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Drifting Home anime voice cast revealed as fans react to new Netflix movie

September 16, 2022

Who are the voices of Netflix’s new animated fantasy film Drifting Home, what have they previously starred in and how has the film been rated?

Netflix is ​​looking to release back-to-back bangers this week after Studio Trigger’s standout Cyberpunk: Edgerunners series.

The latest anime offering from streaming giants OTT is a feature film titled Drifting Home, a heartfelt and moving story of lost friendship and ill-spent youth.

While the visuals and storyline will undoubtedly make headlines, the voice acting in Drifting Home is truly the most notable aspect of the film – so who’s in the cast and what other anime do you recognize them from?


What is Drifting Home about?

Drifting Home is a fantasy anime drama film, produced by Studio Twin Engine (Vinland Saga season 1 and Dororo), animated by Studio Colorido (A Whisker Away and Burn the Witch) and directed by Hiroyasu Ishida (Penguin Highway and Rain Town) .

The film tells the story of Kousuke and Natsume, who have been friends since they were little. However, as the two progress through middle school, they slowly drift apart — even seeming to avoid each other during the day.

During summer vacation, they visit the apartment complex where they both grew up, which is due to be demolished soon. As they reminisce about their time together as children, they suddenly pass out after a mysterious phenomenon shakes the building.

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When they wake up, the apartment building is drifting in an endless open ocean; Joined by a few other classmates who were also in the compound, can these friends survive and find their way home?

“One fateful summer, a group of elementary school students drifting through an abandoned building must look within to find a way home.” – Synopsis Drifting Home, via Netflix.


Drifting Home: Animated Voice Cast

The following voice actors are part of the Japanese cast of Drifting Home:

  • Daiki Yamashita as Yuzuru Tachibana (Izuku Midoriya from My Hero Academia and Naoto from Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro)
  • Kana Hanazawa as Shuri Ando (Koharu from Pokemon Journeys and Yukari Yukino from Garden of Words)
  • Mutsumi Tamura as Kosuke Kumagai (Koushiro Izumi from Digimon and Kobayashi from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)
  • Ayumu Murase as Noppo (Shoyo Hinata from Haikyu and Iruma Suzuki from Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun)
  • Inori Minase as Reina Hama (Rem from Re:Zero and Nino Nakano from The Quintessential Quintuplets).
  • Nana Mizuki as Satoko Tonai (Hinata from Boruto and Vanessa from Black Clover)
  • Asami Seto as Natsume Touchi (Nobara from Jujutsu Kaisen and Raphtalia from The Rising of the Shield Hero)
  • Bin Shimada as Yasuji Kumagaya (Yuda from Fist of the North Star and Broly from Dragon Ball Super: Broly)
  • Yumiko Kobayashi as Taishi Koiwai (Shinchan Nohara from Shinchan and Poco from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
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How did fans react to Drifting Home?

Drifting Home was only made available to stream on Netflix for a few hours, but the animated film received an impressive response from fans and critics, with an 80% viewed score on Rotten Tomatoes.

IGN gave the film a 7/10, noting it’s “decent screenplay and solid voice work, not to mention excellent animation by Studio Colorido.”

“The emotional battleground between the reluctant but traumatized Natsume and the guarded Kosuke is rich territory but feels more procedural than fleshed out, much like the fantasy logic of the world, which lacks coherence.” – Drifting Home review, via The New York Times.

Digital Spy gave the film a 3.5/5 and shared in their review how “Drifting Home is a perfectly passable entry in Netflix’s growing anime catalog – and certainly not a bad way to pass two hours on a Sunday afternoon, especially if you have young moviegoers at home.

“People looking for a refreshing watch should check out the anime movie as it will likely bring back your childhood memories. Growing up, the bond with his childhood friend weakens for various reasons. This film takes us on an emotional journey and is worth every minute of our precious time. – Drifting Home review, via Midgard Times.

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