Hellsing Ultimate 01

Hellsing Ultimate 01

YES!!! IT’S OUT!! Well, not the DVD version, but the pre-release airing over TV, so quality isn’t top-notch, but still, really really good.
The first OVA mainly focuses on events in the first volume of the manga, which is the introduction of the characters, Seras Victoria’s induction into Hellsing and the infamous fight between Alucard and Alexander. Fans of the Hellsing series will no doubt have no need for summaries for this.

First of all, Hellsing Ultimate is more faithful to the manga’s style, with the art closely following Kouta-sensei’s style rather than the earlier TV series.This is most noted by the inclusion of the funny SD sequence in the middle of the episode, closely mirroring Kouta-sensei’s liking for including in SD sequences in non-action parts of the story.The animation is great, as expected and the action sequences are fantastic to behold as well.

However, there are a few down points as well, which is the general feeling of it being rushed. Seras’s induction to Hellsing was cut to only a few short moments and the action then jumps to the first Alucard vs Alexander fight. There wasn’t too much focus on Seras, but this is in accordance to the manga, although I would’ve liked it if they introduced her properly. I suspect there are parts cut off to fit in the TV screening as this episode only ran for 27 minutes rather than the reported 35 minutes. I guess we’ll have to wait for the DVD to come out to compare.
Ok, just read from the Animesuki forums that this is supposed to be a “digest” version of the OVA, whihc pretty much confirms my thoughts :). I’ll cover the DVD as well, when it’s released on the 10th later.

One more disappointment was the new soundtrack. I was hoping for the reuse of the original TV series soundtrack as any decent Hellsing fan worth his salt would tell you that it was the only high point of the Gonzo production. The new soundtrack is OK, but not as impressive as the TV series’ one :(.

I had a field day taking screenshots, so enjoy the 135 I took. It took me quite a while to crop it to that figure from the original 300+ I took :).

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95 Comments

  1. Jeannette Said,

    May 16, 2006 @ 12:35 am

    Yay! im gonna buy the DVD today ^ ^…hope nothing else catches my eye @ @

  2. Zanath Kariashi Said,

    May 28, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    I saw the tv sample and thought I was going to be disappointed for all the wait. *Chuckles* Then I stumbled across that one site a few posts up by accident. *grin* I have the first vol. of manga so I was able to compare both ( after watching it through once). It in my opinion is near-perfect. If they maintain this kind of accuraccy through out the other volumes, then it’s going to be awesome.

  3. Ali D Said,

    June 6, 2006 @ 5:56 am

    Just saw the first ep. This one is promising to stay closer to the manga story line and if you have read it, you will know how awsome it gets!

  4. Rodrigo Mr Integra Said,

    June 9, 2006 @ 4:42 am

    Sera que tem essas OVAS para download em algum sire?

  5. Trilandun Said,

    June 14, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

    So is this anime an english dub, or is it still in subtitles?

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    June 15, 2006 @ 1:36 am

    For now, this is a new OVA, in Japanese. English subs may be found from http://www.mahou.org/.

  7. hellsing Said,

    June 26, 2006 @ 10:26 pm

    any1 noes where to download hellsing ost epi 2 n so on…. ??

  8. does heaven meet hell? Said,

    July 4, 2006 @ 12:28 am

    clip to second ova (maybe)
    http://impure-souls.deviantart.com/journal/6327623/
    doesn’t appear to be anything i’ve seen from the anime

  9. does heaven meet hell? Said,

    July 4, 2006 @ 12:48 am

    undoubtedly my favourite anime
    is it just me or are good animes never quite good enough?
    loved the depths of darkness i was dragged into but
    a feeling lingers of incompleteness of the journey
    albeit great artistic ingenuity,
    red nights and jazz to name a few
    wouldv’e expected some sort of vampire hunter d sountrack
    nevertheless it worked
    otherwise, same boat as rest of you
    waiting patiently
    probably wont be fully satisfied but will love above all else no doubt

  10. hellsing Said,

    July 10, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

    eh.. can help me ? hellsing episode 10 where integra was having operation, there is a music.. some1 whistlering.. any1 noe the name of the music or can any1 tell me where can i dl it or can any1 send it to me ?

  11. Khazar Said,

    July 11, 2006 @ 4:08 am

    !!! Exeption !!! here is it :)

    Hellsing Ultimate i see forward to it ;)
    Amen.

  12. Khazar Said,

    July 13, 2006 @ 3:04 am

    give me your email adress and i can try to give you :)

  13. blue shadows Said,

    July 13, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

    justin grandit, hellsing has awesome dubbing, so try listening to it in english. if you have already then i must tell you this: Alucard sounds much better in english than japanese, and this is thanks to Crispin Freeman, my fave voice actor (alucard’s eng voice in hellsing, and he also did rude’s voice in ff7 advent children). subs dont always kickass. crispin freeman’s voice is something that you dont forget, it is what made the hellsing anime famous in the US. any true hellsing fan would watch it in english, u dont have an excuse not to.

    on a higher note, bought a copy of the fisrt ova episode, loved it, hoping to get it in English soon as i find it.

    those of you who havent read the manga, i highly recamend it to you.

    Yes! dracula bluthochzeit would be a great song for hellsing, though i doubt they’ll buy the rights to put it in the anime.

  14. does heaven meet hell? Said,

    July 13, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

    trinity blood is a decent anime worthy of any hellsing fan

  15. blue shadows Said,

    July 14, 2006 @ 1:51 am

    agreed. though i still like hellsing more!

  16. MeanyMortal Said,

    July 22, 2006 @ 1:42 am

    Blue Shadows, english or japanese is a matter of taste. Personally I never really liked Alucard’s english voice but I love the japanese one.

    Episode 2 is soon to have release, I just can’t wait! =)

  17. Kenkaku Said,

    August 1, 2006 @ 11:30 pm

    anybody got an exact date on the release of the second episode?

  18. kacpy Said,

    August 2, 2006 @ 1:52 am

    Current release date for HELLSING II is August 25.

  19. Frazy Cuck Said,

    August 5, 2006 @ 8:28 am

    I’m a hellsing fan, and I agree that I appreciate hellsing for its gritty feel, and this just made up for the TV series, although I was hoping that seras wouldn’t be so much of a fan service

    …and as much as I like E Nomine’s Dracul’s Bluthochzeit, there is just too much talking. The songs are to tell a story… don’t want to sound too negative, but I LOVE THESE PICS!!

    _Kurogane: Combined both comments._

  20. Demonology Said,

    August 8, 2006 @ 2:40 am

    I love this pre-release. It was way better than the Hellsing TV-series, and (like you said) more loyal to the manga. Can’t wait until the DVD is out.

  21. ana karen Said,

    August 22, 2006 @ 9:59 am

    hola! jeje yo soy mexicana pero hablo ingles! asi que a ver quien entiende lo que estoy diciendo jeje esque yo soy fan de hellsing y aqui en mexico casi no conozco a gente que tambien le guste este anime.bueno a ver quien me entiende y a ver si me puede agregar mi msn es anakaren_2116@hotmail.com

  22. Jose Reyes Said,

    August 29, 2006 @ 10:38 am

    Hey yo te entiendo todo lo que dices, no puedo creer que mexico pasan a hellsing por la television, mira de que parte de mexico eres yo vivo en Londres y soy un buen fun the Hellsing y muchas otras animes

  23. jack_bauer Said,

    September 3, 2006 @ 10:55 am

    english please OMFG have you guys seen the second ova?! :D!!!!

  24. unknown Said,

    September 7, 2006 @ 12:32 am

    may i noe is walter a vampire or human ? if human how come he has powers ?

  25. adrian Said,

    September 8, 2006 @ 10:42 am

    HELLSING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awsome pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Omegastealth Said,

    September 19, 2006 @ 12:33 pm

    Does anyone know the significance of the quote from the Ripley Scrolls?
    “The Bird of Hermes is my name, eating my wings to make me tame”
    Is it a reference to Arucard in that his power is being limited by Hellsing in order to control him? Or is it something else?

    This anime is certainly going to be far better than the ‘original’. I’ve only watched the first episode, but it looks absolutely awesome.

  27. Ziggy85 Said,

    October 2, 2006 @ 2:29 am

    Hellsing rocks harder than Jesus lol but ya the OVA version looks pretty good lacking the cool intro and stylish music of the first 13 eps but like anything it will only get better (hopefully =P) anyways I am Canadian and I herd the the realese date for the OVA version on DVD was 12/5/06 December,5/2006 for your nubs =P is that a true date cuz Ive looked for the english version on DVD on big name sites but can’t find it so I am guessing that the english version will come out on that date specified above.

  28. I Said,

    October 9, 2006 @ 4:16 pm

    The 2nd OVA is great!

    I´m looking forward to the next parts!

  29. Raizen Said,

    October 11, 2006 @ 1:14 am

    The original OVA for Hellsing was great. The manga is just greater than great. And the fact that Ultimate is following the lines of the manga is just JAW DROPPING, DROOLINGLY, BONERIFICALLY AWESOME!! I don’t care what the price will be, but this anime is a MUST to the collection. Yah I read on Geneon’s official website, geneonanimation.com that Geneon’s official first volume with the first two OVA eps. is being released on the 5th of December 2006. I’ve already pre-ordered. CAN”T WAIT! Both Japanese and English vocals for Arucard are superb, but if I had to pick for the one that best captured the essence of the true Nosferatu, it would the be original Japanese vocal. I enjoy both. And just for any Noobs who always wonder why it’s “Arucard” and “Alucard”; It is that in Japan, they don’t have the “L” sound/letter pronounced, so in substitution it’s “ru”. Both are right in their own context. I prefer the Japanese pronunciation. It just rolls across the tongue better, and sounds more powerful which the Japanese language is like.

    I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS NEW SERIES TO COMPLETE!!! acutally I would rather it not to end…

  30. KlaudiA Said,

    October 24, 2006 @ 12:24 am

    Hmmm no cóz widze ze jako jedyna jestem z polski ale cóz hmm sadze za anime całkiem całkiem ale manga o niebo lepsza :)) hehe jak cos to piszcie jesli cos zrozumiecie :))

  31. not gonna tell you Said,

    November 6, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

    I am very sorry, but i must say that this version, although keeping to the manga storyline, looks to me to be far too Americanized, and i shall therefore not contribute to the funding of this “anime” as you all call it, yes it is bloodier, yes it is by the manga, and yes it keeps most of the original artist’s style, but it is way too Americanized, the Japanese wouldnt make something this…gorey, even to entertain us Americans, i am deeply sorry, but if i must rate this, i would give it an A for effort, but F for overall.

  32. Zanath Kariashi Said,

    November 29, 2006 @ 1:35 pm

    ……you’re joking right? True Japanese anime evented gore….and sex…and most of that other stuff people get all excited over. Amercia just copied it so much that it seems the norm. However, enough about that.

    EPISODE 2 IS AWESOME!?!?!?!? Can’t wait for english language version of the first, which comes out day after my B-Day. I’ve been stuck with the spanish subtitled for soooo long….I was actually hoping to preview it on Youtube or something first though, just as a percaution, but I’m weak of will….I’ll buy it anyway, and just switch on the subtitles with japanese dialog if I think the english isn’t good enough….Also, can’t wait for the offical subs for episode 2, ones I ended up with are pretty good, but the horrible grammer and litteral translations lessen the effect. Can’t wait for episode 3. It’ll be good to see Dandy Man getting his due, animated. And at last baring no relation to the tv anime version, which should at least keep people from getting confused….I really need to go buy the manga sometime…it’s been forever since I read 3-6.

  33. Fawnet Said,

    November 30, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

    …yeah. I mean, the OVA is pretty violent, but it’s only fleshing out scenes from the manga, which is equally violent. And the manga is pretty definitively Japanese, so…*shrug*
    Not that I blame you, I actually think the OVA is going to appall some people, just as it overjoys some others. But there’s nothing particularly “Americanised” about it. it’s just a violent–and fascinating–story.

  34. Ember Skylark Said,

    January 2, 2007 @ 2:13 am

    I just received the hellsing ultimate dvd that has been released and I enjoy it thoroughly as I did the manga and the laste tv series. The only real problems I have are A. The translators did a horrible job on some Key things on the packageing the spell Alucard Arucard, big problem, well to me any way. In Japan they have a hard pernouncing certain letters which puts people into thinking that it is allways spelled the way it is pronounced, this is wrong. Fleaks?? I dunno now maybee their doing it on purpose or maybee it comes with what I said earlier about pronunciation. Oh well I enjoyed your Review and your screen shots are wonderful. Have fun, Ja.

  35. Ember Skylark Said,

    January 2, 2007 @ 2:20 am

    Oh dear I forgot to menton the other thing that bothered me but I will state this is my oppinion. B. I loved the old voice actors they really got into character but in this one most of the voice actors are sadly lacking. Alucard is wonderful of course. And so is Integra and Seras but Walter and Alexander Anderson and most of the others I found very much lacking. My sugestion to those like me, watch it japaneses you wont be so dissapointed as the the voices and translations oh well

  36. James Said,

    January 4, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

    does anyone know when the next edition of the ultimate edition is coming out?

  37. DarknessjoyOfnightmares Said,

    January 10, 2007 @ 8:02 am

    I have both that dvd (yes i have the dvd) n the collection series i say its awesome XD but my bestfriend freaked at the prev part XD oh and nice pics of the ultimate series!

  38. emmanuel Said,

    January 26, 2007 @ 8:55 am

    ey puya hellsig es la megor serie que pudo inbetar anime

  39. CAS Said,

    February 14, 2007 @ 2:07 am

    This is in regards to the last post by “Ember Skylark Said”

    Umn you musted not have watched the original tv series because all of the voice actors from the 2001 series are present in the 2006 OVA. (Main Characters) the American voice actors, I just got thru watching the trailer and was trying to figure out what you were talking about? Same voices kid, try again and next time make sure you got your’e facts straight! ;)

  40. Foxxieluv07 Said,

    February 20, 2007 @ 10:30 am

    Oh My God thank u soo much thats all i can say i’ve had my alucard fix i thought i would die. When did the 1st Ep come out. NEED MORE!

  41. Emma Said,

    February 24, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

    The first episode came out in (English) on December 5th. The second one is due out in English on the 31st of March, and the third one…They had a set date for February 7, but unfortunately got delayed due to making the figure (I know, rather sad). No trailer has been released for the third OVA, but pictures have! I don’t have a direct link, however. I’ll try to remember to post back when I get any other scrap of information for the second OVA and the third.

    Oh and to the voice-actor comments, there are a few new actors. A main one is the actor of Alexander Anderson, and I find it beautiful. It’s a natural Scottish accent (the Paladin is SCOTTISH, thank you) and it rolls off the tongue. Lovely, if I say so myself.

  42. ben Said,

    February 28, 2007 @ 11:45 am

    since OVAs are more heavily based on the manga, this will most likely make more sense than the original show. I’ve read a couple of the mangas, and watched all 13 episodes of the show on the internet. I love it! this one looks beautiful. and I have yet to see it, I will probably end up buying it (and the second) though.

  43. Rane Said,

    February 28, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

    So, still nothing new about the third OVA and its delay?

  44. Rane Said,

    March 16, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

    Righto, seems like 4.4.2007 is now the new release date for the third OVA.
    Hopefully, it’ll hold.

    http://www.geneon-ent.co.jp/rondorobe/anime/hellsing/

  45. M Said,

    May 1, 2007 @ 2:28 am

    OMG ALUCAAAAAAAAARD! *megaglomps* XD

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