Monday, October 28, 2013

Review #27: Hellsing Ultimate (+Hellsing Ultimate: The Dawn)


This review will be a little shorter than others, but not by much. First thing's first; Hellsing Ultimate is a "Re-make" of the original Hellsing, but in a rather loose sense. The first few episodes will be familiar enough to anyone who's watched the original, but after that, things change quite dramatically. Alucard, Seras, Integra and Walter are all back and all main characters, but the plot that they get involved in and the villains they must get rid of are different by a wide margin. Where the original had vampires as the main opponent of the Hellsing organization, Hellsing Ultimate makes a larger role for the Vatican, as well as adding in Nazi.

The Beginner's Guide to Anime, No. 27

As it's Halloween this week, it seems only right to cover a horror anime. Anime has a bit of a reputation for being violent and with blood by the bucket-load, this series does nothing to change that impression. It's like a combination of every horror B-Movie you can think of, especially seeing as it features both vampires and Nazis.

Hellsing began as a manga which was written between 1997 and 2009, and has been the subject of two anime adaptations. The first was broadcast between 2001-02, but obviously the story was not completed then. A second adaptation, a 10-part Original Video Anime (OVA) called Hellsing Ultimate has since adapted the entire story faithfully, between 2006-12. One particular area of interest to readers here is that Hellsing is one of those few anime series that is mainly set in the UK.