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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.
Fullmetal Alchemist ( 鋼の錬金術師 , Hagane no Renkinjutsushi ? , literally "Alchemist of Steel") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa . The world of Fullmetal Alchemist is styled after the European Industrial Revolution . Set in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques, the story follows the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric , who are searching a Philosopher's Stone to restore their bodies after a disastrous failed attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy. The manga was serialized in Square Enix 's Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine (starting August 2001 and ending June 2010) and was collected in 27 tankōbon volumes. It was loosely adapted into an animated television series of 51 episodes by Bones from October 4, 2003, to October 2, 2004, later followed by a film sequel that concluded the story of the anime.
Death Note ( デスノート , Desu Nōto ? ) is a Japanese manga series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and manga artist Takeshi Obata . The main character is Light Yagami , a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook , the "Death Note", dropped on Earth by a shinigami (a god of death) named Ryuk . The Death Note grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face they know, by writing the name in the notebook while picturing their face. The series centers around Light's attempt to create and rule a world "cleansed of evil" as "God" using the notebook, and the efforts of a detective known as L to stop him. Death Note was first serialized in 108 chapters by Shueisha in the Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from December 2003 to May 2006.
Serial Experiments Lain is an anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura , original character design by Yoshitoshi ABe , screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka , and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda (credited as production 2nd ) for Triangle Staff . It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from July to September 1998.
Darker than Black , known in Japan as Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha ( DARKER THAN BLACK -黒の契約者- , Dākā Zan Burakku -Kuro no Keiyakusha- ? , literally " Darker than Black: The Black Contractor ") , is an anime television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones . It premiered across Japan from April 5, 2007 on MBS , TBS , and its affiliated broadcast stations , with its satellite television premiere in Japan on Animax in May 2007. The music for the series is composed by Yoko Kanno . The series has also been adapted into two manga series, which are serialized in Monthly Asuka and in Young Gangan . The anime also was awarded Best Original Anime of The Year by GoGoplex, a popular magazine for teens.
Samurai Champloo ( サムライチャンプルー , Samurai Chanpurū ? ) is a Japanese anime series developed by Manglobe . It featured a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe , character designer Kazuto Nakazawa and mechanical designer Mahiro Maeda . Samurai Champloo was Watanabe's first directorial effort for an anime television series after the critically acclaimed Cowboy Bebop . It was broadcast in Japan on Fuji TV on May 20, 2004 and ran for twenty-six episodes until its conclusion on March 19, 2005. The story is set during a fictional version of Japan in the Edo period with an anachronistic , predominantly hip-hop , setting. [ 1 ] It follows Mugen , an impudent and freedom-loving vagrant swordsman ; Jin , a cool-headed and stoical ronin ; and Fuu , a brave young girl who asks them to accompany her in her quest across Japan to find the " samurai who smells of sunflowers".