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Blood+ is a little bit of everything for everyone. As a franchise, there are two video games, soundtracks, a cartoon series, three comics and two novel series. Likewise, this first volume of the graphic novel series is a mix of mystery, vampire horror, high school romance and government intervention. Saya is a high school girl suffering from amnesia. In this volume, she's recruited for a part in the school play, hunted down by a boyish vampire, hidden by a secret sector of the government and finds out that she is an immortal and the only one who can kill the demonic monsters that threaten them. She also realizes that she's forged a special bond with her adoptive bad-boy brother, Kai. There are many strands at work in this opener, each given equal weight, which may work for the different Blood+ products out on the market but weakens this story. With so much going on, the reader is pulled in too many directions at once and the overall reading experience distracts and detracts from the story. However, this could be a good book to have open while updating a MySpace page and IMing friends on the Nintendo DS Light. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • Series: Blood+
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (February 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593078803
  • ASIN: B005DIB8BY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,498,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lady Intomoe on March 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Nevertheless of what the others have said about this particular manga, I do enjoy this version. There is definitely a different appeal to some of the characters (and the addition of some characters) but it is enjoyable. I have read the other books of this series (the four others) and I must say that personally, it does get much better later on. I do suggest this book to others. I must note that as the anime series itself is violent, so is the artwork of this book. There is also a bit of vulgar language as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
True, it is pretty different from the anime, but I thought it was quite good. I would recommend it for anyone who is bummed that the series is over, and still cant get enough of blood plus. The basic plot elements are the same (Saya is an amnesiac Okinawa high schooler who finds out she's a monster slayer after meeting a mysterious cello player ect...) , only some of the particulars have been changed. It by no means just follows along with the episodes, it creates its own timeline that roughly coincides it. It has all the same basic plot twists, it just has a different way of getting to them. All the characters are basically the same in my opinion, with the exception of Carl, also known as the `phantom' in the anime. In the manga, he has the appearance of a bossy, sophisticated yet very foul-mouthed little boy, and seems to be less over-the-top-mentally-unbalanced than his anime alter ego, but more just straightforward evil. Van also appears as his lackey. Other than that, the characters are pretty similar to the anime.
If you are expecting a continuation of Blood: the Last Vampire and are not familiar with the canonical differences between it and Blood Plus, then you may be disappointed.
Personally, I recommend it to any fan of the anime. The art is well done and the translation isn't awkward, and specifically Okinawan or Japanese cultural references are usually explained. It is in right-to-left format, which I found to be a little annoying at first.
I enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AngelDove on December 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
As with the previous volumes of manga created post-tv series, I find the manga to be disappointing. The tone is almost one of parody as the characters are exaggerated in affect and action. The subtle nuances of the television series are disposed of in favor of action and fan service. I imagine this was done to sell the manga to a younger,male crowd who may have found the romantic triangle of Saya, Haji and Solomon too mushy for their tastes. If you are a romantic, you will not enjoy the manga although as a Blood Plus fan, you will appreciate the greater detail to backstory and even some of the differences. For example, (spoiler alert), George Miuyagusuku doesn't die in the manga. He sometimes acts like a fool, though. I didn't like that much. The character of Charles aka Karl is also more developed so if you like that character, the manga will please. All in all, manga is manga and anime is anime. They don't always reflect well on each other. I prefer the animated version, as well as the complex story that is slowly developed over time. The less patient and less romantic will probably disagree. And that's what makes a horse race.
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Do I really need to explain? Strays from the original storyline of the anime and replaces the character Karl Fei-Ong with a bratty misogynistic Riku clone. All the characters (sans Riku) are really annoying and loathsome, especially Van who I could never imagined hating even more. Since the anime is the original, the characterization and storytelling are obviously far more superior. But if you want to read about Blood+ pick up the light novels or Adagio instead. Don't waste your money or time on this waste of trees.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Vu on July 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
While quite different from the anime in characterizations of all characters (namely, Saya is less uncertain, Kai is more helpful, Hagi is more feeling, David is less caring) and various plot points, I honestly think it makes the whole Blood+ canon richer. The art is quite nice as well, with crisp lines and lots of beautiful contrast. Not to mention, the little 4comas at the end are totally precious :)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VampireNovelFan on November 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you're familiar with the Blood+ anime and enjoyed it, then I definitely recommend this manga series. The first volume takes you into Saya's life. She's seemingly your average teenage girl who has been adopted into a Japanese family's home. She has no memory of her past, but that's soon remedied as a mysterious figure from her past, Haji, finds her and awakens her powers. Chiropterans--vampiric like shapechanging monsters--are now plaguing the city and only Saya's powers can stop them.

This manga is extremely action packed and violent, similar to the anime series. There is a fair bit of drama as Saya comes to grips with her fate and all of the violence and carnage that lies ahead. Her foster brother, Kai, harbors romantic feelings for her but mainly wants to look out for her wellbeing and be a supporting figure in her life. The antagonists are just as menacing as the anime series, but there are differences which makes me prefer the anime series a little more in this aspect.

Volume 1 was pretty much like episode 1 of the anime, but there are only 5 volumes of the manga and 50 episodes of the anime, so I suspect a lot of plot lines will be omitted.

I like the art style. The images are easy to see, which is a problem I've noticed with a decent amount and manga/manhwa I've read in the past where there is too much going on in a page, or something isn't detailed enough. I also like that they keep the original reading format, not flipping it to conform to American standards. I personally prefer to read manga in the Japanese direction.

All in all, if you like action, horror, drama, and a touch of romance, I would recommend this series.
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