The Vatican and the Knights Templar vs. Nazi zombies in zeppelins vs. the Church of England and vampires. How could this possibly go wrong?
That’s right, it can’t. It is exactly as wonderful as it sounds.
Stylistically this is a very interesting series. It likes to make things very epic by having the characters take their time talking and shouting at their enemies. They’ll repeat the same phrase multiple times, building up intensity. “SEARCH AND DESTROY!” “AAAAMMMMENNN!” It sounds kind of corny when you describe it but somehow it works really well. There’s this epic buildup between two characters, which is then resolved in a series of rapid, well-animated violent exchanges, interspersed with more talking and buildup. It also intersperses this gory, epic storyline with random cutesy comedic scenes to help reduce the tension in between fights.
Be warned that Hellsing is extremely violent and bloody. The gore is stretched to such ridiculous levels though that I didn’t find it all that disturbing. (By the way, the scene in the screenshot above was my favorite in the show. Since episode nine every single fight had been this drawn out, dramatic affair. This guy blocks Integra’s entrance to the zeppelin and I’m prepared for another. But before he can even finish his introduction she blows his brains out. A great way to make use of broken user expectations, similar to the episodic rituals in Penguindrum and Utena.)
- Storytelling – A – Great build up and execution of the fights.
- Voice – A – Undead Nazis vs. the inquisition vs. vampires.
- Characters – A – Gives everyone their chance in the sun. Even the pathetic, cowardly tiny guy with glasses becomes this enormous badass.
- Attention Grab – A – Despite the repetitive nature of the dialogue and the fights, it always leaves me wanting more.
- Production – A – Looks great. Excellent voice acting. Especially Anderson.
- Overall – A-
Recommendations – Black Lagoon