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Blood: Last Vampire [Blu-ray]

Youki Kudoh , Hiroyuki Kitakubo    Unrated   Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
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Saya, the last true vampire, battles the bloodthirsty demons attacking an American base in Japan during the Vietnam War. Much of the story takes place during the late afternoon and evening, and the artists use shadows, reflections, and light with exceptional skill: the look of the film is more interesting than the underdeveloped story. Saya wields a deadly sword and pursues her foes with chilling ferocity, but she's silent and sullen and fails to develop as a character: the viewer has no idea how she views her deadly occupation. Albeit a visually striking film, this dark, violent work fails to live up to its billing as "Japan's first fully digital animated feature film": the three-dimensional objects and effects are digital, but the two-dimensional characters are hand-drawn. Nor is the film really "from the creators of Ghost in the Shell." Blood came out of a group that Ghost director Mamoru Oshii organized to encourage young talent, but he didn't direct it. And at 48 minutes, it's very short for a feature, although this edition includes a rambling 21-minute making-of film and a 3-minute trailer. It seems unlikely that Blood "will transform Japanese animation," but other artists may use its visual style to tell more compelling stories with better-developed characters. Unrated; suitable for ages 17 and up for profanity, brief nudity, and considerable violence. --Charles Solomon

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2.0 out of 5 stars So-So Flick April 12 2004
First of all, let me say that I'm not a big anime fan. I've watched a few of these films, but I just can't get into this stuff. "Blood" is okay, but it's not that great. There isn't much to work with here other than a few demonic vampires and some explosions. The characters are underdeveloped, the story is weak, and the entire film moves at a snails pace(which is bad since this flick's only about forty-five minutes long). The main character-the lady vampire killer-is never developed well enough to let you understand what makes her tick.
I agree with another reviewer that had this been a pilot for a series, it would work rather well. It leaves many unanswered questions and, as stated before, the characters just aren't developed well enough.
In closing, if you are a huge anime fan, go ahead and buy this. It will not add anything to your collection, but you may want to keep a copy around just in case you find yourself with a little time to kill. If you're just curious about anime, like myself, don't bother with this one. There's nothing convincing contained herein.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the 45 minutes Jan. 25 2004
I've had this movie recommended before, so I finally picked it up. I wasn't disappointed; the movie offers wonderful animation and plenty of action. After offing three demons, I was anxious for Saya to go kick some more butt.
But it was not to be. After one particularly fast-paced action scene, the credits quickly and unexpectedly rolled. I sat in my chair, mouth agap, my beer forgotten. This movie--this "awesome, cool movie" to quote Butters of South Park--ended. Quickly. With no conclusion.
"What happened next?" I cried, outraged.
But I received no answer, other than the credits continuing to roll.
I checked around. No, this wasn't a series. It was, for all intents and purposes, a "movie," just as Dragonball Z has "movies" which are also only 45 minutes long. There is an English-version comic sequel available, though, so if you're looking for more Last Vampire action (as I am) you might want to give it a try.
Don't get me wrong, for 45 minutes I was blown away. Buy it if you're a big anime or vampire fan, but if you're only casually into it, you might want something with a bit more length.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Huge potential, marginal execution May 27 2003
As others have noticed, this production has its strengths and weaknesses. In addition to it's short length (realistically, it should have been about three times as long), it is pretty much devoid of any character development. The characters are pretty much just there - we really have no insight into their personalities aside from what is obvious through their actions. This is partly due to the pacing of the movie (very fast), partly due to the length of it (very short) and partly due to the fact that there doesn't seem to be any apparent effort by the makers to even attempt character development.
Additionally, there seem to be about a million loose ends at the end of the 45 minutes. You start wondering a lot of things during the movie about the background of certain characters, the setting, etc, but ultimately these things aren't answered. Not even close - about all we can do at the end is speculate and hope that some manner of sequel is in the works (seems unlikely, though).
That said, however, I still feel that it has redeeming qualities that make it worthy of a view or two. First, as others have noted, is the quality of the animation. It's simply amazing. I was struck in particular by the incredible attention paid to lighting effects and textures. It appeared to be a mix of computer and hand animation, and sometimes the mixture seemed a little incongruous (the two stood out too clearly from one another), but overall the combination of techniques seemed to work out quite well. Additionally, the choice of angles was very well done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enough Blood to Substitue for the time! Jan. 30 2003
I thought this movie was actually very good. It had a great story with some pretty vicious demons and gerat animation to top it.
The main character, the last vampire on earth, is given a mission to kill these certain demons that have gotten its way into an American Army base in Japan. It's cool to find out they are disguised as teenage students becuase who would have thought? When the blood-shed finally comes, it really comes! She literally slaughters one demon, but only cut the arm of the other. On her quest to find the last one during the annual Halloween party, she finds herself accompinied by the school nurse. When they finally locate the demon, they are trapped inside a large garage. When they realize that the demon has escaped, they discover that the demon can fly, and fly away while attached to a large cargo plane. Luckily, her partner helps her kill the final evil.
When the nurse is left to explain why she was passed out in the middle of a garage, she trys to explain that a young girl had lead her there to kill strange creatures, but where ever there was blood shed, it had been cleaned up by the ones who accompinied the young woman.
My only problem with the movie was that it had a lot of potential to be a very cool anime movie, but only lasted one day in the movie, which means that the movie is only 45 minutes long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet
and in this case it works perfectly. For some reason i felt they pulled off a pretty good punch in the 45min, left me with a memorable experience, and didnt overstay their welcome,... Read more
Published on March 6 2012 by Sorpse
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
This Blu Ray was beautful, before I purchased it, I was not sure how the quality would be, but it is simply magnificent. A must own for anime fans
Published on Dec 17 2009 by Chris Zawadski
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the rest of it?
I popped the movie in and watched it. OK...She killed a couple of vampires. It's over? 45 minutes? Where's the rest of it? Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2009 by gocolago
3.0 out of 5 stars The last original
Your basic vampire is perfectly suited to anime -- beautiful, seductive, and opulant.

Well, most of them, anyway. Read more
Published on April 2 2008 by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars She's the last original
Your basic vampire is perfectly suited to anime -- beautiful, seductive, and opulant.

Well, most of them, anyway. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2007 by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars man, that was short
Is this movie or an episode? 45 minute movie is not a movie!! I felt short changed. Anyway, the animation is awesome... Read more
Published on June 12 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars TOO SHORT!...Nice animation though
This was an O-k flick though............IT'S DAMN SHORT!
The story was dull and left things hanging for us to ponder about. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Robert evans
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...
I'd agree with most of the reviews that it is a TAD bit short for the price, but if you're a fan i don't think u'll mind paying for it. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by dranixx
2.0 out of 5 stars meh.
I liked this movie untill I saw the end. The animation was excellent and the plot was intriguing and easy to follow(a problem I often have with anime). Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by SKOLVK
2.0 out of 5 stars Among the worst
This movie is very well animated, in a unique fasion. In that sentence is the whole of this movies goodness. Read more
Published on April 18 2004
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