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Hellsing (ヘルシング, Herushingu?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It first premiered in Young King Ours in 1997 and ended in September 2008. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Shōnen Gahosha. As of March 2009 all chapters have been released in 10 volumes in Japan. Hellsing chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secret Hellsing Organization, as it combats vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural foes who threaten England.

The manga series is licensed for English language release in North America by Dark Horse Comics, in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, and in Singapore by Chuang Yi. In 2001, Hirano began publishing chapters of a prequel series, Hellsing: The Dawn, in special editions of Young King OURs, with six chapters released as of September 2008.

An anime series of the same name was produced by Gonzo. Directed by Umanosuke Iida, the series was based on the manga, but used a screenplay by Chiaki Konaka and is significantly different from the manga in terms of plot, though it uses some of the same characters and similar character designs. Spanning 13 episodes, it was broadcast on Japan's Fuji Television from October 10, 2001 to January 16, 2002.

An original video animation (OVA) entitled Hellsing Ultimate is being produced by Satelight and Geneon. It follows the manga storyline more closely than the anime. The first episode was released in Japan on January 22, 2006, and as of November 2009, six episodes have been released. The 7th OVA was released on December 23, 2009. The 6th OVA is also the first volume of the series to be available on both DVD and Blu-Ray. So far only four episodes of the OVA have been released in North America.

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Author:  Kouta Hirano
Genre:  Manga
Publisher:  Shonen Gahosha
Date Published:  1997 – 2008
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review by . June 19, 2010
Kouta Hirano is not a newcomer to the manga world. His art is well known, and well recognized, and his stories are easily recognized as well.      Volume one of Hellsing is a great introduction to the rest of the series. It sets up the type of humor Hirano is known for, and his type of story telling. His art is dark, very black on white, and suits the theme of the series well.      Hellsing follows the organization of Hellsing, in England, run currently by …
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
Ooh lord. Where do I begin with Hellsing? Aside from telling you to go out and read it RIGHT NOW. Oh yeah.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
This is a great story. It tells the story of vampire Alucard and the obstacles he overcomes as he and his master Integra Helsing fights against enemies of England.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Gory and exciting, the Hellsing manga is a great read for anyone familiar with the series. I personally prefer the anime, but the art shines in this.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Hellsing is a thing alright.
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