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Hellsing: Ultimate Series 1

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The Ultimate OVA series (2006) continues the popular vampire hunter broadcast series Hellsing (2001), both of which were based on the manga by Kouta Hirano. Vampires are stalking England, which means Sir Integra Hellsing must take them out. Most of this 50-minute segment is devoted to a duel between Hellsing's super-vampire Arucard and Father Alexander Anderson, a bio-engineered vampire in the service of the Vatican's murderous Iscariot Organization. It's a veritable gorefest, but not a particularly original one: the shooting effects are copied from T2, while the ghouls recall The Night of the Living Dead. The dialogue is often unintentionally hilarious: "It's been a while since I had my head cut off." Viewers may be repulsed by the endless sprays of blood, the leering sadism, and misappropriation of religious symbols. (Rated 16 and older, but more appropriate for 18 and older: graphic violence, violence against women, sadism, sexual situations, grotesque imagery, offensive religious imagery, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jôji Nakata, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Fumiko Orikasa, Steven Brand, Ralph Lister
  • Directors: Umanosuke Iida, Yasunori Urata
  • Writers: Kohta Hirano
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 23 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5V8O0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,395 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hellsing: Ultimate Series 1" on IMDb

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I will not harbor any ill wil towards the Hellsing TV series. The tv series is what started me into Hellsing. However, as I started reading the manga I realized the tv series never came close to the original story.

I felt kinda cheated. The manga is original in art and story. It takes so many twists into so many areas. Love it. I mean where else can you have a nun taking out terrorists?

Now I welcome you to the Hellsing OVA vol.1. This a treat for any fan of Hellsing and a good starting point for newcomers. In art style and story telling it is very close to the manga.

For fans, this will feel like a rehash of past episodes in the TV series. Its done differently with better animation and action.

English dub (ED). Hellsing I have to say is one of the few animes that have a tight cast to fit to stay true to the characters. Most of the original ED cast from the TV Series is back. Plus better than ever. You can tell the actors are more comfortable with their parts.

Now for the bad stuff.

Its short. I won`t lie, it left me wanting more. Things just seemed to rushed, but I understand that this is an "introduction" rather than a real plot giver. This leaves more room for the rest of the story to follow. From what I understand the OVA is staying close to the manga. A good thing. This means the next volumes will venture more into the oringinal story. I can`t wait for those scenes to be animated.

My biggest peeve about the OVA is the music. Its..like nails on a chalk board. It dosen`t even fit with the mood of the series. The music for the TV series was better by far. So much better.
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The Good Things
*Excellent video/sound quality.
*This version of "Hellsing" has excellent imagery and graphics. It includes a lot of computer-generated-imagery, but none of it looks too hoaky or out-of-place. It is definately high quality animation.
*Excellent amount of bloody action. It is so fast and furious that it puts the old "Hellsing" show to shame. Also contains more comedy than before.
*Storyline is great. It is very very close to the original manga.
*Characters are splendid. Alucard is as psychotic as ever. Integra Hellsing is just as cold and vengeful as before, but not as mean. Saris Victoria is not as stiff, and is actually more clumsy and goofy; I think she is more fun to watch in this version. All other characters are lively, interesting, and great to watch.
*Some good lines throughout.
*Funky music (although I think the music in the old "Hellsing" show was better).

The Bad Things
*Not for the squeamish; contains lots of bloody violence, swearing, and suggestive material (rated TV-MA).
*A lot of stuff is packed into a single hour. As fast and condensed as everything is, it may be seen as overly compressed with not enough exposition.

The Other Things
*If you buy the single-disc version, you get little or no special features. The two-disc steelbook edition (although more expensive) includes a small wealth of interviews and textless credit scenes.

I thought a vampire action saga couldn't get any better than "Hellsing"...until "Hellsing Ultimate" came out and blew it right out of the water. The "Ultimate" series has better animation quality, more action, livlier characters, more comedy, and above all, is much closer to the source material. It zips by pretty fast, but is wildly entertaining and never dull. Highly reccomended to anybody who enjoys anime or anything involving vampires.
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Finally, we in the United States get a taste of the Hellsing OVA, and believe me it was worth the wait. But I've got good news and bad news for fans of the television series. The good news is that this OVA freakin' rocks! It takes everything great about the old series and amps it to up to levels of cool previously thought unreachable. The art is unbelievable, the integrations of CG is fluid, and the number of amazing freeze-frame worthy shots is too high to count. The bad news is that the story is little more than a severely shortened retelling of the events of the older series. This means much less time spent on characters like Seres Victoria (a police-girl who becomes a vampire and joins the Hellsing organization) and uber-cool Hellsing director Integra; but it also means more hardcore action featuring that god of all vampire anti-heroes the "No Life King" himself, Alucard. In the end it's a more than even trade and both series should absolutely be viewed by fans of vampires, anime, or anyone who wants to see some seriously cool action. The story moves along at a dizzying pace, almost as though the director knew we'd already seen this all before and was in a rush to get to the awesome fight sequences, which are actually an improvement over the already classic confrontations that many of us have watched over and over. If anything, deranged priest Father Anderson has only gotten more insane and awesome; his battle with Alucard that kickstarts the protestant Hellsing's war with the rival catholic Iscariot Organization is, as expected, the highlight of this installment.Read more ›
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