Peaceful schoolgirl by day, fearsome monster slayer by night, Saya Kisaragi is leading a split life. Equipped with a ceremonial sword given to her by her father for sacred tasks, she vanquishes every monster who dares threaten her quiet little village. But all too soon, Saya's reality and everything she believes to be true is tested, when she overhears the monsters speak of a broken covenant—something she knows nothing about. And then, unexpectedly, a strange dog appears; it asks her to whom she promised to protect the village, curious as to what would happen if she were to break that promise. Tormented by unexplainable visions and her world unraveling around her, we travel with Saya through her struggle to find a way to the truth in a village where nothing is as it seems.
You will not like this series. Yes, you, the reader of this review. Yes, I can tell.
You will watch the first couple episodes. You will be befuddled by the juxtaposition of a slice of life high school setting and utterly brutal, gory, monster battles. You will detect no overarching plot and abandon it.
You will have been a fan of Blood+, and will not like this anyway.
You will watch the whole series, be extremely upset with the ending and story execution, wonder what was the point of it all, and not like it.
You will be turned off by the gore and not like it.
I did none of these things. I enjoyed the fights, visceral and intense as they are. I didn't notice any awkward pacing or choppy execution. I was enamored by the mystery and the ending justified much of the series for me. But I am in a minority.
Perhaps I am unusual, perhaps I am just a cretin who didn't realize just how flawed the series was.
Maybe I'm wrong about this, but I liked it. You won't. No one else did, and that's okay.read more
Blood-c is one giant troll of an anime. Unfortunately, it proved so good at the gimmick it used that it chased away most of the audience before the good times started rolling. I was going to give it a stinky 3 by episode five but then I continued watching and by the end it had redeemed itself. Still, that is no excuse for those awful, eye-gouging first episodes.
Since you are most probably a returning customer to the Blood franchise, you are already familiar with the story. Sword-wielding mystery girl in a high school uniform fights man-eating monsters. Mystery is solved in a gory, splattery, bloody, dismembering, brain-bits-flying, bone-cracking way.
Blood-c has no continuity with the previous anime of the franchise. It takes the basic story and spins a different tale. So, if you, like me, were expecting more Haji—gawd, there can never be enough Haji!—you will be sorely disappointed. Sigh~ (Allow me a moment to once again overcome my disappointment in this crucial omission)
So, is this a good story? In a word, yes. But that becomes apparent only when you finish it. Once again, the first few episodes are trolling you in a very horrible way. This would have been acceptable in a 24 episode show but in a 12 episode show it did irreparable damage. So, it requires a certain masochism to get you through to the good part.
It is very difficult to talk about the characters without including major spoilers, so I'll do it this way…
Saya is a high school moe-tard klutz by day and a kickass, monster-slaying, katana-wielding warrior by night. How could that possibly be combined, you ask. Watch to the end and be amazed.
The rest of the cast—no, I am not being lazy, it has to be this way—are just as they should be. Watch to the end and be amazed.
Anorexic 7-feet-tall people design courtesy of CLAMP aside, this anime really rocks the fight scenes. Smooth, sleek, gory; these scenes are the main reason to watch this anime. Every time it was blood--fest time it was like the anime became ten times better. Even the animation came alive.
I noticed three distinct soundtrack groups. One for the horrid slice of life wannabe. One for the creepy times and one for the fight scenes. I must say the creepy times soundtrack impressed me the most. It was exquisitely creepy.
OP: Awesome. Fluid and beautifully stylised animation with a standard j-rock ditty. I wish the whole thing could have been like the OP.
ED: Boring. I skipped it every time.
It is very difficult to recommend this because it sabotages itself with a horrible beginning but if you are into gory stuff, this will not disappoint. It is not called “blood” for nothing, you know. Some of the brutal stuff I saw popped my eyes out and I was even watching the censored version. I would have liked to see it uncensored but there is no way I'm watching this again. I would rather re-watch Blood+ ...where Haji is. read more
Soooooo, how do you like your revival of a popular franchise? Ruined or half assed, story wise?
STORY: Years ago there was an unfortunate case of assault, the victim? Blood the last vampire, a popular movie that spawned an even more popular over-hyped anime series: Blood+, the perpetrator had no motives, it was a cruel and brutal assault in form of a live action, and ever since, Blood has been hospitalized in a vegetative state and was never heard from again... Until...
In the year 2011 however, a famous group of manga creators, CLAMP, visited Blood in the hospital in order to try to revive it from it's vegetative state, in form of a new Blood, Blood Clamp AKA Blood C AKA Blood Crap AKA Blood Crazy...
That's a true story, I swear!
Anyway, I'll cut to the chase and out right say what we all said: What the fuck happened Clamp? I know we can't trust you girls to make a decent ending for your manga anymore (Tsubasa for example), but now we can't trust you girls to do a remake of popular franchises as well? To be fair, lots of people fuck up remakes, but a lot was expected.
Alright I'm riding Clamp too hard here, it's not all their fault for this failure (I'm being as lenient as possible here), Production I.G. shares some of the blame as well (The series creator is supposedly overlooking the creation of Blood C, but apparently he's letting Clamp do what they want and not paying attention to what's going on).
Where do I begin with whats wrong with Blood C, the beginning? The beginning? Or the ending? A beginning that drags on for way too long, which isn't a problem... for a 20 something or longer episode anime, Blood C, however, is 12 episodes long (And with a movie coming up too? They'r clearly over estimating their new series)! With 5 episodes of some of the worse character pondering I've seen in a while, in a supposedly action anime fulled with irritatingly dull cliches and Clamp cliches... Which all of it is even more frustrating towards the end with quite a dumb plot twist.
While Blood C isn't afraid to waste your time (Some of the characters act like they're self aware of the nothingness that occurs at one point, I guess that's clever, but it ends up more obnoxious than clever and then there are scenes where a voice keeps talking about things don't stay the same forever, they make you want to tone out all the nonsense... Nonsense that is relevant however), it's also not not afraid to push irritating characters, as a couple of twins with no point of being there at all do all the annoying things you expect them to (I'm hoping that I'm not alone in wanting the twins dead... LOL), an emotionless father, and even the main character, Saya, herself! A clumsy school girl with stupid hair (The animators are either lazy or she uses countless cans of hairspray to keep her hair in place outside of the cool looking action scenes) that has a terrible personally swap between serious sword wielding warrior and cute clueless school girl.
But while Blood C isn't wasting your time (with character pondering), it's showing you spectacular and very bloody (The one it gets perfectly right most of the time) battles. Every episode ends with a fight between Saya and a creature called a Elder Bairn or whatever, often ending up with a bloody shower. These fight scenes are the meat experience of Blood C, they're not battles that you can only experience in Blood C, but they are well animated and well choreographed (Especially the first episode).
However, the blood and gore eventually goes over the top, like Fist of the north star or Devilman over the top. But it's so fucking crazy that it's really comical in a way, especially the final episode, it's one of those so bad it's actually kinda good episodes that makes you wish the anime was like this from the start.
That's the real shame about Blood C, instead of production values, battles, blood, and gore, more time should had went towards crafting a better story or at least one that doesn't feel like a waste of time, especially for the fans of the Blood anime that came before it.
While I am not a big fan of Blood+ or Blood the last vampire, there really should have been at least a little more for the fans that watched those series first. Of course that's a good thing that they aren't relaying on using the same elements from those series, apart from Saya, the creature she fights, and a of course the sword she has to use in order to kill the creatures, but at least throw the old fans a bone once in a while, most of the time it feels like Saya is conserving with absolute strangers, at least have one other recognizable character or element that veteran fans can latch on to.
And there is one more thing to be said, the later episodes drop a huge ball. Let's just say Clamp has gotten extremely lazy these days and has decided to bring up a plot device from one of their previous series to advance the plot. So when I said that there's nothing for Blood fans to enjoy and be familiar with, there's actually plenty for fans of a recent Clamp title... It's actually kinda infuriating that Clamp would actually do something as lazy as that.
The story ends up becoming a retarded fan fiction in a way... But never fully embraces it though, it just overlooks it in a way that it kinda has no point in being mentioned at all.
Another thing that's pretty lazy is the character development and story twists. They are so uninspired that you'd think the creators are making it up as they go along. And the character developments... Let's just say that everything's so half-assed that CLAMP was actually making it proceed in that way just to waste even more of your time...
ANIMATION: Like I said before the fights are well animated (Most of the time), and fans of clamp are treated to clamps distinctive character designs (Skinny, skinny teenagers with long limbs and perfect bodies), But a lot of the characters designs look bland, and Saya's new design looks just plain stupid.
SOUND: Another thing that actually had effort put in it, the music. It's all great, the fight scenes have great background music to go with them, the voice acting is good, but there's one thing you may want to rip your ears out, Saya has a habit of singing, for a long time, about the most pointless stuff. It's hilarious at first, but later you'd wonder, "Is that really important for us to suffer through her American Idol try out practice?"
But to kinda make up for it, both the opening and ending theme music are great (Leave it to the professionals to do the singing Saya), the opening theme song, Spiral by DUSTZ, will be the one good thing you'll look forward to each episode, and the ending, while not as good, is a great way to end each episode.
At least this is one thing that Production I.G. cared about.
+ Cool battles, when they're animated well.
+ Great music and opening theme song.
+/- Good animation, and Clamp character designs/ Clamp characters designs, Saya's redesign.
+/- The last episode/ the last and second to last episode.
- Terrible character pondering, such as Saya and her terrible singing.
- Isn't afraid to waste your time with absolute pointlessness.
- Annoying characters, especially the twins.
- Nothing for even fans of the original movie or Blood+ to keep their interest.
- Clamp relaying on one of their previous series for story development.
- No point of the character developments of anyone not named Saya
- Ludicrously violent scenes to the point of being cartoonish and comical.
Despite what I said, I'm actually looking forward to the sequel movie because if the anime continues to go the way the last episode did, at least Blood C will become Blood Cult hit.read more
Half way done and this is by far the most pissed off I ever got while watching an anime its like watching an action version of a NTR. So many unanswered questions as the plot thickens (if there is one). I feel sorry for the fans of the original. I really can't stand the random deaths that occur in this anime, FANS of BLOOD-C you know what I'm saying because you cant say that you haven't noticed it. Its like you're playing this horrible video games and your at a boss fight and you have to rescue bystanders (come the f*%k on y when you see a something that looks strange would you wander in its direction if it was me i was hauling ass out of there). No logical was put into the brains of the background characters (pay close attention to episode 6 and point out all the faults I'll point out one pay attention to Nono's appearance look at the street pretty empty for a town filled with shops, businessmen appears out of thin air OH look a random merchant dies what the hell was he doing in that alleyway as he came out running to find out if Saya was alright. You catch the drift.
The best thing about this anime is that its almost over. I read a couple comments on the forums and what I don't get is how some of you could say 'this is SO much like CLAMP good job with this anime', WTF how is this anything to what clamped has produced over the years it's not even close to what you'll expect from them if you check my list you'll see that all of CLAMPs' production that I've see and those that I've yet to list was some of the best anime and that i really enjoyed it by checking my score. Blood-C you're my rage bar filler and by the time I've finished watching this series i will read a very entertaining novel by a very world renowned novelist to remove the dark spots on my brain.[END OF UPDATE]
Final review at the end of this anime
This is what I wanna do after watching this. Cry, Blow my brains out, be resurrected as a zombie and terrorize the living daylight out of the guys at CLAMP.
After watching 2 episodes of this I am really really disappointed. The story is going no where, its predictable and omg the slow plot and the fact that she's singing please stop, it's the singing that makes me want to roll my brains down Mt. Everest. The time it takes where she is sing can be better put to use like developing a plot with one of the other characters that was introduced in the 1st episode.
Everyone that has seen Blood+ I suggest you watch it to get an idea of what your supposed to be watching and if you have seen it already re-watch the first 2 episode compare it to Blood C and you'll know what a total let down this is.
I will not drop the series because there is still room to see what's gonna happen after all it's only 2 episodes, 'right.'
My point system based out of 10
The fact that she is a supposedly badass, the glasses long squiggly twin tail hair is just plain bad. She fights in the same uniform she goes to school with after going home her father could atleast provide her with a new fitting of clothes along with her sword. (4)
The art isn't bad but it isn't that good either each character was well drawn but they lack the memorable depth that was realized from the Blood+ series. The only memory that gonna stain your brain is that badly drawn hair of Saya. Who knows maybe they'll decide to cut it or remove the wookies that hold it together. (6)
JUST PLAIN BAD! ugh. (2). Hopefully this would change after all it's only 2 episodes 'right'.
There is allot of room that can change my view of this series, like I've said perviously it's only 2 episodes so far and my review is subject to change after the first arch is completed. (5)read more