The Return of Hellsing
Since this is October, the month of scares and horrors, I feel it is best to announce some good news. As now Funimation announced the DVD releases of the original Hellsing anime, a re-release of the first four Hellsing Ultimate OVAs, and one of the most anticipated news thus far, the release of Hellsing Ultimate 5-8.
Hellsing has always been a personal favorite of mine; both in manga and anime form. The clever writing and the magnificent artwork of Kouta Hirano makes this tale one of the best series we have seen in the States.
The Hellsing anime has been a long and difficult struggle for the series. Back in 2003, former company Pioneer released the original 13 episode anime on DVD and had it briefly run on cable television. Then in 2006, to make a more faithful adaptation of the Hellsing series, they released the Hellsing Ultimate OVAs in different installments within the last few years. Pioneer then became Geneon. However, in December 2007, Geneon announced they would no longer be distributing anime; which left the fourth OVA one of the last thing release. Then in 2010, Funimation at Anime Expo announce they acquired some old Geneon titles one of which was the original Hellsing anime and the Hellsing Ultimate OVAs which met with much fan fare. After two years of being kept in the dark on whether they were going to release it, they announce on their website the release dates of both products. Right now Hellsing Ultimate 9 was released earlier this year and the anticipated final episode will be release in Japan at the end of 2012.
I am hyped to see the good old Hellsing series getting another shot at a release. As well the return of Alucard and the rest of Hellsing gang.