Hellsing vs Hellsing ultimate what’s better
The original Hellsing anime had to abort the manga plot halfway through due to a lack of material (for the manga was young in those days), leaving the rest as filler.
It also suffered from a lack of funding and interest from the director.
While I quite enjoyed it (enough so that the first fanfic I ever read was a Hellsing fic) in the days before Hellsing Ultimate existed and before I’d read the manga, it doesn’t hold a candle to the OVAs.
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Hellsing Ultimate is a series of OVAs that follows the Hellsing manga very faithfully and with MUCH higher production values.
It also finished the manga plot and even covered The Dawn, the 6 chapter prequel manga.
However, it did cut some minor early elements of character development for a time, since there was some measure of an assumption that the audience would have already seen the original anime.
It’s annoying, but Fullmetal Alchemist
Once you’re done with the original plot I’ll also recommend Team Four Star’s parody, Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, which is completely hilarious.
As others have pointed out, the original had to come up with their own villain and plot after a little bit. I actually enjoyed incognito as a villain tbh.
Also pointed out already, Hellsing focused on substance while ultimate focused on style.
There was a major boost in art style and gore in ultimate (which I enjoyed) but there was not as much character development.
Hellsing vs Hellsing ultimate
In Hellsing, how does Van Helsing defeat Alucard for the first time?
It wasn’t done by Van Helsing alone but by the organization as a whole.
Count, when in London, went to accomplish one of his goals, to take Mina Harker for himself.
Having seen a photograph of her and Jonathan, Dracula found he desired her, and in the middle of the night, he succeeded in biting her.
He proceeded to drink from her and feed to her his own blood, making her into a vampire as well but bonding her to himself as his servant Vampire.
Knowing time is short, and the only way to save Mina is to defeat Dracula, Van Helsing leads a frantic search for the Count.
Due to her telepathic link to the No-Life King, they were able to use Mina to trace Dracula’s steps, finally finding his whereabouts after putting her into a hypnotic state.
The group finally followed the count back to his castle and confronted him for a battle just before dawn.
After a fierce fight, Van Helsing cornered the count and was able to drive a stake through the No-Life King, defeating the Count by the light of the coming dawn.
The wafer marks left Mina’s flesh, a fact that Van Helsing took the opportunity to shout at the disgraced vampire.
However, Abraham decided not to deliver the finishing blow to his felled foe, instead of taking Dracula’s now powerless form with him back to England.
What do Anime fans think of Hellsing?
Here are my thoughts:
Predictably, after a strong start, the plot doesn’t remain tight.
As the episodes went on, I found myself waiting for the end.
You can, of course, look up a lot of reviews about the same, but one thing I really liked about this one was the tone.
The anime felt grimy, and lot lighter in tone than Hellsing Ultimate. It’s soundtrack also appropriately reflected this difference.
Alucard, the protagonist, feels less ‘darker’. The plot doesn’t quite grip you, but just the tone is very enjoyable.
On the other hand, Hellsing Ultimate is executed with more faith to the manga.
The action scenes are more visceral, Alucard is darker, and feels calmer during the quiet sections, and feels more like an unhinged madman during the heavier ones.
The soundtrack loses it’s ‘jazzy, cool’ vibe and takes on a more edgy, orchestral tone.
The finale is a blaze of guns, fire, blood, and undead souls.
For people who’ve watched neither, I’d suggest watching the anime first, apply the three-episode rule.
If you think you want to maximize your experience, spend a lot of time with Alucard, Seras, and Integra, watch both, the anime, followed by the OVA.
If I had to pick one experience though, it would be the OVA, Hellsing Ultimate.
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