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Delayed Hellsing Ultimate VIII Adds Petit Anime Extra

posted on by Egan Loo
Start of final season pushed back from June 22 to July 27

The Japanese video distributor Geneon Universal Entertainment announced on Tuesday that the eighth volume of the Hellsing Ultimate video anime series will ship in Japan on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 27 with a "petit anime" extra. (The French term "petit" is often used to describe "super-deformed" or "chibi" characters.) The staff had previously scheduled the volume for June 22.

The anime's staff cited the effects of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster on the already tight production schedule and the desire for retakes as reasons for the one-month delay.

The eighth volume of Hellsing Ultimate marks the beginning of the third and final season, which will have three volumes. The studios Graphinica and Kelmadick are animating the third season, after Satelight and MADHOUSE animated the previous ones. (GONZO animated the 2001-2002 television anime series that also adapted Kouta Hirano's Hellsing manga.) Geneon Entertainment (USA) Inc. once distributed both Hellsing anime projects, but Funimation is now distributing them.

The "petit anime" extra and the credit-less versions of the opening and ending animation sequences will come on a separate disc as a limited first-edition bonuses. The first edition will also include a 12-page booklet.

Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō

Image © Kouta Hirano, Shonen Gahousha/Wild Geese

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