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We allow small pages for manga that Kouta Hirano made before Hellsing, because you can see how his later Hellsing characters started to form. As a result, this article should not go into extreme detail, and should be kept brief. A brief summary of the plot may be included, but the main purpose of the article is to showcase the characters in the series that would later serve as templates for later characters. As such, any characters from this manga must be kept strictly on this article, and only ones that relate to the Hellsing series should be described in detail.
Crossfire refers to three short stories by Kouta Hirano, who is best known as the author of Hellsing, where it appeared in the first three graphic novels. The stories focus on the fictional Vatican Section XIII, or the Iscariot Organisation.
Crossfire follows Heinkel Wolfe and Yumie Takagi, a Catholic nun and an assassin who work for the Iscariot organization. They call themselves "earthly agents of divine punishment".
Across the three chapters, Heinkel and Yumie face a variety of opposition, including Islamic terrorists, communist revolutionaries, and finally, an obscure pagan cult. None of these pose any real threat to them.
Heinkel Wolfe (ハインケル・ウーフー, Hainkeru Ūfū?)
The unofficial leader of the duo, Heinkel Wolfe is often the lead attacker. Technically, Wolfe is a nun, but she dresses in the manner of a priest, but acts neither like a woman nor a man. She can be calm and level-headed, although still a fanatical Catholic. Her main weapon is a modified .50 caliber Desert Eagle automatic pistol.
Yumie Takagi (高木 由美江, Takagi Yumie) / Yumiko Takagi (高木 由美子, Takagi Yumiko?)
Yumiko Takagi is Wolfe's partner, although from first glance, it is hard to imagine this gentle, violence-hating Japanese girl would be part of a Catholic hunter organization. However, Yumiko has a split-personality. Her other personality, Yumie, is an ultra-violent katana-wielding killer whose devotion to the Catholic church approaches that of zealotry. As for the style of swordcraft Yumie practices, it is referred to as tougen battou jai ryuu, a disciple which the sword is rapidly drawn from its scabbard, often at a speed too fast for opponents to react. But how Yumie learned this while being part of Yumiko is unknown.
The two personalities are easy to point out: Yumiko wears eyeglasses, while Yumie does not. Yumiko is also aware of Yumie's presence, but she would like to see Yumie "sleep" instead of waking her... because of the violence she can cause.