Akudama Drive (アクダマドライブ, Akudama Doraibu) is an original anime series produced by Too Kyo Games and Danganronpa series creator Kazutaka Kodaka. Animated by Studio Pierrot, a 12-episode season aired from October 8, 2020 to December 24, 2020.
Funimation acquired the North American license for the series and simulcast the show as well as an English dub.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
A long time ago, the "Kantō" and "Kansai" countries were in fighting each other in what appeared to be an unending war. Their dispute has unfortunately divided the world. Even so, there has to be a winner, Kansai, who became a vassal to Kantō. While many would think that things would become peaceful, it actually became worse than ever. Kansai’s government and police force were at a steady decline, leading to crime to run rampant. These criminals are now called "Akudama."
Episodes[edit | edit source]
- Episode 1 'SE7EN'
- Episode 2 'Reservoir Dogs'
- Episode 3 'Mission Impossible'
- Episode 4 'Speed'
- Episode 5 'Dead Man Walking'
- Episode 6 'Brother'
- Episode 7 'The City of Lost Children'
- Episode 8 'Black Rain'
- Episode 9 'The Shining'
- Episode 10 'Babel'
- Episode 11 'Wargames'
- Episode 12 'Akudama Drive'
Cast[edit | edit source]
Japanese[edit | edit source]
- Tomoyo Kurosawa as Ordinary Person (一般人 Ippanjin)
- Yuichiro Umehara as Courier (運び屋 Hakobiya)
- Shunsuke Takeuchi as Brawler (喧嘩屋 Kenkaya)
- Shun Horie as Hacker (ハッカー Hakkā)
- Megumi Ogata as Doctor (医者 Isha)
- Subaru Kimura as Hoodlum (チンピラ Chinpira)
- Takahiro Sakurai as Cutthroat (殺人鬼 Satsujinki)
- Maaya Uchida as Black Cat (黒猫 Kuro neko) / Brother (兄 Ani)
- Kana Ichinose as Sister (妹 Imōto)
- Akio Otsuka as Execution Division Master (処刑課師匠 Shokeika shisho)
- Yumiri Hanamori as Execution Division Apprentice (処刑課弟子 Shokeika deshi)
- Yoshiko Sakakibara as Boss (ボス Bosu)
- Taiko Katono as Execution Division Junior (処刑課後輩 Shokeika kōhai)
English[edit | edit source]
- Macy Anne Johnson as Ordinary Person
- Jonah Scott as Courier
- Zeno Robinson as Brawler
- Yungi Chang as Hacker
- Brittany Lauda as Doctor
- Kellen Golf as Hoodlum
- Matt Shipman as Cutthroat
- Daisy Guevara as Black Cat/Brother
- Laura Stahl as Sister
- D.C. Douglas as Execution Division Master
- Jenny Yokobori as Execution Division Apprentice
- Veronica Taylor as Boss
- [TBA] as Execution Division Junior
Staff[edit | edit source]
- Studio: Studio Perriot
- Director: Tomohiro Taguchi
- Assistant Director: Yoshifumi Sasahara
- Series Composition: Norimitsu Kaihō
- Music: Shigekazu Aida
- Original Character Design: Rui Komatsuzaki
- Character Design: Cindy H. Yamauchi
- Art Director: Yoshio Tanioka
- Mechanical design:
- Haruo Miyagawa
- Shinobu Tsuneki
- Sho Yamamoto
- Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
- Cgi Director: Shuho Fujitani
- Director of Photography: Kazuhiro Yamada
- Color design: Saori Goda
- Editing: Akinori Mishima
- Original Scenario: Kazutaka Kodaka
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Reception[edit | edit source]
Development[edit | edit source]
Following the creation of Kazutaka Kodaka's new studio Too Kyo Games, Akudama Drive was first announced in September 2018 under the name "Project #2" and subtitled "everyone is a villain", accompanied by Original Character Designer Rui Komatsuzaki's initial character artwork.
Meant to start airing on July 7, 2020, Akudama Drive was put off due to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, to finally release on October 8. For this reason, its manga adaptation's first chapter wound up releasing ahead of the anime, on July 6.
From October 8, 2020 to December 24, 2020, new episodes aired on Thursdays.
On December 25, 2020, a few hours after the last episode was released, it was announced that the last Blu-Ray & DVD volume to come out on May 28, 2021 would include a "Director's Cut" with 5 supplementary minutes of content.