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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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars So-So Flick April 12 2004
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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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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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Viscious and Beautiful!
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 more
Published on April 14 2004 by J. Burgos
1.0 out of 5 stars Tasteless and Insipid Blood
Hailed as one of the best animes of the last years, "Blood - The Last Vampire" shows some promise but ends up being terribly disappointing. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by gonn1000
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