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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: A-
- Extras Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 16 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 29.98/34.98
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Hellsing
Hellsing Vol. #1
By Mark McPherson
November 16, 2002
Release Date: July 23, 2002
We've all seen vampire anime like Vampire Princess Miyu and Vampire Hunter D, but none of these titles even come close to explaining Hellsing.
Audio: Pretty standard Dolby 2.0. Nothing flashy, but nothing bad either.
Video: For such a dark series, the video quality holds up pretty well. I found no grain or pixelation anywhere. Solid work by Pioneer.
Packaging: Love the blood-red cover with Alucard's devilish face splashed in. Plus, the insert contains a little mini-poster. Nice.
Menu: While not having much of anything to do with the show, the menus look pretty cool. Using a blood bag as the title menu is pretty clever and the added cold smoke was a nice touch. These are some of the most gorgeous menus I've seen in awhile.
Extras: Nothing fancy. Just a textless opening, some production sketches and a nice music video. Actually, the music video alone is worth buying this disc.
Content: So just what kind of vampire is this Alucard? Is he mysterious and secretive like D or cunning and intelligent like Miyu. The answer? Niether.
Alucard is the first vampire in anime to be a complete psychopath. He loves killing and actually gets his kicks from it. It's rare a moment won't go by where Alucard isn't smiling. Always nice to have a cheerful vampire. He works for the British agency called Hellsing that helps defend Britain against vampires terrorizing the public. However, Alucard is the only vampire within Hellsing.
Enter Seras Victoria. Shes a perky police officer who ends up being caught in all this vampire madness. However, Alucard offers Victoria a chance to take charge of situations rather than let herself be the victim by becoming a vampire. Naturally, she accepts, but she isn't quite ready for the duties as a vampire.
Throughout these three episodes, Seras learns the proper protocal of the Hellsing organization while Alucard makes a new nemisis. His name is Paladin Alexander Anderson of Escariot, a race of people exterminating vampires before Hellsing existed. Except Anderson uses weapons of God to fight his enemies. Naturally, Anderson is a bit of a challenge for Alucard.
As for the content, Hellsing thrives on violence. The most insane type of action that usually ends with someone losing a limb (or a head). So if that doesn't gross you out, or you got a fetish for that kind of thing, this is your kinda show.
Overall, these first three episodes provide a good introduction to a great vampire series. Highly recommended to all fans of violence.
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