Something special, just for Halloween.
Out of the anime I’ve seen in the past two years, Hellsing and Berserk are definitely among the top ten. Many people would rate these two as bloody, gory horror anime and I cannot argue with that. However, I feel that these anime didn’t have blood gushing around just for the sake of showing blood oozing out in all directions. Both Hellsing and Berserk had a story and blood and violence was just a necessary part of it (a la Kill Bill) and they both firt with the supernatural in their storyline.
Hellsing is the name of an organisation that protects England from hell creatures like ghouls, vampires, werewolves,… At the head of the organisation is Sir Integral Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing and Alucard (note that it’s Dracula spelled backwards) is the their most powerful weapon. Alucard is a vampire, a very old – 1400 years old, he is said to be Dralula – and powerful one. He basically despises wannbe vampires and quickly dispatches them. During the story, he develops a liking for Seras Victoria, a human girl that Alucard turns into a vampire to save her from dying.
The anime follows Gatsu, an immensely powerful man who is in the Band of the Hawk. The latter is an army founded by Griffith, skilled swordsman and a talented general and “politician”. The third major character in the story is Casca, a woman soldier tralling with them. In the anime, Gatsu is helping Griffith fight wars and acheive recognition and all the battles are very violent. The manga goes much further than the anime.
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Another anime which I enjoyed as a kid was Fist of the northern star which as far as I remmeber was quite bloody as well (it took place in a mad max sort of world) and claymore which I saw recently was nice too.