Horrifying beasts with a hunger for human flesh prey on the citizens of a quiet town. In moonlit twilight, Saya slays the monsters and returns home drenched in blood. As the attacks increase in frequency and intensity, her enemies relay cryptic messages about a broken contract. Limbs are torn from flesh and skulls are crushed and devoured while the huntress struggles with paralyzing visions and gaping holes in her memory. When the humans Saya promised to protect reveal the sickening truth about her role in the violence, she learns her mission isn’t as clear cut as she thought – and her most sadistic foe of all is so close she can taste it.
A “Blood” series by Production I.G. (Ghost In The Shell) and character design by CLAMP (xxxHolic), that just has to look good and for the most part it does. The character design is what we’re used to from CLAMP by now: long, stylish characters with pretty, expressive faces. The backgrounds, locations, and blood and gore (of which there’s quite a lot) are simply gorgeous, so Production I.G. hasn’t lost its touch either. Unfortunately, the monsters Saya fights aren’t exactly great. This series doesn’t feature the chiropterans from the previous shows. Instead it has some of the strangest monsters I’ve ever seen (a man-eating train, really?). I can’t say that this is an improvement, especially since none of the monsters are actually scary.
As the title implies, there is a lot of blood and gore and this series is definitely not for the faint of heart. Just about every single episode people and monsters are being ripped apart, not just eaten or cut up. After a fight is over, there WILL be blood and intestines all over the place. Everything is “nice” and detailed, but the quantity is a bit much at times (apparently, the monsters consist for 90% out of blood). I really pity the person cleaning up the town after each episode.
The story felt like it didn’t really know where it wanted to go at first. The first five episodes consisted for over half of the episode of Saya going to school and having a good time with her friends. I think these episodes were meant to get the viewer to get to like the other characters, but it was doing the opposite for me, to the point where I was cheering on the monsters that were attacking Saya’s friends. By the sixth episode, the series gets more serious and drops a large part of the cheerful scenes. By the end of the final episode, most of what’s been going on in the series has been explained, but unfortunately nothing is resolved. This made the series feel like it was a 12-episode trailer for the upcoming Blood-C movie that should have been done as a 6-episode series or OVA instead.
The music is effective and some of the battle themes are very well done. The opening and ending theme are nice J-Pop songs that do a good job of getting you in the mood for the series. The animation of the opening and ending is also very good. In fact, the fight in the opening is probably the best fight in the entire series. The voice acting is solid as well and made the few good episodes worth watching.
Episode 06 Commentary by Jerry Jewell (ADR Director) and Robert McCollum (Fumito), Episode 12 Commentary by Jerry Jewell (ADR Director) and Alexis Tipton (Saya), Japanese commercials, promotional videos, textless opening and endings, various trailers.
Everything, except for the monsters, looks very good and detailed. Unfortunately, the first half of the series feels very stretched and it felt like the series should have been done in six episodes instead of the twelve it had.
- Released By: FUNimation Entertainment
- Available on BLU-RAY + DVD Combo Pack
- Running Time: 300 minutes
- Rating: TV – MA
- Release Date: 01/02/2012
- Reviewed By: André Van Renssen