(NOTE: Due to computer issues, Tomato was unable to post his article today. Thankfully, good friend Manga4Life has allowed us to re-post his “Hellsing” review. — RacattackForce)
Hello there, I’m Manga4life, and today I am going to be doing a review of “Hellsing”, an anime series loved by many fans of the medium and one of the most revered vampire-esq series of the past 10 years. To kick things off, I’ll talk a little bit about the story: it starts off with a member of the Hellsing Organization named Alucard, who meets a girl named Seras who was a member of the police force, but soon became a member of Hellsing after allowing Alucard to become her master vampire. From there, the Hellsing Organization gave Seras and her team a bunch of missions that seemed to drag on and on, and sooner than later I stopped caring what they were after and I found myself waiting impatiently for the ending credits. Story-wise, Hellsing started off really promising, but after a few episodes I began to become bored with the dialog which went from fun and interesting to boring and predictable. The action was also sparse, and that caused 20-minute episodes to feel like they were well over an hour. I was kind of bummed out toward the end, because a lot of people gave this series rave reviews and I was really excited to grab a cup and drink it’s kool-aid. But what I find to be boring and bland, to many out there is exciting and full of flavor, so check the series out yourself and feel free to let me know what you think.
Even though the story was a little dull for my tastes, there were many things about Hellsing that I enjoyed, one of those things were the sound effects. They were excellent and really gave the anime a really gloomy & dark feel. Everything from gunshots to footsteps were very well done, and it was the little things like which made the dull story bearable while watching through it. The music throughout the series was enjoyable as well: though there is nothing too top-notch here, the score helped to set the mood and some of the tracks are download-worthy (such as the opening theme). I wouldn’t run out and buy the soundtrack or anything, but it is worth noting for a job well done. One major selling point of this series is the character of Alucard: he has become iconic in the anime world, and a lot of Hellsing fans love the character, myself included, but other than himself, no other character really stood out as being someone who could anchor this series and draw in fans. That alone is one reason I didn’t connect with this series as so many others have: I usually enjoy many focal characters who are enjoyable and have some substance to them.
As far as the animation in Hellsing goes, I do want to say that it’s very well drawn and the animation is very good. It’s dark and eerie at times, and it definitely gives off the creepy look that the creative team was shooting for (being a vampire tale and all), so great job to the artists and animators who worked on this series. With all that said, it’s now time for me to tally up the scoring on my usual 1-10 rating scale, so without taking up anymore of your time….
Art & Animation – 8.75/10
Music & Sound Effects – 9.0
Story & Writing – 6.0
Fun – 6.0
Overall – 6.5