Author: Kouta Hirano

Genres: Action, Historical, Horror,Vampire, Supernatural, Seinen

Volumes/Chapters: 10 volumes, 92 chapters

Hellsing is named after and centered around the Holy Order of Protestant Knights, originally led by Abraham Van Helsing. The mission of Hellsing is to search and destroy those that threaten Queen and Country from the undead and other supernatural forces of evil. 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. She is mostly involved for satire and comedy and beauty as a new vampire trying to learn a new lifestyle.

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 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 Alucard, ending a feud begun during World War II. (Source: Wikipedia)

I don’t regard it as one of the best vampire series to ever exist, because frankly, I think that there could have been more done to the story itself.

Hellsing is a “what if” story: what if Dracula was used by Van Helsing to kill other creatures of the night instead of being staked in Bram Stocker’s novel. It’s an interesting idea and it plays itself out well in the beginning, Alcard is badass, monsters are killed, there is blood everywhere. And if you go into Hellsing looking for those things, you’re certainly going to get them. If you’re looking for a quality story, you may have to search for something else.

While the art is wonderfully drawn, after a certain point, the story is boring. I had no idea what was going on, characters were thrown left and right, and Alcard’s back-story wasn’t explained well enough. At least I knew why Millennium started the whole mess; they wanted war and they certainly got a bloody war.

I liked its conclusion. It was the right way to go about it and it left me satisfied. But with the bore of the war near the end and lack of any explanation, the conclusion can’t really justify it.

Seras was the only character to receive any form of character development and the way that comes about is quite obvious. All the other characters had been established way beforehand and left no room for change. Seras was the only exception until she became badass like everyone else. Alcard is seriously overpowered and there’s a good reason for it: he’s a freaking monster and that’s the only way to describe it. He’ll obliterate anything in his way and won’t give a single thought to it. He’d be one of my favorite characters if he wasn’t so terrifying.

Since I’m a sucker for good stories, I rate Hellsing a 2.75 out of 5, which is quite generous. The art was dark with blood on practically every page and most of the characters were established as badass, but the plot itself fails to match up with it.

Now then, I shall go and watch the Hellsing Ultimate Abridged series a couple hundred more times. :)