Guess who? Yes, it's the master of overbearing opinions, RandomRedneck, here to bless(Or curse, more likely) you with another anime review.
Back during the summer season of 2011, we saw what happens when you give a decent franchise to CLAMP, who proceeded to drag the Blood franchise through the mud, with the pile of dreck known as Blood -C. Well, the conclusion is here, in convenient movie form! Can it end the series on a good note? The answer is no. This is Blood -C: The Last Dark. Let us begin, shall we?
Did you expect there to be a good story? Well, prepare to be disappointed. It's your basic, bland, and uninteresting revenge story. Which gets dragged along for the course of the movie, and ends with a weak conclusion.
Like the show, animation is the only thing that's done right here. Though most of the budget seemed to go to animating Noodle Body Driver Guy. Considering there's like, 3 fights the whole movie, they don't use it to their advantage. And don't get me started on how ridiculous the final monster was...
Sound fails pretty hard. The ending credits theme is an ear screeching POS, and to top it off, we get the ever annoying voice of Yuuki Kaji, doing his traditional "Guy who yells a lot" voice. Fun...
Oh, characters. The fun part of every review. Thankfully, Saya isn't the annoying, Genki Schoolgirl she was in the movie...that's the job of Mana, who henceforth shall be called "Saya Red". Cause that's all she is. A photocopy of Saya from the show, but with red hair, and no superpowers. Which means she's even more useless than she was. Saya herself is supposed to evoke her tough personality from the original movie. But, thanks to the noodle people design CLAMP loves, she just comes off as a revenge seeking Tsun-Tsun. I'm not even gonna bother with the others, who serve practically zero purpose. There's Generic Driver, Generic Hacker, and Generic Yuuki Kaji character.
Like the show is came from, this movie is a pile not worth your time. Go watch something that won't have you banging your head in annoyance. That is all. Thank you.
Well this attempts to finish off Blood-C the series ending in a cliffhanger. The basic idea is about a bunch of monsters called elder barins of which a girl called Saya kills because I dont know why she does it , they say that she needs to do it and for some strange reason she can't even kill humans no matter how much she wants to, I dont know why she can't do that either, anyway, this guy called Fumito is responsible for making these monsters, he did a lot of experiments with Saya's blood, he sends them to fight Saya to make her happy or some shit like that because she needs to kill them. She them develops a hatred for Fumito beacuse he made her kill some kind of father like figure to her (from the TV series) so Saya comes to kill Fumito after she leaves the island.
In this movie now, Saya meets a bunch of teenagers who help her find Fumito and blah blah blah they talk uncecessary no relevance to the plot, then lets skip to the end, its revealed that Fumito loves Saya..........wow, so this is what i interpret, you love a girl who is a monster so using her blood you turn yourself into a monster and create other monsters so that she can fight it.....because she needs to fight it, good going Romeo, you love a girl instead of flowers send a fucking monster.
Lets talk about all the weakness this plot has
Berserk the golden age arc, the animation style is very similar to that, although i prefer this one more, its a heavy mix of CG images and 2D, it works decently the fight scenes are good nothing superb but good, bloody. THe artwork was alright, the characters look anorexic like Code Geass anorexic. As far as I can tell all the strength this pulls or any entertainment you want from this comes strictley from the battle scenes with is sad beacuse there are only a few like 3-4 alone in this movie. There is however very fluid movement of the characters, you know like Ninja Scroll movie movement is fluid like that, but of course this is nothing compared to Ninja scroll
Again nothing too good, english dub and sub were good, you didnt really feel the characters from the voice acting, soundtracks used were generally good although they were not often used.
I'll be very brief:
Dissapointing, watch only for the fights, other than that I'd say the best part was when Saya was taking a bath we got to see her tits.
Blood-C: The Last Dark
This is the end of the anime series "Blood-C" and neither is related to "Blood +" I didn't expect it, but the quality of the movie was a lot better than that of the series. Not only in terms of implementation, but also characters, process and end. I would even call it a solid film degree.
However, the whole setup for the film was a catastrophe. As for the plot, not much happened in the movie either. It was only about the pursuit of the antagnoist behind the events of season 1. And it all led to a final battle. You saw some new characters, hardly any of which were particularly noteworthy, but they didn't attract any negative attention. The antagonist actually had some charm.
If you've somehow finished watching the Blood C series and want to do a better movie, you should definitely do so. It doesn't save the series, but as a film in itself it's subtle. If you don't have the energy for it, you should simply leave it.
For my part, I liked this movie at least as an extension.
A finale of sorts to the blood c anime and which attempts to show Sayas past and kill Fumito. First Fumito is the worst villian I have ever seen I mean had this been a comedy anime sure I get having a lousy anime but this is not a comedy. In comparison to the anime the movie is better animated and looks better. The story is better but that is not saying much because the animes story is horrid. Also the gore is MUCH tamer then the anime there is violrlence but not as much as the anime. Still the movie is pretty medicore and the entire blood c franchise is medicore. Also the dub is okay.
Love, sweet love/ REVENGE. There is a bit of a twist in this whole love bit that I mention in my journal. It may look like I'm babbling out of my ass and just saying whatever fell out, but seriously - that kind of stuff happens in real life. This is why people go insane.
the other part of the story - aka the back drop of LOVE/REVENGE of Saya and Fumi (I know its fumito, but I really like fumi better) is explained through the conversations of the new characters ie that 'the youth of today are being stifled' WE HAZ HACKERZ ! So there is a lot of censorship, a lot of unnecessary curfew laws and a bunch of kids using the internet in order to attempt to sort things out and share information. In short, they are making fun of china.
Both of these seem like solid concepts. They may have even worked out if we had taken another port key. Alas, it did not. Bluntly - the ending was to easy and unsatisfactory. So the first half of the movie, I found interesting, even if I did figure to many 'mystery plot points' out early on.
Needless to say I didn't like this very much.
the loli hacker got on my nerves for more than one reason and I eventually realized it was because she has a bit more emotional maturity for her age grouping and is TOO CLINGY. These two do not make a whole lot of sense when grouped together. Normally someone like her would have been jelous of saya. I'm not even going to talk about the typing with her feet, Im going to pretend it never happened. and wait, WHY IS SHE THERE!? are her parents alive? Do they care where she is? What is up with her!? At any rate is seems the only reason loli foot hacker is there is to set the stage for GENIOUS HACKER GIRL.
Hacker boy and his friend the getaway driver are relatively rambunctious kids who jumped in because they wanted to actively make a difference in their society - as they state a couple of times. They, unlike the loli girl give us a plane reason as to why they are there, even if we really don't know much about them.
GENIOUS HACKER GIRL: well, she started it didn't she? Then through the power of the revelation that she was being a spineless, pathetic, weakling, she jumped back in to help END it. Also she has a more fleshed out background, is able to get saya to relate to her and she has the ability to state things saya can't quite vocalize. Their backgrounds are almost similar, but varied enough to not feel like this is an overly cheap shot. Though this girl does have a tendency to give up easily she is able to pull herself back up with prompting, she is also relatively maternal in nature.
These characters, though not seeming to - serve the function to remind saya that not everyone she comes across is a pathetic piece of shit money / power driven bastard who will use you or get all weirdly infatuated with you. Can you imagine what saya would think of the human race if it were not for these people?
Animation: almost made it worth watching, however the awful ending negates this
Sound: there was one part that I really liked, in the fight scene with Mr Ninja guy turned zoanoid.
Overall: So we have a group of 'dissidents' with a horribly obvious car. Again we have established distinct separate personalities and like the tv show, they do have a profound impact on Saya. Unfortunately in the end, these things didn't matter as too much was left unsaid and too much left open. There are too many unanswered questions. ALSO, and this is my largest issue with this movie - it just looks like CHRONUS corp took over under a different name in order to conduct more research on zoanoids, but instead of Guyver fighting them, it’s an aberration of its own species that happens to look exactly like a human girl in a school girl uniform. She doesn’t even get her own bio armor or fan service driven transformation sequence. I didn't really enjoy this.