Company: Gonzo/Pioneer LDC
Series: 13 episodes
Date: Oct 2001 – Jan 2002
Synopsis: For 100 years, The Royal Protestant Knight Hellsing group has protected humanity from being extinguished by the undead. Victoria Celes is a police officer with an impossible choice and she is mentored by the second-in-command of Hellsing – Alucard the Vampire. New threats are coming and things get complicated.
As a Vampire lover, I’ve never found an anime that really fits into the vampire genre. Hellsing is what I’ve been looking for. It really exemplifies everything I already know about vampires and keeps true to those ideas. It’s cool to see a female lead character who is so strong and ruthless. Her relationship with Alucard is also really well constructed and highly entertaining to watch. The anime doesn’t only focus on the action to propel the story, it allows you to really know the characters and feel what they are feeling. It’s an anime about a lot of blood, but it isn’t only about a lot of blood.
The animation itself starts off really strong but wavers in the following episodes. Some of the character elements are poorly represented and at times it can get slightly distracting however it does a great job not going completely off course and keeping you very interested in seeing the next episode.
Hellsing is a short anime with only 13 episodes and it does divert from its manga predecessor however it’s a very enjoyable watch for those who crave the gothic underbelly of fantasy.Tags: Dark, Drama, Progressive
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