Japanese: Hellsing [ヘルシング]
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2001 to Jan 17, 2002
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.701 (scored by 120521 users)
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action horror supernatural vampire vampires
SynopsisHellsing follows the antiheroic vampire, Alucard, and a police girl-turned-vampire, Seras Victoria, two vampires employed by the vampire-extermination group of England, the Hellsing Organization. Slowly but surely, through their active duty, they find a new breed of vampires beginning to arise.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Hellsing
Alternative version: Hellsing Ultimate
Other: Hellsing: Psalm of Darkness
Characters & Voice Actors
Hellsing is my favorite manga of all time. It combines a fun story, memorable characters, quirky humor, stylish art, and unrelenting gore and brutality all into one little paper back graphic novel.
So naturally, you'd think that the manga would make an awesome anime. Well, Chiaki J. Konaka and Umanosuke Iida thought so too and took it upon themselves to make an anime based off the popular series. In many ways, they succeeded. But they also failed...
The anime was released in 2001, long before the manga series would be complete. So they were forced to come up with their own story, completely unrelated to the manga (save for a few key plot points). This potentially is a pretty cool idea and allows room for originality, but the story in the anime is very hit and miss. There were times I was really enjoying the series and other times that I was flat out bored. I felt that the story just dragged and was often times pointless.
The story also lacks a key element that makes Hellsing so great, and that's the humor. This anime takes itself very seriously, but it loses heart doing so.
I've heard many times from fellow fans that the anime is just poor a fanfiction, and I can't say I disagree.
The animation is just plain ugly, even by TV anime standards. The characters are all poorly drawn, the colors are bland and ugly, and animation is smooth but suffers from choppiness. Visually, this is a lifeless anime. And that's all I can really say about it.
The soundtrack and voice acting is the anime's highlight. The soundtrack is nothing short of wonderful. The jazz tracks really set you in the mood for the series and I'd go as far as saying that the actual album is worth they buy. The voice acting was also very good. Crispin Freeman, K. T. Gray, Victoria Harwood, Steven Brand, Ralph Lister, and the rest of the cast did such an excellent job voicing their characters.
All the characters themselves were great, but the one character that truly stands out in the series is Seras. Her character is really fleshed out and you got to know her alot more then you did in the manga. Alucard was great, but he really becomes more of a prop in the background then anything else. The shows villain 'Incognito' was just... blah. He was kinda cool, but can't hold a candle to the manga's villain 'The Major'.
Overall, this is just simply an okay anime. Nothing rememberable or even exciting. It's not bad really, but it isn't great either. And to be perfectly blunt, this fails to live up to Kouta Hirano's vision. In recent years, they've rebooted the series with 'Hellsing Ultimate', an OVA series that is almost panel by panel like the manga's. I highly recommend you go see the OVA's, those did everything that the TV series couldn't.
If you consider yourself a Hellsing fan, then by all means go see this series. But if you're just entering the Hellsing universe, then I recommend you stay clear of this and go straight onto 'Hellsing Ultimate'. read more
If you are a "Hellsing fanboy", ignore this review as it will probably fill you with murderous rage. That being said... Hellsing is the kind of series not meant to be taken seriously, at all. If you like stories about vampires and find random violence cool and fun then this may be right up your alley. If you enjoy effortless entertainment with no real depth and no thought required, then stop here and just skip my review. However if you know what kind of anime you like, and are curious to see if Hellsing may or may not be for you, the following criticisms may help with your decision.
Let me make this clear, it's not like shows about mindless violence are beneath me (I loved DBZ). The first episode of Hellsing was very interesting and drew me in, but from there on things went downhill. For one, everything about it moved at such a quick pace nothing really develops. This is especially evident with the way characters handle events (see "Characters" below). And this frantic momentum just keeps on going. The cut scenes are sudden, making for rough transitions, and even the plot progresses sporadically. It's also morally all over the place, which could be a statement about the ambiguity of right and wrong, but most likely the creator just didn't care about that kind of stuff. If you like shows like Cowboy Bebop which are very episodic and have very thin/loose central plots, then you may still enjoy Hellsing.
The Anderson guy was kind of cool and the fights with him weren't bad. The whole vampires commanding ghoul armies thing was a nice touch; kind of different. Still, there was little plot, and much of it was ridiculous and/or didn't make sense. The way they acted, the things they fell for, etc. The dialogue to action ratio was like 3:1. That much dialogue and so much dubiousness made even less sense.
But anyway... I'd say this is probably not for young teens as there's plenty of blood and some sexual situations...
The characters weren't the most original, but I didn't mind. The problem was that they weren't fleshed out very well and they were considerably static. They had no range. They were always in the same "mode" all the time. Alucard was always smug and "bad ass". Seras was always weak and impish, etc. Some people may actually LIKE this kind of certainty, but I prefer dynamic, unpredictable characters. Their interactions were also so unusual that I spent more time scratching my head than clapping my hands. Examples...
Alucard - I like bad asses. I can forgive a lot, but I expect a certain consistency. A certain logic or order to a characters behavior. But so much of the show is just kind of up in the air and random. For instance, Alucard's encounter with Seras. There was no pressure and no time limit and despite his considerable powers he still takes the least practical action. He didn't even consider any other options. The whole event felt so forced and rushed. Speaking of which, one moment he'll be asking, "Hey, wanna be my servant?" the next, "Hey, wanna be on your own?" Bwa?? O_o
Additionally, Alucard suffers from "overpowered main character" syndrome, which (when combined with the above characteristics) make it hard to either care or be concerned about the character.
Seras Victoria - I actually liked the whole vampire in training bit with her, but (like everything else) they never really developed this much. Also, she was all too eager to accept some random monster as her new master. Maybe the British have weaker constitutions than I was aware of, but I have to wonder, who does this? I'm ok with a character being weak or hesitant or not super special awesome, but to be so inexplicably submissive just seems unbelievable. No resistance? No doubt? No concern? I just can't imagine anyone in such a situation being so nonchalant.
Ironically, despite her instant instinct for servitude, she still ends up being very reluctant to actually DO anything. Maybe if there were some backdrop or history to her character this might have made sense. It's areas like this where the lack of character development really hurt the show.
Strangely enough, her breasts seemed to fluctuate in size and her hair would alternate between yellow and orange.
"Sir" Integra Hellsing - Not much to say, just wanted to comment on how usually in anime you'll see guys who look very, very feminine. The whole "Sir" and "Miss" thing was a little confusing, but it also didn't help that she might be the first in a new line of girls who look/sound very masculine.
The art's good, though a little weird at times (especially when the characters end up being stylistically "elongated") but this may come across as cool. I did like the look of the DVD menus though. I give the previews credit for being... different, although I personally found them annoying.
The one thing I did like about Hellsing was the music. The selections were unusual but interesting and somehow went well with the show. I wished it was used more often, then I could've enjoyed it as some extravagant AMV. The dubbing for Hellsing is noteworthy if for nothing else than the fact that they got mostly European voice actors for the European setting. Though despite this novelty I still preferred the sub. Freeman was the only one who didn't come across as amateurish to me. read more
In both series, the protagonist is a powerful person of demonic origin, dressed in red, who is nearly invincible, has superhuman abilities and two big handguns of different colors. He is employed by humans to fights other demons in exceptionally gory and stylish way on a daily basis. The animation style is also somewhat similar.
Both anime have wicked red-clothed protagonists who are some kind of demon fighting against their own kind for the sake of humans. Both anime involve a lot of bloodshed, tons of firepower and insane moves.
Its all about demons.. about super duper hero who kills in no time.. :D ;)
Both have incredibly lazy but superpowerful main characters. Both battle demons/vampires constantly. Both don't have a very well developed main plot, view more for entertainment than story.
Both main characters are fighting against demons or vampires. And both main characters are very silent, but strong and demon/vampire thereselve.
Alucard and Dante are very similar to each other. First at all they have big guns and great powers; they're also bored and want to find an equal opponent and perfect competition. If you like characters who get involved in crazy fights with monsters, these are a good choice.
About blood demons things Devil May Cry have more action in it but they as some same quality try it!
Both main characters aren't fully humans. Both Alucard and Dante work for people as vampires/demons exterminators and love to shoot. They spread fear and destruction by hand of their two pistols. Plot isn't too developed, both anime are rather bloody exchange of fire.
In both of series they are lots of battles, blood, and violence... I am happy for both of series
Se trata tambien de Vampiros! Para todos aquellos que disfrutar ver el poder que pueden tener los vampiros en los animes este Hellsing se los recomiendo!
Really Similar Stories, Short, Bloody and Violent, Cool Main Characters, Adult Language
The only major difference is Devil May Cry adds a little emotional touch after every Episode and Hellsing doesn't
Both anime are dark, both deal with the supernatural, in Hellsing theres vampires and in DMC theres demons.
In both anime protagonist are male demon, propably unvaliable to kill and it fights for mankind against it's own kind.
If you liked the bloody moments in hellsing you will like the bloody moments in Devil May Cry.These to animes have guns, blood and good outfits.
both of the main characters(Dante and Alucard)have some special abilities.They cannot be killed easily,like humans.they protect one girl.They are hunters,that kill vampires,ghosts etc.
They are both fighting monsters, the main characters are similar. They fight the monsters of their same kind and there is alot of blood and good action. Both use guns. They are both short too but they are both great.
In both the main character fights his own kind. There's alot of blood shed and supernatural things in both.
Dark action, monsters, super immortal protagonist
In both animes the main characters are wearing a red coat, both are very cool and are almost invincible... and they have guns
Who doesn't love supernatural horror? Especially when you add a distinctly badass anti-hero with a dark side.
If you are a fan of mindless fighting, thilling action and amazing graphics this is it for you. Adrenaline rush down to your bones.
Both series involve a main character with a mysterious past and they both have a tendency to use firearms to protect themselves and others. These series aren't for the weak-stomached however and you should be aware of this before watching either shows.
The protagonists of both stories are demon/vampire hunters . They are both badass looking :3
Overpowerfull and basically immortal main character, with supernatural fights
Vampires, priests and lots of fights. Fairly similar storylines, Vampire that kills Vampires. Oh irony.
Both is about vampire things.. :D
similar main characters, loads of vampires and weird humor
They're both about vampires. Even though they contrast in art style, plots, and their view of vampires, it's generally all the same vampire fun.
Both Trinity Blood and Hellsing are good, strong vampire anime. Both the main characters go out and fight the creatures of the night, which gives them friends, but they have to destroy their foe's as well.
In short: If you like the one, you will like the other.
Both main characters are powerful vampires who hunt and kill other vampires. Plots are differnet but both are still similar regardless of that fact, and their both chalk full of vampirey goodness.
Character: nightroad & alucard are so smiliar.
Action/Story: Pretty much the same kinda of style..
Both animes tell a Story about an religious organisation fighting vampires. The main character in both animes is a vampire himself
For all those Blood Lovers out there these two are key animes for anyone that is in to Vampires. Both also show that the race does not beget the actions of the individual.
I think Alcard and Father Able kinda sound a like. Cause Alcard is A demon and Father Able is a vampire/demon well he kinda looks that way to me. but also they kinda have the same thoughts Alcard hates vampires that feast off of humans and wants them all to die. And Father Able also hates the vampires who kill inccont humans so they kind of seem the same to me.
Trinity Blood, like Hellsing, has vampires, fanatical organizations, and a main character who has different stages of vampiric transformation and is virtually invincible. The two series are also similar in tone and story direction. Any fan of Hellsing would enjoy Trinity Blood.
Vampires! Doh~! Both anime's are about a organization that gets rid of vampires. The main character works for this organization and is a vampire himself, so to speak. Even though these main characters look very alike they are also very different. Their personality is not the same at all. Abel (Trinity Blood) is a kindhearted priest while Alucard (Hellsing) is more like this fierce vampire hunter, seeking a good fight. Alucard fights with ferocity and often extreme cruelty, rarely intending to kill until his target has been disabled and humiliated. But don't be fooled once Abel might be a kindhearted priest but once he gets into battle he becomes very serious! The other difference between those two is that Abel fights with some sort of creepy Scythe weapon and Alucard uses guns against his opponent. Also both the main characters meet a girl whom the become friends with somewhere in the beginning of the anime. Abel meets Esther and Alucard meets Victoria. The rest is the action, killing and blood flow.
They both are about vampires, very strong vamps. Both of the main vamps have a woman that sorta has control over them. Trinity blood is more funny and not so much blood, while Hellsing is full of blood and spilled guts.
in both main characters are vampires. much fights and blood
Produced by Gonzo, both of these Anime involve Vampire, Action, and Supernatural type themes. The main characters are quite similar, as are the plots to each of these stories.
Vampire series that is classic in my estimation, both Hellsing and Trinity Blood have several similarities:
- both series features the theme of vampires involving violence, blood, and gore
- both series' main protagonist are somewhat similar with their attitude and skill
- both series has great soundtrack as well as action and drama
- both series main protagonist takes a young girl under their wings
- both series involves secret organizations and also religious themes
Both working for a company/associations that deals with dealing with creatures, but mainly vampires. The main characters are nearly impossible to beat when at full potential. Both anime are spot on the same.
Opening Theme"Logos Naki World" (A World Without Logos) by Yasushi Ishii
Ending Theme"Shine" by Mr. Big
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