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Blood C, one of the most hideous and disgusting things to have ever spawn from the inter hateful and disgusting minds of beloved manga creators, CLAMP.
Hateful? I'll get to that in a minute, but unarguably disgusting no doubt. Where over the top meets pure carnage where even the most tortured soul from Hostile will be again thrown into a fit of pure agony.
And it's only insulting when all of this occurs after you have already gone through meaningless, pointless, time wasting and infuriating six to ten episodes of nothingness. All of that precious time gone, and what do you get in return? Well, you get enough unexplained plot points (Unexplained as in, the explanations are too farfetched to believe in) to reassure yourself that nothing made any sense in the end, an ending that only shown you that you HAVE to watch what comes next for the end of this garbage.
And a lot of the frustration, correction, possibly all of the frustration actually comes from the cast of bland throw aways (Literally) and an idiot who fails at level of what a "hero" is supposed to do, or for that matter, care about what she should do.
Saya, a bubbly dimwit who loves to sing about what she ate for breakfast, is a high school student of school of essentially food for whatever random monster (Random is the best way to describe it, from giant samurai to raving rabbits on steroids, there is no rhyme or reason for their designs) comes to town fiending for a midnight snack, is quite simply, uninteresting, even at night where her "father" sends her to fight the creatures of the night. I'll admit, I found myself rewatching the first episode's beat down for how well animated and choreographed it was, despite some "huh?" moments (Her neck isn't broken? That monster's arm must have been made of lead.), to only be pleasantly disappointed by the next round of monster bashing (Monster train car and a tachikoma/Audrey 2 from little shop of horrors hate-off anyone?).
Hold on a sec, I lost track of who I was talking about, Saya was it? Well, if I can go on to other things while I should be explaining her character, then my single word description might be dead on, when talking about her good traits... If she had any I guess.
Other characters, meh, ehhhh, bland throw aways? If only that was the absolute case, but for this reviews sake, I'll only say you might as well slap troll faces on the entire cast, even the puppy dog that walks around is full of bullshit and giggles (You have to see it for yourself by how much bullshit it really is).
Oh, there I go again, Saya is boring blah, blah, blah... But then there's her bad, no, just horrible traits. For CLAMP, I can only guess they were trying to throw something new into the bag of "pin the trait on the hero" party amusement, a trait where she only fails until the last second, but ultimately still failed. But that itself fails on every level, you surprised? You really shouldn't be, because who the hell can root for a failure who, no parentheses holding a snark comment, literally watches everything around torn to bloody desert dishes for the hungry hungry monsters, and literally yells "I WILL RESCUE YOU!" or something similar to that. Saya is a character that simply sits around and gets trolled throughout the entire series (In fact her life is simply the product of someone fucking around with her), and fails to protect friends and loved ones, which comes to another point, a one point she protect a classmate who comes out to her by admitting his affection for her, the next episode, he dies, dies a truly pathetic death one befitting a back ground character, and Saya practicably shrugs it off, no joke.
It's moments like those that made me wonder, characters, like named ones, are dying left and right, like how a nobody stock character would. Many could say there was something suspicious about it, but the reveal is simply a middle finger, mocking you, Saya, the fans of CLAMP and good twists in general. But I could forgive that, as long as there was something to get out of it, maybe the action scenes and battles? Okay episode one sure, but the ending spits on that possibility with nauseating gratuitous gore and blood flash floods, Itchy and Scratchy renditions of overblown proportions that disgust and impress, like an awe inspired crowd that somehow witnessed a septic tank set off like a nuclear explosion.
It impressed me, that CLAMP would go this far, it's almost... fetishy in a way, like the anime is getting off from from the blood and guts being feverishly devoured, and the last episode enforces that, it's too sickening to think about it any further. I mean, where's the director in all this? Well, he allowed it, in all of CLAMP's bloody desire for violence on a disturbing level, and to the most fucked up way imaginable, especially how people are massacred endlessly in this anime (I will never look at a blender the same way ever again... Urgh, you really don't want to know what a blender has to do with anything in this anime). It'll really get you thinking, like does CLAMP really think in such horrible ways? How fucked up do you have to get to conceive the idea of making mass murders like this series lovably displays? I know of other series that me personally feel like my stomach dropped out of my body (Shigurai is pretty fucked up), but the cartoonish approach to the slaughter isn't just vomit inducing, it's insane with a capital Blerrrgh. %100 unnecessary and %100 flat out gross.
In short, Blood C is ultimately a disgusting gigantic waste of time, I can only recommend to watch it to only to see just how vile it really is, and if you didn't see what was so disgusting about it, I'd probably recommend seeing a psychologist immediately, chances are you might be just as fucked up as CLAMP's bloody horrific mind set. read more
Mar 12, 2012Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga... (Manga) add
13 of ? chapters read
The series revolves around a shut in girl who's never actually had social interactions with anyone (Save for her friend in middle school and occasional reply when someone asks or need something from her), Kuroki Tomoko (Think of her as Konata from Lucky Star but in a more realistic sense, what Konata would actually be like in real life) is what she brings up several times, a Mojo, an unpopular unattractive girl, and takes this chance to change herself to be popular in high school and attempt to get a boyfriend, mostly through strange and unorthodox ways (From failed attempts to pretty herself, to thinking that playing an otome game makes her attractive because how it turns her on).
The series mostly operates as an episodic oddball comedy, but not to the point of being random or over the top. But rather than being an average comedy, it's more like a mirror to the reader in a sense, her actions can lead anyone reading to avoiding to look, and even groan or facepalm, especially to those who are in the deepest depths of the anime and manga fandom, but what can she do? She's always been strange and unsociable, but her actions can remind the unfavorable misfortunes of others who may have experienced her misadventures similar to their own.
However, in some ways she's not exactly someone to applaud for when her own attitude is rather uglier than she thinks her appearance is, thinking she's above everyone and cursing out anyone "normal" and wishing death among her peers in her mind, kinda makes you realize why she's unpopular in the first place.
In turn though, it's makes her character rather interesting, and a fascinating one to observe, especially in one chapter where she meets up her old friend from middle school, thinking that her friend is just like she is, she starts to feel a sense of security, only to find out that her friend has drastically changed her appearance and adapted to high school life while Kuroki is still the same as she ever was, but at least her friend hasn't changed on the inside, making Kuroki a little more inspired to change herself.
The artwork is average at best, but does a great job at showing Kuroki's emotions, but looks rather sloppy at times and kinda simple.
This manga is something I highly recommend to anyone in the anime and manga community who has ever felt like an outsider socially, Kuroki's action are cringe worthy and sometimes to the point of being disgusting, but her endeavors are interesting to watch unfold, and she will most likely be easy to relate with for good and bad, but endearing none the less. read more