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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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  • Apr 12, 2004
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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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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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