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Visions of Sugarplums – The Dreamkeepers

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One last blast o’ cameos.

Drosselmeyer (Princess Tutu; the fact that he was named after the Nutcracker character is just a bonus tie-in), writer of stories, and Helios (Sailor Moon), guardian of dreams, are from essentially the same realm. Sandman readers will know that the Lord of Dreams, Morpheus, also has the title Prince of Stories. They will also know that he has no set form, though he’s easy to recognize because of those wonky dialog balloons of his. This particular form is that of the Dream King who shows up in Little Nemo in Slumberland. See, it all comes together!

Drosselmeyer: That’s how it ended? No misery? No sadness? What fun is that?

Morpheus: Drosselmeyer.

Drosselmeyer: Eep.

Lord Morpheus…eheh…how nice of you to drop by…

Morpheus: It is one thing for you to toy with characters of your own, such as Princess Tutu.

But imposing your story ideas, or those that you have stolen from ballet, on a living dreamer — this is beyond your authority. It is also dangerous.

Helios: Don’t worry, Morpheus…

I was watching over her.

Drosselmeyer: Figures.

Helios: What is that supposed to mean?

Drosselmeyer: Just that you always hang out in little girls’ dreams. Isn’t it kind of creepy?

Helios: What?! This from the man who writes about 13-year-olds in skimpy tutus! Besides, I’m a horse!

Drosselmeyer: That 13-year-old was a fictional character. It’s completely different! Besides, she was a duck!

Morpheus (thinking): I’m surrounded by idiots.

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Alucard (thinking): I went into Integra’s dream to test and challenge her…

…and ended up being her knight, chauffeur, and therapist?

I have no idea how you did that. But I like it. I’m impressed…Master.

[Limited release complete. See you next time!]

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Integra: Good night.

Alucard (thinking): She’s dropped out of the dream. Gone in a deeper state of sleep. That, or woken up. No point in my sticking around…

A deeper sleep it is. Lucky me.

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Integra: Most of the British really live in a world like this. Peaceful. With no monsters. But they can only have this because of Hellsing. Because of me.

This is what I have to protect. And it’s worth it. It’s worth fighting for. It’s worth dying for. I was forgetting that.

Thank you for reminding me.

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Integra: Most of the British really live in a world like this. Peaceful. With no monsters. But they can only have this because of Hellsing. Because of me.

This is what I have to protect. And it’s worth it. It’s worth fighting for. It’s worth dying for. I was forgetting that.

Thank you for reminding me.

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The Sugar Plum Fairy here is Princess Tutu herself. The Polichinelles are just Polichinelles, though their design was admittedly influenced by Uzura (another Princess Tutu character).

OVA Christmas Karaoke: Episode II

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When I posted this year’s Christmas Fanservice on DA, Wire-Master left a comment that inspired “Jingle Bells”, and the rest of these followed from there.

It’s back! With OVA II (actually out this time) comes a second CD of Hellsing-themed holiday music. Pick one up and sing along! (It’s worth buying just for the sexy interior art!) A sample of the songs on this edition:

Jingle Bells
Dashing through the sky
In an eight-eyed horse-drawn sleigh
O’er the clouds we go
Firing all the way!

Shots through ghouls’ hearts ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A slaying song tonight! Oh!

jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride
In an eight-eyed horse-drawn sleigh, hey!

jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride
In an eight-eyed horse-drawn sleigh!

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Jolly Father Anderson
Throw your knives this way
Don’t you tell a single soul
Who you’re going to slay

Armageddon’s coming soon
Now you dear old man
Throw knives at the Popemobile
Crack it if you can

Silver Bells
Hellsing mansion, stately mansion,
For an ambush prepared
In the air there’s a huge fleet of zeppelins

See the ships crash
Hear the Geese gasp
This is Seras’ big scene
And above on the rooftop you see

Giant guns (Giant guns)
Massive ones (Freakin’ huge)
it’s showdown time at the mansion

Silent Night
Silent night, bloody night
Ghouls destroyed in the fight
Till yon virgin commander chides
Seras, formerly tender and mild:
Stop, please do this no more;
Stop, please do this no more

(This special volume is not available in stores, but you can pre-order it now! Just send me US$19.95 — cash, check, credit, or PayPal — and I’ll get back to you as soon as it’s out.)

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Nor is it a north Chilean guanaco. (Closely related to the llama.) (And thus we add Monty Python to the growing list of allusions here.)

The sleigh is drawn by a wingless version of Helios, also from Sailor Moon. In SM canon, Helios shows up in all children’s dreams; this means that in Shine canon he must have ended up in Integra’s dreams at some point.

Alucard (thinking): I thought I was in control when I made the coat and the hat. But I had nothing to do with the sleigh. It came from the story we’re in.

How much control will I have over where this sleigh goes? I’ll find out, I suppose.

…At least it’s not drawn by a llama.

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Alucard: How would you like a perfect world? One that you can stay in? I can give you that.

Integra: …Show me. Let’s take the sleigh.

Alucard: Sleigh?

…Oh, that sleigh. Of course.

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Alucard’s being devious.

Integra: I know people need to die. You can’t deal with vampires if you don’t know that. I just want a world where people aren’t killed. A saner world. Reasonable. Kind.

And not so cold…

Alucard: What if I could give you that?

Integra: What?

Alucard: Let’s start by taking care of the cold.

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