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Hellsing: An Anime Review

hellsing Vampires. There is a very real fascination with them. The idea of being immortal, powerful and supernatural is something that can be very appealing to many people. 

Hellsing is an anime that premiered in 2001. Created first by Kohta Hirano as a manga it was then developed as an anime. In Britain there is a special task force with a very interesting mission. Hellsing, the official name for the task force, is led by the descent of famed vampire hunter Van Hellsing.  It’s primary aim is to protect England from vampires, ghouls and over supernatural creatures which are threatening it’s civilians. This is no easy task, even for such elite soldiers. Thankfully Sir Integra has a few tricks, including one very surprising one. 

There is one vampire that England can trust. He has sworn to work with the Hellsing family and therefore to take care of those who it protects. This gives Hellsing one big advantage to go with their guns against the forces of the supernatural. Will it be enough though? Are their enemies too strong? Is one vampire enough to help turn the tide and keep England safe?

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The character designs are really what shine in the original anime. The costume designs are very interesting and unique to each character. While some are extremely impractical, if you have seen the show you know EXACTLY which one I am talking about, the overall feel of the show is aided by the costumes. The colors that the animators use are perfect. The settings are so well done in this anime. Between the aster setting of Integra’s office to the dark and gritty settings everywhere else the animation is critical to telling the story. The soundtrack is also well done. 

Hellsing is an interesting anime. The concept is a particularly fun one. I enjoy a lot of the characters. I know there are many who are fans of the manga first who dislike the changes made to the original anime. Because of this there was a remake called Hellsing Ultimate. This follows the plot of the original story more closely. 

So if you like vampires and anime I would suggest giving Hellsing a try. 

ALWAYS KEEP SPARKLING!

Women in Gaming: Felicia Day

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I can’t even tell you the first time I heard of or saw Felicia Day. To me, it felt like she burst out of nowhere and was suddenly everywhere I looked. I knew she was a nerdy girl but that is about all I was sure of until I saw The Guild on Netflix and, after having it on my list for months, decided that I was going to watch it.

I was confused because the episodes weren’t long at all and quickly found out they were webisodes, so entire seasons were only 20 mins long. I dove in, watching an episode lead to more until I binged everything they had to offer.

I quickly identified with Codex.

A quirky, weird girl who loved to play video games and didn’t get people. Just wanted to have friends and for people to get along. Couldn’t help but be awkward at the best and worst of times. Check, check and check. Hell, I am still all of those things; there is nothing I could do to change any of that. However, representation matters. So, more than anything, here I was, being represented. Even the character Tinkerballa wasn’t a healer (nothing wrong with healers).

I played World of Warcraft, my main (the character I played the most) is a two-weapon fury warrior. No one believed that I am a girl. Girl’s should be healers, boys play warriors. Watch me roll my eyes. I love my warrior and I always typically make a warrior first in all games I play, even RPGs like Dragon Age. /End Mini Rant.

So here I was staring at my representation and at first I had no idea how to take her. Not only did she fit, but she was the center of the show. A show full of awkward, nerdy, typical geek stuff. Ok, some of it’s exaggerated but not always and not always overly so. So of course, I looked into her even further.

In real life, she is a quirky, weird girl who loved to play video games and didn’t always understand people. Um, what now? I was floored. What am I supposed to do with that? More representation at my very finger tips. She geeks out, is running a successful Gaming Entertainment Company with a fabulous community and is just like the rest of us. She is an inspiration.

Felicia even appeared in one of my favorite shows (Supernatural, so jealous) and played a quirky, weird gamer girl. Even as I do research for this article, I realized that she did the voice acting for a character I just encountered in Guild Wars 2, last night. SHE’S EVEN BEEN IN BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Holy crap, I have to go back and watch that again.

She is accessible. Even if you’ve never been on YouTube or Twitch, people typically know who she is. Maybe they remember her from that one episode of House, a commercial from Supernatural or caught her one of the millions of places that she has popped up.

Of course, we could name the tons of times that she has appeared in video games, even getting her own character in Dragon Age 2 DLC, Mark of the Assassin, Tallis, a character she created. They created DLC for a character she created. I can’t even wrap my head around that.

To me, Felicia Day is epic. She is helping to normalize women in all forms of gaming, while actively affecting the gaming industry in more ways than one. Not only her, but her company raises so much for charity. Even more, her representation continues as she announced she is going to have a baby very, very soon.

I wish her all the luck and welcome her to the geeky mom club.

Top 10 TV Distractions From Gaming

*This Article Contains Spoilers*

Summer is over. Gone are the heatwaves and lovely days spent in air conditioned game rooms, typing away furiously at our keyboards. October, with its fall TV lineup beckons us to give our fingers a reprieve, even if briefly. Here are my choices for worthy distractions from gaming:

1. The Flash

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Season three is coming up and they’re starting off with “Flashpoint Paradox.” Barry’s lost his Dad, his Mom, and has experienced so much anguish due to what he perceives as his actions, that he’s gone back and altered the timeline. With the interconnectivity of the four DC shows on the CW, this will most likely have repercussions for the others as well.

2. Arrow 

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Oliver and Team Arrow have dealt with Damien Darhk, thwarted a global nuclear event, and lost a member of their own team. Has Team Arrow become unstrung? Hitting its fifth season, this gritty vigilante show is a can’t miss! I still believe that Oliver Queen was a replacement for Bruce Wayne, but the CW couldn’t get the IP rights to do a Batman show while the Dark Knight trilogy was on the big screen. There have been several names and organizations that were part of the Bat lore, and this only goes to support my theory.

3. Supergirl

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The Kryptonian 20-something finds herself switching networks this season, and possibly due in part to the repercussions of The Flash. Her cousin, Clark has been cast, and there are rumors that Batgirl and other female DC heroes will make an appearance. With a new network that has a good record with the genre so far, I’m hoping they lean away from the “After School Special” of Kara’s first season.

4. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

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The fourth installment of CWs DC lineup has a time traveling spaceship with several of the network’s second string heroes bouncing through time attempting to fix timeline errors.

5. Supernatural

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The Winchesters and crew have put over a decade on the air dealing with all manner of monsters, reality bending magic, and even self-deprecating humor. A friend of mine has said they jumped the shark back when Chuck revealed himself to be the Creator. Happy Days jumped the shark in its fifth season and went on for six more after that. Not a bad record to follow. With Sam thinking Dean has sacrificed himself, Dean finding his Mother has been returned from the afterlife, and Chuck and Amara taking a powder and leaving earth on it’s own, season 12 has me chomping at the bit to see what becomes of Moose and Squirrel.

6. Luke Cage

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Netflix is doing great with their Marvel titles, and this one looks to be no different. A reluctant hero with impervious skin and great strength, Luke brings a cool element to the planned line-up that’s still rolling out. Next year we are scheduled to get Iron Fist and The Defenders rounding out the last of Netflix’s Marvel heroes and the aggregate team show.

7. Gotham

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This show has gotten a lot of hate, and going into its third year has been no different. Roles are being recast, leaving many fans to wonder if Batman will be fighting villains escaped from the old folk’s home once he gets his suit on. I am willing to let the storyline play out and see where the writers take us. DC is known for its alternate universes and I see no problem with that. I almost wonder if Jim Gordan and Bruce Wayne will be this Gotham‘s Batman and Robin.

8. Agents of Shield

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Marvel TV brings us the fourth season of this super-spy team. Phasing out their X-men comic titles due to property right arguments has brought the Inhumans to the forefront on TV. Things are still a bit rocky as the movie adaptions of the Inhumans has been delayed. I love the dynamic of Coulson, Fitz, Simmons, and the rest of the team, though, and I will be trying my best to fit them into my TV watching schedule.

9. Doctor Who

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What’s this? No capes? The Doctor is still a superhero in my book, and I regret that I must catch him after his seasons have aired.  When Season 10 hits this fall, that should unlock Season 9 on Amazon Prime which has acquired the airing rights here in the US.

10. The Walking Dead

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Rick Grimes is a badass. After dealing with Walkers, The Governor, and the Wolves, he now has to contend with the Saviors and Negan. Somebody will die, and possibly two as the show has a history of running parallel to the comics and making fitting substitutions. I also predict that AMC will be ending the show after this Negan plotline is dealt with.