Manga Review: "Hellsing," Vol. 6
- Author: Kohta Hirano
- Publisher: Darkhorse Manga
- Published: April 5, 2005
- Page Count: 192 pages
- Availability: Out of print, buy on Amazon or at your local bookstore, or digitally on Dark Horse Manga on their IOS or Android app
Hellsing Volume 6 has London being overrun by the Major’s Nazi Vampires. Integra Hellsing must get back to her manor even as Seras attacks the Nazis from the ground. Meanwhile, Alexander Anderson will finally have his rematch against Alucard, who returns to London. The fight for London rages on, will the Hellsing Organization be victorious?
Hellsing has never been about deep characters or making you think about deep philosophy. It’s been about Vampires vs Nazis, and that’s exactly what you get. There’s a lot going on story-wise, but it has always been over-the-top and ridiculous adult fun.
The Fights Are Intense and Ridiculous
The fights of the Hellsing manga series have always been over-the-top and hyper-violent. And I’m sure if you’ve read manga for adults you’ve probably seen a lot of it.
The violence isn’t particularly realistic since both sides can pull off superhuman feats that are physically impossible. But what makes Hellsing stand out is just how unbelievable these fights can be. If you’re looking for “realistic” fight scenes, this isn’t the place to find them.
Alexander Anderson’s Accent Is Difficult to Read
This is where the manga starts to get crazy. Nazi vampires everywhere and the action’s just getting started. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking and it’s very well written. Kohta Hirano knows how to write a good action story. Father Alexander Anderson’s dialogue is a little tricky because Kohta Hirano thought that he should give him an accent via funny spelling of words, so you have to think about what he’s trying to say and remember how it’s normally spoken.
The language accent Alexander Anderson has is difficult, but you can still understand him some times.
The Artwork Is Unique and Memorable
I like the artwork in this manga. The illustrations look really good and the fight scenes are intense. The artwork looks unique because of the design of both the costumes and the character art, which I’ve only seen used in Kohta Hirano’s work.
The art for the manga is unique and that makes it memorable when it comes to the character designs. If you like over-the-top fight scenes then you’ll love how this manga is illustrated as Kohta Hirano makes everything ridiculous.
The Story Lacks Real Depth
This manga isn’t some deep, philosophical look at Christianity or Nazism or anything that could be called a thinking person’s reading material. This is a manga that loves to use over-the-top ideas to tell an action story involving vampires fighting Nazis, it might try to sound deep, but the characters lack real development to be called deep characters outside of the character tropes that are obvious.
The characters do have development, but the story itself is shallow. It’s has nothing more than surface entertainment value that is just dumb fun that you’ll read once and then move on to another manga series.
This manga is recommended for ages 17 and up due to strong language, violence, blood, gore, and blasphemous content. This isn’t for kids so keep that in mind when buying this manga.
Hellsing is an entertaining but offensive manga. If you’re Catholic or Protestant Christian it’s highly likely you’ll be offended since the portrayals of Christianity by the characters aren’t like what Christianity is supposed to be.
The manga also contains over-the-top violence and it’s extremely gory. This manga isn’t for kids and younger teens, it’s for adults.
Will you read "Hellsing," Vol. 6 by Kohta Hirano?
The Manga Is Mindless Fun
Hellsing is mindless fun with excessive violence, strong language, and adult content. It is just a ridiculously fun manga that will most likely offend religious people because of how religion is portrayed in the manga.
This is not a series that is for everyone, but it has solid writing. The story and characters aren’t very deep, but this manga isn’t intended to be deep, to make you contemplate philosophy or Christianity or Nazism or anything like that. This is just dumb adult fun with offensive content that is being offensive, not to be insulting, but to get your attention with the characters, and it does that very well.
What Doesn't Work
Great story, characters, and world-building
Characters lack depth
My be offense to religious people
Entertaining and exciting manga for adults
My Grade: A-
I can recommend this manga, I won’t be buying it for myself since I preferred the anime more, and I was happy to read the manga once and I felt I had experienced it enough for me.
While I did enjoy it, I don’t feel the need to own it, mainly because I read it out of curiosity to see how different it was from the anime. It isn’t that different from the anime, although the anime did leave out a few scenes, most of the manga panels were adapted into the anime.
This is not a manga for everyone, especially the religious or little kids. This is a manga for adults and I will emphasize that. Just because it’s illustrated doesn’t mean it’s for kids and teens.
Hellsing is a very well written and illustrated manga. If you like vampire stories and you want them to be scary again, check this one out. It is going out of print physically but is available digitally from Darkhorse Comics. It’s worth buying if you like it but I won’t be picking it up because I can get it free from my local library. Borrowing it was enough for me.
I will recommend buying the digital app copy if you own a smartphone or an iPad because you will enjoy reading this, as long as you are not easily offended and you don’t mind reading on an ebook device.
It is worth buying on digital if you have an IOS or Android device. The physical copies are very expensive and are currently out of print.
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