Hellsing

 

Hellsing

Hellsing Ultimate, known simply as Hellsing in Japan, is an original video animation (OVA) series formerly animated by animation studio Satelight and later Madhouse, now being animated by Graphinica (as of OVA VIII) and produced by Geneon. The first fifty minute episode was released to Region 2 DVD in Japan on February 10, 2006. The ending of each episode uses various pieces of instrumental music composed by Hayato Matsuo and performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra up to OVA V. OVAs VI and VII feature vocal closing themes by Japanese rock group Suilen. Titled "Magnolia" and "Shinto-Shite" respectively. The OVA series is licensed for release in the United States by Geneon USA. In producing the English dub of the series, Geneon used much of the original cast from the dub of the anime series, which the company had also licensed. The first episode was released to Region 1 DVD on December 5, 2006, after premiering the episode at the 2006 Anime Expo convention. Though Geneon USA stopped self-distribution of its titles in 2007, it remains the licensor of the series and in 2008 the North American distribution was assumed by Funimation Entertainment. Funimation released the fourth episode on September 23, 2008. Simultaneously, the company re-released the first three episodes. At Anime Expo 2010, Funimation Entertainment announced that they do have all three of the new OVA (episodes 5-7 as of that date) and the original TV series. On July 27, 2011, Hellsing OVA VIII was released in Japan after a long one year and eight month wait, along with the first episode of The Dawn. Hellsing IX was released on February 15, 2012. Funimation Entertainment additionally announced that they licensed the 8th OVA as well as the first four OVAs and will re-release them as well as the previously announced OVAs in 2012. Hellsing Ultimate 5-8 will be released on November 13, 2012 as a DVD/Blu-ray set. 1-4 were also be released as a DVD/Blu-ray set on October 30, 2012.