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Blood: The Last Vampire (2000 movie)

A short anime film about a vampire girl named Saya who must hunt creatures called chiropterans in Japan.

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Saya: The Last Vampire

  • Apr 7, 2006
Rating:
+3
Pros: Animation, language decision

Cons: Purpose?

The Bottom Line: Mmm, abrupt horror that's interesting and entertaining.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

Well, it’s 1am, so what does that mean? That’s right, your random anime movie review. There are actually two other non-anime movies I should review, but I’m lazy and they’re complex (film class screenings), so I’m going for simple and, well, easy to do this late at night since my planned all-nighter looks like it may not happen considering how I’m crashing.

But to get to the point, Blood: The Last Vampire is a short (48 minutes) movie concerning a girl named Saya. Who is Saya? Well, I’m sure you can guess.

Saya’s job is to kill chiropterans, ugly, nasty demons that drink human blood and that’s pretty much all they do. Kill, feast. Good times for them – unless they meet Saya of course. Whatever organization she may be working for (we simply know it’s American), they send her to Japan, as some chiropterans have appeared there and begun chowing down. She enrolls in a school on an American base where they seem to have been focusing, waiting for her chance to find them – and take them out. And naturally, things come to a head on Halloween night.

That’s basically it. It doesn’t feel like a complete movie, which is what gives it a bit of a shortcoming, er, no pun intended. It’s more like a slice of life story with Saya as the main character. We never know where she comes from, how she got to where she is now, what the deal is with the chiropterans, among other things. That alone makes it kind of weird, like maybe it should be an episode of something more as opposed to a standalone movie. It can make you wonder just why they made this in the first place, but a short story is as short story I guess, and it’s enough to satisfy most viewers.

The animation is pretty impressive. For once, even though Saya was in a Japanese school uniform (as all anime females who happen to be heroes tend to be), it wasn’t a tiny skirt and she was so hardcore killer that it didn’t even matter. Clothes were clothes. She’s rather scary looking too. I definitely wouldn’t want to come across her path. The chiropterans were rather unique as well, sort of like giant bats only a lot meaner and uglier. Action-packed with well placed spots for blood and explosions (necessary and not overdone), all done very smoothly with dark coloring to give an extra edge to the mood. I won’t say it’s my favorite piece of animation or anything, but it is good nonetheless.

Voices? Ah, well this is a treat for you. Blood is done in both English and Japanese, and I don’t mean dubbed and subtitled. I mean one in the same movie. If a character is English need to speak in English, then that’s what they use. The same goes for if they’re Japanese or need to speak Japanese. It’s like the real world is (notwithstanding vampires and demons), only with subtitles for those of us that aren’t fluent in Japanese, heh. The highlight? I'm a nerd, so of course I noticed Steven Blum's voice. Poor guy though, he doesn't make it. But then I saw that coming when he got left outside...heh.

The music is very effective and nicely done – which reminds me…

If you aren’t satisfied completely with just this movie, be patient. Why? Because there happens to be a TV series in Japan called Blood+ following Saya after her little American base episode. And do you know what makes this even more awesome? Hans Zimmer is doing the music for it! How cool is that? I love his work. How do I know all this? I do my homework. *wink*

And no, don't let your young children watch this unless you already let them see bloody movies with the occasional swear word here and there...

NT

Video Occasion: When You've Got Some Spare Time at Night

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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Blood: The Last Vampire is a 2000 anime film produced by Production I.G and Aniplex and directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo. The film premiered in theaters in Japan on November 18, 2000. A single-volume manga sequel, Blood: The Last Vampire 2000 written by Benkyo Tamaoki, was published in Japan in 2001 by Kadokawa Shoten, and in English by Viz Media in November 2002 with the title slightly modified to Blood: The Last Vampire 2002. Three Japanese light novel adaptations have also been released for the series, along with a video game. It also spawned a fifty-episode anime series, Blood+, which is an alternate universe story. A live-action adaptation of the film with the same title was released in May 2009.

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 ...

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Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Genre: Action, Animation, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Release Date: July 29, 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Kenji Kamiyama
Runtime: 48 minutes
Studio: Production I.G, Manga Entertainment, Starz / Anchor Bay
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