As arguably one of the top anime from the 2000s, Hellsing is surrounded with much of its own lore. However, there are myths about the original Van Helsing that came long before the anime. Van Helsing, rather than an organization as seen in the anime, was a specific character known for killing vampires and other supernatural creatures. The comparisons between the anime and the myth have many similarities and knowing the history behind the anime will allow you to understand Hellsing in a way that you never have before.
History of Van Helsing
Abraham Van Helsing was a historic creation from the mind of Bram Stoker. As with any villain, Dracula needed a hero to combat his strength and keep the storyline running evenly. In 1897, the novel Dracula came out and with it, the character of the vampire hunter extraordinaire. Van Helsing seeks to combat the evil that Dracula spreads through the study of both medicine and warfare. Bram Stoker was originally from Dublin, making this legend more English and Irish than Romanian. Van Helsing makes it his mission to eradicate all vampires that seek to harm humans. He is a protector of our race whose legend has spanned across hundreds of years and spread around the globe. This household name has earned a worthy place next to other famous fictitious characters such as Frankenstein, the Loch Ness monster and the Invisible Man.
Van Helsing in Anime
Hellsing has become an anime that is a defines the horror anime genre. Rather than having the main character as Van Helsing himself, Alucard takes the spotlight. As an ancient vampire, he has advanced knowledge of vampires and vampire killing methods making him a valuable asset to the Hellsing Organization. By following descendants of the great Van Helsing, this anime shows us life in a dystopian time where Van Helsing’s principles were followed with pride. Hellsing presents us with conflicting views regarding the Hellsing Organization, vampires and Alucard himself. This allows this anime to be portrayed in a darker tone that makes us doubt even the characters that we felt were the most loyal. Hellsing provides us with a shadowy and binge-worthy option that would set the stage for a perfect weekend.
Monsters and heroes are a vital part of a good storyline. However, it can be difficult to preserve these stories through generations. Van Helsing is a legend that has overcome its adversities and has been popular since its inception in 1897. He has graced our screens and our high school English classes, but now he has intruded on our deep and personal anime and manga space. Bram Stoker’s Dracula has made a profound impact of culture around the world (including anime) by becoming an instant legend and not only of Van Helsing but also of Dracula and his bride. We hope that you have enjoyed reading more about Van Helsing. As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.