Hellsing Ultimate Episode 1

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After the disappointment of the first attempt at adapting this unwieldy, crazed, insane opus, I figured that I would go to the newer adaptation and see how it fares against the 2001 series. And when all is said and done, this is eons better than the other Hellsing anime.

Alucard is the vampire in the service of the Hellsing organization, hunting vampires in England and destroying them. On one night, he ends up killing a policegirl named Seras Victoria, who he then turns into a vampire. She is now his lackey as he faces the weaker vampires in England, the Catholic Church, and a mysterious shadow organization.

The story here belongs to Alucard, who takes advantage of the limelight at every possible second. Seras is now, like in the manga, a sidekick character (for now), but she has more agency, even in this hour of animation.

Speaking of animation, this is what happens when some energy and production values is given to ANY PROJECT. While there are noticeable shortcuts, especially in the last 15 minutes, the animation flows smoothly and the lighting and character designs are just what they need to be: very cartoony and over-the-top. Alexander Anderson in this episode has the biggest improvement, especially in his fight with Alucard. This is how this story should be animated.

However, this episode did have a major flaw: pacing. The episode plays out like a series of scenes loosely connected by a single point. There doesn’t seem to be a plot, just exposition with action thrown in. It might be nitpicky (especially since this series is best enjoyed with your brain off), but it is noticeable.

However, that is one flaw. The episode succeeds by being extremely entertaining and we can only hope that the rest of the series is as well.

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Author: criticoffilm

Amateur film and anime critic, animation enthusiast, hopeful writer

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