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Blood-C

July 23, 2011

Although am not familiar with other incarnations of the ‘Blood’ franchise like “Blood+” which aired five years ago, upon seeing the gorgeous promotional artwork for “Blood-C”, was immediately interested in checking out this series.

Reading that renowned studio Production IG would handle the animation and famous manga creators Clamp are responsible for the character designs, knew this show had promise and the first few episodes prove it to be excellent.

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Purposely chose to use several stills from the opening animation sequence in the images to showcase the most striking, appealing element of “Blood-C”, its terrific visual styling.

This show simply oozes style in its key scenes, making it a feast for the eyes. Off course with Clamp’s unique designs of lanky bodies and alternate fashion, one should expect nothing less.

Credit is due to Production IG for successfully adapting Clamp’s peculiar style into animated form, their experience in having worked on “xxxHolic” and “Tsubasa Chronicles” seems to pay off.

Though it is nonetheless true that for some scenes, adapting Clamp’s unique designs does not always work well. Their styling works best when more artistic backgrounds are used or as is oft the case in “Blood-C”, during night time action scenes, those provide an ideal setting for Clamp’s designs to shine.

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While I am actually not particularly a fan of Clamp’s style, or vampire and monster anime series, am really enjoying “Blood-C”. If not most for that unique visual aspect. Especially when browsing the other series I’m watching this summer anime season, this show’s visual style offers a welcome change from the rest of the pack, although “Usagi Drop” also features a less used style.

Have talked most about the series’ visual merit so far which is understandable considering that in terms of plot, even after three episodes there is not that much to speak of yet, many elements are still shrouded in mystery.

We have been introduced to Saya, her friends and their daily life, but little else has been revealed about everyone’s true nature or about the monsters Saya fights, we know even less about the overarching plot.

Hypotheses based on typical plots aside, am looking forward to discover what it will turn out to all be about as the plot unravels. Do hope that it will not be overly predictable or degenerate in a monster of the week show with as common plot Saya’s unavoidable romantic fate as a vampire.

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Am curious to discover more about Saya, her usual bubbly and cute demeanor is charming, but glimpses observed during battles and the opening animation show there may be more beneath that innocent surface. Will her monster fighting ways end up revealing she herself is also a monster out for blood?
Hope to see some strong characters and interesting plot revelations there!

Bespectacled Saya is voiced by Mizuki Nana, who needs no introduction having voiced characters like Fate from the “Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha” series, Touma in “Minami-ke” and Rin in ”Rideback”.

The Motoe twins are voiced by Fukuen Misato, who previously voiced Yoshika in “Strike Witches” and Golden Darkness in “To Love RU”. Asano Masumi voices Saya’s feisty classmate Yuuka, she also did Megumi in “Mahoraba ~Heartful Days~”, Hakufu in “Ikki Tousen” and Izumi in “He is my Master”.

Have enjoyed this series so far so have high hopes for the remainder of its run, can’t wait to see the upcoming episodes!

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  1. July 23, 2011 10:21 pm

    I have seen a lot of disparaging reviews but I think you have done a good job of pointing out this show’s strengths. It is still unclear where this is going in terms of plot, but the visuals are great, and they have established the bipolar nature of this sleepy village — tranquil by day, horrifying violence at night.

  2. July 23, 2011 11:19 pm

    @Joojoobees
    Indeed. In terms of overall plot and character evolution, this show can head in every direction, from poor, mediocre to good or even sublime. The village, mysterious characters and monster situation reminds me a bit of “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni”.
    But with such exquisite visual styling, Production IG and Clamp at the helm, have high hopes it will be a very strong show.

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