Hellsing (classic) anime review

The rogue vampire Alucard is the Hellsing Organization’s deadliest instrument in its mission to protect the British Empire from undead ghouls and satanic freaks. He is not alone in his assault on the occult; the master has a servant. Policewoman Seras Victoria accepted Alucard’s gift of dark salvation after falling in the line of duty, and now the remnants of her human soul struggle against her growing vampire urges. Together, they haunt the shadows as a sinister force of good – and tonight the foggy streets of England shall flow with the blood of their evil prey.

 

This is not Ultimate OVA series, this is Hellsing the anime series!

As a way to start the Halloween season, I decided to do a review on the anime adaptation of Hellsing. According to Wikipedia, Hellsing was broadcasted on Fuji TV on October 10, 2001 and it later appeared on the Stars channel on October 4, 2003. Hellsing Ultimate was debut in 2006. I started to watch this anime after finishing Ultimate and I was curious to if it was like the OVA. This anime consists of 13 episodes and the time length is like any other anime. The opening theme is real nice, catchy Jazz-like theme and I really like the ending song. Both classy and catchy. The ending theme is performed by Mr. Big and the song is “Shine”.

The anime starts out slow and at a well manner pace that follows the manga, but after reaching half of the show the series breaks away from the manga’s story and creates their own story. This review might be short.

Story

Like I said before, the story in this anime follows the manga only half way until it it reaches the other half and make their own story, somewhat like how anime like Fullmetal Alchemist did until they did their reboot. The anime and manga at first were in the same pace until the anime was going ahead of the manga.

Characters

It can’t be Hellsing without the key characters. Characters from the Helsing Organization, Sir Integra, Alucard, Seras and Walter, appear in this anime and also the antagonists like the violent priest Alexander Anderson and the Valentine brothers. The anime switches their focus on which character take the spotlight in the episodes. Personally, I feel that the anime switched between Sir Integra and her situation with the monsters and the newly recruited Seras and conflict of keeping her humanity as a vampire. Alucard gets screen time as well but during fights where he feels that he can test his powers on his rivals.

The English and Japanese Dub are really great and suits the characters. My favorite is the English Dub for Alucard who is voiced by Crispin Freeman.

Story

The story of the anime first follows the manga from Seras encounter to meeting Alucard to joining Hellsing and to facing deadly foes like Anderson. I feel that the positive aspect of this other than the OVA is that the anime is slowed down and we see Seras struggling with new powers. Taking advantage of the pacing, the anime uses this time to build up momentum and really gives us the suspense we want. I felt that even though the OVA covered many parts of the manga, it was also going in a fast pace. Still, they were both good.

Unlike the OVA series, there is a different antagonist that does not appear in the manga at all causing the story change. Going back at what I said about how the anime creates their original story, the enemies you expect to meet in this show are replaced with new characters.

Incognito A villain for this anime.

Incognito
A villain for this anime.

Rather fighting Nazi like Ultimate, The Hellsing Organization faces a mysterious group who can transform regular soldiers to impure vampires by using these chips called FREAK. Incognito, the strongest vampire who help create the chips, attacks the Hellsing Organization and tries to threaten mankind.

Sad to say, this anime does not have a second season and leaves the viewer with a cliffhanger.

Conclusion:

Hellsing is a good, blood thirsty show that has unique characters and suspenseful action. I am impressed that anime was able to go this far and make a really interesting plot that is not from the source material. The Dub is great and the OP/ED theme has a sweet tune for your ears. After you finish this and crave more, check out Hellsing Ultimate for a more accurate story and violent plot. Do not let children watch this, very gruesome show!

Feel free to comment your opinion about this anime. What do you think about it? Was it good as the OVA, better? Or worse?

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10 thoughts on “Hellsing (classic) anime review

  1. I’ve still yet to watch Hellsing, IDK, it just doesn’t sound interesting to me. Why do people call it a classic? This review entices me to pick up a copy and scope things out, but for some reason I’m still having drawbacks. Any suggestions as to what kind of person might enjoy this anime?

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