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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 morePublished on March 6 2012 by Sorpse
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 fansPublished on Dec 17 2009 by Chris Zawadski
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 morePublished on Sept. 17 2009 by Amazon Customer
Is this movie or an episode? 45 minute movie is not a movie!! I felt short changed. Anyway, the animation is awesome... Read morePublished on June 12 2004
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
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 morePublished on May 9 2004 by dranixx
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 morePublished on April 30 2004 by SKOLVK
This movie is very well animated, in a unique fasion. In that sentence is the whole of this movies goodness. Read morePublished on April 18 2004
I have read all the other customer reviews here for this gem and am forced to add my 2-cents. I am not a professional anime critic, only a novice at best and this film stands in my... Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by J. Burgos