After completing Hellsing, author Kouta Hirano began work a new manga entitled Drifters in Young King Ours magazine in the spring of 2009. The Hellsing Ultimate OVA series was still running at this time and Drifters, in the years following, has become quite popular in its own right. Bundled with the long-awaited tenth and final episode of Hellsing Ultimate in 2012 was a short promotional video for an animated adaptation of Drifters. Three years later, the Rondo Robe production company has recently announced that an anime of Drifters is finally in full production.
Drifters currently stands at four released volumes in Japan, with Hirano releasing chapters monthly in Young King Ours. The series is published in the USA by Dark Horse Comics. Currently, Rondo Robe has offered no more information about the animated adaptation other than that it is in production.
Here is Dark Horse Comics’ synopsis of the series:
First he pitted the Catholic church against vampires, Nazis and Great Britain, bathing London in a flood of blood. But Hellsing creator, Kohta Hirano still had something crazy up his sleeve when he created his new series, Drifters
Imagine a world of magic, full of elves and hobbits and dragons and orcs. Inside this world of magic and wonder there is a great war being waged, using warriors from human history as chess pieces in a bloody, endless battle. Hirano’s new concept gathers famous warriors throughout history and puts them on both sides of good and evil, and then turned them loose in a bloody melee of madness.
The Hellsing Ultimate OVA series was one of those rare anime adaptations that not only brought the original comic panels to life but also told the entirety of the story as well. Hopefully, the same staff that worked on that series is brought back to work on Drifters.