- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse; 1st DH Press Ed edition (December 6, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595820299
- ISBN-13: 978-1595820297
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blood: The Last Vampire Paperback – November 15, 2005
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Blood: The Last Vampire is actually an extended project that encompasses novels, manga, PS2 games, and of course the movie. So far only the movie, this novel, and one manga (Blood: The Last Vampire 2002) have been translated and distributed in English. Most readers of this novel will likely be most familiar with the movie (also directed by Mamoru Oshii), so I should point out right away that though most fans of the movie will enjoy this book it is very different from the movie. Where the movie was driven mostly by action, Oshii's novel is driven mostly by dialogue. Through conversations with various people who are involved in or investigating the activities of Saya and the vampires that she hunts, the main character begins to learn more about the background behind the horrific event that he witnessed.Read more ›
Rei Miwa is a boy in his late teens who is deeply involved in the politics of the Japanese anti-war (anti Vietnam War) movement. He gets caught up in a protest march that goes wrong, and in his flight from the police he stumbles on the scene of a slaughter. The victim is some form of horrible monster, and the killer is a young high school girl with a long sword and the eyes of a demon. When he wakes from unconsciousness later he finds that he has been suspended from school, and grounded to boot. But the sudden appearance of a police detective - Hajime Gotouda - draws Rei into a thickening plot that entangles his fellow radicals and brings him face to face with creatures that can only be called vampires.
Had the book kept going in this vein (sorry) it would have been a top grade story. But suddenly Mamoru Oshii seems to lose control of the plot, and everything bogs down in a pseudo-philosophical discussion of parallel species, the hunter hypothesis, Descartes, the international Jewish conspiracy, and the evils of the Catholic Church.Read more ›
Once again, Amazon has deceptively listed a text-only book, that has manga/anime associations, in with the manga titles.
For an outfit that started out as a BOOK seller, you'd think they could get at least this much right, yes?
If you want a 300 page novel to read, then here you go.
If you are looking for the graphic novel telling of this tale, keep looking.
The story really begins when Rei encounters Saya for the first time and gets a glimpse of the chiropteran carcass she's just wasted. Or at least you hope the story begins. What follows is Rei, his activist buddies, and a mysterious detective trying to sort of who Saya is and how she's involved with the deaths of six of their peers.
Their story for the most part is interesting but becomes a drag when Oshii sees fit to allow the plot to dissolve into pages upon pages of didactic historical and/or philosophical drivel that do little to further the plot but take up mucho space(I mean to the point that Oshii has to list references at the end of the book people). No wonder the book is 300 pages. For instance, instead of simply revealing that perhaps Rei's friends may have been sucked dry by a vampire, the detective goes on and on about the history of death, rotting corpses, and how to properly dispose of a body (Should we burry, eat it, feed it to our cat, or deep fry it? etc.).
Saya doesn't even appear in the story much, she never says anything, we don't learn much about her inner person at all. When Saya appears we only see her through the eyes of Rei who describes her as fierce, evil, and beautiful. They never really interact either. They stare at each other. This itself was a mild disappointment.
What little we learn is just from what others say/think about Saya. She remains an enigma. And considering the timing of the novel's US release, right when the much the anticipated TV series Blood+ is airing in Japan, I think most people who purchase this book will do so because they want more Saya. Not Rei.Read more ›
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I've seen the anime movie. I've watched all 50 episodes of the made-for-tv anime series. I have yet to see the live-action movie.
I'm a fan of vampire fiction. (i.e. Read more
It's 1969 and Japan is in turmoil, with anti-Vietnam student protests and riots; high-schooler Rei Miwa is attending a protest when it goes bad, causing him to cut and run. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by Mark Louis Baumgart
The book is poorly written with almost non-existant characterizations. The writer actually tries to introduce a group of about 8 boys (i lost count-they're all the same anyway) at... Read morePublished on July 10, 2008 by eMu
This story is long and complicated. You actully get to read about Saya 3 times, they're few and far between and very short. Read morePublished on January 13, 2008 by Rath Dragonhunter
Finishing this book tonight the content is fresh in my memory.
I have to say, i am not the type of person that reads books. I stay as far away from books as possible. Read more
Japan of the 1960s was a nation of great change. Young actors and musicians have become the new idols of youth while they search for their place in a society that is changing. Read morePublished on March 17, 2007 by Michael Valdivielso
I will be as brief as my disappointment with this book allows:
This novel violates the fundamental popular prose concept of "show, don't tell" for almost its entire... Read more