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Akudama Drive original anime will have 12 episodes

The distribution information for the Blu-ray / DVD compiled volumes was revealed on the official site for Pierrot Studios’ original anime Akudama Drive. This information confirmed that the project will have twelve episodes.

Volume 1 (episodes 1 and 2): December 25, 2020.
Volume 2 (episodes 3 and 4): January 29, 2021.
Volume 3 (episodes 5 and 6): February 26, 2021.
Volume 4 (episodes 7 and 8): March 26, 2021.
Volume 5 (episodes 9 and 10): April 28, 2021.
Volume 6 (episodes 11 and 12): May 28, 2021.

Akudama Drive

The series has its premiere dated October 8 in Japan. In fact, the series was originally scheduled to premiere in July this year, however this was postponed due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on production.

Cast of voices

Tomoyo Kurosawa as Ippanjin (ordinary person).
Yuichiro Umehara as Hakobiya (messenger).
Shunsuke Takeuchi as Kenkaya (fighter).
Shun Horie as Hacker.
Megumi Ogata as Isha (doctor).
Subaru Kimura as Chinpira (bully).
Takahiro Sakurai as Satsujinki (throat cutter).

Production team

Pierrot and Too Kyo Games studios are credited for the original idea.
Kazutaka Kodaka (Danganronpa franchise) is credited with the original story.
Tomohiro Taguchi (Kino no Tabi, Sousei no Omyouji) is directing the anime at Studio Pierrot.
Norimitsu Kaihou (Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen: Mirai Hen, Gakkou Gurashi!) Is in charge of writing and supervising the scripts.
Cindy H. Yamauchi is adapting Rui Komatsuzaki’s original character designs for animation.
Aida Shigekazu is in charge of the composition of the soundtrack.

Akudama Drive Synopsis

In this story, long ago the Kanto and Kansei regions had a war that divided the world. But at the end of the war, Kansei lost and swore allegiance to Kanto. However, the Kansei government and police force did not accept defeat and crime dominated the region. These criminals are known as “Akudama” …


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