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Humans Make Poor Vampire Killers,
This review is from: Hellsing Ultimate Volume 1 [DVD] (DVD)
This new Hellsing anime follows the books much closer than the original series. If you enjoy anime or want a fresh look on vampires in the modern age I highly suggest you give either this anime or the manga series a try.
The action is fast paced and fluid with plenty of blood and gore, which is to be expected. If you find the current portrayal of Vampires in other media a little wimpy you'll defiantly love them in Hellsing. Alucard in particular is a very cool yet still vicious and at times monstrous vampire who just comes across as a complete badass.
The soundtrack for this series is stellar, a mix of traditional orchestral scores with dark electronic rhythms, the tracks create perfecting backing for the over top fights (a prime example being Alucard and Andersons first meeting). The animation quality is top notch; it's sharp and has a wonderful style to it. The art is vivid and the colours pop to create some beautiful art and animation despite the dark and bloody content of said animation.
Story wise it's a contemporary look at the classic Vampire hunter story with a bit of a twist, following what would have happened to Dracula after he was supposedly killed by Van Hellsing when in reality he ended up serving the Hellsing family as Alucard. The story follows an overarching story that becomes more apparent in later episodes but this first volume serves as more of an introduction to the characters, setting etc.
Speaking of characters they all hold up well, Seras and a few others bring some welcome humour to the mix and we see her grow throughout the series from a scared police girl as she is in the first volume. Integra is one of my favourite characters we see many different sides of her throughout the series and she is overall a very interesting character.
In conclusion if you like anime or Vampires and fancy something thats fast, bloody and beautiful to look at you should give Hellsing a look, even if you don't want to watch it I would highly recommend the manga series as well just for the compelling story and characters.