Story Glossary Characters Napoleon Bonaparte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Leonardo da Vinci Arthur Conan Doyle Vincent van Gogh Theodorus van Gogh Dazai Osamu Isaac Newton Jeanne d’Arc William Shakespeare Count of St. Germain Sebastian
As I lost my way into a strange mansion, the one I encountered with a cold gaze aimed towards me is [Genius Musician] Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mansion, he shuts close his heart and just inclined towards his passion of music. …..As it is, he’s somehow caught in an unforgettable difficult past. Both of us attracted to each other while we collide/in conflict ― Before long, I manage to reach his inner heart and true face that he kept hidden.
[ Since I meet you, my music had changed. From now on, I’m surely won’t see anything more valuable than you and music, any longer. ]
Our *love (恋=koi) play, eventually turning into *love (愛=ai) ―
Sweet baby Jesus you like Hellsing?? Yes good I like you even more :D
I fucking love Hellsing. Granted, most of that is residual love that’s still rattling around inside me from about…oh, I don’t know, eighth grade or so? but yeah no, I used to be one of those slightly greasy Hot Topic babies camped out in the manga aisle at the bookstore, up to my elbows in the messy grotesque art of that goddamn series. I really felt like I was getting away with something, I used to hold the pages close to my chest when someone passed by.
in hindsight, I think what I was getting away with was a straight shot of kink. right in the veins. I don’t think Hellsing meant to be quite (quite) as kinky and like–illicitly hot as it was? I always got the impression it was aiming For Boys, what with all the tits and gore and guns and revisionist supernatural WWII stuff. but uh. maybe the target ended up being a little wider than that.
it’s hard to even describe it exactly, but I know I wasn’t the only teenage girl who ended up in sort of a knot over the series. like, here, this is just a sampling: there’s this deeply enforced master/servant relationship between a lady knight (who exists at this crossroads of female self-presentation that I think gave many young lesbians a big “ding” moment) and her vampire–dog, I think, is the best word. this terrifying arcane beast who rips her enemies apart with his teeth, and comes to heel at her command, and clearly clearly gets off on the dynamic. he crawls to her on his knees with the darkness of hell yawning open in his wake and she feeds him a drop of her blood and they never touch one another, and frankly it’s still a bit too much for me. there’s this lingering, fetish-y attention paid to the shape of guns, and to gloved hands. there’s binding rituals and monstrous transformation and a vampire fledgling who has this whirlwind of sexualized daddy issues that manifest in whether or not she can allow herself to drink blood like her sire encourages. everyone is in tight suits or billowing silk neckties or leather straightjackets, and double-jointed or their eyes are glowing or they’re licking things and look, I was a kid and this was all pretty overwhelming.
and like. I don’t think this was the intention! but holy hell, this manga and anime slammed into a small female subset of my generation like a runaway train, and gave us all, you know. stuff to think about.
I am studying in Cologne so I see this picture everywhere (as Cologne is the next and probably last station of the current German tour production of Tanz der Vampire). The photo on the top was taken by me at Cologne Central Station but you see this everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I love they have this huge campaign going but…
Why do they have to use this picture?
I know it is Jan Ammann and Jan’s Graf is one of the most beloved in Germany and I love him too (he was the first Graf I have seen, back in Oberhausen). And he looks interesting and intense in this picture.
BUT…this picture represents not how the Graf actually looks in the German production (but I think this picture has similaities to the production in Vienna in 2010). And I think it suggests a typical love story between a vampire and a human girl (and we know it is up for a debate if the Graf loves Sara and as every actor has his own take on Krolock you can never be sure)
But I am excited for David Arnsperger as the Graf in Cologne. I listened to him singing Totale Finsternis and Unstillbare Gier on YouTube (not very good quality but I think you get a good picture how his Graf will sound) and watched the presscall. And I am still a bit sad I did not go and watch him as the Phantom in Oberhausen
OnS AU where the kids from the grocery store stuck around because they were worried about the uniformed guy that the vampire guy brought and they heard the whole exchange between Mika and Yuu and when they were leaving they noticed the bunch of teary eyed kids gawking at them, surprized at the show of friendship(LOVE) between human-vampire and that there IS a decent vampire... basically everything is the same, but Yuu brings the kids along and they follow Mika+Yuu like baby chicks...