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Final impression – Only for unabashed CLAMP fans (4/10)
In a remote village, Saya Kisaragi is the shrine maiden entrusted with slaying the Elder Ones—fearsome monsters that feast on the townspeople. But when she has free time, she goes to high school, talks with her friends and enjoys coffee at a local café. As she continues her mission to protect the town, small details start to converge together that just don’t add up. Where do the Elder Ones come from? To whom did Saya promise to guard the village? And the greatest question, who was Saya’s mother? She had better figure out the answers to these questions before it’s too late and everyone gets eaten.
First impressions can’t always be trusted and that is never truer than in Blood-C. Talk about betraying your legacy. Blood the Last Vampire and Blood+ had a likeable cast of characters, excellent pacing and terrific endings. Even the live-action Blood the Last Vampire compares favorably to Blood-C and that’s pitiful. The only reason I completed watching it is because I enjoy CLAMP’s artwork, making it the only possible redeeming feature. I don’t know what Blood-C’s upcoming movie will do with this setup that the anime gave us. However, 95% of the anime was an utterly pointless jaunt on the way to its eventual cliff-hanger ending. The whole anime could have easily just not existed and twenty minutes added to the beginning of the movie to accomplish the same effect.
Having watched all the releases and ongoing shows for summer 2011, here’s my recommendations in order from most recommended to least recommended (or “best to worst” if you prefer I be direct). Summer 2011 is a pretty average season in my opinion. There’s nothing much that stands out but nothing terribly offensive, either. But it is summer, so I think it’s understandable we’re not seeing any blockbusters. For now, this will be my last word on many of these anime until they conclude in 10 more weeks. Until then, please keep checking back as I begin to write my reviews of last season’s anime. You can stay up to date with my new posts as they get released by following me on my Twitter account. I’ll continue to move into the past reviewing anime with the eventual goal of having at least one post about every anime I’ve watched over the past eight years.
1. Kamisama no Memochou – colorful (J.C. Staff)
2. No. 6 – atmospheric (Bones)
3. Dantalian no Shoka – dramatic (Gainax)
4. Mayo Chiki! – best comedy of summer 2011
5. Blue Exorcist – awesome action
6. Hanasaku Iroha – mellow drama…melodrama?
7. Ikoku Meiro no Croisée – interesting development
8. Blood-C – fine action (CLAMP)
9. Kamisama Dolls – interesting concept
10. Yuru Yuri – moe comedy
11. Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi – romance
12. Ro-Kyu-Bu! – sports loli
13. The iDOLM@STER – variety
14. Usagi Drop – unsure (not bad)
15. Uta no Prince-sama – underdeveloped
16. Mawaru Penguindrum – confusing
17. R-15 – misplaced ecchi
18. Nekogami Yaoyorozu – simple
19. Sacred Seven – bland (Sunrise)
20. Manyuu Hikenchou – borderline hentai
21. Twin Angel: Twinkle Paradise – boring
Initial impression – good
Blood+ and Blood – The Last Vampire give Blood-C a strong legacy of action anime to live up to. And unless you can’t stand the Clamp art style, the first episode delivers. With some really fresh interpretations of Saya, the demon-slaying vampire who fights to protect her adoptive human family, I’m really looking forward to seeing where Clamp takes this well-tred, but tried and true, action / drama.
Unless you can’t look past Clamp’s eccentric art style, there’s no reason not to give Blood-C a chance to live up as a reboot of the series’ past successes.