The OVA of Blood Lad continues directly from where the TV series left off.
Story: As everyone well knows, the series left off with Staz rescuing Fuyumi and a cliffhanger of his brother, Braz, saying "Welcome Back, Father."
The OVA picks up where Staz and Fuyumi leave for the demon world. They start to head to Demon Acropolis, where Braz is, but encounter a group of Vampire Hunters.
The battle was pretty epic, where Staz was almost driven to death. That's as far as I will go into the battles as it is better to not be talked about.
Art: The art is the same as
the series; colorful and fun to watch.
Characters: The only characters from the show were Staz and Fuyumi. New characters had been shown, each with their own power and characteristic. Each character was funny at how silly they were.
The ending still was pretty vague, as nothing was concluded.
However, it was still pretty fun to watch.
Overall, this deserves a 9/10.
Blood Lad was a sad case adaption wise. Allotted only 10 episodes for a Manga with over 30 chapters is a crime. Sadly as a result the Anime was pushed for time, and rushed through the Manga. After hearing this I gave the Manga a shot, and enjoyed it greatly. Bundled with the new Manga chapter arrived this new OVA which is a continuation of the show. From a fan I was glad to get more of a show that didn't really have a fair shot. Here is my review.
With this OVA we now have new outing with Staz and Fuyumi. Nothing really special
in terms of a riveting story, but non the less another fun adventure. A new episode a new set of bad guys for Staz to destroy (because he is kind of broken now). Nothing more to really say except I had fun. It was brief, but for a show that already had a very short run time I really appreciated this.
The original show was never a fantastic looking one, but for me at least it had a charm. A bright, colorful animation style really worked for the original shows benefit, and that doesn't change here. If anything I would say the animation is better here. Specially the fights that occur. Seeing Staz unleash more of his awakened Vampire power from the show was a fun site indeed.
Nothing really special in this department. Hearing the original voice cast another time was fun, and hearing the opening role again was a treat. Sadly nothing really substantial in terms of OST. It is only one episode tho so it isn't to big of a problem.
Seeing Staz again is fantastic as always, and Fuyumi was nice. The new cast members were alright. Nothing really special, but they were mindlessly entertaining. This score primarily comes from seeing Staz again. I have always found him incredibly fun and entertaining. He isn't the greatest character in the world, but I do love him.
As you can tell I'm a fan, and having more is never a bad thing.
If you are a fan of the Manga or of the original series then I recommend giving this a watch. I appreciate having more Blood Lad in my life, and this was what the doctor ordered. It isn't completing the show, but merely just providing more. Which for someone like me that is all I could ask for given the conditions that this adaption went through.
Blood Lad ended in September of 2013 with something of a whimper, leaving fans on a unsatisfying cliffhanger ending. When the OVA was released 3 months later, fans were eagerly hoping that it was the wrap up they needed.
While that wasn't case, was it still at least a decent episode in it's own right?
Story - 8/10
This OVA, instead of being a short comedic one-off, acts somewhat as a continuation of the main storyline, with Staz and Fuyumi coming across a vampire hunter. The plotline is classic Blood Lad and it works very well - characters feel like themselves and there is even some development for
However, the main problem with this is that the series, once again, leaves us hanging with no sense of resolution. And with no signs of a Season 2, it seems like, outside of the manga, this is all we are getting in terms of story. This is a shame especially because Blood Lad truly is a very fun and enjoyable show that subverts normal shonen conventions.
Art - 9/10
The art is great as usual with Brain's Base giving it their all here. It truly looks fantastic here though with the new "old west" style setting in the first half that gives this episode a unique look compared to the rest of the show. I also think it's about time I mention the great use of powers in this show - they are very unique looking and it fits the show perfectly.
The show's animation itself was never the best or strongest, but it fit the show so well that it never bothered me. Everything seemed to just... click into place, as it seemed.
Sound - 7/10
Compared to the rest of the categories, this one is more or less the same to my original review of Blood Lad. The OP is great, the ED is ok and the soundtrack is unmemorable and dull but it serves it's purpose well.
Both casts return and both do a splendid job in each respective dub. Once again, I personally prefer Japanese on this one mainly due to watching it in that language to begin with, but the English isn't bad at all and dub-only viewers or those curious will not be disappointed.
Character - 9/10
The show's large supporting cast mostly takes a backseat here to Staz and Fuyumi, and the OVA benefits greatly from it. Their interactions are hilarious and bring so much life to this show, especially in simple character interactions. The action here is also great, bringing to life some of the best action scenes in the show.
My only small nitpick is that I wish more of the supporting cast had things to do here. Most of them are either completely absent or in small cameos. This isn't a big deal, seeing as the show is about Staz and Fuyumi, but they were great and I would have loved to see them.
Enjoyment - 8/10
As a fan of Blood Lad, this is very much a delight to watch. It isn't the overall best episode of the show, but it's a great stand-alone that is a lot of fun to watch. Other fans should enjoy it too, even if the cliffhanger ending is even more annoying this time.
However, I don't really think this will convert those who aren't fans of the show already. It's mainly meant for fans and it gets it's job done well.
Overall - 8/10
Cliffhanger aside, this stand-alone episode of Blood Lad is very well done and great material for those asking for more.
Fans of the show should check it out, as well as supernatural anime fans.
Giant cliffhanger at the end of the season. They chose to sum it up with a OVA for laughs. Even a half-ass wrap-up would've been nice to at least get the story done, if they wanted to do this they could have made this ova not the follow-up of the actual story.
OVA would had been fine by itself but it was a pathetic excuse as the series end.
Art and sound were like the season. Story and characters were pathetic. Overall it was a poor sum up of the anime, this anime deserves a real ending that has something to do with what occured during the