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4.0 out of 5 stars Blood will tell, December 21, 2007
This review is from: Blood +: Volume One (DVD)
Vampires are usually portrayed as sexy mysterious people, or as bloodthirsty monsters. In "Blood+," you get two for the price of one.

And this unusual vampire anime gets off to a solid start in the first volume -- there's plenty of gory, taut action scenes, as well as some mystery and slow exposition. While it's technically a spinoff of a movie, this series stands easily on its own -- lots of action, monsters, and gallons of vampiric blood.

Saya Otonashi is anemic, and she doesn't remember anything about her life before she was adopted by a kindly veteran, George, and his sons Kai and Riku. Other than that, she's a perfectly normal Okinawa schoolgirl. Then a monster attacks her, one night at her high school.

She's saved by a beautiful, mysterious man carrying a cello case, who forces her to drink a little of his blood. She destroys the monster in a matter of seconds -- unaware that her punky, overprotective brother Kai also saw the monster. Soon American military forces arrive to clean up, and everything is hushes up.

And Saya's confusion only grows when she finds that George is discussing her mysterious past with a man named David. She goes on a search for answers -- both from the cellist, Haji, and from George. But then George is attached by one of the monstrous, vampiric Chiropterans, and Saya finds that she may be the only one who can stop it.

Technically "Blood+" is actually a spinoff from an older anime movie, "Blood: The Last Vampire." But while that movie concentrated on action and monsters, the show seems to be more interested in exploring a young vampire girl's growing problems, and exploring this unique vampire mythos. And it IS pretty unique -- it's more like a disease than a supernatural unlife.

The first few episodes basically set up the rest of the series, introducing mysterious organizations, vendettas, and monsters that will drag you up into a tree and rip off your head. There are some warm'n'cuddly moments in the Otonashi family, but they're outweighed by Saya's sinister past, bloody slayings, and David's organization. And the amazing thing is, there's still plenty of unanswered questions.

It also has really gorgeous animation, which is more realistic than many anime series have. Very sleek, dark, sharply-defined, and vaguely gothic in appearance, and given extra beauty by the cello melodies that Haji is always playing. The script is pretty good as well, although most of the best lines are stolen by Kai ("Time to have fun.... without YOU!").

Saya is a likable heroine at the start -- she's an optimistic, ordinary schoolgirl who only has one real problem (amnesia). But we do get to see some of her darker sides when she's fighting, and Kari Wahlgren does an excellent job with both sides of Saya's personality.

Most of the other characters aren't explored yet, but George's tragic past and Kai's punky, protective attitude make them seem very well-rounded. And though we don't get much information about Haji, the cello-playing vampire is an intriguing character. Being voiced by Crispin Freeman doesn't hurt either.

The first volume of "Blood+" is a nice introduction to this gory, unique action anime, with lots of vampires and buckets of blood. But don't watch it after dark.
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Initial post: Dec 26, 2007 1:45:51 PM PST
J. woodson says:
i have watch BLood: the movie that BLOOD + is base off of, and the tv series episodes 1-38 but the season is still the best after the four or fifth episode and gets better as it goes on.
the seasons should be sold one after the other not in vol.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2007 11:32:02 PM PST
E. A Solinas says:
Yes, I totally agree with you.

And there's a much longer release coming out as well -- it's called "Blood +: Part One," though I'm not sure how many episodes are in it. I'll review that one once I do know. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2007 8:59:27 PM PST
I am a little confused about the new releases. Are these going to be a continuation to the movie or the series? Or is this just a rewrite of the series?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2007 1:05:12 PM PST
E. A Solinas says:
Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear. This is the same series that airs on Adult Swim, and is a continuation of the movie. This is just the much-longed-for DVD release. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2008 11:19:19 AM PST
I feel that the set is another excuse for the companies to make more money, I have been hoping for a dvd release since I cant stand watching Adult Swim anymore. Its about time this series comes on DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2008 12:43:10 AM PST
oslapedo says:
The whole point of a company IS to make money so gurk *grumble*

But OT I agree with your review; Crispin Freeman adds delight to everything he graces *_*
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