Erin: Okay, here’s the deal. I have a school assignment to “express characteristics of Puritanism or transcendentalism” in just about any form. People have done sculptures. People have done interpretive dance. I, of course, am going to do it through comics. Specifically, I’m taking these characters (mostly Anglicans by nature) and forcing them to be… Continue reading The Trouble With Puritanism 1/18
Integra: This could get irritating. Walter: At least the clothes are the only obvious change — they’re not even black and white, like authentic Puritan clothing would have been. Pip: Isn’t that bad enough? I mean, poor Seras here lost her lovely and stylish miniskirt…
Integra: All right, so we’ve become Puritans for a day. Nevertheless, we will not allow this to interrupt our mission. You are all to carry out your duties as usual today. Is that understood? Walter: Um, sir…you can’t do that. Integra: Can’t do what, Walter? Walter: Give us orders. Integra: And why not? Walter: Puritan… Continue reading The Trouble With Puritanism 3/18
This strip has confused lots of people. For the record, Walter is obliquely referring to a certain past relationship with a certain vampire (male, though he looked rather girly at the time). It isn’t canon in Hellsing, but it’s part of Shine, so I throw in references to it from time to time. Integra: Much… Continue reading The Trouble With Puritanism 4/18
Seras: Sir Integra, you can’t let him be in charge! Integra: Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be my choice. Seras: But–! Integra: However… …if you can think of a law that he’s violated… Seras: I’d say sexual harassment, but didn’t the Puritans tend to blame the woman for that sort of thing anyway? Integra: Yes,… Continue reading The Trouble With Puritanism 5/18
Walter: Wait a moment…if none of us are able to lead a group of Puritans, then who’s in charge right now? Enrico: Enter the priests! Integra: Foolishly, I was expecting to get something done today…
Erin: For the record, these guys are from the Iscariot Organization — Hellsing’s Catholic rivals. They disapprove of using vampires, and are no strangers to religious intolerance. They’ll fit right in with the whole Puritan thing. (Barring the bit where Puritans hate Catholics.) Alex: Assassin with big knives. Priest. Yumiko: Split-personality assassin with a katana.… Continue reading The Trouble With Puritanism 7/18
Integra: Honestly, though, it doesn’t matter whether you’re Catholics or Puritans. You remain the same insufferable lot. So get out of my house. Now. Enrico (thinking): Authority challenged by woman…sexual repression breaking down…initiate most destructive counterattack possible! Enrico: You’re a witch.
Enrico: Honestly, Maxwell, couldn’t you be a little more original? I’ve been called that a thousand times before… Seras: Um, sir, I think he said “witch.” With a W. Enrico: Exactly. Which means we get to burn you at the stake now.
Seras: Now, hold on a minute! You can’t just sentence Sir Integra on a whim like that! Where’s your evidence? Enrico: You’re a vampire. Seras: That’s right. Enrico: And you’re taking her side. Seras: Of course I– Enrico: That’s all the evidence I need. Seras: What? Hey! Enrico: Burn them both!