English: Blood: The Last Vampire
Japanese: BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE (ブラッド ザ ラスト ヴァンパイア)
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 18, 2000
Duration: 48 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.021 (scored by 36263 users)
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But is is any good?
The story is a fairly straightforward tale of violence, with vampires, girls in sailor-fuku, and big things with wings thrown in for good measure. Blood is nothing if not direct with it's approach, something which I applaud as the penchant for anime has often verged on the melodramatic, and one needs only to mention a fight from DBZ...
Plotwise this is actually a rather enjoyable romp in the realms of fantasy action. Being an original concept, rather than a remake/re-envisioning/adaptation/copy, the writers had the advantage of being able to tailor the plot any way they wanted to, and with director Kitakubo Hiroyuki having artistic license with the material, it's only natural that Blood has an experimental feel to it at times. The story moves along from start to finish at a fair clip and, whilst there is very little in the way of background detail, what information is imparted to the viewer is done so in the same direct manner I mentioned earlier.
There isn't really any beating about the bush here, which is refreshing to see, however the movie does have some problems here and there with it's plot, the main one being that it simply peters out instead of reaching a proper conclusion. This can give the movie an unfinsihed feel, and can make the viewing experience unsatisfying for some people (although I don't see it as a problem - explanation later on).
As I've mentioned already, Blood was made using techniques that were a clear departure from standard anime practices, but what does that actually mean anyway?
In the simplest terms, Bood is a visual feast. The use of digital animation over tradition cel based methods means that the movie can run at a higher speed than normal. The result of this is that the animation is far more fluid than it would normally be. Likewise the "rough and ready" design of the characters, in particular the adoption of rough lines over smooth with character features and clothing, adds a far more natural element to the overall product. These two factors, when coupled with the movie's low-level of lighting and muted colour palette, produce some startling on-screen effects, in particular a kind of natural "motion blur" (ask me if you want an explanation).
The movements of the characters and the Chiroptera are extremely natrualistic, far more so than one would expect. The use of rough lines also manages to convey a depth of emotion from the characters that is just not possible to achieve with clean, simple lines. Terada Katsuya, the chief character designer, explained in an interview that the use of rough lines in the movie was to reflect the fact that there are no clean and simple lines in real life. The movie uses this fact to provide characters that have some of the most expressive features I've seen in anime.
The other area of departure was in the movie's audio department. Blood, unlike other anime before, was made to have an English dub with Japanese subtitles (making it the first anime to do so). Production I.G. had made their target audience the Western anime markets and they had to make the movie appeal to Western fans. Ironically, the dub is also one of the reasons why the movie became a hit in Japan. Most Japanese fans found it a novel experience to watch an anime that was clearly Japanese, but in English with subtitles.
Aside from the dub, the sound effects were truly astounding. The various crashes and bangs, the sickly, fleshy noises, the whines and screeches, and more besides, are all lovingly realised. The atmosphere is positively littered with noise of one sort or another, with no scene being truly silent (even though it may initially sound that way). This lends a depth to the overall atmosphere of the movie, and highlights the fact that whilst Saya may be fighting otherworldly creatures, the rest of the world is proceeding as normal.
Musically the movie is actually pretty good. What music there is, is often atmospheric, but muted to a degree so that it doesn't impact too much on the scene. This is a pretty effective way of heightening the tension, and whilst it's nothing new in terms of visual media, it's nice to see the technique used to good effect here.
Blood: The Last Vampire may be a visual and aural triumph, however this has come at a cost. The characters are individuals to a tee, however they are also one dimensional. The movie is very short, so there is little room for character development in any way. The viewer is given some hints about Saya, but these are nowhere near enough to satisfy the diehard character junkie. Everyone else though, will simply ignore this in favour of watching some great action.
I, personally, think that Blood: The Last Vampire is one of the unsung heroes of modern anime. Not only does it have some of the best action available in the medium, it also pioneered several techniques that have become standard practice in the industry. The movie has received phenomenal success both in Japan and abroad, garnering numerous awards and accolades along the way.
That doesn't mean that you'll enjoy it though.
Because of the problems it has with it's characterisations, and the story that doesn't really go anywhere, it would be easy to say that this movie is nothing more than a glorified advert for the manga and light novels. This is a justifiable perspective, however I think that rather than focusing so much on those issues, one should simply watch this as if you were watching Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, any Schwartzenegger movie, Rambo, etc. This is actually the best way to fully appreciate the movie in fact, as it isn't meant to be a cerebral effort, but an entertaining one.
If you haven't watched Blood: The Last Vampire, then you may be missing out. This is an iconic anime that pushed the boundaries of the medium, as well as reminding Western studios and critics that anime was coming of age. I found this to be a most enjoyable fantasy action romp that didn't require any deep thought or introspection. In the same direct manner of the movie, it did exactly what it set out to do.
It entertained me. Nothing more, nothing less. read more
Over all this OVA excells. The story is so well-written, it might not have that much in the way of character development due to how short it is, but the way they present the vampires is very believable, the director himself stating how he wanted to present vampires as in-between evolution, something few anime do, or overdue as is the case of Trinity Blood, where there is evolution, but it is accompanied with near magical powers. Blood has none of this. The transformations are gruesome, and the end result a bat-like creature not unlike the one found in Batman. This is why the story and animation are great, they pull out all the stops to present this version of chiropterans (vampires) as something that might indeed exist.
The main character is silent, so in terms of sound there isn't much to say about her, but the screams of the chiropterans can be to some bone chilling, and the dialogue wastes no time ensnaring you in the story, with pretty well cast voice actors, and an ocassional scene thrown in to leave you confused and wanting more, you'll know when and if you have seen it, particularly towards the end.
Excellent story, inspired artwork, great battle scenes and loads of vampire goodness make this a must see for anyone into vampire or horror anime read more
In the beginning, we are introduced to Saya on a deserted train. She sits very still, unmoving. Then all of a sudden, the train stops and the lights go out. What follows next is a one-minute action sequence that is guaranteed to take your breath away and give you an idea just how bloody marvelous this film is when it comes to top-notch animation quality. And as though recognizing that this is, in fact, the film's main draw, the makers do not scrimp and we all get treated to fabulous shots that are pure animation genius.
Story-wise, the film falls a bit short. We don't get to find out what Saya's real nature is or why she does what she does. Admittedly, the film does not explain a lot of things about itself. Much is merely suggested and audiences are often left to speculate and figure things out for themselves.
Because of that, the entire film feels like an hour-long teaser trailer. A beautiful, 2D-3D film quality, mind-blowing trailer, that is. And in a way, it is only just a trailer, as more of Saya's story is expounded on in a later spin-off series, Blood+, another Production I.G. masterpiece.
All in all, Blood: The Last Vampire makes for an entertaining visual dessert. All sweets and sugars but very little body. I kind of like it because of that. read more
Blood: The Last Vampire is particularly noteworthy for two things; being an anime filmed almost entirely in English, and being completely digitally animated, a groundbreaking new way to animate when this came out in 2000. It even lead James Cameron, of Titanic and Avatar fame, to say "The world will come to consider this work as the standard of top quality in digital animation."
Essentially, Blood: The Last Vampire boils down to two things; action and animation. As alluded to earlier, the plot in this movie is razor thin and merely exists as a means to get one character into another fight scene. You almost have to view this as a prologue of sorts to a larger story, one that does continue in other mediums like manga and video games.
Lucky for us, as a short, strictly action based movie, Blood: The Last Vampire manages to be compelling largely because of the aesthetics and animation. The movie is set in the American Yokota Air Base in 1966, amidst nervousness over a war in Vietnam. Our protagonist is Saya, a vampire-human hybrid os sorts tasked with killing Chiropterans, bat-like vampires that feed off of human blood. Quite literally, that is the entire plot. Even the number of characters with significant roles is kept to a bare minimum, outside of David, a member of Red Shield organization he and Saya work for, and a school teacher who gets to see all the carnage of the fights before her eyes, we really don't get to know anyone. Even Saya and David have precious little information about them revealed.
But the film is really a sight to behold. The digital animation allows complex movements to be animated much better than traditional cel animation. Camera tricks usually reserved for live action films are used here, and everything has a fluidness and crispness that makes the action scenes extremely enjoyable to watch. The world itself we're thrust into is darkly gorgeous, too, full of grey and brown and muted lighting, the 60s setting combined with the darkness gives off an air of dystopian-esque retrofitting, even though it is not strictly a dystopian movie.
And so, for a little under an hour, we are treated to a bevy of gruesome action scenes that work to impress us visually as well as impose a sense of dread. They do that admirably. Even though we don't get to know Saya and David all that well, we still find ourselves cheering for them in their struggle, the knowledge that these Chiropterans are bad imparted to us by the gruesome ways in which they kill people. This is truly a movie of actions speaking louder than words. Luckily for us, the action is fast, fluid, and exciting, and rarely feels over-the-top or unnecessary.
Combining the great artwork with a great sound department also allows the dark, fearful atmosphere to escalate. While the voice acting isn't anything to write home about - Saya is very monotonous (intentionally) and David doesn't show too much emotion either, the creepy noises of the Chiropterans, the gruesome sounds of battle, and the eerie music all lend to the atmosphere. It's not exactly a horror movie; the action is too rampant for that, but it all helps to escalate the already dark mood that the animation sets.
While Blood: The Last Vampire isn't a deep film, or one with a great plot or cast of characters, it offers a bevy of gorgeous thrills and chills wrapped up an a very aesthetically entertaining setting. It is strictly a no holds barred, non-complex action film and nothing more, but for what it's worth, it plays that part well.
But it feels more like a single episode of an anime. You don't really get to know the characters. You get to see some cool fighting. And get a little background information.
The animation is great. It looks really cool and works well for the story. The music goes well too.
One feature to this movie I thought was interesting was the voice acting. The movie itself is in English and Japanese. And the cast is mixed of English voice actors as well as Japanese. So there is no debate on which is better dub or sub, because this movie is dub and sub combined.
As a story it is alright, mainly because we don't get much detail. But the Blood The last vampire story is actually spread out through different medias. Video games, Novels and Manga.
We have the Manga and one of the novels. We just need the rest of the novels and the video games here in the USA.
I recommend this for people who want an awesome looking anime vampire movie, but not much story.
It felt like I walked into the theater 15 minutes late, then part way in I forgot I had to be somewhere and had to leave 15 minutes early.
The animation and art design is quite nice, but the lack of character development and very minuscule plot left me feeling so bewildered and confused - I still don't understand why this was apparently so popular at the time it came out.
Being an action heavy movie, the action is obvious a very important aspect, and it's something that "Blood: the Last Vampire" delivers on all accounts. The action is fluid and bloody, fast and furious from beginning to end, with very little respite in the middle. The thickly atmospheric direction is brilliant at times, especially in the opening scenes. The artwork is fittingly dark and generally good all round, though the drawing of the characters themselves weren't so hot.
In a break from tradition, "Blood" mostly uses English voices as it takes place in a US base. However, the original language being in English doesn't appear to have stopped the English voices from sounding lacklustre like it generally does on a dub.
It seems like a lot of people feel very much let down by "Blood: the Last Vampire", and that's probably because of the story. The main storyline in this movie is very simplistic, and mostly self contained, but it does drop tantalising hints regarding a much bigger mystery that this movie is only a small part of. Could they have revealed more by making the movie longer? Perhaps. But then again, a longer movie might not be able to incorporate enough information to make this movie complete, and you would end up with an even less standalone work that's neither here or there. As it stands, I didn't find the presence of a couple of loose ends bothered me *that* much.
Admittedly, though this movie managed to do quite well what little time it has, I did find it slightly lacking because it's so short - if you saw it at a cinema, you'd probably ask for your money back for only getting to see half a movie. Outside the cinema though, you could do a lot worse than spend 50 minutes watching this. read more
The visuals were amazing, a lot of action, which I liked, however the story severely lacked in substance. The plot consisted of a few vague concepts, open-ended and confusing statements, and gallons of blood. We never get any insight on what the main character is, or why she did what she did. I thought it was really good (aside from the voice acting) up until the ending. It was extremely short and ended quite abruptly. I honestly thought the ending credits were a delayed beginning credit sequence. I was expecting much, much more. Hopefully blood + isn't as bad, and hopefully it clears up the millions of questions this movie raised. read more
From the delicious, and I mean delicious (If you're a chiropterin) character animation, to the sensational audio, this anime appears as if it is a comic, not that I read comics, just I heard that they say "in a flash" a lot during regular volumes...
The story is an Anime story that brings up a lot of questions that don't get answered, this is the best way to make an Anime, and adds to fan support, that's why FLCL's so great, because it makes no sense at all...
Overall, I'm smelling win, and this win, is like no other,
If Blood : The Last Vampire were a pair of socks, I wouldn't need foot powder when I'm in my 40's and about to take a nap...
If you don't see this, it'll be like when the Wicked Witch of the West got splashed with water, your world will be exactly as she describes it, but for longer than the time it typically takes for a witch to melt...
Also, if you watch this series, I guarantee that you will enjoy Saya's pure win, it is like no other win, because it is not based on typical female "features" (featurez)
Okay, watch it or I'll have to get the banhammer... 0_0
We open our story with Saya working hard to hunt chiropteran because... she can? It's never really explained. She's sent to a school on an American base where chiropteran are suspected to lurk and that's where the story elements mostly end and it becomes a long string of action sequences. This film does present some interesting ideas, the issue is that they aren't quite there. The chiropteran seem like an interesting monster, but you don't learn anything about them except that they feed on humans and can shapeshift. The organisation that Saya is working with seems like it could be really interesting, but you don't learn anything about it, it's just vaguely mysterious. It's hinted that Saya has some connection with the chiropteran, but there are no details or clues about what it could be. What little plot you get is kind of a standard monster hunting story.
The characters aren't very well developed in this either. Saya is just an archetypal action girl with unclear motivations. David is largely a blank slate character. He supports Saya in battle, whether it's due to some sense of duty or a connection with her is never clear. Most of the remaining characters show up for one or two scenes before disappearing from the film. Except for the Nurse who pretty much just exists to get rescued.
The art is pretty good. There are a lot of good details in the backgrounds and the chiropteran do have interesting designs. The action sequences are well paced and intense as well. Of course, the blood in this works nothing like real blood, that seems to be an issue with the whole Blood franchise. The facial expressions are also off, frequently looking nothing like the emotion that's supposed to be being expressed.
The voice acting is one of the weaker elements. Part of the problem is that they did a lot of the dialogue in English. Which makes sense in the context of the story but neither Kudou Youki nor Nakamura Saemi has a great sense of the language. You can tell they're really trying, but a lot of the dialogue frequently sounds kind of stilted like they're reading from a script and there are some lines where you can just hear them struggle. Kudou Youki only has noticeable problems with more complicated words like "jurisdiction" or "investigate." Nakamura Saemi doesn't fare that well and just about every English line she gets sounds really unnatural. Then you have Joe Romersa who, although he has no problems with the dialogue, is just awful when it comes to acting. The music, on the other hand, is fairly well done, although it's nothing special.
The yuri factor is a 1/10. There's no yuri in this.
My final rating for Blood: the last vampire is going to be a 4/10. It's not a bad film and it obviously has some good ideas. However, the ideas aren't quite there and the execution is riddled with problems. It's kind of enjoyable in a generic action film way, but there's very little in terms of substance. read more
As a proper film this probably deserves 5/10 just about. If you want 40mins of straightforward gorgeous looking action as distraction this will fit the bill. If you're an animation enthusiast or a student of cinema then technically there's a lot to be admired here and it really is worth checking out just for the 5 star animation and visual style. I believe a certain Quentin Tarantino visited the Production I.G. Studio to learn about the techniques used in this film. He was obviously impressed as he personally asked them to do the anime segments in Kill Bill. You can see why. read more
The movie should showcase incredible visual stimuli. That's all it can really be expected to do, and yet, Blood: The Last Vampire falls quite incredibly short. Sure, the art is different, and ok, maybe the settings are pretty good. It almost looks western. But my main complaint with it is that in this art style, everyone, all the people in it, are inescapably ugly. Saya is referred to as beautiful towards the end, and my girlfriend and I looked at each other and were like, "Really?" We thought she was disgustingly nasty.
My advice is to not bother with this. Simply look into the spinoff series, Blood+. The two are absolutely nothing alike, but Blood+ is hardcore and epic; whereas, Blood: the Last Vampire is patheticly short, ugly, and downright boring. read more
The story is about a girl named Saya, she has a very serious face that always looks angry, she wields a katana, and that she uses it to slash-to-death the demon-like creatures called "Chiropterate." What is more intriguing about her is that she works as an operative to a secret agency which locates and hunts down those demons. The setting is in an American Air force based in Japan and its surrounding civilian areas sometime in the 1960s. Little time is wasted in introducing the main plot as it begun with Saya successfully hunting a Chiropterate in an underground train and the revelation on how the creatures have infiltrated the surrounding civilian areas, her job is to find and kill them before they could cause any more deaths. What follows is a search-and-destroy mission that spans a couple of land marks such as the local school, the US Air force base, and the town along the vicinity. The ending leaves something for the viewers to ponder about as it has many questions unanswered given the very short runtime of the movie.
Animation is probably the highlight of this movie, it is a year 2000 animation but clearly it’s a class on its own during that time. The environment is very detailed and simply breathtaking, potentially rivaling even today’s best animations. The lighting effects are very well done and tiny details such as grain-like substance and motion blur in several fast moving scenes added even more impressive effects. The character designs somewhat resembles that of the original Ghost in the Shell movie, which gives this unique and detailed facial expressions that really describes what the feelings of the characters are and added the much needed seriousness as what the movie is all about. Other notable features of the animation are the smoothness of the character movements, the environment, and that of the transition scenes in general. The action scenes are also impressive looking, notable because on how the environment changes so much from being neat and tidy to a messy place due to the destructive effects of the fights. The debris, scratches, the blood-bathe, and other elements that make the place really looks like a fight did happen there are present.
Sound effects are something the movie isn’t shy showing off. The soundtracks on the background is astonishingly good and convincing, especially since one of the setting is set on a Halloween Party complete with American music bands playing music appropriate for the occasion, it feels very American which is an added bonus to the viewers. Other sound effects such as shouts, screams, sword slashes, falling cabinets, and monster howls are also very well done; I personally got goose-bumps just from hearing the characters scream like there is no tomorrow for them. One of the important highlights of the movie is the dubbing which has both Japanese and English voice actors on it, so in effect the American characters really look like Americans because the dubs are obviously done by American voice actors, makes you think it’s done with western audience in mind while still feels very Japanese.
Character is something the movie didn’t really focus on. The movie revealed nothing much about the main character Saya aside from the few things hinted on the movie, more so on the other characters which are not really that many by the way such as David which pretty much her companion in her mission, and the school nurse which has a vital role on the story. However, I like how everything flow smoothly, I can say that the producers did a good job in making an interesting movie that focus on its presentation and story, and not much on the characters.
Blood: The Last Vampire is really a surprised find. The movie has an interesting plot accompanied by outstanding animation and sound effects that are truly impressive. My overall impression of this anime is that of very positive, this despite the relative shortness of the movie and lack of any character development as it didn’t really take away the enjoyment that I have in watching it other than the fact that I want more. I would recommend this to anyone who likes watching movies with supernatural and horror genres, as well as to anyone who simply wants a good anime to watch.
The story isn't bad, it really is just a short action/horror flick. The main character is easy to connect to, though there is very little character development throughout the story. The artwork and animation is top notch, and the sound is fairly well done as well. I do have to complain about the English acting in this flick. It was monotone and absolutely aweful. If it wasn't for the bad English acting (There is Japanese and English acting since it's on an American Base) then I would have given this movie a 9 or 10.
I loved the main character in this. She wasn't over powered by any means. She needed a weapon to fight the demons she was after, and it had to be a good sword. She did protect a completely useless character through the whole story, but that's where the peril came from. If not for here protecting a victim it would not have been as exciting.
All in all, this was a really cool animated movie to watch. I definitely recommend it, and it does have high repeat value. read more
Art: Fucking SHIT. Every girl has fuckhuge lips, Saya is ugly as shit (so are all the other characters), the ugly 3DCG shows through.
Animation: There was what, 2 seconds of actual animation in this? And it was wobbly as fuck too.
Choreography: Shit. Saya is the slowest motherfucker alive when it comes to killing Chiropterans. She literally just walked up to the two vampires whilst they were staring at her. Just. Fucking. Walking. Wow how fucking intense!
Conclusion: What a fucking borefest. Another reason to hate 3DCG.