A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about the awesome Team Four Star’s Hellsing Ultimate Abridged series. And as of yesterday this eight year journey has finally come to an end. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me sad.
The last two episodes, simply titled “Series Finale” parts 1 and 2 were released over the past week, and TFS even hosted a bingefest leading up to the final episode. Unfortunately episode 9 has been temporarily removed (Thanks YouTube), but episodes 1-9 are still available on Twitch. Here’s the playlist!
And in case you’d like to watch the finale before reading my thoughts on it,
(EDIT: Well it looks like the lovely folks over at YouTube didn’t like episode 10 either, so here’s the Twitch link.)
Between episodes 9 and 10, I’d have to say I preferred 9 overall, but at the same time I think they’re really meant to be watched together. It’s just that episode 9 had better action scenes, and arguably better comedic moments throughout. However as a fan of the original Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate, I think episode 10 sent this abridged series off in style. They largely stayed true to the core story while inserting that TFS humor we’ve all come to expect and love.
Curtis “Takahata101” Arnott’s return as Alucard, Corinne “Megami33” Sudberg’s return as Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, and Jesse Nowack’s return as Seras “Police Girl” Victora brought a huge smile to my face. Even more so than any of their other VA roles, their Hellsing voices are at the very top of my list. Granted the only voice I thought didn’t fit in the finale was that of Matthew J. Kok, but that’s 100% only because now when I hear his voice I can only think of his role as Kirito in SAO Abridged. That’s not me throwing flack at Matthew either. If you’ve read my review of that abridged series you’d know I love his voice. It’s a great cameo considering they share VA talents between series, but this is all I can think about when I hear it… Actually I suppose it fits Hellsing Ultimate Abridged perfectly.
But back to the finale, I absolutely love that they put a twist on Alucard’s “redemption”. If you haven’t seen the original, after Alucard drank Schrödinger’s blood he had to kill or defeat all of the souls he’d consumed over his life — ultimately becoming Schrödinger’s cat, existing everywhere and nowhere at the same time. In the abridged version, Alucard still gains Schrödinger’s ability, though sadly we never really get to see them in action in either version, but the means he goes about it is much more comical. Daddy just wants some sip!
Anyway this review is getting a little directionless, so I’ll go ahead and end it here. It’s really not even so much of a “review” as a call to watch TFS’s nearly decade old work of art and debauchery. Personally, I think it’s the kind of crude humor our society has abandoned since this series began, and very desperately needs right now. But alas…
Thanks for reading, and remember #Bitches(Still)LoveCannons