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Feb 21, 2011
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I was pleasantly surprised by this story. Initially, I worried about the amount of blatant violence and language, but continued to watch because of positive reviews. Ultimately the content set the atmosphere of the story, and wasn't pointless. As the story develops and the characters come into focus, it becomes apparent that this anime exceeds the limitations of many similar anime stories. Advancement, even with talent, requires work. There are both stumbling blocks and stepping stones. The perspectives of the characters are complex and change through time. Though the main storyline is not particularly original, but the read more
Feb 11, 2011
I was pleasantly suprised by this anime, as it was not what I expected. There is a beautiful and real story interwoven into the overriding plot-line. Though the gender and sexual orientation of the characters comes into play and drives the plot, these issues serve as support for a more complex set of interactions. In many ways this anime manages to escape the mold cast for most other anime I have seen. The feeling that the characters are real and struggle in a real world allows the viewer to quickly and easily connect with them.

The biggest con to the read more
Jul 16, 2010
The first half of this series is incredibly predictable and boring. By episode twelve little is known about the situation or the characters; largely because the show spends way too much time playing lazy music while showing shaky, blurry scenes that ultimately have no point. A slow pace can work, as long as there is a point and I love psychological dramas. However, this series felt more suited to entertaining people getting high rather than provoking deep thought.

Around episode 12 the series gets into some actual plot/ character development and becomes much more interesting. There are some good moral conundrums, read more
Jun 23, 2010
This is a psychological thriller/mystery/horror. Basically, if your definition of horror centers around action and gore filled in with a bit of dialog . . . you might want to try out Hellsing. Also, if you don’t have patience to sit through an intellectual dialog that requires you to think in order to comprehend, you will probably be disappointed.

However, if your tastes run toward the complex and disturbing, then this anime was awesome. Compared to most anime I’ve seen, this one covers a lot of ground in just thirteen episodes. It may also be the first anime I've read more
May 2, 2010
The genius of this anime is not a complex story full of irony and plot twists; in fact the story is somewhat predictable. However, unlike much anime, this one does not depend on the characters emphatic exclamations of ‘I will do my best’ and willful hearts to solve everything. The characters experience realistic problems and misunderstandings. They struggle with their emotions and are often unable to overcome them in the face of their own logic. The main character is kind and giving, but the reason others love her is NOT because she sacrifices herself to others petty impositions. She read more
May 2, 2010
The most redeeming part of this story is that it does not end with the realization of the protagonists' love of each other. Miaka and Tamahome become involved in a relationship and continue to evolve in that relationship over time. The concept that all interesting life experiences don’t end with falling in love is clearly presented and that is a worthy message.

While this may have been an early form of the 'priestess stolen from another world to save an ancient city' theme, it was by no means the best I have seen. The characters were interesting and had potential, however, the read more
Apr 18, 2010
I had hoped that the endings showed what happened to each character after the fight with the Demons was over. However, these were lame, lame, lame. So if you can't find them, don't be too sad about it. Basically each ending consisted of a different character walking up to the Akane under Sakura trees and monologing about how she had saved them while reviews of their parts in the series flash through the screen. Akane never says anything in reply, just watches them talk or hugs them. If it wasn’t bad enough that they didn’t bother adding any kind of read more
Apr 18, 2010
The show had a lot of potential, but was painfully incomplete. The viewer enters the story partway through, with the characters already having been transported into a new world and having been there for some time. All of the stones have been assigned to guardians, though we don’t know how or when. There is a lot of back story that can only be guessed at without having read the manga or played the games.

The characters are quite interesting and there is a complex dynamic between friend and foe. There are no clearly defined right or wrong sides.

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Mar 11, 2010
Hellsing Ultimate provides the background and plot that was missing in the original Hellsing series. However, it exchanges a lot of the more intimate moments and character development present in the original series for violence and battle scenes. There is also a lot more vulgarity present in this version. The anime presentation style oscillates between more detailed and dark, to lower quality, to classic flat animation during moments that are supposed to be silly. The switching animation styles works sometimes, but in this series it feels out of place with the overall darkly dangerous atmosphere of the story. The read more
Mar 11, 2010
The story and characters in this series are fantastically enigmatic and complex. Ultimately the characters and their relationships are as interesting as the overall plot line. The biggest drawback to this series is that it ends without really explaining some important aspects of the story. The lack of background throughout the series provides suspense and intrigue, but anyone who has not read the Manga will probably want to look up a synopsis of the plot at some point. However, the series is definitely worth watching anyway.

The vampires are largely classical Braum Stokes in nature, though, there are a few interesting twists read more