Mitsugu Bamba is a high school girl who is crazy about donating her blood, to the point that she feels compelled to visit a local blood bank despite the unfriendly nurse. One day, Mitsugu encounters a beautiful girl there who looks like she has come from overseas. The girl is so pale that she appears ready to faint. Instead, she suddenly starts trashing the blood bank. The girl then loses consciousness and so Mitsugu takes her home...
I foolishly went into this anime with high expectations (it's a LESBIAN VAMPIRE anime it couldn't have appealed MORE to me). The character designs were unique and interesting, the art style was nice, a lot of the VAs were in other franchises I was already a huge fan of, the op was beautifully animated, and then the actual anime was just... boring. The same jokes are just made over and over, the most tedious being the real-world references that get dragged out to the point that the anime being self-aware of the fact the joke has gone on for too long just feels like adding insult to injury since they KEEP MAKING THEM EVERY EPISODE. After episode 7 I did started to enjoy them a bit as stand-alone stories, but I still only watched them because I was hoping that even if the anime was boring, there'd at least be SOME payoff via the relationship between Mai and Mitsuga. I was wrong. After episode 2 any relationship development between the two is just non-existant, romantic or platonic. Even the subtext is so slight that at my most charitable reading it feels more like Mitsuga has a one-sided crush on a 'straight' Mai than anything else (which I guess subverts the 'preditory lesbian vampire' trope in the most useless way possible). In conclusion I have never been so dissappointed with an anime in my life, it's not even bad in a camp way as to still be enjoyable, and the worst part is that by my own definition it technically counts as 'good art' due to the fact that it invoked such passionate emotional response in me that I not only wrote a 1.5k word rant about it to a friend at 2am after finishing it, but am still angry enough to be thinking about it 2 weeks later.
The only way I was able to finish this anime without falling asleep or rage quit from boredom was while I went through hundreds of papers at work. Trust me I did not miss anything, it's really hard to give Vlad Love my full undivided attention and at least my time wasn't a total waste. First of all, this anime has NO YURI OR GL CONTENT !! I'm sure the tag was placed by accident and should be removed from this garbage anime. The "subtext"were at best equivellant to throw away jokes you'd expect from girl BFFs. No afffection of any kind between any of the girls what so ever. There were more straight couple romcom crap than anything remotely GL. The human characters are basically just food to the vampire and she mentioned that she preferred the blood of muscular men over women so thanks a lot for ruining any subtext that could be found. Also, if boredom can be categorized as a crime then the makers of the anime should be areested for life. I can forgive an anime for lacking animation (half the series is still images) and really bland characters if it was at least entertaining but OH MY GOD IT'S SO BORING!!! I feel that the team made it boring on purpose. The anime has an overly polite vampire girl who's doesn't bite people (she has an interesting backstory but "fuck that" said the writers), her personality changes based on who's blood she drinks and a colorful cast of characters who are perverted blood donating enthusiasts. How on Earth can you fail to deliver a fun anime or even a crazy funny parody with that premise?! I'd swear they made the anime BORING ON PURPOSE !!! The anime had some good jokes in it but my reactions were mostly thinking "Wait, shouldn't I laugh here?" instead of actually laughing. The better jokes were rushed through while the dumber jokes dragged on and on. Maybe I might have laughed if I wasn't alone and sober. What made the anime boring were the overuse of exposition, "self aware" jokes that are just the team knowing the anime is garbage and the never ending pop culture references not because the writers were lazy but are a list of recommendations of what we should be looking into instead watching this shit anime. Vlad Love only exists purely for the reason the studio can say they have made more than one series. Personal rant: This is the Studio that's working on Uzumaki.FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE PLEASE DON'T SCREW UP ON THAT ANIME !!!! I hope the studio doesn't treat Uzumaki with the same attitude as Vlad Love. Don't waste your time with this. Read a few reviews and you've seen the anime without losing 5 hours of your life even if it's free on Youtube unless you just want noise in the background.
This was one of my biggest mistakes as it pertains to anime. Someone remove the GL tag from this because that ain't here. This is a pile of shit. I'm so mad at myself for holding out hope for something here. Anyway, let's look at the positives... the OP... and that's it. Everything else is shit. I'm certain more effort was put into the OP than the entire rest of the show and it shows. It is gorgeously animated. If you want to check out anything about this show, just check out the OP. Nothing else is worth anyone's time.
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