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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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In the words of Claudia from Interview with the Vampire..."I want some more.",

  • May 16, 2009
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Production I.G., for whatever reason, has created an interesting formula for "feature films": offer the same production and story quality of a big budget animation, but truncate the runtime to about half. Not sure how many other of their films fit this template, but so far I've watched "Blood" and "Kai Doh Maru" in succession of each other and they are almost exactly the same duration.

For the most part these Featurettes work. Especially for "Blood", where the story and animation are so incredible that I found myself wanting more. Not a bad thing, since I didn't feel as if I was left hanging at the end of the story.

Saya is a steel cold demon slayer whose stoic expression is loaded with backstory that we never learn about, with the exception of a tiny photographic hint of just how old she really is. In appearance only, she is deceptively young. She is assisted by two humans, one of whom know more about her history, but doesn't say much about it. This is actually one of the strongest parts of the story: there is virtually no exposition. In fact, the movie begins in near silence; only the backgrounds noise of an underground transit system make up the audio in the first 5 minutes. It sets up an incredibly tense poetic ambiance that is never abandoned - not even during the action scenes.

Like "Kai Doh Maru", the film will feel as if ends somewhere in the middle of what could have been a complete story. But this again is something I find very interesting and a successful departure from the 3 Act story structure in the Western Tradition. Instead, Production I.G. have rightly pinpointed the 2nd Act as being the most interesting. With the "bookends" of the 1st and 3rd acts removed, you'll find yourself asking questions about what came before the characters and after. In the words of Claudia from Interview with the Vampire..."I want some more."
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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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