Hellsing (Vol. 1) by Kohta Hirano

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Title: Hellsing.
Volume: 1.
Writer(s): Kohta Hirano.
Artist(s): Kohta Hirano.
Translator(s): Duane Johnson.
Letterer(s) and Retouch: Wilbert Lacuna & Studio Cutie.
PublisherDark Horse Manga.

Format
: Hardcover – Deluxe edition.
Release Date: June 14th 2020.
Pages: 696.
Genre(s): Manga, Horror.
ISBN13: 9781506715537.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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13 thoughts on “Hellsing (Vol. 1) by Kohta Hirano

  1. I’ve not read the manga but I did very much enjoy the first anime series. I think they did a latter series Hellsing Ultimate or something similar, but I’ve no clue how that differed from the first, or how either anime differed from the manga. I do remember it very much being of the new monster of the week variety, but I thought it was well done. They did a great job building tension, and if I recall there was still an overarching storyline mostly about Alucard, how he came to be what he was and why he was killing his own kind instead of humans. It was a fairly violent show. Have you seen either anime? I’d be curious to see how they compare to the source material. Enjoyed the review, Lashaan!

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    1. I looked into the anime adaptation and I’m quite glad to hear that you’re familiar with it! I honestly didn’t know if anyone would even know Hellsing so it definitely makes me happy to hear I’m not alone here! 😀 I haven’t seen either adaptation but I won’t exclude them for viewing in a far, far future. For now, I’m focused on completing the manga and to see how it all evolves and ends. One thing’s for sure. If the anime stayed loyal to the manga, the more violent segments must’ve been sooooo epic! I think I recently read that they plan on making a live-action adaptation of Hellsing though. I’ll be paying close attention to any news of that in the future. Thanks for reading, Todd! Always appreciate your thoughts on everything, my friend. 🙂

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  2. Great review, Lashaan! I haven’t read Hellsing but I have for sure heard of it. The way the stories are presented and the overall theme makes me think of D.Gray-Man, a manga that I used to read a few years ago and loved! 😊 I find it very interesting how the Catholic religion inspires so many mangas, too!

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    1. Thanks, Juliette! Speaking of D. Gray-Man, it was one of my favourite manga/anime as a kid too! I was saddened when it came to an end (no more seasons announced) until in recent years when a second season or something came out. I have told myself I’ll revisit the manga for sure. I just need to finish a couple of ongoing manga first hahaha

      And yes, that Catholic religion angle is quite fascinating. I wouldn’t have expected it to be included in such a story but here it is! 😛

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  3. The bloody and dismemberment does not show in these pages you shared, probably luckily for me. As you once commented on one of my posts asking why the male characters in romance were always handsome, I’d like to point out that in what you shared her, the women were …big breasted LOL So I think romance books and manga are both vehicles of stereotypes and fantasies 😉

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    1. Hahah, I purposely avoided taking pictures of those scenes. You’ll just have to pick up the book to see what that’s all about! 😀

      That is indeed something quite common in manga, even more in horror, and horror in any medium too. I guess it’s some kind of consensus between writers where women need to be somehow sexually attractive to counterbalance the horror stuff throughout the story. 😛 Good ol’ stereotypes and fantasies! 😀

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  4. I didn’t notice the indented cross on the cover. I’ve been curious about this one. I saw a copy at the bookstore, but it was wrapped up in plastic so I couldn’t really check out the story or the art. What you’ve mentioned sounds interesting though.

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