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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet March 6 2012
By Corpse
Format:VHS Tape
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, it was almost refreshing to be able to watch something in so fullfilling in a short time. I liked how she just inexplicably flushed out the vampires and attacked without warning or any evidence that a vampire was present. the movie moved at nice brisk pace and held my attention. I also liked how she just nearly ignores humans and lives by her own rules because whose gunna stop her? pretty cool and one of the better animes ive seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Dec 17 2009
Format:Blu-ray
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
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2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the rest of it? Sept. 17 2009
Format:DVD
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? I thought maybe my DVD player might have skipped a few chapters. But no it's only 45 mins.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The last original April 2 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:UMD for PSP
Your basic vampire is perfectly suited to anime -- beautiful, seductive, and opulant.

Well, most of them, anyway. Things are a bit different in "Blood: The Last Vampire," an anime movie that bravely throws out most of the vampire preconceptions, as well as plot exposition. It's not a total success storywise, but it's an effectively dark, moody piece of bloody action.

As the movie opens, we see a mysterious young girl, Saya, on a train. When the lights go out, she savagely attacks a man at the other end of the train with a sword.

It turns out the man was a Chiropteran -- a sort of bat-vampire. When her coworkers arrive to clean up the mess, Saya learns that the Chiropterans have infiltrated the general public -- and she has to go undercover at a girls' high school near an American military base. She isn't happy about it, but goes anyway.

Saya begins snooping around for evidence of Chiropterans, and finds it -- a pair are disguised as ordinary high school girls. But when she corners them, a timid nurse accidentally gets involved in the bloodbath that ensues -- and a deadly cat-and-mouse game between the mysterious Saya and her monstrous prey.

"Blood: The Last Vampire" is one of those movies where the plot isn't the overwhelming force. In fact, the actual story isn't much -- it feels like tuning into an episode of a weekly TV show, without much explanation for who Saya is and what is going on. And after the first third, the movie is pretty much entirely devoted to "Saya hacks and slashes her way through the school while the nurse screams a lot."

But the visual presentation is stunning -- every scenes is saturated with shadows and vague, pale light.
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3.0 out of 5 stars She's the last original Sept. 11 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Your basic vampire is perfectly suited to anime -- beautiful, seductive, and opulant.

Well, most of them, anyway. Things are a bit different in "Blood: The Last Vampire," an anime movie that bravely throws out most of the vampire preconceptions, as well as plot exposition. It's not a total success storywise, but it's an effectively dark, moody piece of bloody action.

As the movie opens, we see a mysterious young girl, Saya, on a train. When the lights go out, she savagely attacks a man at the other end of the train with a sword.

It turns out the man was a Chiropteran -- a sort of bat-vampire. When her coworkers arrive to clean up the mess, Saya learns that the Chiropterans have infiltrated the general public -- and she has to go undercover at a girls' high school near an American military base. She isn't happy about it, but goes anyway.

Saya begins snooping around for evidence of Chiropterans, and finds it -- a pair are disguised as ordinary high school girls. But when she corners them, a timid nurse accidentally gets involved in the bloodbath that ensues -- and a deadly cat-and-mouse game between the mysterious Saya and her monstrous prey.

"Blood: The Last Vampire" is one of those movies where the plot isn't the overwhelming force. In fact, the actual story isn't much -- it feels like tuning into an episode of a weekly TV show, without much explanation for who Saya is and what is going on. And after the first third, the movie is pretty much entirely devoted to "Saya hacks and slashes her way through the school while the nurse screams a lot."

But the visual presentation is stunning -- every scenes is saturated with shadows and vague, pale light.
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3.0 out of 5 stars man, that was short June 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Is this movie or an episode? 45 minute movie is not a movie!! I felt short changed. Anyway, the animation is awesome... it reminds me of "Ghost in the Shell" and "Jin-Roh" animation style. I love how they intergrate CG with hand drawn animation. Two thumbs up for the animation and one thumb down for the story and plot.
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2.0 out of 5 stars TOO SHORT!...Nice animation though June 3 2004
Format:DVD
This was an O-k flick though............IT'S DAMN SHORT!
The story was dull and left things hanging for us to ponder about.
And the main character from my opinion seems a little annoying.
I only went to get this cause it had vampires in it and I love
vamiper/anime stuff.
Leave this title alone and get HELLSING.
Leave this crap at the store that it belongs..........
Later
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