Everyone who's heard the theme from the original Hellsing series, "World Without Logos," basically knows that the lyrics make no fricking sense, right? I took this for granted until I realized what the title meant: "Logos," as described by Aristotle, means "reasoned discourse." Well, the song actually is a good indication of a world without reasoned discourse. ~Eriyu
Even better via Shine: Logos means also "word". And what does God use at the start of the Bible to make the world...?
In the “Hellsing” world, it seems history repeats itself. Though Alucard is the only character taken straight from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” others seem to fill roles of characters from Stoker’s novel.
Integra, of course, fills the role of Professor Van Helsing; a religious, sophisticated, educated, and badass leader.
Seras Victoria, a young vampire yet to drink blood, is bound to obey her “master.” She is in the exact same situation that Renfield was, when Dracula/Alucard had him—except of course that Seras is not insane.
In other ways, Seras resembles Lucy Westenra - a young blonde who is sexualized and yet virginal, and who is turned by Dracula/Alucard, in contrast to "Sir Integra" as a genuinely "New Woman" version of Mina.
Rugged Pip Bernadotte, with his cowboy hat, is not unlike Quincey Morris. He even sacrifices his life to save a woman he loves.
Why did the Major reward Rip by not killing her, and then punish Zorin by not killing her? Because, the Major knew that Alucard would devour Rip Van Winkle— the reward, as it were, was to live inside of Alucard as one of his most powerful familiars (her magic bullet ability is incredibly useful for someone like Alucard). She would thus effectively live forever through Alucard. But Zorin... the Major knew that Seras would not drink her blood, would not take her soul within herself. When Zorin died, it would be a final death. A punishment befitting someone who failed, to have her blood rejected by Seras entirely so that she would not live on through Seras.
Zorin's chip activates and burns her in the Ultimate OVA after Seras mutilates her face.
Walter states that there is only 1 SR-71 Blackbird in the world. In reality, there were 32 build (of which 20 survive, with 12 lost due to poor maintenance and pilot error). At first, this seems to be an instance of Dan Browned. However, fridge brilliance kicks in because there is only one British Sr-71 Blackbird- the one given to the Imperial War Museum◊.
How could the Valentines invade the mansion so easily? they had inside info given to them by... Walter.
Just a quick one but Seras being a virgin seems awfully convenient since it means Alucard could turn her. Until Zorin starts mind raping her. Then it's revealed that she saw both her parents killed, got shot in the stomach, then had to watch as one of the thugs raped her mother's corpse. Hardly surprising that she was still a virgin despite being 19.
In a similar vein, Sir Integra Hellsing herself is also stated to be a virgin, despite being even older than Seras. Given her position it's not too much of a stretch to imagine this as an excellent safeguard against becoming a mindless ghoul. Should she ever fall at the hands of a vampire she will either be killed outright or turned into a vampire and still mostly retain her state of mind, like Seras when she was turned.
Alucard gains the memories of those he feeds on, so why doesn't him eating Luke Valentine blow Millennium's cover? Because it was his hound Baskerville that ate Luke, and familiars are considered "separate entities" to the vampire proper. Hence why Luke didn't emerge as a familiar in the London battle, instead being released when Baskerville died.
The Jackal's length and caliber as stated in the OVA nearly match those of the Mark XIX Desert Eagle, .50cal, 10-inch barrel, except that Jackal weighs a lot more (likely to control the gun's infamous recoil) and holds one less bullet. This means Alucard is killing Nazi vampires with an Israeli Hand Cannon.
Seras refusing to drink blood, no matter how her superiors order or reason with her, makes sense after examining her past: She witnessed her parents' murders, said murderers shot her in the stomach, she and her family lay in pools of their own blood, and she could only watch helplessly as one of them raped her mother's corpse. At first, it seems to explain her convenient Virgin Power enabling her First Episode Resurrection. However, given that vampirism symbolizes death and sex, her past also explains her hesitation to drink blood. She's not ready to fully embrace vampirism since it would mean fully embracing death ("It feels like something will have ended forever"), or take in blood because it feels like taking in something else. (Lecherous Licking with Integra, anyone? Pip's "Suck my blood, take me into yourself", anyone?) Both of which she spent years trying to overcome the trauma attached to it. She only gives in after the man she loves offers, and even then doesn't drink from anyone else that we know of for the whole series, leading to an almost If It's You, It's OkayCrowning Moment of Heartwarming.
First TV series ends with Alucard absorbing great amounts of blood from corpses in an Area of Effect fashion, resurrecting and winning. Near the end of manga we see the same exact move, only to find out that the blood has been poisoned, effectively destroying him.
At the beginning of Hellsing, a vampire infects an entire village and turns its inhabitants into ghouls. However, when a virgin is bitten and drained of blood, he or she will become another vampire instead of a ghoul. The village of course had its share of children, yet Alucard met only one vampire, the originator, during his purge. Meaning that the vampire either a) murdered the children without feeding on them, b) raped the children and then fed on them, or as it is revealed c) Millennium is directly responsible for this test run of their artificial vampires whose victims they feed on, whether they were virgins or not, became ghouls. Just HOW MANY test runs they did before the organization attacks Hellsing is unknown, but for Muggles living there THAT'S Fridge Horror.
This sort of Fridge Horror might be part of the reason why the first TV series dumped the idea of vampires only being able to turn opposite-sex virgins, instead making it a matter of "normal vampire vs. scientifically engineered vampire".
and to add to that, less than half of the killed have their very souls sucked inside a "disappeared to limbo/who-knows-where" Alucard who then spends the next 30 years slaughtering the 3 million+ souls he managed to absorb (probably a relief for them afterwards but the experience was most likely horrible). So yeah, normal citizen, suddenly airships, bombs and terrible deaths, turned to ghouls, then soul siphoned into an abomination and then stuck inside him while he's in limbo where he then hunts you all down and "murders" you again over 3 decades. Does the after-life have trauma sessions for souls before entering Heaven?
Seras is so cute and funny! It's adorable how embarrassed she gets when Tall, Dark and HandsomeMemetic Sex God Alucard asks if she's a virgin, how screaming angry and flustered she gets from the lecherous Pip Bernadotte and Wild Geese's "Sexual Harassment," how she... Wait a minute, Zorin opened up her memories and revealed that her mother's corpse was raped after she was killed right in front of Seras on the night her entire family was slaughtered! No wonder she's so uncomfortable about it! ... Come to think of it, wasn't Seras ALSO nearly raped by a vampire in the first episode/chapter? ... OMG! I'm so sorry Seras! I'll never laugh at your trauma triggers again!