I've seen this series before, and quite liked it. No different this time. Somehow, it feels similar to Trigun, but with vampires.
Trinity Blood receives Ivo's Seal of Approval.
STORY ( 5 /10)
If Hellsing did not quench your desire for seeing vampires fighting vampires, then Trinity Blood may be the next series for you to watch.
This series has religious themes in it, but plays out more like a political thriller than a spiritual battle.
Set a long time after an apocalyptic war between the Methuselahs (eternal vampires) and humans, the story centers around a senior Deputy Enforcer for the Vatican, Abel Nightroad, who is himself a Cruznik, a vampire who drinks the blood of other vampires. The heroine of the story is a young nun named (mary). Due to a long and bloody past, Father Nightroad has dedicated himself to being of service to the Vatican in the interests of promoting peaceful coexistence between the two races. Hawks on both sides of the political divide want to reignite the old war, while cooler heads work to maintain the fragile peace at any cost.
The storyline for this series has some significant holes. Much of the backstory remains unknown, and why the Vatican would employ an arch-vampire is never really explained. It borrows several ideas from the Hellsing series, but fails to capture the true horror of a creature who would feed on other vampires. It was also hard to take Father Nightroad seriously as a menace the way Alucard in the Hellsing series was. Both characters exercise controlled release of their powers, but Father Nightroad is more like a fallen angel attempting to redeem himself.
As I was watched episodes in the series, although emotionally satisfied, I felt that the story was not really advancing much. What should have been 1-episode arcs were stretched in to 2-3 episode story arcs, and I would quickly watch the next episode just to feel like I had not wasted the last 25 minutes in a lead-up to the crisis.
ANIMATION ( 7 /10)
Using a nice blend of CGI and quality animation, studio GONZO creates a rich ambiance in this series. Much like a cathedral, Vatican room interiors use strong royal colors set against luxurious backdrops. Scenery animation is generally good quality, and notable for its picturesque post-card style silhouettes. Character designs are also good quality (after all, it IS Gonzo), although some supporting character designs seem less detailed than I would like to have seen.
SOUND ( 7 /10)
The sound for this series is well-constructed and executed. Using choral voices at key moments accentuates the religious tone of this series. Good musical orchestration, and the voice acting meets the requirements for the drama to be effective. I particularly liked the closing theme song, creates a nice intimacy.
CHARACTERS ( 7 /10)
This series works hard to create several main characters that are interesting. Even some of the subordinate characters have character evolution through the series, and the unfolding back story behind Abel Nightroad steals the show in the latter part of the series. The Methuselah antagonists were underdeveloped, so that often there was no clear enemy motivation, just simple mayhem to upset the peace.
OVERALL ( 6 /10)
Although I enjoyed watching this series, the lack of background story and clear motivations for the enemies detracted from the solid dramatic and action sequences in the story. Coupled with slow story development, this series falls somewhat short of what it might have accomplished with more storyline development.
The manga is here as well, wanna know why, coz the series is great. A world where Vampires exist, to the point they have there own city (they call themselves Mathusela) and also where the humans live not in fear but in preperation of battle (they call them Terrans) but also where the scariest of all a vampire, who feeds of other vampires (Krusnik) is on the side of the vatican...but wait, how many of these are there..do they all work for the vatican? this story gives hope to the lost and falsehood to the wicked, give me a high five, pure human strength is showcased in this baby. Cool characters make the moving plot, even better, total top tenner
Story: Trinity blood started off promising. There was action and intrigue. However, after a few episodes, it fell flat. There seemed to be a lot of fillers. The action started to pick up again but that was after I had given up for a while. I picked it up again but the interest never came back in full force. There were oddly placed flashbacks and the ending was just too open ended. So many questions were left unanswered. In addition, the characters seemed to make a string of contradictory decisions. However, on the plus side, there were plot twists, drama, romance and a little humor to balance things off. Trinity blood had a lot of potential but it fell short. Not enough to be a complete waste of time but enough to be disappointing.
Animation: The action sequences were more flashly than fluid. There seemed to be this dull haze in the animation but I actually liked it and I felt that it added something. Although the character designs did improve throughout the series, they started out with very elongated faces that I found strange. The costume design was beautiful and some of the characters did stand out. Some, however, blended together and I had difficulty telling them apart. There was 3-D aspect to the series which I liked.
Sound: The soundtrack was "eh". The opening and ending were nice but the tracks within the series weren't very memorable. At times, the music seemed a bit much and overkill. However, most of the time, it fit the scene but didn't enhance it. The seiyuus did a fairly good job. I liked the great range that the voices showed.
Characters: Abel felt like the only intriguing character. The rest of them fell short with little background. Although some had development such as Ester and Ion, I just didn't feel a connection to them. I felt annoyed at their decisions most of the time. I felt annoyed at several of the character's decisions because they seemed contradictory. There were flashbacks but they weren't fleshed out enough to give a solid foundation. Many of the characters didn't have any development and seemed the same throughout the series. I think they had real potential but fell short.
Overall: Had potential which it didn't live up to. If you're looking for something political with a supernatural element, then this will be sufficient. No gem but sufficient.
This Show Made Me So Angry
Why? Because it brought back a feeling. . .
Do you remember dressing up for Halloween as a kid?
You: Giddy with excitement to trick or treat at the house down the street with awesome decorations because you just KNOW they are going to give out the best candy.
BUT. . .
When you get there, you, with your little hands stretched out, your heart bursting with joy. . .
are handed an inedible pair of wax lips instead of a lollipop.
Trinity Blood is the wax lips of my anime collection.
It had the potential to be truly great and nose dived into epic failure at the very end. I would not be so angry if it sucked from the very beginning then I could have done something else with my time like won a Nobel prize, solved a murder mystery. . . (watched something else!)
The artwork is well thought out. The premise had all of the right elements: a super vampire who drinks the blood of other vampires, who just so happens to have gorgeous bishounen features and black wings. . .
Did I mention he is fighting for the good guys and saving babies holding puppies?
From the storyline to the background music, you are wrapped in and taken on a journey until you get to the final episodes. . .
And that ladies and gentlemen is where I feel that everyone from director Tomohiro Hirata to GONZO lets us fans down. I do understand how problematic the death of the Manga creator must have been for everyone on staff but, that still does not excuse poor workmanship. They took something they should have finished in tribute and turned it into (IMO) one of the worst anime endings I have ever seen, a sub par product not worthy of being associated with the original creators work. What a shame. . .