Anime Club: Hellsing
Hello everybody! For today’s anime club we join the Alucard in the murder of some non-humans in Hellsing.
DIRECTOR: Umanosuke Iida
NO. OF EPISODES: 23
GENRE: Action, Biopunk, Drama, Horror, Science fantasy
YEAR: 2001-2002, 2006-2012
Hellsing is named after and centered around the Royal Order of Protestant Knights, originally led by Abraham Van Helsing. The mission of Hellsing is to search for and destroy the undead and other supernatural forces of evil that threaten Queen and Country. This organization is currently led by Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who inherited the leadership of Hellsing as a child after the death of her father. She witnessed his death which turned her from a once innocent and shy little girl to a tough and deadly force. She is protected by the faithful Hellsing family butler and former Hellsing “trashman” Walter C. Dornez, a deadly foe in his own right, and Alucard, the original and most powerful vampire that swore loyalty to the Hellsing family after being defeated by Van Helsing one hundred years before the story takes place. These formidable guardians are joined early on in the storyline by former police officer Seras Victoria, whom Alucard turned into a vampire.
As the scale and frequency of incidents involving the undead escalate in England and all around the world, Sir Integra discovers that the remnants of a neo-Nazi group called Millennium still exist and are intent on reviving the Third Reich by creating a battalion of vampires. Millennium, Hellsing, and the Vatican section XIII Iscariot clash in an apocalyptic three-sided war in London, and Millennium reveals its true objective: to destroy the vampire lord Alucard, ending a feud begun during World War II.
The characters are engaging, the environments are perfect, and while the story lacks mainly because of the nature in which it was created, it is still worth noting that it is able to convey emotion throughout. Though, I would like to point out that the highlight of this entire series is actually the fighting and the characters alone; this is actually one anime where the story is not needed to take the forefront in order to be successful as long as you understand the bare minimum of what is going on. Being able to draw everyone in through the artistic quality, personality, and raw emotion crafted by these scenes of gore and character reflection.
No matter what aspect you take into consideration, it’s all been done before: the secret organization thing, the good / bad guys from Vatican messing things up, the apotheotic scene in which a demented and very powerful villain threatens to bring about the destruction of the world and all the other things like that. On the other hand, the action is very dynamic, and even though this series is quite short, it manages not to become boring or repetitive.
- Character design.
- Art Design.
- Common tropes.
- The Vatican messing things up.
SCORE: 8.5 / 10
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