Ukishima Shrine is located in an old, picturesque lakeside town. Shrine maiden Kisaragi Saya lives there along with her father, Tadayoshi. By day, she lives the life of a normal high school student at Sanbara Academy. By night, she hunts the Old Ones. Possessing supernatural physical prowess, the Old Ones prey on humans, and only Saya has the ability to defeat them.
I'm writing this review just because of how bad it was, hoping people like me won't make the mistake of reading(and completing it, no less) the manga. Be warned that I haven’t seen the original anime or Blood+, so I’m unfamiliar with this whole world of “girl slaughtering monsters”. I started reading because of CLAMP(and Watanuki)’s involvement. It's hard to review it without some spoilers but here we go.
Blood-C is originally a 12 episodes anime series followed by a film. It follows the story of Saya Kisaragi, a shrine maiden who hunts monsters called the Ancient Ones. She has a father and close friends that
she wants to protect, and keeps fighting night after night despite the risks. This part along with a bit of SOL was neither unique nor well-told, but it wasn’t bad either. The art was decent and the amount of gore wasn’t disturbing. What’s worse is the part following it. It turns out that frequent appearances of the Ancient Ones in the town was caused by a certain evil organization, and the worst thing is it’s hard to understand what exactly they were trying to do, which is the kind of things that irk me the most. This lack of purpose and logical reasoning behind the characters' actions are prevalent across the story, not to mention the story maintains its dull pace and keeps the important question at the back of my mind, making the story feel further disturbing. To wrap it all up the ending tries to conveniently justify all events in the plot with an absurd reason. It’s one of those endings that leaves the readers going “Huh? What the...”. I feel like whoever was responsible for the plot was very much forcing it to be a fairy tale ending that goes against the whole story's concept. I'm not saying a dark story can only have dark endings. Far from it, but just that it's unnatural in my eyes. The characters follow the same path. Many of them seem like a part of an unnecessary clutter that keep me asking “Why do you exist at all?”.
It feels as though the creator thought up of an interesting concept on a whim and dumped it onto a paper while it’s still undeveloped. The whole chaos of the plot and setting seems like a good representation of what was going on inside the creator’s mind.
It’s a story that gets worse as you keep reading, and I’m still surprised that I finished it. I suggest you don’t start reading at all.
Who am I? What makes me who I am? To answer these questions, Blood-C presents different characters that say just the right things and ask just the right questions to force us to explore the complex theme of identity. Here are a few of the most profound.