continue enjoying the story. Let’s check from which volume and chapter you should start reading.
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How many volumes does Drifting Dragons have?
The Drifting Dragons manga series has been serialized in a monthly manga magazine Good! Afternoon since 2016, authored by Taku Kuwabara. Drifting Dragons is composed of 15 volumes published so far (the latest 15th volume released in May 2023). The digital manga of Drifting Dragons has been released by Kodansha USA since 2017, and the first volume of the physical manga was published in 2019.
What chapter does the Drifting Dragons anime end on?
The anime series of Drifting Dragons finishes with Episode 12 “Dragon Corridor,” the end of Volume 3
in the manga series. The first season covers the manga story from Volume 1 to 3. So you can enjoy the rest of the story by reading the manga from Volume 4 onwards.
Season 1: From Volume 1 to 3
Season 2: From Volume 4
Towards the end of the anime, the ecology of the dragons is explored in depth. Mika, Vanabelle, and all the crew members of the Quin Zaza play their respective roles, wholeheartedly showcasing their way of life as dragon hunters. Drifting Dragons is just getting started. From here on, the journey of the crew members will continue, accompanied by the troubles of the dragon-hunting airship Quin Zaza.
Let’s move on to the next story arcs all the way in the manga!
When will Drifting Dragons Season 2 air?
Drifting Dragons Season 2 has not been confirmed for production yet. However, only about three volumes of the manga were adapted into the first season of the anime. Since the manga is still ongoing, there’s ample material available for further adaptation. Now, it’s a matter of the anime production company’s scheduling and other considerations. Let’s hope for some good news soon. For those who can’t wait for the next season of the anime, you can start reading from volume 4 of the manga to get a sneak peek into the continuation of the story.
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