Get the Run Down # 5 Hellsing Ultimate
Alucard riding in a plane. Hellsing Ultimate Episode 3 at 14 minutes 51 seconds. © Kouta Hirano • SHONEN GAHOSHA Co., LTD./WILD GEESE. Distributed by Funimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Conspiracy | Immortality| Religion| Revenge | Man vs Monster
Hellsing Ultimate is a great example of an anime getting the Fullmetal Alchemist treatment. Meaning this is getting a new version made which is a more faithful adaption over the original Hellsing anime.
The anime is about Alucard the vampire hunter and member of the Hellsing Organization.
The Hellsing Organization is an organization based in England led by Integra dedicated to fighting supernatural creatures.
Alucard, Integra, Walter the butler for the main headquarters, and Seras Victoria a busty police girl who Alucard turns into a vampire for his own amusement and maybe also to save her.
Besides fighting supernatural beings, the Hellsing Organization has conflicts with the Catholic church and the organization known as Millennium.
Hellsing Ultimate has so many crazy characters and crazy scenarios. Instead of the plot dictating the story Hellsing’s narrative is more character-focused.
The plot is a simple anime about a supernatural being possibly a god fighting other supernatural beings. Did I mention that these fights get very gory very quickly because they do?
Now the characters are nothing but simple and have many interesting layers to them.
One common complaint about the series is that Alucard is too overpowered. The argument is having a character that can’t lose takes the fun out of the experience thus, making the fights boring to watch.
I have two responses one short and one long. First, the short one: have you ever heard of an anime called One Punch Man. It’s a story where the main character defeats all of his foes with one punch.
It’s very popular which is proof to me that an overpowered main character is not a problem.
The other thing to consider is why are you watching this? In my opinion, the only time you can complain about an anime’s issues is when you watched for the right reasons and it did not deliver.
So with Hellsing Ultimate if you are looking for a very complex plot-driven story then you might want to look somewhere else.
Here is another way to look at it. Hellsing Ultimate is like Undertaker’s wrestling matches in WWE when he was defending his undefeated streak at Wrestlemania.
Everybody came to watch him win, and do it in style. This is why people come to watch Hellsing. They want to see Alucard kill power foes in many gory ways.
Each episode of the series has a “boss” battle to end it and each fight is memorable and entertaining.
The story is not deep but it is present and relevant. But the characters are the are what shines the brightest here. The best moments are through the growth of these characters.
There are many downright disturbing moments in the anime but given the subject matter that should come as no surprise.
Each episode is long usually running over 40 minutes. This has been a source of criticism. I find that funny since most mainstream live-action shows have the same run time.
Keep in mind also that Hellsing Ultimate does not drag on it just keeps going from one action sequence to the next. It might be 40 mins but it never feels like it.
I think it’s obvious by now what my opinions are on this anime. It’s amazing. The people at Madhouse did an excellent job of properly-staying true to original manga to create this gory masterpiece.
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Seras Victoria showing some of her powers Hellsing Ultimate Episode 7 at 30 m 31 seconds. © Kouta Hirano • SHONEN GAHOSHA Co., LTD./WILD GEESE. Distributed by Funimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
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