August ' 15 - Blood: The Last Vampire.
never seen an anime before then I suggest
this as your first introduction into the
genre. Even if you have no particular
fondness for vampire movies this is still one
of the best animes ever made. Don't bother
with the sequels, don't bother with the live
action movie, watch this and understand what
true anime is.
basic premise of the story is essentially a
vampire hunter, named Saya, who can sense
when a vampire is hiding within human form
and hunts them down killing them in a bloody
frenzy. She doesn't work alone but the rest
of her team are human. Vampires then hide
themselves within an American air base and
she has to don a disguise of a schoolgirl to
hunt them down.
seem a blatant rip-off of Buffy The Vampire
Slayer combined with Blade but there is one
aspect that makes this movie unique that I've
never seen in any other anime. It's bilingual
meaning the main character speaks Japanese to
other Japanese characters then speaks English
to her friends including the people on the
American air base. It's seamless the way it's
done and it's wonderful to hear a character
speaking Japanese with a strong Japanese
accent then turn and speak English to another
character. Saya is voiced by a Japanese voice
actress named Youki Kudoh who does an amazing
job at playing such a serious and moody
character. The sequels of this movie and the
live action movie aren't done in that way.
technically it's a movie rather than an
episode of a series, it is very short, not
much more than half an hour, while the making-of
movie is substantially longer. Incidentally
the VHS version also contains the making-of
visuals are a mixture of computer animated
backgrounds mixed with traditional anime
giving a moody feel to the movie and a sense
of peril to the dangers around. In many ways
the visuals remind me of Ghost In The Shell.
The music is atmospheric too.
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