Film Friday- Blood The Last Vampire, Blood +, Blood C and Blood C: The Last Dark

Film Friday- Blood The Last Vampire, Blood +, Blood C and Blood C: The Last Dark

Blood: The Last Vampire is a 2000 anime film produced by Production I.G and SPE Visual Works and directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo. The film premiered in theaters in Japan on November 18, 2000. A single-volume manga sequel, titled Blood: The Last Vampire 2000 and written by Benkyo Tamaoki, was published in Japan in 2001 by Kadokawa Shoten, and in English by Viz Media in November 2002 under the title Blood: The Last Vampire 2002.

Plot

The story is set in 1966. Its main protagonist is a girl named Saya, who hunts bat-like creatures called chiropterans. Saya is introduced on a subway train, where she assassinates a man in a suit. Her American contacts or handlers arrive. One of them, David, begins to brief Saya on another mission, while the other, Louis, discovers that the man Saya has just killed was probably not a chiropteran.

Saya’s next mission begins at the American Yokota Air Base, which is active in the buildup to the Vietnam War. At least one chiropteran has managed to infiltrate the air base, and it is only a matter of time before they feed again, go into hibernation, and become untraceable. Saya is to pose as a school girl, infiltrate the high school adjacent to the base, and then track and kill the chiropterans.

Blood+

Blood+, pronounced “Blood Plus,” is an anime series produced by Production I.G and Aniplex and directed by Junichi Fujisaku. The series premiered in Japan on Sony’s anime satellite channel, Animax, as well as on terrestrial networks such as MBS, TBS, and RKB on October 8, 2005. The final episode aired on September 23, 2006. Blood+ is licensed for international distribution in several regions through Sony Pictures’ international arm, Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI).

Blood+ was inspired by the 2000 anime film Blood: The Last Vampire; however, there are only a few allusions and basic elements from the film.

Plot

The series is initially set in September 2005 Okinawa City (Koza) on Okinawa Island near the US Kadena Air Base. Over the course of the series, Saya travels across the world, from Japan to Vietnam, Russia, France and finally the US.

Under the care of her adoptive family, Saya Otonashi had been living the life of an anemic amnesiac, but otherwise ordinary schoolgirl. However, her happy life is shattered when she is attacked by a Chiropteran, a hematophagous bat-like creature that lives by feeding on human blood. Saya learns that she is the only one who can defeat them, as her blood causes their bodies to crystallize and shatter. Armed with her special katana, Saya embarks on a journey with her family, allies, and her chevalier Haji, to rid the world of the Chiropteran threat and recover her identity. The course of the journey reveals the background history of the Chiropterans and Saya’s past, which extends into the mid-19th century.

Blood-C

Blood-C is a horror anime co-produced by studio Production I.G and mangaka group CLAMP. It is the second anime series in the Blood franchise following the 2005–2006 series Blood+. The original 12-episode series aired during 2011, with a movie Blood-C: The Last Dark releasing in Japanese theaters the following year. The anime was subsequently adapted into two manga, a 2011 novelization, a 2015 stage play set between the events of Blood-C and The Last Dark, and a live-action prequel set for release in 2017.

Blood-C focuses on Saya Kisaragi, an outwardly normal girl who serves as the shrine maiden to a country town; in reality, she is a skilled swordswoman charged by her father to defeat Elder Bairns, monsters who feed on human blood. As her battles grow more desperate and more people she cares for fall victim to the Elder Bairns, Saya begins finding faults in her reality, and eventually uncovers a disturbing truth about herself, the town and her surviving friends.

Blood-C was designed to share only thematic similarities with earlier Blood projects. CLAMP was brought on board to both design the characters and help create the scenario. It featured several new elements to the Blood franchise, such as being primarily set within a high school environment. The Elder Bairns were inspired by the Great Old Ones from H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, and modeled after traditional Japanese monsters. Its bloody violence, a stylistic choice following the series’ themes, resulted in censorship in Japan and eventual blacklisting in China. The series has received mixed to positive reviews from journalists.

Blood-C: The Last Dark

Blood-C: The Last Dark is a 2012 Japanese animated horror film based on the 2011 anime series Blood-C, acting as a conclusion to the series’ storyline. The film was co-produced by studio Production I.G, creators of the Blood franchise, and mangaka group CLAMP. While most of the staff were not involved in the anime series, original writers Nanase Ohkawa and Junichi Fujisaku wrote the script.

Blood-C: The Last Dark is set six months after the events of Blood-C; in the universe of Blood-C humanity is secretly preyed upon by a race called the Elder Bairns, whose feeding is kept under control by an ancient agreement called Shrovetide. The Last Dark follows Saya Kisaragi as she pursues Fumito Nanahara—the human guardian of Shrovetide who manipulated and betrayed her—through Tokyo with the help of an underground organization called SIRRUT.

The Last Dark was planned from the outset of the Blood-C project, and once plans were finalized it developed alongside the series. While it concluded the Blood-C storyline, it adopted a very different tone, and included thematic and visual references to Blood: The Last Vampire. The movie also featured a character from CLAMP’s manga series xxxHolic as a cameo. Its home media releases were respectively handled by Aniplex (Japan), Funimation (North America), Manga Entertainment (Europe) and Madman Entertainment (Australia). Reception to the film was mixed, receiving praise for its animation and music, while many faulted its story as being underdeveloped or straying too far from the series.

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