Hellsing – Maven

Dracula’s taken a level in badass. The Maven explores how the manga/anime took the classic character to unexpected depths.

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misterprickly
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A fairly good review.

Maven needs to see things beyond what is sexist ’cause her good/bad scale is HUGELY skewed.

The reason why there’s so much hate for Seras Victoria is because she’s kinda… Lame.

BTW… Calling a female character LAME isn’t sexist.

Zeroman2
Guest

I’m going have to somewhat agree. When you have Bad Asses like Alucard an Integra, seras Victoria is a little off-putting. But I always saw her more as the comic relief because of how serious the story and other characters are.

neytari
Guest

I see Seras Victoria as the audience POV. The reason things have to be explained and someone the audience can somewhat relate to. I was surprised to find out people think she’s “lame.” Ah well, different strokes.

TragicGuineaPig
Guest
The thing is, Seras has to grow into her role as a vampire. It’s why Alucard keeps refusing to call her by name, but instead keeps referring to her as “Police Girl”. In his mind, she’s still too much of a hero to be a proper vampire, and must instead learn to embrace her villainous nature. He only starts calling her Seras when she finally consumes blood of her own free will. In Ultimate, she becomes a total badass as a result; she consumes Pip, taking his mercenary essence into herself, and uses his strength as well as her own… Read more »
Rezro
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To make things clear: Calling lame character “lame” isn’t sexist. Calling female character “lame” because she is female is.

But that isn’t the case here. For some reason Seras is lame and I point out that no one call Integra lame despite her gander so we cant say that gander play any role here. Why Seras is lame? Well.. I understand her role as POV but execution is bad. There is too much of her and she don’t have too much reason to be there. Hellsing Ultimate definitely make that better.

Hello cruel world
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There are certainly non-sexist complaints. I would say that the TV series’ portrayal was lame in that they went out of their way to make her ineffectual in later episodes. It’s particularly galling if you re-watch the show after seeing later episodes of the OVA. People who want overly serious angst porn also don’t like her due to her frequent use as comic relief. The sexist issue is when someone can’t handle Seras as both a major protagonist, with whom the audience is to identify, and an “object” of sexual attraction at the same time. Liking Integra is not really… Read more »
misterprickly
Guest

I personally didn’t care for the ultimate series simply because, even though it was closer to the manga, it was a huge departure from the anime.

Seras (too quickly) went from being a fluffy bunny to a rabid dog.

IMO; there wasn’t enough time to show her transitioning from the one state to the other.

It felt more like a retooling and less like an evolution.

Hello cruel world
Guest

I won’t deny that the TV series did a good job with initial character development. This is what made the demotion to a Faux Action Girl in the second half of the series so annoying.

However, I must say that Seras was never a “fluffy bunny”, and any “rabid dog” moments were well in character with inexpedience with controlling her blood-lust. The idea that a trained police woman imbued with monstrous supernatural powers can’t be a believable bad-ass because she exhibits some “girly” traits, is inherently sexist.

turkeypedal
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No, what’s sexist is you telling a woman that she’s obsessed with sexism, and explaining to a woman who is college educated on the subject what is and isn’t sexist.

I don’t like the word most people use for this, though. Just don’t act like you’re the expert and the woman doesn’t know what she’s talking about, when she’s more educated about the topic.

misterprickly
Guest
That’s not sexist; that’s just TRUE! -I’m also college educated (4 different diplomas), as are many people. -if she knew what she was talking about I wouldn’t have said anything. -I actually DO know a lot about that particular subject. Look at my twitter, facebook and YT vids Just because I’m a MISTER, that doesn’t salute the feminazi overlords, it doesn’t disqualify me from knowing a good deal about gender politics! I also know a lot about film & literature. My latest video is on fanservice. My next video will be about “Sexism vs Sexuality”. How sometimes they walk hand… Read more »
Alaster Boneman
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just remember Maven Bitches love cannons

lilith_ascennding
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Also, fuck the Fear Turkey.

TragicGuineaPig
Guest

CHA-CHA-CHA-CHECK YO PRIVILEGE!

ran76
Guest

I’ve always heard “Dracula” translated to “Son of the Dragon”

TheIdiotAlchemist
Guest

Depending on how you translate, it could be “son of the dragon” or “son of the devil.” Vlad the Impaler’s father was known as Vlad Dracul (Vlad the Dragon/Devil) due to being in the Order of the Dragon, and so his son was known as Vlad Dracula (Vlad Son of the Dragon/Devil). Since they were both in the Order of the Dragon, I’d say the “dragon” translation would fit better, though either technically works.

TragicGuineaPig
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Also, in western literature, dragons are usually seen as the ultimate villains or ultimate monsters. Think about it: what was the whole point of The Hobbit or Skyrim? Not as much in Eastern legend, however. Alucard alludes to this before his final battle with Paladin Anderson, when he declares to him, “Your Dragon is before you!”, basically saying to him, “I’m your villain! Come slay me, hero!”

neytari
Guest

The first anime I ever bought for myself 🙂 Great review, so happy to see you grace the interwebs again!

lilith_ascennding
Guest
Good review! Truth be told, my only experience with Hellsing is the incredibly hilarious Hellsing Abridged series produced by Team Fourstar. However, after watching this review, I’m honestly considering going out and watching the actual show. I am really squeamish when it comes to horror, but I’m willing to overlook the gore if the story is as good as it sounds. On the subject of vampires in anime, I would love it if Maven reviewed Shiki. In my opinion, it is one of the best vampire stories ever written (even if it does share a lot with Stephen King’s Salem’s… Read more »
Zoey Posthuman
Guest

Abridged got me into the OVAs and show.

TragicGuineaPig
Guest
The first anime, the manga, and the OVA all make it fairly clear that Alucard sees himself as a villain, and he’s perfectly willing to take upon himself the role of the villain. Which is a good part of his rivalry with Paladin Anderson: he saw Anderson as a true hero, the one man who could take him down in combat. Unfortunately, when Anderson became a monster, Alucard saw that as Anderson renouncing the role of hero, which in turn made him unworthy to take down Alucard. But you see Alucard doing some very villainous things, like killing television journalists… Read more »
KaizerJED
Guest

Now I kinda wanna see you do a review of Vampire Hunter D

misterprickly
Guest

Has she done “Blood, the last vampire” yet?
If not then she should do that one as well.

misterprickly
Guest

A good spin (anime wise) on the vampire mythos is “Master of Mosquiton”.
The TV series is fun as is the OVA series.

Imagine Dracula became buddies with Lara Croft and the entire *Universal party pack* tried to take them down.

Unlike Hellsing, which often runs the risk of becoming “gore porn”, Master of Mosquiton is more of a horror comedy.

If you like the “Hilarious House of Frightenstein” you’ll love this!

AlucardNoir
Guest
Technically Dracula doesn’t translate as Devil/demon but as “son of the dragon”. Both Vlad and his father were members of the Hungarian Order of the Dragon, one of the last actual military orders ever formed. Their symbol was a dragon pendant it’s members would wear around their neck. Since Romanian peasantry wasn’t that versed in popular western mythology and since the Romanian for dragon (which by the way is also “dragon”) sounds like the Romanian for the devil: “dracul” it was a relatively easy jump to make. (and considering he had a habit of impaling entire enemy armies, and was… Read more »
Marksmen16
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Dear Chief Replacement,…

SG Roadbuster
Guest

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Legacy of Kain franchise.

Mz Doom
Guest

I agree with your point about Integra and Alucard, I never saw it as a romance and I found it hard to read any fanfics of it like this. It deep seem a lot deeper than any simple romantic links. The Master and Servant dynamic was so much more interesting.

ladydiskette
Guest

Definitely was a huge fan of Hellsing back in the day, read the manga and watched both the OVA and Anime, I have to say, the OVA did well what the anime lacked, the anime kinda……..went off the beaten path after a while.

TragicGuineaPig
Guest
Honestly, what I would like to see is a version of Hellsing that manages to capture the pacing and tone of the first TV series, spends a bit of time to draw on the mystery of the antagonists (you know, instead of declaring Nazi Vampires the very episode after Millennium is first mentioned), maybe even have Incognito as a part of the grander scheme. But take some time, throw in a bunch more cool villains and scenarios, and most importantly, develop the characters a bit more thoroughly so that the events of the Battle of London have more impact. Seriously,… Read more »
misterprickly
Guest

Another movie I’d like her to review would be “Transylvania 60500”!
It’s a horror comedy that has Geena Davis playing a Vampire.

ErichoTTA
Guest

Saras is so hot. What, she is! I never heard that Dracula WASN’T based on Vlad the Impaler. Wow, you know your history! Anime reviews are cool. The animation is so good.

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