A show about a girl who fights monsters... sounds kind of unoriginal, no? Well, whatever it sounds like to you, this is one helluva awesome show :D
The story is dark, sad and action-packed. I like how they present everything with a sad setting; it's not like it's just one big brawl after another; it is emotions and resolve-strengthening, it's battles which have a reason other than just being yet another battle. The story keeps complex but simple enough to follow without too much thinking "what's happening?"
The animation style in Blood+ is really cool. It's got good shading details, and the characters looks good too; they've
got a nice variation of character designs, some detailed and some maybe not so detailed. The animation is flawless; at least no noticeable errors. The background art in this series is amazing; the sceneries and cityscapes are wonderful to look at.
The music rocks too. The OP/ED songs are great (aside the fourth OP, which was all but good), and the background music is just as it should be; moody. It sets the right mood to all the scenes, and it fits very good with the series' sad tone.
Blood+ has the best character development of any anime I've watched. I'm completely enthralled by its characters, and how they change during the course of the series. They're deep, three-dimensional characters, and their relationships with each other are fascinating. I also like how a simple death during the beginning of the series had a large effect on the characters.
What I like about Blood+ is that despite being about vampires, it focuses on almost anything but the vampire aspects of the characters, with the latter being used mainly as a MacGuffin. Therefore, you'll enjoy this series even if you do not like vampire anime, and you'll love it if you like vampire anime.
All in all, Blood+ is among the better series in the vast world that is anime, and a series you'll enjoy watching.
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This anime is one of the best ones that I have ever seen before in my life. The plot somehow manages to stay incredibly strong throughout all of the 50 episodes, showcasing many different types of characters, from the most comical to the most radically serious. The animation has a very unique style, which somewhat surprised me early on, but then I realized that it simply made the show more unique.
What every viewer must realize first off is that this is NOT just an anime about vampires. The fact that the characters often require blood to survive is used as an effective plot device,
but it is not the entire focus of the show. What this means is that it appeals to both those who love vampire animes and those who do not, creating, as a whole, an extremely balanced, well crafted anime.
The anime will be a joy for anyone who watches it. The storyline ranges from romance, to comedy, to intrigue, to detailed pseudo-history, innocence and experience, violence and peace, and then circles around again to the vague but omnipresent romance that insinuates itself, not as the main focus, but as a continuing theme throughout.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the anime, and I invite all who read this to do the same.
Note: If you found this review helpful (or not), leave me a PM or comment, and give me some constructive criticism!
Post-note: All scores are compared to titles I have watched personally and represent the verbal "score" of that number, with a 7 meaning " Good". It is unrelated to the 1-10 grading that a lot of people seem to solely apply, without thinking of what it means.
Originally an offshoot of an earlier movie, Blood+ combines both existing elements present in anime and new ones, to create a somewhat unique shonen (yes, shonen, because that's what this is, don't be fooled by the R+ rating)
title. The original premise, that of cute girl with big sword fighting large monsters has been done many times before, but it is the encompassing plot and character designs that make this title stand out.
The fact that that the writers obviously wanted this series to stand out compared to a lot of other drab that comes out nowadays is evident. Sharp character designs (lack of moe characters) are the norm, and the plot line aims to be as realistic as possible, including many existing locations throughout the modern world. from Japan to Russia to France, it becomes evident that the animators have at least glanced at existing sceneries before sketching the locations where the story takes place.
We can understand the actions of certain characters (if the motifs have been revealed), and often the distinction between good and evil becomes blurred, something which lacks in a lot of series nowadays, where differences are usually black and white, with not much repose in between.
Then, you may ask " Why give it a 7?".
First note that a 7 to me means " Good", it holds no numerical value. Blood+ is a good show, but it doesn't have any factors that make it stand out to the point where, maybe a year later, you think "wow, that was quite a memorable show".
It is the same factor that makes it unique, that drags it down. The score is pulled down because of the lack of realism in a show that aims to include many elements pulled straight out of the 21st century world for the sake of appearing realistic and well thought through.
There is a scene where a protagonist is being pursued. He flees into a park, filled with happy picnickers. He rests momentarily on a bench, when suddenly his pursuer appears again. He runs through the park, but to our surprise, all those picnickers have disappeared. Is the director implying that in the few seconds that the camera pans away, all those men and women decided to pack up and leave? This incident is not standalone, and quite often outsiders (to the plot) seem to act illogically, or simply disappear solely for the sake of furthering a plot line and making the actions of characters seem logical.
Another small, annoying factor is that all characters seem to be able to speak to anyone on the globe. Now honestly, I don't believe that the entire world has started speaking Japanese overnight. This can be overlooked to a certain extent however, since such reasoning seems to be prevalent in many shonen titles.
Another factor pulling down an otherwise very good show, is the seemingly low budget of Blood+. It affects many of the most dominant factors determining the success of a show, plot, animation and sound. Firstly, the plot seems to suffer because directors and producers felt it necessary to include a lot of tangents, which lead nowhere. The entire series could have been done in 3/4ths of the 50 episodes that it runs for or less. Secondly, the lack of CG animation and lanky movements at times takes away from a series that includes a lot of fight scenes. Although it does give it some sort of visual appeal, it would have been much better executed with a larger animation budget.
Sound is another factor pulling it down. Although there are some good tracks in the OST, which are nice to the ear, the repetition and overuse of them is simply irritating, especially for a longer anime like Blood+. The OP and ED are of the common staple, including well known (at least, for us anime fans) J-Rock bands such as UVERworld and Hyde. Certainly not bad, but not very original either. Voice acting isn't terribly great either, although the actors can convey different emotions, it is not entirely convincing either.
Lastly, personally I found the lack of a deeper " meaningful" plot line distasteful. Although certainly not needed, it would have brought the enjoyment factor up quite a bit. Simply following the story of the main protagonist, Saya, can be a bore at times, especially when it becomes overly melodramatic.
Pushing my criticism aside, Blood+ certainly isn't a bad series. Even with these somewhat irritating flaws, it is still much better than a lot of Shonen titles nowadays, and for anyone simply wanting some enjoyment without a too much engrossing plot, i'd certainly recommend this. However, for anyone looking for something deeper, something with, say, moralistic or idealistic principles, i'd tell you to look further, because this wouldn't be for you.
Recommended for: (more serious) Shonen fans, those looking for something different than average.
Not recommended for: Fans of moe character designs, serious Seinen fans.
I used to watch a fair amount of anime, but over the past few years, my interest in it had been gradually waning, partly because of the decreasing number of good shows being produced, and partly because of lack of time due to my heavy workload.
However, this trend was reversed when I had the good fortune of coming across Blood+. I had never heard of it before, but the premise seemed interesting enough, though not particularly original or unique. I decided to give it a shot, expecting at least a decent and entertaining show but not
much more than that.
But what I got was much, much more I had dared to hoped for. What starts out as a fairly conventional storyline gradually unravels, revealing a vastly more complex and intricate narrative tapestry. Its deliberate pacing may be misconstrued by some as being "slow", but as the story progresses, all the puzzle pieces that are uncovered early on start to fall into place, and things that once seemed insignificant or nonsensical begin to make sense.
As for the technical merits of this show, other people have already discussed its superb animation and hauntingly evocative soundtrack, so I won't go into too much detail on them. Suffice it to say that they complement the mood of the series exceptionally well.
However, what really won me over was the exceptional character development displayed here. Without giving too much away, I can say that these characters actually felt like real, living, breathing people and not just 2-D images on the TV screen. They change and evolve as time goes by, and after a particular event occurs, don't be surprised if you find yourself regarding certain characters in a totally different light.
To make a long story short, Blood+ is one of only a handful of shows that transcends the boundaries of its genre, and one of the best animes I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. In fact, it practically single-handedly revived my passion for anime and spurred me on to seek many other great shows, which I probably would not have bothered to watch otherwise. And that is probably the greatest compliment one can pay to any medium of entertainment.
Blood+ offers up an alternate take of the events from Blood: The Last Vampire featuring Saya's hunt of the Chiropteran creature threat. Being at 50 episodes of length, this gives the series plenty of time to build up on events with its plot and explore the causes that led to the Chiropteran threat being as serious as it did. It also expands on Saya's character and the mysterious organization (Red Shield) aiding her in thwarting the Chiropteran threat.
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.
When Blood+ came out back in 2005, it was one of the seasons most anticipated releases. The original work, Blood: The Last Vampire, screamed for a longer storyline that showed some development. And while Blood+ was to take place in a separate universe, if it managed to construct a decent story around the beautiful aesthetics of the film, then we would have had a definite winner. Sadly, Blood+ is, to put it bluntly, a bit of a mess.
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.
Blood+ was recommended to me by a friend about five months ago. After being briefed on the basic plotline by her I was less than impressed to say the least, after all, one girl fighting the forces of evil (Or in this case Chiroptera) with her band of merry men, it was an idea done many a time before (Just look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer!) Yet I decided to give it a go regardless. I was delighted to find myself proved wrong however after finishing the anime just a few weeks later. I’ve since re-watched it twice and would definitely recommend it to anyone
with brilliant taste in anime!
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!
Blood+ was truly an interesting anime - it requires patience but once one starts to get accustomed with the pace and characters, it is an amazing anime.
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.
A girl on to fight against monsters, a secret organisation and powerful enemies! If you want to enjoy an anime with a dark tune, complex story and really great charakter development, Blood+ would be a good choice! But beware if you get too close to certain charakters, your heart might get broken!
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!
"It is beyond blood. I have formed a bond with you sweeter and stronger than Blood." - Solomon
Blood+ is an interesting anime- not because it's particularly innovative or groundbreaking in its field, but precisely because it does what it does well, and doesn't fall victim to mistakes and tropes that many other shonen fantasy anime have, and continue to do. The premise is a twist on vampire fiction- taking many points from classic bloodsucking media, and yet giving it an anime spin, mixing the two in an enjoyable way that doesn't rip the fabric of the fiction.
Artwork and Animation: 7
Production IG produced Blood+ starting
in fall of 2005, running for a full year. The visual style is rather reminiscent of the then-newly ending series Ghost in the Shell SAC 2nd- the character models, faces, hair and particularly the scenery look very similar. One thing this anime does have going for it in the visual department is a large amount of costume and locale changes. This might sound small- but watching the same nameless streets in downtown Tokyo for 9 hours would have been really grating.
Blood+ keeps it fresh by travelling across the world, including Japan, Vietnam, Siberia, French wine country + Paris, London, New York, and a few other locations- always with famous landmarks to let the viewer in on it. On the whole, the animation is fairly average- certainly a product of the time, but very watchable.
Sound and Voice Acting: 7
The voice acting is decent at best, and wooden at worst. Christopher Nissley as David sounds wholly uninterested and bored the entire show. Maybe it's that his character is the stoic tough guy, but even in rare moments of vulnerability, he's still the same pinewood 2X4 that he was to begin with. Kari Wahlgren of Fate/ (as the Saber) fame stars as Saya- to my surprise. She sounds entirely different in Blood+ than she does now in Fate. 10 years of aging has changed her voice a lot, but she anchors the cast fairly well regardless.
Crispin Freeman (Kirei Kotomine, Fate) deserves an award for this show- having voiced 3 main characters, and so effectively doing so that it was not noticeable! He's most prominent as Haji, the silent and strong companion of Saya, and he affects a passable French accent for Van Argiano. Rounding out the trio, he also uses rather young sounding but commanding voice for Joel Goldschmidt, as well as voicing other unimportant one off characters and background voices.
The music in Blood+ is beautiful as well- featuring opera, a few classic symphonic tunes, and a lot of cello- typically featured when the character Haji plays- but also used in tense and dramatic moments. The music was very effective at eliciting the right emotional feel at the right time, and never felt overbearing.
Characters and Story: 8
Given that this anime spans 50 episodes, there are a lot of characters introduced- 10 just on the protagonist Saya's side of the conflict, and nearly the same on the other. This is not the place to list them all or their inner conflicts, but suffice to say that everyone of importance receives their appropriate due of characterization- though the story is the journey of Saya. The character motivations are fairly logically driven, and the concept of loyalty, loyalty that goes beyond blood is a defining theme throughout the story.
It's also interesting to see how the conflict of the show grows from a tiny microcosm at the beginning, to a world spanning conflict- though it never feels overwhelming. The conflict itself also changes from a journey of exploration to petty revenge, to redemption, and eventually to acceptance.
Blood+ does have pacing issues, however. New goals or new villains are introduced in the beginning, particularly, with no explanation at all in the prior episode, leaving the viewer feeling like as though they skipped an episode. There were two moments I can remember where I actually did go back to the last episode for a little recap just because it was such a jarring shift. These issues largely clear up after the first cour (13 episodes) ends- so it's a bit of a trial period, but it's very worth it to see how it all comes together.
The show also does a very good job of making immortal and near immortal enemies very difficult to kill without devolving into Team Rocket blasting off again™, or the classic "I'll get you next time!" by the mustachio-twirling villain. The humans really are nearly powerless to stop the chiropterans- and it stays that way throughout. The Chevaliers, or vampires made from the blood of Saya, or her sister Diva, can only be killed with the blood of one of the two- and this point is proven over and over again. Several times throughout the show, the characters will stop fighting solely because they recognize and say to each other that it's pointless to fight as they cannot kill each other.
This brings me to my next point about attention to detail- the show is full of it. Small details and what seem like offhand comments about abilities or weaknesses are stuck to, to the letter. What seem like plot holes are filled in very carefully with details from previous episodes or findings- very little-to-no deus ex machina here.
Drawing from the earlier comment about vampire fiction- there are several different groups and types of vampires in the show- each with a different facet of the accepted "vampire powers". Some can't be exposed to the sun, some have incredible speed or hypnosis powers. The base chiropterans themselves are a reference to the order that bats belong to: Chiroptera. Many of the beasts have long, ratlike snouts and webbed, winged arms. They all require blood, though- and that's what makes the show go round. Blood ties all.
Lastly- the way the story is handled is a very mature and dramatic way, for a shonen. There are moments of real tragedy and gravitas in there- and a couple of truly horrifying moments that continue to serve up grimaces long after the event, once it's revealed what actually happened. This is a show that's not afraid to kill off main characters- and even requires it of the plot. There are a few genuinely sad and touching moments- a rarity in what could otherwise just have been a mind numbing action fest.
Enjoyment and Overall: 7
I was pleasantly surprised with Blood+. I typically shy away from long running series; even one that clocks in at 50 episodes, but I have to hand it to them- I remained engaged, interested, and wanting to see what happens next (in part thanks to the cliffhangers). The only thing that really threw me off was the really poor pacing in the first third of the show, but aside from that, a solid watch.
Bonus: The Blood+ Drinking Game, by LawlMartz
Lick a shot when:
1) There's a closeup cut to Haji's face and he says "Saya" in a sensuous, hushed whisper
2) A flashback occurs
Take a sip when:
3) A chiropteran transforms onscreen
4) Someone mentions Vietnam
5) Louis is eating something
6) Mao gets bitchy
Finish your drink when:
7) A Chevalier or important character dies
Don't be afraid to drop me a comment and all that, and as always- come rage at me.
If you watched Blood C and you didn't think it was very good, don't let that keep you away from Blood+.
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
Story: Any vampire fans would appreciate the story; the ever-reusable (and reused) vampire legend gets a new spin here. From the very first episode, the main character Saya is unwittingly thrown into a fight for humanity that only she can put an end to. Accompanied by her (sexy) cellist guardian who has some link to her, she sets out to rid the world of the vampire-like chiropterans plaguing the earth. Fortunately for us, the story is quite a bit more complex than that. Very soon into the series, the story becomes deeper, with many twists revealed about Saya and her dark past.
Art: From what
I have seen, this has a very unique art style, especially in that all the characters actually look unique. I'm referring to many other series where the characters all look ridiculously similar since they were designed by the same person. Also, the show has a decidedly dark atmosphere which is wonderfully presented in the animation. If you are a fan of much blood, also take comfort in knowing you'll find a lot here. It is in the title, after all.
Sound: Personally I'm not a fan of any of the opening or closing themes, but the soundtrack is one of my favorites from any anime. Mark Mancina composed the score for Blood+ (turning him into an anime fan in the process) and was helped by Hans Zimmer, so it's the first anime I've seen where the music was written by someone not actually Japanese. Mancina's rich score is perfect for the show. The voice actors did wonderfully as well. Noteworthy is Kari Wahlgren as Saya (though I didn't approve of using her for Diva, too, whom she rather botched) and Crispin Freeman as Haji (for some reason, the mysterious and seemingly emotionless characters suit him).
Character: Character development is great here, thanks mostly to Saya, who must grow from the timid amnesiac she begins the show as to a strong female warrior, and it is interesting to watch how this transformation really takes a toll on her personality. The other supporting characters also help contribute to the character development, to a certain extent. After my own heart, the show's creators let the audience in on the villain's side many times, allowing us to see their plans before the other characters do. Hooray for dramatic irony and moving forward of plotlines!
Enjoyment: As I mentioned earlier, vampire fans who are sick of the "same ol’, same ol’" vampire stories will love this one. Really, the only similarity between "traditional" vampires and the ones in Blood+ are that they drink blood. Speaking of blood, if you are squeamish at the sight of cartoon blood, keep away from this for obvious reasons, as it would inhibit your enjoyment of the series tremendously. Anyone else would like Blood+ since it has a good amount of action, but doesn't deviate from the main plotline, which is surprisingly complex.
Overall: Unless you don't like really violent anime, I would recommend this to anyone who likes vampires, action, drama, romance, and a good plot. And sexy cellists.
A horror anime that does adventure, better than most other adventure anime. The anime is set throughout different locations and time periods in history, that are based on real world events. The core of the show is about vampires, but with an evolutionary twist to it. It follows a young girl called Saya (a protagonist that is actually likable) that soon discovers she's not who she thinks she is and what she is. It's definitely an anime I'd recommend to anyone and has a GREAT soundtrack too. Oh and I highly recommend that you get some tissues prepared, it has it's Romeo and Juliet moments
Blood+. It has been a while since I saw it but now, after all this time, I feel I can really reflect on it. It's your typical vampire story with a twist. The beginning was extremely interesting, but after a while, it just got kinda boring, and in the end, I felt as if I had wasted a lot of my time. It could have ended a lot earlier instead of making it 50 episodes.
The emphasis is more on the characters than the action, and all the fights are pretty much the same. Nothing that would really amaze me. This would have been alright if
it weren't for the fact that most of the characters were just annoying. I really couldn't stand Kai, especially considering how his relationship with Mao turned out. Saya was still unlikeable even after she seemed to have matured after the one year time skip. I really didn't enjoy Blood+. It had an interesting story, but it was brought down by poor execution and direction.
At this point, twists on the traditional legends of vampires have pretty much become the norm in just about any type of media. However, anime is particularly infamous for it. Generally, they put a twist on the legend using their own folklore and making them mutants or demons rather than the undead, with sucking blood being practically the only resemblance to the original legend they've got. "Blood+" is one such anime, and while it's not without many flaws, it's still a nice and welcome twist on an outdated tale.
It's very hard to delve into the story without presenting some spoilers but I'm going to
try anyway. Basically, it follows Saya Otonashi, a seemingly normal girl who lives peacefully with her adoptive family and has no memory of who she is or where she came from. One night, she crosses paths with a mysterious man named Hagi, who appears to know her very well and obeys her every command. Furthermore, an agent named David who appears to be well acquainted with Saya's adoptive father appears and says that he needs Saya for something. One thing leads to another, and it's not long before Saya and her family are caught up in a battle against creatures called Chiropterans, and Saya slowly begins to remember her mysterious past and reason for her existence, assisted by the anti-Chiropteran military organization Red Shield.
The story is pretty slow to start, as it's only until episode 6 that something significant happens, and it's only until episode 8 or 9 that we finally get a good idea about exactly what Saya and Red Shield are up against. This certainly isn't helped by the fact that Hagi, David and the others refuse to tell Saya anything about her past, as they believe that it's best for her to remember on her own. Not to mention that when she regains her memories, they regret not telling her as it would have saved a lot of trouble.
In any case, I can thankfully say that the second half is vastly superior to the first, as it is far more fast-paced and is overall just much more interesting and exciting. The fight takes the group to all sorts of locations, from a hotel to a snowy landscape to a theatre, and Saya slowly grows from a scared girl who can barely fight to save her life to a highly competent warrior who can kick blood-sucking monster ass, albeit with a lot of help from Hagi. The story of Saya's past is also very interesting, as it ties brilliantly with the villains and is crucial for her character development. The origin of Chiropterans is great as well, and thankfully things aren't as black and white as they seem at first. The story ultimately proves to be very interesting and unique in spite of the slow start and manages to keep you interested all the way through its 50 episodes, all the way up to a well-thought out conclusion.
Art & Animation (8.5/10):
The art is very impressive for the show's time, which is from 2005-2006. The characters and monsters are all very well-drawn and the animations are mostly quite smooth, though they can also be rather stiff at times. My favourite effect is when Saya kills a Chriopteran by stabbing it with her sword, which causes the beast to crack up and crumble into pieces. It's a very well-done effect that's used really well throughout the series.
Sound & Dialogue (7/10):
This is, unfortunately, the low point of the series. The soundtrack is generally made up of generic tunes that fail to stand out and are quickly forgettable. There are 4 openings and 4 ending themes but none of them are memorable and I skipped them every time. Thankfully, there are two exceptions to this- "Saya's Victory" and "Diva". The voice acting isn't the best either; Kari Wahlgren and Crispin Freeman both deliver strong performances as the lead pair but apart from them, the voice acting is mostly average and can actually be pretty poor in places, with some voices not sounding right at all. The sound never gets unbearable, especially since the dialogue is mostly good, but I have definitely heard much better.
Let's start with Saya. As I mentioned before, she starts off as a scared girl who can barely fight to save her life but as she regains her memories she gets stronger and stronger. Well, I should say more skilled, since physically she isn't much stronger than a human, and so relies on martial arts and swordplay, which thankfully allows her to easily hold her own against more powerful opponents. Unfortunately, with her extra power comes serious consequences, since her past was definitely not sunshine and daisies. About three-quarters through the series, you really get the impression that the entire world is out to break her, as she suffers one tragedy after another, making you hope that the poor girl will finally catch a break when everything's over. She does have an annoying habit of pointing out the obvious, but overall she is a great protagonist and the best character the series has to offer.
Coming a close second is Saya's bodyguard, Hagi. He starts off as a typical, stoic quiet character, rarely talking and when he does he only says a few sentences. He also follows Saya's every command regardless of what it is, almost to the point of being a pushover. His character development revolves around him outgrowing this and considering what he wants, and it begins to show in later episodes as he starts to voice his opinion more and more. He's also just as (or at first more) capable a fighter as Saya, even when he's holding back, though he still ends up getting injured by almost every enemy he fights.
Next up is the other two main protagonists- Red Shield special agent David and Saya's adopted older brother Kai. As I mentioned before, their voice acting isn't anything special but they're at least well-written- David is the hardened war veteran with a heart of gold while Kai is the hot-headed teenager with a heart of gold. David doesn't have any powers like Saya and Hagi, but he makes up for that with his sheer force of will, as he doesn't let anything keep him down for long- he's even described in-series as being indestructible. Kai, on the other hand, starts off as rather annoying and immature, as well as pretty selfish, but thankfully he becomes more responsible and likable as the series progresses. But while the main cast is very good, the supporting cast is less so, and there are definitely quite a few I think the show could have done without and others that were just underused. I can say the villains are interesting, however.
As I mentioned before, the series takes several episodes to get going, so you definitely need some patience if you want to watch it to the end. This is also a very dark series, and while the show gets more exciting in later episodes, it also gets a lot more depressing. There's also a sense of danger and quite a few characters don't make it to the end. If you can't handle all that, then I would definitely advise staying away.
"Blood+" certainly isn't the best anime I've ever seen, but it's still a unique and interesting twist on the old legend of vampires. In spite of the slow start, forgettable soundtrack and variable voice acting, "Blood+" is a very good series to watch, with an intriguing story, great action and good character development.
When I saw about 15 episodes of Blood+, a friend asked me how was it. I said it was boring and dull, with some nice fighting scenes once in a while. After another 10-15 episodes, another friend asked me for my opinion on Blood+. I said it was one of the best anime series I saw this year. How do I feel after finishing the whole 50 chapters? Lets start from the beginning.
Blood+ revolves around a story of a "young" girl who is the only person on the planet able to fight vampire-like monsters, called Chiropterans, and wants to find out about her troubled
past. But my biggest "wow" is not going to the plot (which sounds a little familiar to all of us). I have two big "wows," actually. One is for graphics and one is for sound. Beautifully pictured landscapes across the world, pleasant characters and intense, realistic fight scenes will give your eyes a definite present. And what better way to complete this piece of art than adding an elegant soundtrack (Haji playing J.S. Bach on his cello is now in my top 10 anime moments ever) which polishes the sophistication and intelligence of this series. These are the things that keep you loyal to Blood+ and gives you a feeling that it is not an ordinary story.
Of course, we have to be fair and talk a little about the downside of this series. Firstly, even if the story sounds kind of old, it is actually very complicated at times. You have to follow the conspiracies behind politics, the stories of Saya and other main characters, understand the importance of some individuals who don't really look important and so on. At one point I have to confess, I was tired of listening to story lines about Red Shield and Cinq Fleches organizations and all the problems they had when I just knew it was all about Saya, she is the one who can end this and she should be the main point of discussion. Therefore, prepare yourself for long conversations that could sometimes seem meaningless and if you are an "action guy/girl" you could be a bit disappointed.
So, what is my final judgment? Well, I said to myself earlier in the series that the ending will probably decide the true quality of Blood+. However, although it wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be, I can't say that it left me unsatisfied. Actually, for some reason, I felt that I respect this anime series even more than I did in the beginning (especially after I saw the movie that this series evolved from, yuck). Do I recommend Blood+? Absolutely. There will be at least few moments when you will adore the characters and enjoy the story that we sometimes fantasize of being a part of.
P.S. IF YOU DID NOT WATCHED BLOOD+ YET, DO NOT READ THIS!
A part of me is still screaming for an ending where Saya falls asleep at the last moment of the fight against Diva, leaving the world domination to the Chiropterans. Then waking up 30 years from that fight, reuniting with Haji and trying to clean up the twisted future from these monsters. Now, tell me, it is not your ideal ending! And what a sequel it would be! The studios should definitely let the fans of anime create endings sometimes.
Was a nice action, dramatic thriller. Enjoyed the character development a lot. I would recommend if you want to watch an anime that continues past 12 episode cap. Very amusing, will definitely watch again.
I watched this some years ago and rewatched recently because I didn't remember the story very well. I guess this show is not worth rewatching if you're not as forgetful as me.
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.
An excellent anime that holds a captivating and suspenseful story plot. Blood+ is definitely a must watch anime and one that should be re-watched over and over. It is one anime that has supernatural features, slight parts of romance, and even some historical event correlation intertwined in this fictional world that has the inhabitants called chiropterans; bat-like creatures that feast on human blood. I, myself am not one who favors all gore and blood soaked scenes, but the story in Blood+ really captivates me. The bloody fight scenes all connect to the main plot and is not one excessive blood fest. Plus, this anime is
one of those shows that gets you "hooked" and makes you think strategically and use problem-solving to sort of determine what is what and how things work.
Now getting to the characters, they are wonderfully drawn and thought out, each with their own obvious personality. Even with the side-characters, they all equally stand out and none are really overshadowed. It isn't one of those animes that add filler characters to let the story drag on and what not. Once characters are drawn in Blood+, they are kept and have their own scene time throughout the whole thing (meaning Saya is not the center of all the attention).
One downfall to the characters are their character development. Most of the time, they hold rare emotional view points and don't develop quite as fast. When watching, one usually feels a part of the anime (if it's a really good one), but the characters perceived by myself are somewhat 2-D and impersonal. Other than that, this anime is of course a great one that should be on everyone's watched/will watch list and even though I am not even finished with it yet, I am most definitely impressed with high standards and cannot believe how I missed watching such an excellent anime.