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Hellsing, Vol. 1 (Hellsing #1)

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En Angleterre, l'organisation secrète Hellsing agit pour protéger le pays des forces du mal, dont les vampires. Force de frappe de l'Église protestante, ce groupe dispose d'une arme secrète des plus inattendues : Alucard, vampire surpuissant et apparemment invulnérable.
Mais leur mission se corsera quand ils devront faire face au Vatican et aux brigades anti-monstres de l'É
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Paperback, 206 pages
Published August 27th 2004 by Tonkam (first published September 1st 1998)
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Monica!
I want to explain, friends, before we get to the body of this review, that honest to God I had some legitimate things to say about this manga, and I was all excited because it’s one of the better series I’ve started recently, but Miriam went, “Amazing idea: act out the plot with a vegetable diorama” to which I was like, “What?” and she was all, “Vampire carrots!!” and I was like, “But…” and she was all, “DO IT” and I was like okay because yes.

(“Anything you carve a face into, you have to eat,” s
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Rachel
I read the first eight volumes of this some time back—between one and four years ago—and the other day I noticed that volumes nine and ten were available, picked them up, and concluded the series.

I suppose I have a love-hate relationship with Hellsing, and for two very obvious reasons.

On the side of love are Sir Integra Wingate Hellsing, the titular heroine of the series, a no-nonsense, hard-as-nails woman whom singlehandedly runs an organization devoted to keeping England free of freaks and mo
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Macksat
The plague of my high school grades. I read the first volume and then watched the original anime. After the character designs of the tv show, the art in the first volume made me nervous, but not nearly as much as I was dissatisfied by the ending of the tv anime. So when I realized that the manga followed a completely different storyline after the first book, I was devouring the chapters online. The art style is so unique for manga, so gritty and mecha while still being so sensual and raw. And no ...more
Vanessa
There was once a time in which I was going through a particularly embarrassing vampire phase. I would read anything and everything to do with vampires, whether the content was good (Bram Stoker's Dracula), boring (L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries), or so bad that its awfulness has now become the general consensus (Twilight).

...I also went through a particularly embarrassing manga phase around then.

I don't quite remember how I got my paws on Hellsing, but I do know that once I did, I was hooked. The
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Sadie Forsythe
I absolutely love Hellsing, a little less by the end than in the beginning, but still five stars worth. It is dark, gritty, gothic and just this side of insane. The baddies are bad, but the hero is even worse. Alucard is a psychotic, blood thirsty, vampire with a wry sense of morbid humor. He truly revels in the carnage he creates. Sir Integra Wingate, who by the way is female, is my favorite type of woman—strong, flinch-less, and in complete mastery of an overpowering mythical force, not to men ...more
Nick
Overall Rating:
Manga - A+
Original anime series - B
New anime series - A+

Summary: Hellsing is a manga series by Kouta Hirano. Hellsing chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secret Royal Order of Protestant Knights, Hellsing, as it combats vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural foes who threaten the kingdom of England. The main character, Alucard (Dracula cleverly spelled backwards), is used to kill other supernatural creatures, and makes Seras Victoria (a cop he shoots to kill another va
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LAnn
Having enjoyed the anime for Hellsing, for the most part, I picked up the manga with a bit of excitement. I was ready to see how the manga was compared to the anime and, I hoped, that it would be better by a wide margin. I felt cheated when I finished.

It's not that the anime for Hellsing is any better, it's that I had many problems with the dialogue through the manga. The dialogue for Alexander Anderson was impossible to understand. I sat there for about fifteen minutes trying to decipher what h
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Kereesa
In the world of Hellsing lies a secret organization in the midst of England. Its purpose? To defend the country from things that go bump in the night. And at its core is a deadly weapon: Aluchard, an ancient vampire, who's very badass. And has quite good aim with a gun.

Hellsing doesn't really have a whole lotta originality going for it. Secret organization killing monsters? Vampire turned hunter? Lots of other sub-plots tucked in? I've seen it before. What Hellsing does have, however, is a bit
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Sakura Yue Michaelis
I do not know why it took me TWO DAYS! to finish this manga. The concept, plot and characters are great. Hellsing is an british organization who hunts vampires, ghouls, etc. Their best agent is Alucard, who is also a vampire, but not in the traditional way. The Chief is a woman, Integra, who was the one who practically saved Alucard in the past... or at least, brought him to life again.

While Alucard was hunting some vampires, he met a virgin, Victoria, and to saave her, he had to turn her into a
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John Leonardo
I liked Kohta Hirano’s manga HELLSING. The manga is about the story of Alucard and his vampire hunting adventure. The story is based in England. It is about a vampire named Alucard. He is a vampire hunter who kills other vampires to stop the human race from going extinct. I really liked the part when Alucard fights the Paladin because the action is very entertaining. I would recommend this book to the manga readers because as a manga reader I really liked this book
Kate
I've been wanting to read this manga for a while, since I first saw it on the shelf. I thought the connection of Hellsing (a family corporation that hunts vampires) to Van Helsing (the legendary vampire hunter) was a great idea. At first I wasn't sure about the gender of one of the characters (Integra - it's a girl), but overall I liked the character design. It's a weird concept, that a Japanese manga would be set in London and Europe. The Scottish (?) accent of one of the priests was a bit diff ...more
Mᴀʟxᴏx ♥


It's been a long while since I've found a good book revolving around vampires. Ever since twilight no one has wanted to read anything about them and aren't writing it as often. Now don't get me wrong, I'm a total twihard, and this is way more creative and .... It's badassery level is through the damn roof, but my point still stands. It's a freaking manga, it's going to be fucking awesome. And it is, just .... Ugh ... I'm so jealous of such genius x.x <3
Andrewcharles420
Hellsing is the (Protestant) British government agency combatting the supernatural, named after the main family in its service. While that family is human, they employ/control a uniquely powerful vampire, Alucard. This volume contains 6 serialized issues where Sir (Lady?) Integra Hellsing is shown getting into the family business, and Alucard showcases his abilities and recruits an accomplice (creatively called 'Police Girl', so far).

I like comics, religious lore, and vampires, so this seemed li
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Anna
First read this in high school, I believe. Just as good the second time around. An excellent translation, fast paced story, and interesting characters. I remember the series becoming increasingly political, which got boring, but maybe I'll like it better this time around.

I don't think it was necessary for Hirano to write out Anderson's Irish accent - that was a bit of a pain, but I was able to read it anyway.

The stylized violence is interesting.
Despair Speaking
To be honest, it was the drawing style that put me off. It's not dedicated to detail, can be inconsistent, and is, bluntly put, quite ugly. But the cases Alucard is called to solve are good and the characters were fine too. The gory scenes were well-portrayed. Despite the fact that it's hardly different from other vampire fiction that involve kickass vampires working for humans, it is an entertaining and worthwhile.
Travis
Basically, it's 'Hellboy' done as manga and replacing Hellboy with a really bad ass vampire.
Very dark, violent and creepy, but at the same time very clever, and funny.

The relationship between Alucard and his protege is interesting, and I love the over top feuding between the two secret religious groups.

Great visual style to this manga that has quickly become one of my favorites.
Robert
I picked this up at the library today because I had not read a graphic novel (or Manga) in AGES and until I started reading it I forgot how fun these are to read. They go quick and the story just flies. It only takes about an hour or two to read the entire thing cover to cover.

The drawings even though they are in black and white are superb and show the progression of the story so well. Hirano did a fantastic job creating the world of Helsing a vampire who hunts the evil with of all things the h
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Aude
I have already seen the animated series and I have found it amazing. I had high expectations for the manga and I have really enjoyed the fact that the atmosphere is different from the show.
For this first volume, I can't help myself talking about the animated series.
I have found that the manga was not as "serious" as the animated series. They are a lot of "fun" parts (you know : when characters make funnny heads because something awkward happens) that balance well the violence of the manga.
The ma
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Melissa
I normally don't read manga, but I really enjoyed this one. I also watched the anime series that goes with this. It's very good. Extremely violent, but good. You gotta love "Alucard" the main vampire character. (Dracula backwards)
Dan
This is actually a re-read for me. I read Hellsing a few years back and I absolutely loved it. One of my favorite manga's of all time!
Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson
It's a fun way to start off one of the greatest guilty pleasure manga series of all time. The artwork, while VERY detailed and cool, is still sometimes hard to make out and the characters don't always look anatomically sound. Another thing to note is that the +13 rating on the back cover is WAY misleading, as the whole series is drenched with bloody violence of every (emphasis: EVERY) kind, along with lots of profanity. None of that bothers me (I find it to be part of the series' charm and fun f ...more
Gloria
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Joseph R.
Hellsing is a manga (Japanese-style comic) about a secret group protecting England from supernatural threats. The Hellsing group is family-run Protestant (presumably Church of England) covert operation that takes care of vampires, zombies, ghouls, and other hazards that the local police can't handle. This story begins with the death of the head of Hellsing, who is passing the company on to his daughter Integra. His brother isn't happy about this and decides to hunt her down and kill her before e ...more
Zarakoda
Five stars for an incredible, tangible dark atmosphere full of ghouls, vampires, and gun-wielding Protestants and Catholics. Five stars for the artwork depicting it.

Honestly, though, I couldn't give a final rating for Hellsing above three stars because... well...

...I'm just not used to gothic graphic novels. This was, obviously, a very dark, graphic graphic novel, at least for my standards, and I feel it takes getting used to before I can honestly say whether or not I enjoyed it. I drank the atm
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Kate
I sort of wanted to give this more of a three and half star rating but, damn you goodreads, I don't have that option. I've seen the first two OVAs (aka "Hellsing Ultimate") and have been intrigued if not totally impressed. This first volume, which corresponds with the first OVA, does its job well enough and is pretty much the script of the OVA, which makes sense. There are few extra things going on but stuff that I can see being cut for an hour long anime.

Anyway, I was supposed to be talking abo
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Franco Facchini
SPOILERS ADELANTE!!!

Obviamente mi crítica va hacia el manga completo, ya que es un poco complicado ponerse a criticar cada uno de los volúmenes de todos los mangas que leí o que leo actualmente.

Hellsing es realmente impresionante, yo adoro las historias de los vampiros clásicos, los vampiros despiadados, inmortales, que defienden a su raza de los impuros y defectuosos.

Alucard defiende completamente esa idea, especialmente siendo el gran y único rey de los vampiros Dracula.

La cantidad de gore es
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Liz
I was introduced to "Hellsing" through the anime, of which I never managed to see more than four or five episodes. This first volume in the series seems to cover most of those episodes, but it's obvious that the writers of the anime took a few liberties with the script.

The concept that only virgins can become vampires was definitely not in the anime (and makes you wonder a bit about Alucard), or the bit about vampires only being able to turn those of the opposite gender. Can't say that I care fo
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Susan
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Taylor
Dec 25, 2012 Taylor rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens, Comic Fans, Manga Fans, Vampire Fans, Vampire Hunter Fans, Horror Enthusiasts
Recommended to Taylor by: Friend
Hellsing is yet another tale about vampires and vampire hunters. And I know what you're thinking. Old news, right? Wrong. Hirano takes a whole new spin on the genre, creating an interesting story, woven with religion and the original Dracula stories. The Hellsing organization hunts down vampires and dispatches them with their ultimate weapon, another vampire under Sir Integra's control named Alucard. While on one mission to free a village of a vampire masquerading as a priest, a young police wom ...more
Qiling Liang
Just wondering, has anyone watch the original anime? I personally think the opening song is fantastic. Hellsing Ultimate doesn't have opening theme at all.

Alucard is a fantastic vampire who don't stalk a girl while she's sleeping or love a girl just because her blood smells tasty. And he doesn't sparkle like some vampires sparkle. Sera Victoria is not a Mary Sue or a loser who thinks she is not pretty all the time or must cling on some creepy stalker who claimed that he loves her. Sounds familia
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Kohta Hirano (平野 耕太 Hirano Kōta) is a Japanese mangaka most famous for his manga Hellsing. Starting his career first as a mangaka's assistant (self-described as "horrible" and "lazy" in said assistant position), and later an H manga artist, he went on to enjoy somewhat limited success with other relatively unknown manga titles such as Angel Dust, Coyote, Gun Mania and Hi-Tension. His first major s ...more
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