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Kouta Hirano - Hellsing 1

The first book in the 10 book manga series

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Vampires, Nazis, Werewolves, OH MY!

  • Jun 19, 2010
Kouta Hirano is not a newcomer to the manga world. His art is well known, and well recognized, and his stories are easily recognized as well.

Volume one of Hellsing is a great introduction to the rest of the series. It sets up the type of humor Hirano is known for, and his type of story telling. His art is dark, very black on white, and suits the theme of the series well.

Hellsing follows the organization of Hellsing, in England, run currently by Integral Hellsing (her name is so much longer than this, but I'm saving you the headache). Hellsing's job? Protect England, and ultimately, the world from vampires, werewolves,and other monsters that crop up to threaten God, the Queen, and country. Sounds like poppycock?

Oh, it gets better.

Their best weapon? Why, Alucard of course. A hundreds year old vampire full of snarky comments and who has quite a way with guns. And his teeth. And under him? The fumbling Victoria Seras. Former member of the human police, she met a rather grisly little accident and was turned into a vampire by none other than Alucard himself.

There are many others, of course, like Walter, the mono-wire wielding butler older than your grandfather who still kicks vampire and zombie butt, Pip the human leader of a band of mercenaries. But these characters get more spotlight in the other volumes.

Volume one is, simply, just a set up for the rest of the series, as every good first volume should be.

Blood, guts, death, vampires, and a bunch of other stuff. Like this sort of thing mixed in with humor, some classic horror, and some good thriller drama? Then go ahead and pick this up, along with the other volumes!

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Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
Ooh lord. Where do I begin with Hellsing? Aside from telling you to go out and read it RIGHT NOW. Oh yeah.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
This is a great story. It tells the story of vampire Alucard and the obstacles he overcomes as he and his master Integra Helsing fights against enemies of England.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Gory and exciting, the Hellsing manga is a great read for anyone familiar with the series. I personally prefer the anime, but the art shines in this.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Hellsing is a thing alright.
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Hellsing (ヘルシング, Herushingu?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It first premiered in Young King Ours in 1997 and ended in September 2008. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Shōnen Gahosha. As of March 2009 all chapters have been released in 10 volumes in Japan. Hellsing chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secret Hellsing Organization, as it combats vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural foes who threaten England.

The manga series is licensed for English language release in North America by Dark Horse Comics, in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, and in Singapore by Chuang Yi. In 2001, Hirano began publishing chapters of a prequel series, Hellsing: The Dawn, in special editions of Young King OURs, with six chapters released as of September 2008.

An anime series of the same name was produced by Gonzo. Directed by Umanosuke Iida, the series was based on the manga, but used a screenplay by Chiaki Konaka and is significantly different from the manga in terms of plot, though it uses some of the same characters and similar character designs. Spanning 13 episodes, it was broadcast on Japan's Fuji Television from October 10, 2001 to January 16, 2002.

An original video animation (OVA) entitled Hellsing Ultimate is being produced by Satelight and Geneon. It follows the manga storyline more closely than the anime. The first episode was released in Japan on January 22, 2006, and as of ...

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Author: Kouta Hirano
Genre: Manga
Publisher: Shonen Gahosha
Date Published: 1997 – 2008

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