So... lately, I catched a few episodes of Hellsing (the newer series). After watching them, I have to ask: why is this manga / series so popular?
I mean... the central character, Alucard, is a basically unkillable. Whatever the bad guys throw at him each episode, he is able to come back from it and defeated them (brutally). He's near-godlike, he transforms into some sort of Lovecraftian abomination... so each story is, overall, about him going somewhere and murdering a lot of people while laughing like a maniac. There are no real challenges for him... Boring! And personality-wise, he's a total monster. He shoots people, he rips peole apart, he impales them... even innocent people. I'm supposed to be enamoured with him?
The other main character: Integra. She's a jerk, too - she just either walks around, looking smug and smoking cigars, or shouting about killing everyone. Huh? Not really likeable... And the third character, Seras? For a change, she's a total ditz. Why does every Japanese comic book have to have a ditzy woman? Ugh.
(and why is Integra called "Sir"? and what kind of name is "Seras Victoria"?)
Aside from the characters, the story isn't very interesting: each episode is about some vampire appearing, demonstrating some cinematic martial arts or gun-fu - and, eventually, being killed off by Alucard. Oh, and there's this subplot about Vatican's vampire hunters, which... borders on offensive, really. The Vatican's chief enforcer is some maniac with swords and healing factor, who shouts "AMEN!!!!" quite a lot... oh, and apparently, the Catholics still believe in killing "heretics" and "heathens". Riiight.
I'm also tempted to ask why so many people in this series wear long, snazzy coats, gloves and glasses. And ties. Even women wear ties in Hellsing...
Overall, why is this whole thing so popular? Judging by what I've seen around Internet, it *is* popular. But is it really that good? I really wonder what's going on here...