Synonyms: Blood Plus
Oct 8, 2005 to Sep 23, 2006
24 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisThroughout the passage of time and the shifts in backgrounds, a particular war continues to leave its mark on history, extending its influence into the modern world. There are two major groups involved in the ensuring war. The first group consists of monsters known as Chiropterans who can change their appearances into that of human beings. They are actually immortals who feed on the blood of the living. The second group is an organization known as the "Red Shield," formed to track down these monsters and exterminate them. Otonashi Saya is a high-school girl who lives a peaceful life with her family. The only problem is, she has no recollections of her life beyond that of the past year; however, her happy life will be destroyed by an event that will lead her to her destined fate.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#1: "Aozora no Namida (青空のナミダ)" by Hitomi Takahashi (eps 1-13)
#2: "SEASON’S CALL" by HYDE (eps 14-25)
#3: "Colors of the Heart" by UVERworld (eps 26-38)
#4: "Raion (雷音)" by Jinn (eps 39-50)
Ending Theme#1: "Kataritsugu koto" by Chitose Hajime (eps 1-13, 50)
#2: "CRY NO MORE" by Mika Nakashima (eps 14-25)
#3: "This Love" by Angela Aki (eps 26-38)
#4: "Brand New Map" by K (eps 39-49)
A show about a girl who fights monsters... sounds kind of unoriginal, no? Well, whatever it sounds like to you, this is one helluva awesome show :D
The story is dark, sad and action-packed. I like how they present everything with a sad setting; it's not like it's just one big brawl after another; it is emotions and resolve-strengthening, it's battles which have a reason other than just being yet another battle. The story keeps complex but simple enough to follow without too much thinking "what's happening?"
The animation style in Blood+ is really cool. It's got good shading details, and the characters looks good too; they've got a nice variation of character designs, some detailed and some maybe not so detailed. The animation is flawless; at least no noticeable errors. The background art in this series is amazing; the sceneries and cityscapes are wonderful to look at.
The music rocks too. The OP/ED songs are great (aside the fourth OP, which was all but good), and the background music is just as it should be; moody. It sets the right mood to all the scenes, and it fits very good with the series' sad tone.
Blood+ has the best character development of any anime I've watched. I'm completely enthralled by its characters, and how they change during the course of the series. They're deep, three-dimensional characters, and their relationships with each other are fascinating. I also like how a simple death during the beginning of the series had a large effect on the characters.
What I like about Blood+ is that despite being about vampires, it focuses on almost anything but the vampire aspects of the characters, with the latter being used mainly as a MacGuffin. Therefore, you'll enjoy this series even if you do not like vampire anime, and you'll love it if you like vampire anime.
All in all, Blood+ is among the better series in the vast world that is anime, and a series you'll enjoy watching.
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This anime is one of the best ones that I have ever seen before in my life. The plot somehow manages to stay incredibly strong throughout all of the 50 episodes, showcasing many different types of characters, from the most comical to the most radically serious. The animation has a very unique style, which somewhat surprised me early on, but then I realized that it simply made the show more unique.
What every viewer must realize first off is that this is NOT just an anime about vampires. The fact that the characters often require blood to survive is used as an effective plot device, but it is not the entire focus of the show. What this means is that it appeals to both those who love vampire animes and those who do not, creating, as a whole, an extremely balanced, well crafted anime.
The anime will be a joy for anyone who watches it. The storyline ranges from romance, to comedy, to intrigue, to detailed pseudo-history, innocence and experience, violence and peace, and then circles around again to the vague but omnipresent romance that insinuates itself, not as the main focus, but as a continuing theme throughout.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the anime, and I invite all who read this to do the same.
Note: If you found this review helpful (or not), leave me a PM or comment, and give me some constructive criticism!
Post-note: All scores are compared to titles I have watched personally and represent the verbal "score" of that number, with a 7 meaning " Good". It is unrelated to the 1-10 grading that a lot of people seem to solely apply, without thinking of what it means.
Originally an offshoot of an earlier movie, Blood+ combines both existing elements present in anime and new ones, to create a somewhat unique shonen (yes, shonen, because that's what this is, don't be fooled by the R+ rating) title. The original premise, that of cute girl with big sword fighting large monsters has been done many times before, but it is the encompassing plot and character designs that make this title stand out.
The fact that that the writers obviously wanted this series to stand out compared to a lot of other drab that comes out nowadays is evident. Sharp character designs (lack of moe characters) are the norm, and the plot line aims to be as realistic as possible, including many existing locations throughout the modern world. from Japan to Russia to France, it becomes evident that the animators have at least glanced at existing sceneries before sketching the locations where the story takes place.
We can understand the actions of certain characters (if the motifs have been revealed), and often the distinction between good and evil becomes blurred, something which lacks in a lot of series nowadays, where differences are usually black and white, with not much repose in between.
Then, you may ask " Why give it a 7?".
First note that a 7 to me means " Good", it holds no numerical value. Blood+ is a good show, but it doesn't have any factors that make it stand out to the point where, maybe a year later, you think "wow, that was quite a memorable show".
It is the same factor that makes it unique, that drags it down. The score is pulled down because of the lack of realism in a show that aims to include many elements pulled straight out of the 21st century world for the sake of appearing realistic and well thought through.
There is a scene where a protagonist is being pursued. He flees into a park, filled with happy picnickers. He rests momentarily on a bench, when suddenly his pursuer appears again. He runs through the park, but to our surprise, all those picnickers have disappeared. Is the director implying that in the few seconds that the camera pans away, all those men and women decided to pack up and leave? This incident is not standalone, and quite often outsiders (to the plot) seem to act illogically, or simply disappear solely for the sake of furthering a plot line and making the actions of characters seem logical.
Another small, annoying factor is that all characters seem to be able to speak to anyone on the globe. Now honestly, I don't believe that the entire world has started speaking Japanese overnight. This can be overlooked to a certain extent however, since such reasoning seems to be prevalent in many shonen titles.
Another factor pulling down an otherwise very good show, is the seemingly low budget of Blood+. It affects many of the most dominant factors determining the success of a show, plot, animation and sound. Firstly, the plot seems to suffer because directors and producers felt it necessary to include a lot of tangents, which lead nowhere. The entire series could have been done in 3/4ths of the 50 episodes that it runs for or less. Secondly, the lack of CG animation and lanky movements at times takes away from a series that includes a lot of fight scenes. Although it does give it some sort of visual appeal, it would have been much better executed with a larger animation budget.
Sound is another factor pulling it down. Although there are some good tracks in the OST, which are nice to the ear, the repetition and overuse of them is simply irritating, especially for a longer anime like Blood+. The OP and ED are of the common staple, including well known (at least, for us anime fans) J-Rock bands such as UVERworld and Hyde. Certainly not bad, but not very original either. Voice acting isn't terribly great either, although the actors can convey different emotions, it is not entirely convincing either.
Lastly, personally I found the lack of a deeper " meaningful" plot line distasteful. Although certainly not needed, it would have brought the enjoyment factor up quite a bit. Simply following the story of the main protagonist, Saya, can be a bore at times, especially when it becomes overly melodramatic.
Pushing my criticism aside, Blood+ certainly isn't a bad series. Even with these somewhat irritating flaws, it is still much better than a lot of Shonen titles nowadays, and for anyone simply wanting some enjoyment without a too much engrossing plot, i'd certainly recommend this. However, for anyone looking for something deeper, something with, say, moralistic or idealistic principles, i'd tell you to look further, because this wouldn't be for you.
Recommended for: (more serious) Shonen fans, those looking for something different than average.
Not recommended for: Fans of moe character designs, serious Seinen fans.
I used to watch a fair amount of anime, but over the past few years, my interest in it had been gradually waning, partly because of the decreasing number of good shows being produced, and partly because of lack of time due to my heavy workload.
However, this trend was reversed when I had the good fortune of coming across Blood+. I had never heard of it before, but the premise seemed interesting enough, though not particularly original or unique. I decided to give it a shot, expecting at least a decent and entertaining show but not much more than that.
But what I got was much, much more I had dared to hoped for. What starts out as a fairly conventional storyline gradually unravels, revealing a vastly more complex and intricate narrative tapestry. Its deliberate pacing may be misconstrued by some as being "slow", but as the story progresses, all the puzzle pieces that are uncovered early on start to fall into place, and things that once seemed insignificant or nonsensical begin to make sense.
As for the technical merits of this show, other people have already discussed its superb animation and hauntingly evocative soundtrack, so I won't go into too much detail on them. Suffice it to say that they complement the mood of the series exceptionally well.
However, what really won me over was the exceptional character development displayed here. Without giving too much away, I can say that these characters actually felt like real, living, breathing people and not just 2-D images on the TV screen. They change and evolve as time goes by, and after a particular event occurs, don't be surprised if you find yourself regarding certain characters in a totally different light.
To make a long story short, Blood+ is one of only a handful of shows that transcends the boundaries of its genre, and one of the best animes I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. In fact, it practically single-handedly revived my passion for anime and spurred me on to seek many other great shows, which I probably would not have bothered to watch otherwise. And that is probably the greatest compliment one can pay to any medium of entertainment. read more
Well, the main storyline is more or less different, but the way the characters are drawn very similarly, as well as action scenes and blood. Also Blood+ is a dark anime and so is Claymore, so it would be good for those who like/love dark anime (sorry for stating the obvious...). Anyway both of them have very deep story-lines so I thought that people who like Blood+ would like this, because I think of Claymore when I think of Blood+.
These two series have so many similarities that each of them can be considered an "alternate" version of the other... They're both top-notch anime series, so I'd say watch them both and witness the similarities for yourself
Both feature girls/women who has a hack-n'-slash fest, killing monsters with their swords.
Blood+ has some similar elements to Claymore, such as the relationship between a helpless "brother"/"sister" and a cold-blooded killer of the opposite gender, that greatly sways either person's actions during the course of the show. In a sense , it's partially Claymore in reverse, here the purebreds go after the half breeds, but what matches these two up the most would be the high level of action, gore and dark mood that stays overcast most of the time. You'll probably understand once you start watching it.
Hot kick-ass girls with big swords chopping up monsters!!!
it has fighting scenes, protecting someone, fighting monsters, and others things you like in them:)
Girl as the protagonist who fight bunch of monsters.
Blood+ and Claymore have something in common, and that is both are killing off monsters. They are both dark and gory. Blood+ has a longer story than Claymore but nonetheless they are still jampacked with blood spilling monster slashing scenes.
they both portray women who fight abominations that live off human flesh or blood warning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! violent anime but cool ha ha
love the action shows women who can kick ass!^^
both bloody anime and both main char of the story weilds a sword. basicly the same... saya vs chiopterans ... and clare vs Yoma's but claymore has more blood sheds and more violence compared to blood+
Both series are full of blood and female characters that are very skilled with sharp metal objects ;)
It has monsters and killing/blood as well.
Monsters fighting monsters. Sword wielding female protagonist fighting very bloody battles against the grotesque as she tries to discover herself and protect what's important to her. Lots of blood, dismemberment and decapitations, mixed in with some camaraderie and family bonds.
"OMGZ THEY ARE BOTH GIRLS WHO ARE NOT FULLY HUMAN AND BOTH HAVE SWORDS AND KICK THE SHIT OUT OF MONSTERS OMG RUN ON SENTENCES NO PUNCTUATION!"
- Almost every 16 year old with a keyboard in America.
However, there's some truth to the above statement but I'd like to get into Blood+. If you really liked Blood+ and thought the story was riveting, loved the gore and the fight scenes, and loved Saya as a bad ass monster killing female main character, then you'll absolutely LOVE Claymore. Now, what I said about Blood+ is giving it a little too much credit. Don't get me wrong, I liked the show, but I just felt that Saya didn't take charge enough for me(at least till the end) and I cringed at a lot of the dialog. There was also just way many too cliche moments and typical "feel good story" music during the first half of the series. It's at least underwhelming for an anime with an R rating.
Claymore's R rating on the other hand is well deserved. It is WAY more violent and bloody than Blood+ and the langue is a lot more coarse as well. Claire and Saya both come into their own a bit midway into the shows but Claire has a lot more depth to her in my opinon and is a lot more entertaining. Both girls are trying to rid the world of monsters, even though they are both types of monsters themselves.
All and all, If you liked Blood+ and don't mind a shorter series with more violence and swearing, then chances are you'll love Claymore. If you watched Claymore first and are expecting a lot from Blood+, chances are you'll be let down a bit, but will still enjoy the series.
Action packed, gory, strong female lead characters, and story driven. Both use swords and are related to mythical beasts.
Both anime have a lot of blood, monsters, and fighting.
The main 2 similarites is that only a certain breed can kill these monsters even thou the humans can't technically. They are both serious girl characters who pursue monsters to keep the people safe but eventually find their own purpose.
These two series are like siblings with many similarities that can be drawn upon.
Both Claymore and Blood+ involves a lot of action dealing with the supernatural specifically demons. The main female protagonist (who both have skills in swordsmanship) in both series are literally weapons with extraordinary abilities. The only thing that keeps them from going insane are their companions. Additionally, both series' main female protagonist also has a dark past that is filled with tragedies and sorrow.
Both series also involves organizations with their own purposes and enemies with dark ambitions..
Both series contain action, drama, blood, gore, and gets darker and darker as more episodes progresses; a pleasing series to the audience into the darker side of the hack-and-slash genre.
While every show is unique in their own way, Claymore and Blood+ have a myriad of similarities that will make a fan of one show, a fan of the other. For starters, both shows revolve around the concept of monsters that consume flesh and blood. They are painted as evil, but in both shows the main characters are also connected to these vicious monsters they seek to kill. The connection is genetics though it is applied differently for each show. Besides that main concept, both shows involve powerful heroines who wield swords. They develop in different paths, as one show is about remembering one’s identity while the other is vengeance. Both shows are hack and slash, though Claymore is by far more violent, bloody and intense. Dire injuries are inflicted regularly as many monsters and people are killed, while Blood+ takes the killing down a notch. Blood+ also has weaker moments when it comes to killing due to the dialogue, but I found myself able to look passed that due to the differences in the atmosphere of each show.
If you are going from Blood+ to Claymore, a more aggressive and intense show awaits you, while the transition from Claymore to Blood+ can be a letdown only if you thrive on scenes filled with gore. The length of Blood+ is wonderful as Claymore is shorter and deviates from the manga at the end absolutely destroying the show for manga readers. Either way, if you are a fan of one show, you will most likely be a fan of the other as the action in both are very entertaining.
Both involve a powerful, not fully-human girl being able to slay demons that no ordinary person can. Both are accompanied by their male friends on their quests and later show signs of romantic interest. Both girls carry around swords which are used to annihilate the monsters. Blood+ is more dramatic and involves vampires, whereas Claymore is more of an action-adventure about mysterious demons called "yoma." The use of art in both is done spectacularly, and both contain unique, well thought-out plots—much different from the generic shows made nowadays.
Protagonist are both vampire like monsters
Main characters are genetically evolved and use swords
Genres are horror and dark action
Goal: Rid the world of the evil monsters
Character abilities: supernatural strength and speed
The main idea is similar. Good guys are essentially half bad (have parts of the body of bad guys in themselves, twin sister of the villain), fighting in both series are full of blood and slaughter, monsters are killed with big swords ...
Blood+ and Elfen Lied deal with the definition of what it means to be human and humane. In both cases, a super-evolved species represented by an apparently frail female lead, presents a menace to mankind. Yet humanity is to be blamed for much of the violence that follows. While EL is occasionally borderline ecchi and Blood+ maintains a very serious tone through and through, both series are emotionally-moving exercises that allow emotional bonds to be forged, despite the deeply violent world-scape they present.
Girl protagonists who kill a lot and spill a lot of blood. Both are poignant and moving throughout, with deep emotional struggles and bonds all over the place. Both have mutated human beings who take the role of bad guys pose a threat to humankind as a whole.
well their both horror and have lots of blood in them....their story seems to differ but im sure if you like one of them you'll like the other one to < 3
Blood +, like Elsfen Leid, has alot of blood (look at the name XD).
they has similar subjects like supernatural, Sci-Fi, the undead cretures and more...
those two also has a similiar endings, they both ends with many things unfinished.
Both have lots of blood, fights, and violence.
In both anime, the main character is a girl who literally becomes another person when killing, even though Saya, on the opposite of Lucy, has not exactly a split personality.
Both are dramatic and sad, prepare the tissues.
Also, the story of the Schiffs , created by humans, used as killing machines, and then getting eliminated because too troublesome, really reminds of the Diclonius.
Both are absolutely worth watching.
The story line is fairly similar; both main characters have a kind of split personality and powers that awaken due to a series of events where they learn about themselves and secret organisations going on around them.
These shows teach lessons without you knowing it. You learn to love one that may not be like others. These shows are amazing, but not for all eyes to see.
Bloody, Dramatic, Just Like Elfen Lied.
And Pretty Disturbing.
Just Like Elfen Lied...
Both of them are animes with a lot of violence and with great plot behind.
The main character in both of these animes are Female. Both of which are extremely violent and gory. In other words, at one point of their lives they could be considered 'killing machines' for their actions.
Both also have a double sided personality. The one that people adore and the other, which is blood craving.
Anyhow- there's a lot of action and fighting scenes! There's also a bit of romance here and there. If you liked Blood Plus, you're almost guaranteed to enjoy watching Elfen Lied.
Both Anime are revolved around different species that are used for war and most of the problems throught the two stories are caused by humans.
Elfen Lied and Blood+ details two series that are violently driven involving powerful evolved species that becomes a menace to society. They become dangers not only to others but to themselves as well.
As such, both series features a lot of violence and gore with the main female lead being the center of it all.
Both series has emotional back stories that tells the sad side of the main characters involving tragedy.
Both series overall have a dark and serious tone that brings out a violent but also tragic story.
Violence.Much Blood.Supernatural aspects.Psycho girls.Amnesia.Goal to destroy a specific kind of species.
Both relate to a quest to defeat blood-sucking beings (Vampires) in order to make of the world a better place for everyone.
kind like not hellsing but with different type off vampires and equally great story
Action, blood, a fight for a better and safer world, and of course, vampires galore!
Well because this also has loads of fights like Blood+ and its bloody too!! The reason for the fights is same in these animes!!
Both shows deal with vampires. Both shows have main characters who have siblings in the opposing faction. Both of them vow to defeat their siblings so that there would be no more harm. Both of them doubt about themselves until they eventually accept who they are.
There's a lot of action, blood sucking creatures, and some romance on the side. Something everyone loves!
If ur a fan of bloody animes and vampire like beings than WATCH both Trinity Blood & Blood+.
Killing bloodsucking creatures and keeping them from causing other harm. That's what both anime are about. This comes with the necessary amount of violence and bloodshed of course. The characters and the context of the anime differ tho. Also, Trinity Blood is more serious while Blood+ has more drama. Nevertheless, if you like vampires, action and bloodshed. Go watch this show!
The main character in both stories is vampire,they fight their own kin to safe human race from doom.they belief that human and vampire can live together in harmony but some vampire think human is just only food to consume.
They Both are vampire type show , and I think they Are Very great show to watch
Action, supernatural, vampires. Bloody scenes, main characters fighting against evil vampires.
Both theses stories have in depth back stories there is violence, gore, even some tear jerker episodes. Both these for vampire anime's where a nice change from romance and cheesy back stories. Blood + was my first anime and before I knew all the sites out there I paid for most of the episodes. Trinity Blood has an amazing story and one that was easy to watch straight through.
Romance, vampires, and lost memories for the female protagonist, who ends up having a more important role than first glance.
Both share a similar female/male lead that must dance around the concept of immortality and vampirism in their exploration of each others' feelings.
Besdies the obvious association of creatures needing blood to survive, Blood+ and Vampire Knight also both follow the plot of self-sacrifice to protect those you love.
Fully recommend you watch Vampire Knight...touching.
Both have to do with Vampires. Main character is a female. Vampire living in a human world trying to make things right for their own reasons. There's a bit of romance in Blood + , but not as much as Vampire Knight. Main character doesn't remember their past in the first few episodes. -Turning others into Vampires :]
Both deal with vampires and both deal with love. They have good fighting scenes between their enemies and each have an evil person within their family who is trying to get them killed. If you are into bloody romances and killing, basically a trilling anime that will keep you on the edge of your seat, please do watch it and enjoy it ^^
both are kinda dark/kinda goth, have a thrilling plot, and have a main character who doesn't have memories of their past :D
Both are similar in the way that:
there is a young girl, who lost her memory as a vampire/monster, and a romantic type of man comes into the picture to protect her, yet she also falls in love with another person who is close to her.
the only difference is Blood + has more action.
Both anime's have vampires, action, and romance. They also both have good character development and story lines, and you can't help but fall for one or more of the characters. If you enjoy one you'll most likely enjoy the other!
Both animes are 'dark'. Yuuki and Saya have a past that they can't remember because it was sealed. In the series they discover their true natures and help battle evil. In blood+ the main focus is on the plot and the battles. Saya's feelings slowly develop throughout the story. Meanwhile in Vampire Knight Yuuki knows her feelings from the beginning and Kaname knows his as well. Dark pasts, shocking secrets and emotional struggles. There is no better recommendation for Vampire Knight or Blood+.
If you love vampire anime, this won't disappoint you :)
Both are about a quest to destroy vampires, by using vampires
And they both have the same kind of dark feeling to it.
Vampires in modern age... done as such that oozes style.
Both are about powerful vampires cooperating with organizations that specialize in killing vampires. The main antagonists are also engaged in mass producing vampires and are part of powerful vampire organizations.
Both anime are about killing bloodsucking monsters (vampires) to keep the world safe from those evil creatures. Both anime got the regularly dose of action, violence and bloodshed. So if you like those vampire based action anime, I'd say watch this.
Both have vampires in them. Blood+ is not as gory as Hellsing, but they both have an interesting take on vampires, if your into that stuff
Do you like the dark vampire anime series like Blood+? Then you should definitely try Black Blood Brothers. The brothers are just like Saya, and it is worth watching.
Both Vampires and both kick ass and take names!
AMAZING. that is pretty much all there is to say about this it is my FAVOURITIEST anime of all time the charachters are amazing the artwork is 9/10 but eyerthing else 16/10
Both involve vampires and action. Like Blood+ Black blood involve a deep story line spanning many years. Both involve the hunting down of monsters, Blood+ is chiroptera, and Kowlon children in black blood. Both man characters also have a complicated past
The theme of vampires, blood, and action comes into play in both series. As such Blood+ and Black Blood Brothers are two titles that are quite similar:
Both series has the supernatural theme involving vampires and vampire hunters.
The main characters also has a dark history related to other characters.
Both have a darker story as the episodes progresses.
Overall, watch these two if you're interested into some vampire action.
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