Finally, we in the United States get a taste of the Hellsing OVA, and believe me it was worth the wait. But I've got good news and bad news for fans of the television series. The good news is that this OVA freakin' rocks! It takes everything great about the old series and amps it to up to levels of cool previously thought unreachable. The art is unbelievable, the integrations of CG is fluid, and the number of amazing freeze-frame worthy shots is too high to count. The bad news is that the story is little more than a severely shortened retelling of the events of the older series. This means much less time spent on characters like Seres Victoria (a police-girl who becomes a vampire and joins the Hellsing organization) and uber-cool Hellsing director Integra; but it also means more hardcore action featuring that god of all vampire anti-heroes the "No Life King" himself, Alucard. In the end it's a more than even trade and both series should absolutely be viewed by fans of vampires, anime, or anyone who wants to see some seriously cool action. The story moves along at a dizzying pace, almost as though the director knew we'd already seen this all before and was in a rush to get to the awesome fight sequences, which are actually an improvement over the already classic confrontations that many of us have watched over and over. If anything, deranged priest Father Anderson has only gotten more insane and awesome; his battle with Alucard that kickstarts the protestant Hellsing's war with the rival catholic Iscariot Organization is, as expected, the highlight of this installment. One of my biggest complaints about the older series (which, in hindsight, I reviewed a bit too harshly) was that Miss Victoria, for the amount of screen time that was spent on her, never really developed any behavior that would identify her as a vampire rather than just another cute, innocent anime heroine. Well, my wish has been granted this time out as Alucard's little police girl goes full-on berserk in a scene that is as memorable as it is cool. This disc is an absolute must for anyone who loves Hellsing, wants to see Hellsing, or even has any interest in horror, action, or twisted-yet-heroic vampire awesomeness. The only reason this doesn't get a perfect rating is the fact that the story is almost entirely recycled and that the DVD is so painfully short. In conclusion: if you're new to Hellsing, check this out and if you like what you see and want more, I'd highly recommend checking out the original anime series as the wait for the rest of these OVA's will be excrutiating at best. If you're a Hellsing veteran, you've probably already bought this and you shouldn't be disappointed with what you see; that is, unless you were hoping for another series focusing on a loveable, timid Seres Victoria. Then you're just SOL.... and also lame. Any true fan knows it's all about Alucard anyway, right? Savor every gorgeous animated second; I know I did.