Posted by: Tiffany | March 25, 2010

Blood+

If you love vampires, sword fighting, female leads, and some all around bad-assed-ness, then you’re gonna love this series.

Blood+ is basically about a world where a bunch of blood sucking monsters (a bit like you’d imagine a really big nasty looking Gremlin), roam the streets and are randomly sucking people dry. Of course, the general population never knows this is going on, it’s just covered up as random happenings and the bodies are never released. Well, unfortunately the only organization that can save civilization from annihilation is the Red Shield, a highly organized privately funded organization designed to fight these monsters, and the only weapon that can destroy them just happens to be… Saya.

Saya’s just an ordinary girl in highschool. Or, so she thought. She actually didn’t remember any of her past except the past year of her life, but she was really enjoying her life with her new family who’d adopted her a year ago. Well, it turns out Saya had awakened from a 30-year sleep and was thrust into a world she knew absolutely nothing about, filled with only bloodshed and sadness. She had no idea what she’d just gotten thrown in the middle of, especially this resounding notion that she was supposedly supposed to be sort’ve immortal super being made just to kill these monsters! Her. Now, not remembering your past alone is hard enough on a girl, but this? This is just crazy!

It’s a great series. It’s pretty much all about Saya trying to piece together her shattered past while going through all sorts of hell while trying to take out all these monsters.

A whole lot more goes on and there’s a whole bunch more twists and turns as the story unfolds, but telling you any more of that and you’ll be mad that I spoiled it for you! So, I’ll just try to generalize it a bit for you. 🙂

Basically, it’s an action series, there’s a lot of drama involved too, but mostly action and lots and lots of killing and gore. While I wouldn’t say it’s the best series I’ve ever watched, it was definitely fun to watch and I never found myself bored throughout the course of the 50 episode series. To keep me entertained for that long, that’s a pretty good accomplishment. More than that, I’m happy to say that Blood+, unlike many other animes, actually ends in a very resolved fashion that doesn’t leave you angry, confused or felt let down like the writers just gave up or the series lost funding and got cut off in the middle. You feel like it actually came to some sort of conclusion and you can be happy about having watched it. Of course, there’s just a tiny little bit of uncertainty left, hinting that maybe sometime in the future there could be another season. But overall, it feels pretty well done.

The animation is great, the series has a very good English dub (although the after-credits, what’s to come on the next episode, stuff was never dubbed), and it’ll keep you entertained. It has a pretty good, and unique story. I’d definitely recommend watching it if you’re into blood, vampires and seeing stuff slashed to all hell with swords.

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Responses

  1. I’m really fond of vampires, but I tried starting Blood+, then dropped it after the first ep. Then started again, and dropped again. Surprisingly, a lot of people I asked had the exact same experience :3 Guess it requires a specific audience.

  2. Hmm. Well, I guess it’s not for everyone. But, I was really into it. It does start a little slow and you don’t really get to see the real Saya until you really get into it a bit. But once she starts accepting her role more, she turns into a real badass and the whole series picks up a lot.


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