Back in 1997, a manga about a vicious vampire hunter named Alucard began. Now, on August 30th, the last issue of the manga in Young King OURs magazine brings the immensely popular series to an end.
Mangaka Kouta Hiran began the series with a vision of a dystopian, alternate world where a powerful and clandestine British organization fights vampires, zombies, and other supernatural baddies bent on wreaking havoc on the poor human population. The franchise really took off when GONZO produced a 13 episode Hellsing anime in 2001. An OVA series called Hellsing Ultimate follows the original story of the manga more closely, and is one of the most popular anime in both Japan and the U.S. Hirano is working on a prequel project called Hellsing: The Dawn, but the end of the vastly popular original manga marks a bittersweet moment in manga history. Hellsing was one of the first manga read by a new generation of manga/anime fans, but with Hellsing Ultimate still in production and the prequel coming, it seems we haven’t quite heard the last of Alucard.
Dark Horse has been distributing English translations of the manga. It’ll be available stateside on October 22, 2008.
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