BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE
MOVIE COMPANY: Manga Entertainment
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
DIRECTED BY: Directed by Kitakubo Hiroyuki
CAST: Kudoh Youki
PRODUCED BY: Nagasaki Yukio and Mitsumoto Ryuiji
RATING: Mature content includes graphic violence, brief nudity and strong language.
DURATION: 83 minutes 

 
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Anime Synopsis:

At the Yokota base in Japan, a nervous American military is on the brink of the Vietnam War. But a greater threat exists within the walls of the heavily guarded compound: Vampires. A team of top-secret undercover agents dispatches a mysterious young woman to destroy them.

Featuring brilliant characters design, top-notch animation and stunning musical score, Blood: The Last Vampire is a breakthrough in digital filmmaking, taking anime to a whole new level.


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
Color, Widescreen, Animated, Dolby
"The Making of Blood"
Original Japanese Trailers
Image Gallery
DVD-ROM Features
Widescreen anamorphic format

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of.


DVD REVIEW:

There has been a lot of hype about this anime. From the awesome animation to the cool character designs and much more.

Of course, I don't always buy into hype nor am I into anime that is all about killing with a boring storyline.

Well, when I received my review copy of "Blood the Last Vampire" and watched it from beginning to end, I have the following to say about this anime.

"Blood the Last Vampire" is visually stunning and the storyline makes you crave for more.

First, let's talk about the animation. Combined with a cool musical score and a character that is so unique compared to another anime characters (and design), the production went all out by enlisting a pretty good staff to create an atmosphere where lighting and visuals are important to the storyline.

Before I thought "Blue Submarine" and "Spriggan" were visually stunning but "Blood the Vampire" is definitely at the top.

Without revealing too much, the anime features a girl (or young woman) named Saya. Her job is to eliminate demons/vampires who survive off of human blood. No, this is no "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". There is no humor and Saya can be described as a cold, focused mercenary. People expecting a "Buffy" type storyline may be dissapointed because this is about the hunter and the hunted. Also, the storyline lasts for around 45 minutes. The run time on the DVD box includes "The Making of Blood" which is a fascinating look at how the anime was made.

So, we have great visuals. Now, the audio. Manga Entertainment included a 2.0 and 5.1 selection for audio and the 5.1 doesn't disappoint.

As for special features, "The Making of Blood" goes into the creation of this anime and it's pretty thorough compared to other anime "making of's". There is also an image gallery and the typical trailers from the company.

All in all this anime is not for the faint. It's bloody and violent. But as an anime, "Blood the Last Vampire" can be summed up in one word..."Awesome!" I'm very content with this anime and I hope a series develops from it.

THE ANIME:  A
THE DVD EXTRAS:  B
THE DVD OVERALL:  A-

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