Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2011 to Sep 30, 2011
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 6.631 (scored by 18898 users)
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SynopsisSaya is a seemingly normal girl living with her father in a shrine. During the day she goes to school and spends time with her friends at a local cafe. But when night falls Saya is called upon to protect her village from strange monsters.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Blood-C
Other: Blood+, Blood: The Last Vampire
Sequel: Blood-C: The Last Dark
Side story: Blood-C: None-None Gekijou
Summary: Blood-C: Special Edition
Characters & Voice Actors
This is a spoiler free review.
Also this is my first review, so take that in to consideration. And English is not my native language, so sorry if there are some mistakes here and there.
So this is the third installment in the Blood franchise by Production I.G. Which is a great studio that had done some amazing things, but at the same time it's no stranger to failing miserably, as demonstrated by this particular anime.
Well, if you're familiar with the previous 'Blood' installments, you'd know that the premise is about a schoolgirl with a sword who fights vampire like creatures known as 'Teropterids' in the original movie, and 'Chiropterans' in Blood+. In this version she fights creatures that are nothing like vampires, but basically just man eating monsters. Which is actually a pretty cool change that I'm okay with. Anyway, Since this is a remake, it goes without saying that the premise of the story is nothing new, but to it's credit, at least it tries to change it a little bit (though it doesn't pay off, unfortunately).
The story itself is very weak, because it lacks actual content and half of the episodes are semi episodic and even when they're not, they don't reveal any significant clue about the what the monsters are and what's underneath the surface here. That is except for the last two and a half episodes. That means you can basically watch the first 9 episodes and be none the wiser about what's taking place than you were in episode 1. In fact, you'll only have more questions (though not many since hardly anything happens that seems important). All you have happening in each episode is some boring dialogue or character interaction which hardly has any bearing on the plot (and none whatsoever on character development) and then it goes straight to the next monster battle.
It has a weak presentation and despite being a much shorter series it's pacing seems slower than Blood+'s pacing. At least in Blood+ you had 50 episodes in which things actually progress through out them, even if it was a little slow.. Here you have a pointless monster of the week formula, boring dialogue and some minor clues here and there for 9 1/2 episodes and only the remaining 2 1/2 have the meat of the story.
I won't spoil anything, but in the last 2 episodes of the series, an insane twist is revealed that was supposedly in plain sight the whole time , but be warned that it is very farfetched and you will most likely be left scratching your head. Yes, even with the poor amount of story it has, it fails to make sense of it.
The twist is really just a bad excuse for every absurdity in this anime.
Oh and it ends with a cliffhanger, so you have to watch the sequel movie for the conclusion (which was so boring and mostly predictable, I nearly fell asleep watching it).
So yeah, the story is bad.
The main character's name is Saya and she has different personalities in each Blood installment. One thing they have in common though is that they all have a badass monster hunter mode and a normal girl mode.
In the original movie Saya was actually pretty bland, but that was only a 50 min movie, so there's not much time for fleshing out characters.
In Blood+ Saya had a great personality that was fleshed out properly. She was kinda cute, but I'm sure nobody would argue that she was a moeblob.
In this version she IS more of a moeblob that panders shamelessly to the average otaku.
She's a cute and sensitive klutz who's good at sports.. So you're probably wondering how a klutz can be good at sports? does that add up? Though I might be wrong here, I really don't think it does.. But who cares!? she's a fetish for fanboys!
But regardless, even the part about her being "sensitive" and "caring" which is established quite clearly in the beginning of the series, is thrown out the window later on when she doesn't even flinch at the sight of her friends and others who live in her village being brutally slaughtered by monsters (and notice that this is not when she's in badass mode).
Not to mention that she recovers way too fast after witnessing these horrible deaths, some of which she could've prevented, but didn't for no reason whatsoever. So the little character development it has is laughable. On top of that, Saya is the only character with a backstory and even the one she has is very lame and vague.
The rest of the cast isn't even worth mentioning. They're all cardboard cutouts you won't care about, and/or just there to die. Oh and the monsters have no personality either. No surprise there though.
The characters are horrendous!
I'm personally not a fan of Clamp's artwork and though I know some people are, I doubt they will claim that Clamp's skinny + moe + bishounen art style fits an anime as grim and Gorey as this.
To it's credit however, the animation is fluid and certainly an improvement over Blood+.
Also the monsters have pretty creative (scary) designs and each monster is unique and fights differently. Much better than the Chiropreran in Blood+. And the monster battles themselves are very well done and with extreme Elfen Lied-style exaggerated gore (actually this is even more Gorey than Elfen Lied).
The only problem I have with the battles is that Saya could've got a little more injured to make most of the battles less one sided.
The art's really good overall.
Not much I can say about this department.
The opening sounds nice, but it has a lot of engrish, which is kind of annoying.
The ending song is ok, I guess.
The sound effects are good, but they sometimes feel out of place. For example when Saya clashes with a monster with her sword, it sounds like the monster is made out of metal.
Can't say much about the OST, I guess it's pretty forgettable.
Even though I don't know Japanese, I guess the voice acting's ok, nothing special though.
The sound as a whole ain't bad.
This is a very subjective part of the review, so let's put it this way: if you Like Gore, you will enjoy this. If you like a little bit of moeness and Gore combined you'll enjoy this even more.
That is of course if you don't care about the quality of the storyline or the characters. Personally? I didn't enjoy it much. There are some nice battles that were fun in a way, but also felt empty because you don't care about
the characters involved.
It's not the worst I've ever seen, but Overall this anime is pretty damn bad and it's sad because it gives a bad name to a franchise I like. read more
Blood-c is one giant troll of an anime. Unfortunately, it proved so good at the gimmick it used that it chased away most of the audience before the good times started rolling. I was going to give it a stinky 3 by episode five but then I continued watching and by the end it had redeemed itself. Still, that is no excuse for those awful, eye-gouging first episodes.
Since you are most probably a returning customer to the Blood franchise, you are already familiar with the story. Sword-wielding mystery girl in a high school uniform fights man-eating monsters. Mystery is solved in a gory, splattery, bloody, dismembering, brain-bits-flying, bone-cracking way.
Blood-c has no continuity with the previous anime of the franchise. It takes the basic story and spins a different tale. So, if you, like me, were expecting more Haji—gawd, there can never be enough Haji!—you will be sorely disappointed. Sigh~ (Allow me a moment to once again overcome my disappointment in this crucial omission)
So, is this a good story? In a word, yes. But that becomes apparent only when you finish it. Once again, the first few episodes are trolling you in a very horrible way. This would have been acceptable in a 24 episode show but in a 12 episode show it did irreparable damage. So, it requires a certain masochism to get you through to the good part.
It is very difficult to talk about the characters without including major spoilers, so I'll do it this way…
Saya is a high school moe-tard klutz by day and a kickass, monster-slaying, katana-wielding warrior by night. How could that possibly be combined, you ask. Watch to the end and be amazed.
The rest of the cast—no, I am not being lazy, it has to be this way—are just as they should be. Watch to the end and be amazed.
Anorexic 7-feet-tall people design courtesy of CLAMP aside, this anime really rocks the fight scenes. Smooth, sleek, gory; these scenes are the main reason to watch this anime. Every time it was blood--fest time it was like the anime became ten times better. Even the animation came alive.
I noticed three distinct soundtrack groups. One for the horrid slice of life wannabe. One for the creepy times and one for the fight scenes. I must say the creepy times soundtrack impressed me the most. It was exquisitely creepy.
OP: Awesome. Fluid and beautifully stylised animation with a standard j-rock ditty. I wish the whole thing could have been like the OP.
ED: Boring. I skipped it every time.
It is very difficult to recommend this because it sabotages itself with a horrible beginning but if you are into gory stuff, this will not disappoint. It is not called “blood” for nothing, you know. Some of the brutal stuff I saw popped my eyes out and I was even watching the censored version. I would have liked to see it uncensored but there is no way I'm watching this again. I would rather re-watch Blood+ ...where Haji is.
Most of the show is inscrutable plot exposition, but when it comes time for bitches to die, you get your money's worth, no doubt.
It takes quite a bit longer for the mayhem to kick in in Blood-C, but once it does, it's pretty brutal.
You like blood and gore? Yeah, both series offer that. Some characters also seem very similar to each other. In my opinion, both of these series also kick some major booty. So that's how they're similar. *shrug* That's about it. Hope you enjoy 'em! :D
Both of these anime series involves a small town or community where mysterious murders takes place. Of course from there, you can expect blood being spilled in both series as the mystery and psychological themes begin to take hold.
Both series also revolves around the school setting and the main character tries to put an end to the deaths.
Both series also contain horror themes and gore so expect violence, freak accidents, and death. If you can take all those, then these two anime series will be a good watch.
Without spoiling anyone I can say that at the end of Blood-c, Saya looked very much like Mei.
With Saya's twintails, if you cut them at the banded part her hair would be the same length, style and colour as Mei's hair.
They both wear an odd looking red and black school uniform.
They are both supernatural in one way or another.
The endings in both shows reveal a major TWEEEEST.
There's also a similarity on their faces but you'll have to watch the end of Blood-c to find it out.
Both have interesting plot, likeable characters and impeccable drama.
Ok, I lied but they both have blood, gracious amounts of fan service and dense lead characters. The best thing about both series is the opening song and I guess Blood-C is a pretty looking show.
sick humor, crazy tastes unpredictible plot.
In my opinion these two animes have a lot of similarities in the MC as well as in the story. A MC who goes between being a ditsy, child-like, innocent girl to a killing machine due to whatever circumstances & when that side of her is shown expect plenty of blood spill & limbs to be severed. Both plots involve the MCs past, betrayal, & "monsters". In both I would wait an entire episode just for the action to come & when it did it was totally worth it. So, to sum it all up,
-MC with two personalities (Killer/innocent girl)
-Every fight ends in a bloodbath
-Plot involving the past, betrayal, & monsters
-Only a bit of action per episode but entirely worth it
Id say if you liked one you should give the other a chance. Both have some stuff youd have to put up with before getting to the good parts (Pointless ecchiness in Elfen Lied & the whole boring school theme of Blood-C) but id say its worth it.
Opening Theme"Spiral" by DUSTZ
Ending Theme"Junketsu Paradox (純潔パラドックス)" by Nana Mizuki
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