Claw (爪, Tsume) is a criminal organization composed of many Espers, gathering others with psychic powers for their scheme to achieve world domination. The Super 5 (5超, Gochō) serve as the right hands of their group's leader Touichirou Suzuki with their top agents referred to as the Scars (傷, Kizu), named for the wound inflicted on them when they defied and/or challenged Touichirou. The 7th Divisions are run by Scars, who have a scar on their body, as the name suggests. Scars are said to be more powerful espers of the organization, and according to Shimazaki, Scars are failures that are marked as damaged goods. The 7th Division has 11 Scars. The Mitsuura Group are a group of espers used for research to make everyone in society have psychic powers. The espers have very basic abilities, but eventually they get trained by Teruki and become more powerful. The group disbanded by Kenji after Claw's world domination arc, when Rei, Daichi and Kaito tell Kenji they didn't want to participate anymore, as they were worried that it might cause people to misuse their powers, but the group still meets each other as friends.
The series was licensed for English language release in North America by Dark Horse Comics.
Hellsing (stylized in all caps) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It was serialized in Shōnen Gahōsha's seinen manga magazine Young King OURs from May 1997 to September 2008, with its chapters collected in ten tankōbon volumes. The series chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secret Hellsing Organization as it combats vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural foes who threaten England. The series was licensed for English language release in North America by Dark Horse Comics. A thirteen-episode anime television series adaptation by Gonzo, directed by Umanosuke Iida and Yasunori Urata, with screenplay by Chiaki J. Konaka, was broadcast on Fuji TV from October 2001 to January 2002. A ten-episode original video animation (OVA), titled Hellsing Ultimate, was produced by Geneon. It followed the manga storyline more closely than the anime series. It was released between February 2006 and December 2012. In North America, both the TV series and the OVA were first licensed by Geneon Entertainment and later by Funimation. Hellsing is named after and centered around the Royal Order of Protestant Knights originally led by Abraham Van Helsing. The mission of Hellsing is to search for and destroy the undead and other supernatural forces of evil that threaten the queen and the country. This organization is currently led by Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who inherited the leadership of Hellsing as a child after the death of her father. She witnessed his death which turned her from a once innocent and shy little girl to a tough and deadly force.
She is protected by the faithful Hellsing family butler Walter C. Dornez, a deadly foe in his own right, and Alucard, the original and most powerful vampire, who swore loyalty to the Hellsing family after being defeated by Van Helsing one hundred years before the story takes place. These formidable guardians were joined early on in the storyline by former police officer Seras Victoria, whom Alucard turned into a vampire. As the scale and frequency of incidents involving the undead escalate in England and all around the world, Sir Integra discovers that the remnants of a Nazi group called Millennium still exist and are intent on reviving Nazi Germany by creating a battalion of vampires. Millennium, Hellsing, and the Vatican section XIII Iscariot clash in an apocalyptic three-sided war in London, and Millennium reveals its true objective: to destroy the vampire lord Alucard, ending a feud begun during World War II. In 1996, manga author Kouta Hirano published a one-shot, titled Hellsing: The Legends of Vampire Hunter, in Wanimagazine's hentai magazine Comic Kairakuten. Hirano commented that it was not his intention to create a story of this genre, and that he only wanted to create a "somewhat online" action story. Hirano said that the original story did not take him long to create, and that the fact that he was drawing hentai at the time afforded him the opportunity to have it published. Then, Hirano considered to create another story, using the same setting, removing the erotic side and focusing more on the action, explaining that this was the origin of Hellsing.
Given its "atypical" universe, Hirano and the publisher, Shōnen Gahōsha, decided to test the reception with readers, explaining that that was the reason why the start of the series may seem "a little disjointed," and that after the reception turned out to be positive, it was decided to make it a serialized work. The anime producer, Yasuyuki Ueda, commented that for Hellsing Ultimate he wanted to make it as an original video animation (OVA) instead of a television series due to the time limit that implies the former, and since he was a fan of the series, he wanted to take more time to "get more out of my system from the manga," adding that the OVA allowed him to do much more than the TV series. He discussed it with writer Yōsuke Kuroda and he agreed to write the script. Ueda commented, at the time, that various series were using CG animation, which he said that was "very time-consuming", especially when incorporating it to traditional animation, but that since the project would be an OVA, they did have the " luxury" to work with it, and that he wanted to use it for the weaponry and bullets to make them look realistic. In January 2020, Dark Horse Comics announced that they would re-release the series in a three-volume deluxe edition, with over 600 pages each. Chuang Yi licensed the series in English in Singapore. Madman Entertainment released the series in Australia and New Zealand.
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It follows Heinkel Wolfe and Yumie Takagi, a Catholic nun and an assassin who work for the Iscariot organization. They call themselves "earthly agents of divine punishment". Crossfire also has cameos by Alexander Anderson and Enrico Maxwell, the head of Iscariot. Across the three chapters, Heinkel and Yumie face a variety of opposition, including Islamic terrorists, communist revolutionaries, and finally, an obscure pagan cult. Crossfire as a side work was discontinued by Kouta Hirano, but it was republished in the first three volumes of Hellsing as an extra. The Dawn features a fourteen-year-old Walter C. Dornez and Alucard, in the form of a young girl, attacking Millennium's base of operations in Nazi-controlled Poland in September 1944, during the Warsaw Uprising. The manga was adapted into a thirteen-episode anime television series by Gonzo. The series was directed by Yasunori Urata, under the chief direction of Umanosuke Iida, and written by Chiaki J. Konaka. The series uses the same characters and settings, but narrates a different story from its source manga. The series opening theme is "Logos Naki World" (ロゴスなきワールド, Rogosu Naki Wārudo, "A World Without Logos") by Yasushi Ishii and the ending theme is "Shine" by Mr.
2011, they announced that they had licensed the 8th episode as well.
In North America, the series was first licensed by Pioneer Entertainment (later Geneon USA). The series was broadcast in the United States on Starz! In April 2005, it was announced that a new original video animation (OVA) adaptation, titled Hellsing Ultimate (still known simply as Hellsing in Japan), more faithful to the original manga than the TV series, would be released by Geneon Entertainment in Japan and North America. Each limited edition of the last three episodes' home video release included an episode of Hellsing: The Dawn. 4th episode was not ready with an English-language track at the time and they were not broadcast. 2011, they announced that they had licensed the 8th episode as well. 5-8 were released on the same formats on November 13 of the same year. The music of the Hellsing anime television series was composed by Yasushi Ishii. In North America, both CDs were released on July 1 and September 2, 2003, respectively.
The music of Hellsing Ultimate was composed by Hayato Matsuo. In March 2021, it was announced that Amazon Studios is developing a live-action film adaptation of Hellsing with scripts by Derek Kolstad. It will be produced by Kolstad, Automatik's Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger, Ranger 7 Films's Mike Callaghan and Reuben Liber, and Soluble Fish Productions' Jason Lust. The ten volumes of the Hellsing manga have sold 4 million copies worldwide. In 2005, the sixth and seventh volumes ranked among Diamond Comics Distributors' list of the top 48 manga volumes sold in the United States for the year. In November 2007, the ninth volume was among the top 10 volumes sold according to Japan's monthly sales rankings. In a review of the first volume, Winnie Chow of Animerica commented that the English translation "works to enhance the locations and people of the story," and noted that the original manga contains more comedy elements than its anime adaptation. Reviewing the first volume, Justin Rich of AnimeOnDVD gave it a B− grade. Reviewing the first volume, Ryan Huston of Manga Life gave the first volume a C− grade. In a more positive review of the eighth volume, Lori Henderson of the same website gave it an A grade. Reviewing the same volume, Connie C., writing for PopCultureShock, gave it a B grade. Carl Kimlinger of ANN gave the final volume a B grade.
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