Synonyms: Blood Plus
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2005 to Sep 23, 2006
Premiered: Fall 2005
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.821 (scored by 82,831 users)
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The director for the series is Junichi Fujisaku, whom wrote a for xxxHolic, Tsubasa, and even tried his hand at a Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex episode. That last one is especially notable being that 1) it was the second episode of the series, and 2) it wasn't all that good as a GitS episode. What could have been in that respect is thankfully never brought over to this series. Unfortunately, my limited experience with Junichi's work hampers my ability to properly evaluate the series and his influence, so don't expect it to be talked about beyond this.
I'm not opposed to strong, female leads in any medium. The entire cast are well-written and behave as you would expect, which is to say that they're about as "real" as anyone can get in this series. Saya starts off naive and unsure about things, but transitions into a brave, lone-wolf type before the end. When she finally re-joins the good guys, it becomes clear that her motivation is purely selfish, even if it's for a good reason. Her support, unfortunately, is such a creepy, unhelpful twat that you end up wondering why he exists.
Kai (Saya's not-blood-related brother, because incest isn't incest when we're not related, right?) serves as one-half "brave onii-chan" and one-half brother-with-fixation-on-sister. While I want to ride the "creepy brother is creepy" train, his character isn't just driven by the mad boner he has for Saya. He starts off as a truly loving, caring brother who wants to look after his family and, failing that, vows to at least save the remaining family he possesses. The character is a well-blended mix of powerful motivation and what happens when a regular person is pushed into a situation he wasn't built for.
I could go on about the characters, but you want to know the goodies. The sound is good and all of Diva's singing scenes are well-done, if only because they need to be. The OST are a decent blend and fit the scenes, though I can recall maybe once or twice their use being a bit much. In terms of animation, Chizu Hashii helms the series. I couldn't find much on the individual, but from what the series offered, I'm somewhere between unsure and moderately interested in their other works.
What the series suffers from isn't anything obvious at first. The story is decent if generic and while the characters and their motivations make sense, there are times when a simple sit-down and hash things out approach would make more sense. Saya's motivations are purely selfish and while they are good, it comes off as her not really listening to what everyone else is saying. Kai is also a bit pushy and rather possessive and while Haji works as a butler, his fixation and lack of DOING ANYTHING makes him feel like a convenient tool to push Saya into the next subplot.
There are a few subplots at work, too. The overarching plot is often shoved aside and it feels like the director wasn't sure he wanted to carry on with the main plot at times. I enjoyed the subplots more than the overarching one and want to see these characters in their own series. Unfortunately, the series also suffers from "kill everyone who isn't a main character" syndrome and does so without so much as properly building them up.
It's an overall decent series, but suffers from its shortcomings in the long-run. Check it out if you're even halfway tempted, but otherwise miss it. read more
The series' enviroment is good and the soundtrack is also good. I loved almost all the openings and endings (there are 4 each). But the plot... oh boy, that could have been great. The plotline is: the main character has to kill all the chiropteans (vampires) and Diva, the main antagonist (also a chiroptean). Sounds really stupid but at some points this is very well played and really entertaining. Also, there's a little discussion about blood family VS non-related family, which is interesting but poorly executed. It could be a really good show if it wasn't for Saya, who is really tedious, and all this "humans VS chiropteans" thing, that mostly shows a self-centered mankind and a stupid and entirely avoidable fight (oddly, chiropteans noticed it quicker than humans).
The main character, Saya Otonashi, looks like a pretty good heroine at the beginning. But then you start discovering that she's just a really really spoiled kid who can't think about anyone except herself and some people she might befriend. For years and years, she keeps trying to kill Diva because Diva is supposedly bad. But that's not true. Diva is indeed something like a psycho but it's because she's been tortured and used her whole life. It would be reasonable (and tragic) to hunt Diva if Saya didn't know about this but she's given evidence about it ALL THE TIME. There's even a chapter where someone TELLS HER about it and stuff. And Saya does what??? Instead of saying "Ok, you guys are SO DAMN CRAZY and you TORTURED SOMEONE FOR YEARS and now you're trying to kill her, it's pretty obvious she would hate all of you. I'M OUT, I'm not killing anyone, you're all really crazy people, go get some treatment", she says something like "Ooooh, nooo, this all my fault, she's sooooo bad, she killed the bastard who tortured her because she's bad, she's naturally bad, nothing but bad, I will kill Diva because she's bad. Have I already said she's bad??? Oh, I hate Diva, she's bad, bad, bad". That's so spoiled I can't stand it. Saya is one of the worst protagonists I've ever seen because she's (em)pathetic with basically anyone except Diva, for just no reason (the only possible reason is: she's spoiled).
Diva, on the other hand, is a very interesting character and I dare to say she's the only reason you should watch this show. She one of the best antagonists I've ever seen and she has a great background story. She's MUCH MORE interesting than Saya even though the show doesn't focus much on her (at least, not compared with Saya).
Also, all that Siff stuff is really, really boring. The only good thing about them is that you can have some laughs since they look like goth teenagers (I found it really funny, sorry).
The end of the story is also pretty dull and foreseeable. read more
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.
To 'Not Helpful' voters (and you 'Helpful' voters too): Feedback greatly appreciated =) read more
I thought that Blood+ was really well done. If I had to pick a favorite part of Blood+ I think it would be the story. I love when a show has a story that takes a lot of episodes to play out, but doesn't ever loose focus. This is what Blood+ does best. The concept is fairly simple but there are many complexities that you discover as the show progresses.
For an anime made in 2006 this show is on par with what you would expect. By the standards set by more recent shows it is nothing special, but it still good. The characters are well depicted and I have nothing to complain about.
The soundtrack is very well done. It is produced by Mark Mancina/Hans Zimmer and if you are familiar with any of their work then you know what to expect. The opening and ending songs are fantastic. I especially love the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th openings. The 3rd opening is one of my all time favorites. The 4th is done by Jinn. Some people can't stand the vocals of Jinn but I came to enjoy them (Jinn is the same artist that performed the second Code Geass OP).
I thought the characters of Blood+ where very good. There is lots of good character development. At times I wished Saya would access more of her badass potential but I can't complain about her overall.
There were some parts that were a little slow but not many, overall I enjoyed Blood+ very much
Overall 9/10 - Highly recommended read more
If you are looking for a fun and happy anime series, don't watch it. As I said before the anime is rather dark and as the name says bloody. There are some scenes that can be considered cruel (not only in a physical way).
And one more warning, before the praise: If you're expecting tons of action filled scenes, there will be some, but not as many as you might expect. Don't watch it if you get easily bored if there is no fight every five minutes.
Very short summary: Saya needs to fight vampirelike creatures called Chiropteran, only she can kill. At her side are her friends, that support her and whom she wishes to protect. Her enemies on the other hand wish to create a world filled with Chiropterans and try to persuade Saya, that she should support them.
Of course there is as usual a good side and a bad side. However Sayas enemies are not all pictured pure evil. There is no absolute black and white sight. Neither is Saya pictured as a flawless heroine. At some point you might even find yourself to be a little repelled.
There are many episodes that follow a rather slow tune and can look like filler episodes at first glance. I still enjoyed them, because they showed how the characters changed as a response to all the traumatic things happening to them. It makes them all the more believable and helped me to get attached to them.
I watched Blood+ two times now. The first time I was much younger than now. The second time I found myself beeing drawn to different characters than the first time. So this might be a sign that there is someone to like for younger and older people ;)
And last but not least, soundtrack and art are amazing! It fits the scenes very well and manages greatly to draw you in!
I hope this was helpful to you! Enjoy watching!
Story wise Blood+ starts slow. It takes time to develop, to let the elements of the story, for the characters to interact naturally rather than forcing them into a swirling bog to just push the story ahead. And it starts with the basic anime form: The basic elements are put forth - Chiropteran and Saya. One can assume that with the progression of stronger foes and conflicting feelings, there is nothing more to the anime than the main character who is initially weak growing stronger to face all foes.
However as the story progresses one finds out that it is not so. There will be additional elements which do not appear as a new boss might when the previous one dies. They actually develop a very intricate plot. And it's approach is slow. It takes four to five episodes to let the character figure his/her own weakness and then stabilize as they would in a real world scenario. Claymore on the other hand (ignoring how its story progresses) manages to do all that in the first episode. Gantz takes up to three episodes for that.
While this progression initially feels slow in contrast to animes like Mirai Nikki or Sword Art Online it becomes a positive because unnecessary character development and huge increments in power is avoided and there is time for small plot details to be handled. The story starts taking proper shape around the tenth episode and for a fifty episode anime that isn't too slow. There are various side stories and endeavors that combine together and connect (sometimes too big a coincidence) and keep the viewer up to date with all the characters. It is also a clever way of telling parts of the story from another perspective.
So all in all it has a very complex and well thought story and yes - if I want I can sit down and find faults like "did they close the gate or not" but it is a good thing that in the entire anime such frivolous events are taken for granted. Meaning thinking about the guards changing shift is not our business.
The art style isn't that bad for its time. The backgrounds are good and at times rather beautiful in terms of vibrant colors in contrast to dull underground moments. There isn't a fixed atmosphere, one will be able to see light slice of life like moments and one will see bloody sequences. And neither feel out of place.
The character designs are mixed - Saya and Haji and Solomon (regardless of his stereotypical prince look) are drawn well - they have their physical traits that show detail in their art work. However there are a few characters (Kai for instance) that just seem like a few lines under a scruff of hair at times. It isn't that distracting but at times I feel Kai lose expressions or originality other than his hair. However this is being critical - the characters are more or less consistent with real-life proportions and we have one piece as well in which some character faces are very basic (ignoring the unrealistic proportions they at times have).
The soundtracks in Blood+ Mostly left a positive impression on me - they had a nice gist to them and they were timed well. Emotions and scenario's are well expressed through suitable sound tracks. Fighting sequences were well complimented and so were the slice of life moments - much like the art they managed both sides well.
Character development was a big positive for me in this anime. Yes, we do have the hero that at times is swayed and needs memories and friends n family to go through tough times but there is quite some work put in the development of different characters - some subtle characteristics that one notices afterwards and also traits that make them less predictable in the anime realm.
Saya - as an instance did portray the typical shounen main hero (Ichigo for example) in which they are people who preach justice all the time and are against fighting (a better example would be Yuuto from Omamori Himari) however as the story progresses she gets stronger and mentally more mature and sees the situation from a different light - something that doesn't happen in a day or so.
Kai, as much as I find his art style in the start not too good - is a good character, impulsive and daring however he isn't the guy you would always expect to go haywire due to his personality, who butts into everything for the sake of protecting everyone. Wow... that kind of reminds me of Kato in Gantz... although he was also properly crafted, a little less multi faceted as he was.
Enjoyment wise it will take the anime about ten episodes to kick in - but then the believable characters, the complex plot, all of these elements combine to give what I'd say is one of the best animes I have seen. It is well balanced - not diving into a world of needless action, nor is it slow enough to bore you.
Thank you for reading and feedback is always appreciated. read more
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.
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.
In terms of characterization, the series does enough to flesh out prominent characters that influence Saya's decisions from those who serve to allow her to retain the normalcy she seeks with her adoptive brothers Kai and Riku to those in Red Shield in need of her to those who remind her of her Chiropteran roots in the form of Hagi. The series does enough to have you believe that she cherishes said relationships and even those that she comes to newly establish as she learns more of her origins and the nature of the Chiropteran threat. It also does a decent job at exploring the inner conflict that Saya's character experiences as she comes to grips with her origins as a Chiroptera and determining what she desires despite being different from her adoptive human family.
In terms of the plot, Blood+ does get fairly complex as it introduces several factions with differing motivations concerning the Chiropteran threat that involve its dominance, elimination or using the threat for personal gain. The first half is focused on slowly unveiling these factions and their motivations, as well as elements to Saya's past that she finds herself having to come to terms with. The unveiling of these elements lead to some foreign locales outside of Japan such as Vietnam and New York City. The second half is where events begin to build up where some prominent characters are killed off and characters gradually change as a result of the Chiropteran. This becomes prominent in a time skip which features some of the major characters having changed in personality and personal beliefs as a result of the events that took place from earlier episodes in the series.
Blood+ does some from some major issues for me though. While enough is fleshed out with Saya and some prominent characters on her side, I felt that anything involving Diva and her Chevaliers were quite underdeveloped as we don't get much dimension or depth about their motivations with some of the Chevaliers seemingly being around just to serve as obstacles in Saya's hunt for Diva and to expand the cast. It also got in the habit of going into some sub-plots that did little to develop major elements of the series; particularly Mao and the reporter's quest to catch up with Kai, Saya and the Red Shield agents.
In terms of visual presentation, Blood+ does sport clean details with its settings and character designs with a subdued color palette that do well at painting the show's dark mood. The series does well at visually depicting a variety of different settings thanks to the different locations that Saya and others travel to from the beaches of Okinawa to the barren tropical forests of Vietnam to the vast city landscape of New York City. The designs for the Chiropterans are diverse and make for a great treat to see on the screen. However for a series seemingly hyping itself on its monster-slaughtering action, Blood+ is hit-or-miss in animation. The series does have its moments in depicting some good scenes such as some aerial battles and close combat confrontations, but I did spot some prominent shortcuts with animation which include still-shots within moving backgrounds to simulate movement and the use of blur effects to depict fast movements coming from the Chiropteran characters.
For the show's soundtrack, Blood+ often makes use of piano and classical musical pieces for insert music to depict its dramatic situations which fit perfectly with the drama seen frequently throughout the show. The show's various OP and ED sequences tended to be hit-or-miss for me with how I enjoyed them and quite often being either too gentle or intense in fitting with Blood+'s mood. The only one that caught my interest was the 2nd OP from Hyde's "Season's Call" which fit well with the mood in which the series was conveying.
Overall, Blood+ was a decent supernatural action/ drama that did enough at slowly fleshing out elements to its series and exploring how the prominent characters come to grips with knowing more about the Chiropteran, especially as Saya comes to grips with her own connections to it. However, the lack of fleshing out on many prominent characters among the antagonists does make it tough to connect with them without such developments and the focus on some irrelevant sub-plots does hamper the quality of the show's plotting. Still, the series does make for a decent watch and it beats the original movie in terms of delivering a quality plot and fleshed-out characters with its supernatural action. read more
My second impression was the fact that the series would drag on and on and on (because FIFTY EPISODES??? HOLY). Both my impressions have been proven wrong.
The pacing is nice, and (some) of the characters have made me very emotional at times. The art is nice, although I felt the main to be lacking power at times. The relationships formed, be it friend, romantic, or family bonds, have closely tied the characters together. I couldn't help but feel very sad watching how the anime concluded. The voice acting for Diva was really nice, too.
I'd say this was a pretty worthwhile anime. Not my favourite, but I liked it :) read more
The anime this was based off of was so much more interesting, but to appeal for fans, they made Saya younger, hotter, more man-hungry than her previous incarnation. Ah, accessibility...
Art was average. Sound was cool. I like the ED theme song where it sounds like an old lady is being strangled.
Characters were balls. The brother was freaking annoying. I hated him, ruined the damn series. However, most other people were fine.
I didn't enjoy this series so much as I enjoy getting an enema.
You looking for a continuation of that cool OVA thing? Then keep looking, vampire weeabos! Unless you like it or something... read more
A few years back, before I even heard of the word "anime" my family was hosting a Christmas party. At my Christmas party, me and my cousin were in my room, being the socially-awkward people we are, instead of socializing with my other family members. He mentioned how he is obsessed with this "anime" called "Air Gear" or something along those lines. He introduced me to the first episode, but other than the ecchi aspect to it, I wasn't a fan. So naturally I moved on to the next show. This time it was my turn to choose. I decided that I did like the art aspect to "Air Gear" and I was looking for another show in the "anime" category. That's when I stumbled upon Blood+. After the first episode I was hooked, and so was my cousin. We watched a few episodes together that night, and he made me promise I wouldn't go ahead. I promised, but admittedly I wasn't very faithful to my promise, as I immediately continued watching as soon as he shut my door and left my house.
The character development in this anime is fantastic, it's truly a work of art. I regret however, watching it dubbed. Since I was new to the whole "anime" thing, I decided against watching it subbed, and boy do I regret that. In the future, I do plan on re-watching Blood+ in subbed, but not right now. Blood+ was absolutely outstanding. The most underrated anime to date (in my opinion of course). I recommend it to everyone, even to those who haven't seen anime or those who dislike anime. If you're reading this, and you haven't watched Blood+ yet, I ask you to trust me, and watch this masterpiece as I can guarantee you will not regret it. If you don't, that's okay too, but just know that you are missing out on a mental roller coaster that will, without a doubt leave you breathless. read more
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
Story & Character:
The plot itself is compelling and interesting; there wasn't anything cheesy or drastically overblown as you sometimes run into with anime. No chaff or filler episodes to my recollection; all ~50 episodes stay on track.
I like all of the characters, for the most part: the main character has an annoying tendency to state the most obvious crap that made me want to face palm; she also screams (the same way) every time she gets into a fight which became pretty funny to me by the end.
Art & Sound: Nothing stood out.
This anime definitely nails the whole "rising action" thing; it is paced very well and I wasn't able to put it down. Before I knew it, it was finished and I was seeing the credits. The Achilles Heel of the show, I feel, is the main character's lack of a strong personality and staying power, relative to others in different anime. I think that it would've been much greater if she wasn't so annoying sometimes. read more
Blood+ starts off decent enough. Saya, our protagonist, is revealed to be the only one capable of killing the human killing, blood sucking chiropterans. Early on, a bit os a standard "mysterious past" is established, although over the course of 50 episodes, it's never explained as well as it probably should have banned. Those hoping for a one woman show, like Blood: The Last Vampire, may also find it interesting that Blood+ sort of becomes a band of travelers movie with Saya's close friends, Riku and Kai, and her guardian of sort, the mysterious cello playing Hagi.
One of the biggest problems of this show is that so many of its elements are very, very conventional. Saya is an amnesia sufferer who has "forgotten" about her past as a bloody killer. The American military is interfering in the role of vampires, which would have made for a decent little conspiracy story, if predictable, if it was fully explored. We are also treated to a bevy of corny "live your life for today" speeches from the likes of Saya's friends. It's all very standard fare.
This wouldn't have been too bad, and would have been saved in part by the decently exciting action, if the series wasn't so arbitrary. New rules and twists are introduced haphazardly to the plot at seemingly unfit times. The Schiff, who are basically manufactured vampires, are tossed into the mix lazily, and their new set of rules and characters pops up and then is sort of left behind as the series progresses. This is how a lot of the second half of the show works. As Saya pursues Diva, the head honcho of the bad guys, all kinds of unexplored sub-plots are layered on; besides the aforementioned Schiff, we have some conflict between Diva's guardians (they're the bad guy equivalent of Hagi, basically), and political dealings with the American military, but they all feel terribly unimportant and underdeveloped, because the show ends up basically becoming one long, protracted chase scene, with Saya desperately trying to locate Diva and defeat her once and for all. This is extended by a relentless number of fight scenes that begin to lose their importance as we realize they are basically just delaying the final showdown.
The show becomes simultaneously bogged down by the unneeded subplots, as well as too narrow-minded in how it chooses to be "mysterious" about all the characters and backgrounds. No, a show needn't spell out everything for the viewer, but we're never really given much to go on, if anything, from Saya, Hagi, and Diva and her cronies. Even as one of the antagonists essentially falls in love with Saya, it all feels very rushed and heavy-handed. While the pacing manages to keep the show watchable, it becomes so repetitive and predictable that it fails to stand out.
The ending itself is something pretty much any viewer will be able to see from a mile away (and it has to do with another weird arbitrary rule that seems to be heaped on just to attempt to make it sad). Because of this, the emotional punch it is supposed to provide is more like an emotional feather dusting.
There are some positives, the animation is good, even if it lacks the dark appeal of The Last Vampire. The various world locations we get to see manage to help keep things varied. Kai becomes an interesting character with a soft-side to go along with his rambunctious one, that we can really empathize with. The action is generally pretty exciting at first. But the show just wears out its welcome with the arbitrary introduction of new ideas and characters that are often abandoned simply to fit the plot. It makes you wonder why they were needed in the first place.
Ultimately, this all leaves Blood+ as a watchable, but simplistic and by-the-numbers vampire flick.
The story of Blood+ is one filled with compelling fight scenes, tension and mystery right until the very final episode. One of the greatest things about this anime is that the storyline constantly has the viewer guessing what will happen next without the plotline becoming predictable. Every small detail links in perfectly with the story, resulting in a perfectly rounded off anime that will delight even those who don’t usually enjoy anime of the vampire genre.
Yet another great thing about Blood+ is the amazing cast of characters. Unlike some anime (Not mentioning any names here!) the characters actually have development, and a lot of it at that! As you progress through the show the characters will undergo some kind of hardship or test and blossom before your very eyes as a result of it, making them real easy to get attached to! The interactions between the different characters are ingenious and not always lacking in humour despite the dark tone of the anime! Not only do the characters develop themselves but develop their relationships with the other characters as well! Saya, the main character herself is interesting, adorably naive and fairly easy to relate to, which can rarely be said for the main hero/heroine of a genre such as this so I feel as though this is a real achievement!
Out of the many anime I’ve seen in my time Blood+ has one of the most unique animation styles out there! The characters are interesting to look at and well in proportion throughout the entire series. Not once did I glance at a character and think, hang on a minute! I swear he had a larger nose in that last shot! The backgrounds are beautifully laid out and detailed and the shading is done at the level of a pro! Perfection!
Even the music is perfect! The underlining score fits in well with the sad and dark tone of the anime, sometimes all it took for me to start balling like a baby at a sad scene was for this particular theme to start playing softly in the background. So yeah, the music just adds to the brilliance of this amazing anime! The OP/Ed themes were pretty much flawless as well! Okay, admittedly I preferred some more than other but everyone is entitled to their own opinion, right?
So Perhaps one of my favourite things about the show Blood+ is that despite it being an anime chock-a-bloc with deep, meaningful life lessons it never becomes too cheesy. I myself don’t seem to recall any big emotional speeches on the power of friendship, or believing in oneself which to be honest is a welcome relief! Despite the story-line having a fair amount of plot-twists and unexpected happenings the anime never becomes too complicated either, as I was soon to learn, everything happens for a reason!
So that’s that then! Now you know of the wonder that is Blood+ At least, I hope you do, this is my first review you see so I hope I’ve done the show some ruddy justice! It’s the least it deserves for keeping me entertained and on the edge of my seat for three damn weeks! So go watch it already, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Never had I encountered such awkward voice acting. Equally awkward was the music throughout-lackluster, dry, and often inserted at the wrong moments.
And the characters frustrated me(this is just a personal pet peeve.) They were dimensionless, although I can't say much about the main character, Saya, since I never finished the series.
The biggest con for me is that the anime is incredibly SLOW. Again, this is just me, but I like my anime to have unrealistic timelines that doesn't bore me into multitasking while watching an episode.
Disclaimer: I realize that I have not seen all the episodes so my opinion is partial, but an important criteria when judging a show, to me, is that it captures the viewers into anticipating the next episode. The above was what I got from the first few (5 or 6) episodes.
Verdict: good plot, terrible delivery. 2/10 read more