Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: Blood-C: The Last Dark (2012)

Blood-C: The Last Dark (2012) is a Japanese animated film adapted from the Blood series. It is available on DVD and Blu-ray. A summary of the film is provided below:

Tokyo, Winter. Despite the use of the Youth Ordinance Bill to enforce curfews for minors and regulate the use of the Internet, young people continue to fight for their own freedom through underground methods. One such group calls themselves Surat. They have decided to take on Fumito Nanahara, a man who has great influence on the political world, and basically controls Tokyo with an iron fist. While using the Internet as a weapon to discover more information about Fumito, they learn about "Tower", the secret organization behind Fumito which engages in human experimentation. When members of Surat attempt to set up an ambush in the subway to expose the truth behind "Tower", mysterious creatures suddenly appear and attack the passengers. During this crisis, Saya appears - a young girl who uses a Japanese blade to slay the Old Ones. The same Saya who lost everything dear to her in that horrifying incident in Ukishima Province. What sort of "experiment" is Fumito and "Tower" trying to conduct using the Old Ones? And can Saya finally deliver vengeance to Fumito? Now, the final battle begins...
Blood-C starts off from the cult classic, Blood: The Last Vampire movie and the well-received Blood+ anime series. IG and CLAMP wanted to give this series a new look. The finished product? Nothing but bitter disappointment about how a great piece, Blood: The Last Vampire, could be turned into this. The characters are bland with abysmal storytelling and action/gore scenes that look more comical than disturbing as you would expect in a horror genre. There is no emotional attachment to any of the struggles they go through, and we only 'care' because the movie tells us to. The animation is mixed, but overall it is fairly negative. Much similar to the series Blood-C, the majority of art enjoyment comes from the monster design - and while a lot of what appeared is clearly rehashed from Blood+ and the entire Blood series. The plot itself made no real sense. The concept was clear, but there is not even understanding of the events that transpire and why we should be interested in them.

Overall, I do not recommend this new adaptation of the Blood series unless you are looking to ease the boredom. It's unfortunate because I enjoyed CLAMP's work with Tsubasa Chronicle and xxxHoLic. Not even Fumito could save this disappointing plot. Stick with the original cult classic and Blood+ series. At least Blood+ has a memorable original soundtrack. See the trailer below:

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