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Blood-C: The Last Dark

How far would you go to get revenge? In June 2012, Saya may finally get her chance for revenge, if she can survive the fight it'll take to get there...

Directing this 110 minute animation/action/horror/supernatural is Naoyoshi Shiotani.

Some of the voice cast is: Alexis Tipton as Saya Kisaragi, Jad Saxton as Mana Hiragi, Josh Grelle as Shun Fujimura, Justin Cook as Iori Matsuo, Tia Ballard as Hiro Tsukiyama, Colleen Clinkenbeard as Haruno Yanagi, Mike McFarland as Kuroto Mogari and Robert McCollum as Fumito Nanahara.

An every day subway ride quickly turns into a bloody massacre when a strange looking creature attacks the passengers. Fortunately for everyone riding the train, one of the passengers was a girl named Saya that's used to fighting these type of creatures. Aside from destroying another creature, Saya found another upside to the fight. Saya saved the life of a young woman named Mana who happens to be a part of an underground internet group (hackers) called Surat. Apparently, Surat has found some information about a secret organization behind Fumito called Tower that engages in human experiments. Thanks to the Surat group pointing the way, Saya knows where she needs to go, but with all the obstacles that stand between her and Fumito... can she make it there?

The Blood franchise started with Blood+ (2005), which had a 50 episode run. The blood continued to flow on to Blood-C with a 12 episode run and stopped here with this one (The Last Dark), which acts as a sequel to the Blood-C series. The reason we have the Blood franchise is all due to the film that inspired it all, Blood: The Last Vampire (2000). Now, if you've kept up with the Blood run then you know the franchise went with an alternate universe from the 2000 film, which leaves the two only sharing basic elements between them. Aside from films (live-action/anime) the Blood title also has some magnas and video games under it's belt.

The story was written by Nanase Ohkawa and the screenplay by Junichi Fujisakuand Nanase Ôkawa. I liked the story and getting to see Saya get some closure (kind of), but unfortunately you have to have seen the Blood-C series for the anime to make a lot of sense. Otherwise, you're kind of lost as the plot unfolds due to the flash backs that bring up people and places from the past. If you don't mind missing a few things, the rest of the story is still really enjoyable.

The play-through is good and it even starts off with a fight (how could you go wrong with that, right?) A couple of the characters got on my nerves in the beginning, but as things went on and their characters developed I actually wound up liking them. Another plus was the twists and turns the story has going on that made for some nice surprises.

Animation was great looking and everything flowed smoothly. I dug the character design by CLAMP and a couple of the monsters, especially the last one, was seriously cool. There's not a ton of fights but the ones there are, especially the bigger group fights, are awesome to watch.

Overall, if you're a fan of the Blood run then you'll enjoy this one. If you've never seen anything about Blood, this is still an anime worth catching for the visuals alone.

It's rated R for violence and nudity.

3 stars

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