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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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Jubilation Lee
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
Jun 02, 2011 Macksat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Zarah
Nov 17, 2014 Zarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 11, 2008 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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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Vanessa
Dec 06, 2012 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, reviewed, manga
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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Oscar  Leal
3 estrellas y media . Un tomo bastante entretenido dentro de lo que cabe que tiene chispazos de calidad pero deja aunadas bastantes expectativas que se quedan asfixiadas en la creatividad del autor . Kohta Hirano tiene una calidad de dibujo bastante buena , realista e impresionante a detalle , pero su calidad para narrar historias deja mucho que desear por todo el relleno argumental que a veces no aporta nada .

La idea esta bastante interesante de crear algo nuevo para el mito del vampirismo , e
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Loremar
Jan 05, 2016 Loremar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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LAnn
Mar 20, 2011 LAnn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars
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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Yue
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
Oct 10, 2014 John Leonardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2009 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-ya, manga, vampires, 2009
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
Anastasiaadamov
This may be one of the rare cases were anime version was more likable. I watched anime version - both of them and really liked it.
Reading the manga was a completely different experience. Both are nicely graphic but also the religious themed violence was a lot easier to digest in the anime version.
The reason I gave it 2 stars is for the authors horrible joke in the end of the volume.
There were certain things about this manga that made it very interesting to read though. It was a sort of multiling
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Ternessa
This is another manga I've been meaning to read for awhile and seeing Crispin Freeman in person at a local convention sealed the deal for me, haha. He's the voice actor of the main character Alucard in the anime version of Hellsing. I had seen a little bit of the anime beforehand so I knew the premise already and in the end I enjoyed this manga. The characters were interesting and the illustrations were very different from what I'm used to. I think my favorite characters in this are Integra and ...more
Nirvana
May 03, 2015 Nirvana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
THIS MANGA IS A NEO-NAZI RECRUITMENT TOOL GEARED TOWARDS YOUR OTAKU CHILDREN. THE NAZIS IN THIS LOATHSOME COMIC ARE TOO CUTE TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY, ESPECIALLY RIP VAN WINKLE AND SCHRÖDINGER. PLUS, THE MANGA FALSELY PROMISES INTERACTION WITH POLICE GIRLS WITH GIGANTIC TITS AND IMMORTALITY IF THEY BECOME A NAZI. THUS, THE INNOCENT, IMPRESSIONABLE READER WILL BE COMPELLED TO SYMPATHIZE WITH PRACTITIONERS OF HITLER'S PHILOSOPHY OF EXTREME NATIONALISM AND EUGENICS. NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOUR CHILDREN W ...more
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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Jeff Lanter
Hellsing Volume One is not the easiest book to review. On one hand, it has really cool looking characters and great action. On the other hand, the plot is a little thin and disjointed in this volume. I don't feel like I know what I'm getting into by reading this whole series. What I do know is that I love vampires and I love vampire hunters and there is something entertaining about a vampire being the hunter.

With that said, the characters are what keeps me interested in Hellsing. Alucard is an i
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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.
Adam Ellison
Oct 03, 2015 Adam Ellison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire lovers, looking for something dark? bloody?
The story might sound ironic and it is but that's not what makes this Vampire story so great. It's not another Bram stoker 'dracula' re-told.

Set in modern England, Royal Order of Protestant Knights, originally led by Abraham Van Helsing. The mission of Hellsing is to search for and destroy the undead and other supernatural forces of evil that threaten the queen and the country (protestant British empire)

Neo-Nazi group called Millennium still exist and are intent on reviving the Third Reich by c
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Travis
Feb 15, 2009 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 16, 2014 Aude rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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
Oct 22, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Sean Cocke
May 01, 2016 Sean Cocke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lynn
Dec 21, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Today's post is on Hellsing volume 1 by Kohta Hirano. It is 204 pages long and is published by Dark Horse Manga. The cover is red and black with the main character on it. The intended reader is someone who likes dark humor, vampires, and high action plots. There is some language, implied sexuality, and lots of violence in this book and series. The story is told from a third person omniscient perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.


From the back of the book- There's a secret organization in England
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Vitor Frazão
Sep 21, 2012 Vitor Frazão rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Claro que este ainda é um volume introdutório, sem grandes lutas, porém, o sádico vampiro Alucard é sempre divertido de ver, em animé ou mangá.
Nerdie
Mar 26, 2015 Nerdie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, comics, manga
Filled with plenty of action and gore. A little cheesy ay times but I love what Kohta has done with the Dracula mythos. >:3
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
Jon Schafle
May 17, 2015 Jon Schafle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, horror
I had heard this was one of the better established manga series, but it was pretty underwhelming. I'm usually all for security church societies, but the Protestant Hellsing organization has to tell you quite a bit how Protestant they are and how Catholics are just a bunch of violent bullies with funny stereotypical accents that see everyone else as heathens? It is an action-packed story with plenty of fight scenes with the main character Alucard killing vampires and their minions with the help o ...more
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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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