Blood C: The Last Dark (anime review)

Blood C: The Last DarkTitle: Blood C: The Last Dark

Director: Naoyoshi Shiotani

Written By: Clamp, Nanase Ohkawa and Junichi Fujisaku

Studio: Production I. G.

U. S. Distributor: FUNimation

U. S. Release Date: October 22, 2013

Format: DVD / Blu-ray / Feature Film / 105 minutes

Age Rating: TV MA

Overall Personal Rating: A-




Saya is part human, part monster, and has one thing on her mind: revenge. Visions of twisted experiments and creatures slaughtering everyone she loved fuel her thirst for vengeance. With blade in hand and rage boiling in her veins, she tracks her tormentor to Tokyo, where flesh-hungry beasts have begun to feed. There, she joins a group of young hackers hunting for the same man. As Saya slices her way through lies, traps, flesh, and bone, how much blood will she shed to cut down the mastermind behind her madness?




This is my first trip into the world of Clamp’s Blood C and I have to admit that I was completely blown away. The quality of the animation was wonderful and truly representative of Production I. G.’s work. The one thing that really stood out in this movie was the straightforward approach to the story. I was amazed at how clean and direct it was. Even though I was not familiar with the Blood C series I was able to get into the movie without any of the back story. The opening sequence was dramatic and a strong introduction into the story. Being a fan of some o the work of Clamp I was able to gradually begin to see their handy work,  but it wasn’t until midway through the movie that it became clear that the were directly involved in the story.

Overall Grade: A-

I think that if it weren’t for the added connection to some of  Clamp’s other  stories that Blood C: The Last Dark could have fallen victim to its own heavy story line.  Overall the story is very dark and all to often these types of plot lines end up going too dark and pushing the viewer away. With the addition of these classic Clamp icons the mood of the film is lifted just enough to keep the viewer engaged.

With the over look and feel of the series keeping the plot moving and the added Easter Eggs from Clamp, Blood C: The Last Dark is a genuine winner. It also feels completed at the end. I did not walk away feeling cheated or  left in the dark.

If you are into this type of thriller or you have been a fan of Blood series them you should not miss this one.


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