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On an American military base in Japan a new kind of vampire emerges: Teropterids. They are monstrous shape-shifting creatures that can only be killed with special swords. A mysterious girl named Saya is the last "original" the only person capable of dealing with the menace of these monsters. Posing as a student at the base's school Saya races to hunt down the beasts before they turn an ordinary Halloween bash into a bloody massacre. Production IG known for their pioneering digital effects describes BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE as a full digital animation movie which means that even though many sequences were animated using pencil and paper the artwork was digitally scanned. Inking and coloring were completed by computer as were several other special effects. Hiroyuki Kitakubo was chosen to direct the project because of his digital experience (he oversaw the movie sequences in the GHOST IN THE SHELL game for the Sony PlayStation.) The film is also notable for the participation of screenwriter Mamoru Oshii who helmed GHOST IN THE SHELL and has written a novel that takes place in BLOOD's universe. Despite its resemblance to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER BLOOD succeeds in creating its own gloomy chiaroscuro world.System Requirements:Running Time: 83 mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ANIMATION/ADULT SWIM Rating: NR UPC: 013138502896 Manufacturer No: M5028

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  • Actors: Youki Kudoh
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S1MMA2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 4, 2007
Your basic vampire is perfectly suited to anime -- beautiful, seductive, and opulant.

Well, most of them, anyway. Things are a bit different in "Blood: The Last Vampire," an anime movie that bravely throws out most of the vampire preconceptions, as well as plot exposition. It's not a total success storywise, but it's an effectively dark, moody piece of bloody action.

As the movie opens, we see a mysterious young girl, Saya, on a train. When the lights go out, she savagely attacks a man at the other end of the train with a sword.

It turns out the man was a Chiropteran -- a sort of bat-vampire. When her coworkers arrive to clean up the mess, Saya learns that the Chiropterans have infiltrated the general public -- and she has to go undercover at a girls' high school near an American military base. She isn't happy about it, but goes anyway.

Saya begins snooping around for evidence of Chiropterans, and finds it -- a pair are disguised as ordinary high school girls. But when she corners them, a timid nurse accidentally gets involved in the bloodbath that ensues -- and a deadly cat-and-mouse game between the mysterious Saya and her monstrous prey.

"Blood: The Last Vampire" is one of those movies where the plot isn't the overwhelming force. In fact, the actual story isn't much -- it feels like tuning into an episode of a weekly TV show, without much explanation for who Saya is and what is going on. And after the first third, the movie is pretty much entirely devoted to "Saya hacks and slashes her way through the school while the nurse screams a lot."

But the visual presentation is stunning -- every scenes is saturated with shadows and vague, pale light.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Alford on October 27, 2009
Probably one of the best anime selections for a Halloween party is the original anime motion picture of Blood, The Last Vampire. While there has recently been a British live-action movie based on it, the first one from 2000 is considered a genre-forging classic, which helped begin the new millenium's anime vampire craze.

Taking place in just before the Vietnam War, Saya is a pouty-lipped teenage hunter of chiropterans, a rare race of bat-like monsters that can assume human form. Whether or not the chiropterans are supposed to be genuine vampires is never fully explored. Saya works with a secret orginization with the mission of killing off these bloodsuckers, and disguises herself as a student at a school on a American air base in Japan to look for three chiropterans. Saya sniffs out two of them, and manages to take save a school doctor from them. However, a crossdressing chiropteran shows up for a showdown after Saya finally gets a working katana from her cheapass commander. Saya then stops the monster from escaping by cutting him as apparently the only real way to destroy them is by cutting all the blood out of them.

The original movie though was groundbreaking for its time, mostly because of the graphic nature of it which up until that point was pretty gory for an anime. Another was because it was one of the first anime movies that implemented some serious 3D animation in it. Prior to that, digital effects weren't combined into the overall feature as much as traditional cel animation in most productions. It's still visually superb even by today's technical standards, and probably the best non-Vampire Hunter D anime horror movie ever done.
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Very strong adaptation of the anime series, this piece has a lot of good character animation, backgrounds and CGI. For its time, it's a bit of a masterpiece.

A little off-topic: Please also consider BLOOD-C The LAST DARK. Based on its own anime, this movie starts up where the series ends. This is in many ways the genre successor to BLOOD, similar situations but a state-of-the-art blend of tradigital and CGI animation, the best I have ever seen. The only reservation I have about it is that the characters were drawn in an elongated style (perhaps in keeping with the TV series). BTW: BLOOD The LAST VAMPIRE does NOT have this "problem".

BLOOD The LAST VAMPIRE is an excellent addition to a horror animation library.
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