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Hellsing the OVA Series is a brilliant piece of work.
It follows the manga much better than the original anime series, although the soundtrack to the original was brilliant, so is the OVA's.
Alucard is more deep in character than the last time and so is Anderson (even more so,) and many scenes that didn't make the anime appear in the OVA.
The graphics outdo the original series (and most other animes for that matter,) as they utilise cgi in important scenes. The same voice actors from the original show are here, along with a few new ones.
overall, i recommend this to any and all Hellsing fans.
A few people may remember a short, pseudo gothic,13 episode vampire
anime series a few years back called 'hellsing'. It had a steady cult
fan base but was in the essence of things good, but not really great.
It seemed doomed to obscurity with no more material to work from into
the latter half of the series, which then free-styled off onto a
tangent.Fans were disappointed, an ultimately anti-climactic series
with no real reverence for it source material.
last year things changed and a phoenix rose from the ashes in what can only be called anime 'history'. Most failed series are laid to rest and never mentioned again like a past you want to forget, but not with kouta hirano. His labour of love was to have his vision realised in animated form and so we get,true to its name,'Hellsing Ultimate OVA' this series unlike any other gives us a viewing experience we could only dream of, with episodes now feature length ova's with lush quality animation and production values out of the norm for short anime series. From the artwork to the dialogue, everything about the series reeks 'quality'. Its almost scary how very close it comes to being exactly like the manga it is based on. The music is 'epic' and sound is superb.
This is so unlike the old t.v series that it's beyond even funny! To those not familiar with hellsing the manga is probably, well actually IT IS the darkest graphic novel you are ever likely to read. Sure it has moments of mild humour which Japanese love, but in the grand scheme of things it is genuinely unsettling how close to being an evil villain the protagonist assumed to be 'good' really is. In short Alucard a vampire hunter,but a vampire himself works for & protects humans (you can see where characters such as Dante from devil may cry were inspired :p), the hellsing organisation a secret organisation set up to obliterate any supernatural threat to the protestant British empire. Protestants (Hellsing) Vs Roman Catholic Vatican (Iscariot Organization,Section XIII), Modern day Nazi bad guys, these are elements of the content in the series. No spoiler here, but needless to say, if you like blade,devil may cry, cool anime with action, extremely mature and 'cool' dialogue that isn't cheesy, a serious and dark storyline, a proper depiction of a modern day vampire (and believe you me, the way alucard is depicted has set the standard of what vampires should truly be about :D). this series is not Bram stoker 'dracula' re-told, or Dracula 2001 or anything you've seen related to vampires. GET READY for an anime that will literally blow you away! Overview: MATURE CONTENT, SCENES OF GRAPIC VIOLENCE AND OF A SEXUAL NATURE (Although you'll be surprised how little there really is :D). OVA (Original Video Animation) - Feature Lenght, High Budget, High Quality Anime. One 'episode' per DVD but it's Worth it since it's like watching a mini film based directly of each consecutive manga.
(Bare in mind i am not usually a big fan of vampire related anime or overly violent anime but this anime charms the audience in a way never thought possible. This anime has in essence the truest 'anti-hero' in the definition of the word. ENJOY!)
After watching the TV series of Hellsing, reading the manga and
watching Hellsing Ultimate series, here are my personal pros and
Pros: 1.The series went at a steady pace, if you never watched or read Hellsing before this series is easy to follow and understand.
2.Although the series steered away from the original manga story line, it still had a good plot that you could easily "get into" and follow.
3.Better listening music although I still did enjoy the music in Hellsing Ultimate. 4.Not really a pro, but I know a lot of the voice acting can affect how someone can like an anime, just so you know the voice acting is very well done and suits each individual character and their personalities. 5.Crispin Freeman has a sexy voice 6.Alucard is sexy ^_^
Cons: 1.Not the original story line in the manga(I know some people don't mind anime that doesn't follow the mangas)
2.The animation is OK. There's times where it looked good, time where it looked bad like every anime, but there is lack in detail and can have a bland look.
3.No comic relief, but some people prefer it to be that way for a dark anime.
Overall the series is well put together. Definitely an anime well worth every penny.
Pros 1.Animation, besides the use of 3D effects here and there(which I personally don't care for) much more detail than the TV series, especially in facial features and clothing detail. Its no Vampire Hunter D, but if you were to compare the TV series/ultimate series to Vampire Hunter D animation, go with Hellsing Ultimate.
2.Follows the manga story line.
3.This can be a pro or con. One long episode per disc(about 50 mins per episode) which some people like. So no annoying skipping intros/endings to get to the next episode
4.The same voice actors from the TV series came back to work on Helling Ultimate.(I hate it when animes change voice actors)
5.Alucard shows more emotion and is more deep than he is in the TV series, but still maintains his cold sadistic personality. Victoria and most main characters show more emotion.
6.Comic relief here and there.
7.Crispin Freeman still has a sexy voice... ^_~
8.Alucard is still sexy.(even more in hellsing Ultimate in my opinion)
Cons 1.Music isn't as good. Fits the series, but not something to really sit and listen to.
2.This series moves much more faster than the TV series, making it harder to follow and understand. I'd suggest watching this after reading the manga or watching the TV series.
3.1 long episode per disc(each episode is generally 50 mins long) while this can be a good thing for some ppl, I find that most people like having multiple episodes per disc.
Hope this helped ^_~
The new Hellsing OVA is a much better adaptation of Kouta Hirano's manga in comparison to the original 13 episodes. This OVA closely follows the intended storyline of the manga with better animation. If you're a fan of the manga, then chances are you'd enjoy this OVA much better than the original 13 episodes which featured shoddy art and animation techniques with a storyline that had very little to do with the manga. This OVA was an amazing visual experience in the realm of new age anime. The character development is much better on the part of Seras and Integra than they had been in the original anime. The fight sequences are nothing short of amazing. This remake is entirely better than its original and stays true to the manga that Hirano has created; it is most definitely a recommended watch.
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For fans of the original 13 episode series, the new Hellsing OVA represents a great opportunity to put right what was once wrong. Devotees will recall that the original series ran out of funding, resulting in a terrible last few episodes. The new OVA series certainly rectifies that, if we can judge from the first episode: the animation is gorgeous, and the pacing/story is much more true to the manga (if that's important to you, i don't care personally). Another feather in the cap of the OVA is the return of all the great voice actors that made the original so awesome despite its flaws. So what is it missing? A little of the charm, a little of the character development that the slower paced version had, and the music. No more great opening theme song, no more clunky piano that was so appropriate to Hellsing. Still, definitely worth watching, if only for the fight between Hellsing and Anderson and to see Seras Victoria be a bit darker than her cutesy TV version
Still bathing in the afterglow of the brilliant Hellsing I, we now move
on to the second part. So whats on offer? As it turns out, there was
something strange about the duel at the end of part I. You see, our
heroes were assailed by ghouls, and yet the source vampire was already
dead, meaning the ghouls should have been as well. The Hellsing
organization has noticed this, and called a meeting of its head
council, but a mysterious organization has sent out two deadly
assassins and their army to raid and destroy the Hellsing headquarters
and everyone in it...
Part II advances on the already great Part I immensely. It is more gruesome, more action packed, and more engaging, introducing more about the world of Hellsing. We get to see a little of Alucards past, as well as more about Integra and Seras, our female protagonists. We also see more of the organization that will become the main villains in future volumes.
The problem is, despite all this, Part II isn't as entertaining as it could be. Yes, the weird humor is a little more suited in this one, but the direction lacks the crazy wildness that made the first one so great. This one isn't quite as good as it could be.
Although the new series is an improvement over the original, it still could be better. But thats not to say it isn't already great. The action is only beginning, and there's a lot to come...
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If you're a fan of the Vampire Hunter D films and novels, Hellsing
Ultimate is yet another of the great anime vampire epics!
Fans of the Manga have been waiting for a more proper animated treatment of their beloved Alucard and gang. Where anime had it's merits and certainly did some things right, it ultimately failed in the end, with a poorly done final villain and a cliffhanger ending that leads nowhere, the OVA is set to follow the manga from beginning to end!
The Order of Protestant Knights, known also as Hellsing; have the ultimate tool for vanquishing a growing epidemic of vampires: Another vampire, Alucard! The "Hit man" of Hellsing.
When a girl named Seras Victoria is caught in the crossfire when Alucard is cleaning up a recent threat, she reaches out to him. She reluctantly becomes a creature of the night and is soon swept into the Maelstrom as an enemy of the world looms in the distance, hoping to settle an old score; especially Alucard.
The art style is awesome, capturing the same dark and gritty look of the manga, the fights that were intense and frantic in the manga become heart stopping sequences that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
With strange and powerful foes ranging from Homicidal brothers, insane fanatical priest to vampire Nazis; Alucard and Seras have their work cut for them.
The music is awesome and capture each moment well, with pumping techno as the action builds and to haunting melodies as the horror intensifies. The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra lends their talent to each epic ending theme of the OVA's.
This is a series for everyone, if you love vampire, blood and gore and action, Hellsing does not disappoint!
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In a nutshell, this OVA series, of which there are currently 2 volumes out of a possible 10 as it is based on the fantastic Manga, delivers. I would give the TV series which was 13 episodes long, came out in 2001 and strayed from the Manga half-way through, 2 out of 10. As far as quality in visuals, voice actors, animation, and satisfaction is concerned, it was droppings that needs flushing. The music was all that was good about it. Kohta Hirano has made a truly sensational improvement in the new OVA which has left me drooling for more. I have only seen the Japanese dub with English subtitles but I have to say that no other anime has ever held my attention and made me feel such euphoria as this one. The visuals are exponentially enhanced giving a sketchy, even cheesy animation with beautiful noir scenes of gore and elegance surpassing Elfen Lied. This OVA is also infinitely more fast paced than the TV series. In the first OVA, Ceras Victoria becomes a servant vampire to the awesome True Vampire Alucard who is the most powerful weapon of the Hellsing Organisation headed by Integral Wingates Fairbrookes Hellsing who's secret job is to keep the dark secrets in the underpants of society in the dark where they belong. And it happens quickly. In the TV series Ceras who was far cuter rather than deadly becomes and accepts being a vampire more swiftly and is almost instantly put into service and honing her skills, even nearly being killed early on by the dangerous and vile Catholic Warrior Priest Father Alexander Anderson. The characters are also far more beautifully designed and their animation is superior and generally quicker and more to the point if you know what I mean. There is a lot of stretching of the heads and such typical of Anime found frequently in Anime like Full Metal Alchemist though even more of it mostly with Ceras. In the TV series there as a lot of dragging with unnecessary scenes and pauses. Alucard's sadistic and powerful yet loyal personality are vastly improved and he looks more bad-ass and dangerous. The scene where Integral explains to the overconfident, disillusioned vampire slayer Father Anderson just a little bit of what Alucard is was absolutely phenomenal. Integral herself is vastly improved with her being more active and less manly. She actually looks beautiful in the OVA rather than androgynous and plain in the TV series. The combat scenes are to die for. They are extremely fluid and have a real vampire fair to them. In the 2nd volume where the two Valentine vampire brothers infiltrate Hellsing and cause aggravation which also happens in the TV series, their fighting scenes are jaw dropping. Where Luke Valentine meets his demise at the hands of Alucard's dogs of doom under Cromwell Level 1 effect, I felt a carnal thrill I had never even came close to feeling in the TV series. And when Ceras is being attacked - attacked being a euphemism as this OVA has implications of rape and mutilations a lot - and she turns to her vampire side and tears the ghouls to shreds like wet tissue paper and looks far fiercer than in the TV series. The story is true to the Manga and I will not spoil it for you. If you are new to Hellsing, do not buy the TV series if you want my advice. Buy the OVA as it is truly what Hellsing is all about and it is one of the most satisfying horror Anime out there and shows what amazing things the Japanese can do with out culture as well as their own. This is certainly in my top five anime of all time.
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Alright. This will probably be biased as I'm a huge Hellsing fan to
begin with. If you've stumbled upon this whilst looking for the crappy
American movie Van Hellsing, please don't leave just yet. You see, with
watching Hellsing, you're in for a treat.
Hellsing follows the adventures of a vampire named Alucard, working for the Hellsing organization. He goes around and kills other, rouge vampires in quite bloody and over the top and generally awesome ways, along the way turning a young police girl, Victoria Seras into a vampire as well.
*Cue HAWT 30 mm vampire carried cannon system* Generally, Hellsing focuses on the hyper-violence involved in killing various vampires, ghouls, and other baddies with incredibly large pistols and rifles (remember the 30 mm cannon thing I was talking about? Yeah.) to excellently composed music.
Me? I just can't wait until the Nazis get involved. That's when the awesome stuff starts going down. Since this version follows the manga's plot exactly, you know what's going to happen. Seras's kill in 7 will be mind-blowing.
Anyway, its accessible to fans of the previous series because they kept the voice actors from the previous series, along with much improved animations including CG, especially for specific parts with Alucard.
7-4-07- Hellsing 8. Oh yeah.
After been waiting for a long time, finally Hellsing Ultimate 3 is
here! This episode starts with the aftermath of the attack that took
much of episode's 2 time and then follows Alucard, Victoria and a new
guy on their trans-continental quest to find out more about the
Millennium organization (with help from the less expected source, I
must say...) The CGI-loaded animation is still the same, and I've seen
people who have loved it and people who have hated it, so for this one,
either you love it or hate it, your feelings will be the same. The
soundtrack keeps going with it's epic-oriented tracks that add a very
good atmosphere to the OVA.
This episode is blood/gore loaded, much more than the previous two, so if you felt uneasy about that, you probably don't want to see this one. This episode is violence-packed with a more conspiracy-like plot and a really good duel (that didn't show up in the original series) where Alucard has the opportunity to show his powers once more. There are also a couple of funny scenes to break the tension of the moment.
At the ending credits we get an animated teaser of the past of Alucard and Walter that is told in Hellsing: The Dawn.
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