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Blood: The Last Vampire Anime | My Reviews 24 NOV 2010

It is 1966 and not much is known about the demanding Saya, other than that she is quite young, prefers to carry a katana and slices and dices some very unsavoury things, working in the employ of some shadowy organisation. Oh, and she’s also what they’ve dubbed, “the last original”.

Her mission is simple. Identify, locate and destroy the monstrous, murderous, blood-sucking bat-like creatures known as Chiropterans.

And did we mention she is rather violent?

This 45 minute short feature film was released way back in 2000 and remains one of the crowning achievements for the powerhouse that is Production I.G., as it marked the first time a Japanese studio produced an anime almost entirely in English with Japanese subtitles, priming it for deeper penetration outside of Japan’s borders. Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Blood: The Last Vampire is a completely original concept, not coming from some or other existing anime or manga series.

Saya, not a girl you would particularly want to mess with

Set around the American Yokota Air Base located in post-World War II Japan and just before the Vietnam War, the film tells the story of a mysterious girl charged with destroying rather monstrous creatures called chiropterans. Because of its short length, don’t expect much by the way of character development, but rather sit back and enjoy the fluid animation, violence and a piece of work that just exudes style and flair.

It is a dark story with a lot of violence and death, but it is masterfully executed, even when you boil it done and realise that all you have sat done and watched is one extended fight scene between a girl with a sword, three bat creatures and one witness who believes she may just be going mad.

These chiropterans are pretty nasty stuff!

Visually Blood: The Last Vampire is simply divine. A muted color palette highlights a very strong main protagonist and Katsuya Terada’s character designs are all completely spot on for this horror tale.

The animation is very fluid and detailed, and as such, there is almost nothing you can fault it on – it is just that damn good! Part of this is of course thanks to the steady hand of animation director Kazuchika Kise and more importantly, the exclusive use of digital animation rather than the time honoured tradition of animation cels. This means that the entire movie was inked, colored and then animated with computers, one of the main reasons behind its distinctive sleek look.

As for voices, Youki Kudo reprises the role of Saya, fitting the character like a glove. Likewise, Joe Romersa fits the role of the handler David perfectly, making for a great sounding combination. Yoshihiro Ike is responsible for the music and manages to come up with the perfect score balance between dramatic and action, resulting in a fantastic aural experience.

In summary, despite its relatively short length, Blood: The Last Vampire is a fantastic piece of work, both beautiful to watch and enjoyable to take it. It is blood-soaked action of the highest quality and thus most deserving of its status as an anime legend!

If I were you, I would listen to her!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_The_Last_Vampire

Blood on the Carpet Floor My Life 12 JUL 2010

So after boring you with all the homely news of life in Nagua Bay last week, I thought I would continue the trend and get everyone more up-to-date, because as we know, time waits for no man.

So let’s start with the bedroom then shall we?

Well, like I mentioned a whole week into owning our very first expensive foam bed, the damn thing’s base went and popped one of its supporting struts, meaning that I had to let Chantelle loose on Bed City and I’m impressed to say that the wonderful lady whom we purchased the thing from had it swapped out just about the next day, sending one of her guys in and getting it over and done with before you could even say “Hey, there’s a strange man in our bedroom!”. Speculation is that most likely the base was damaged when offloading from the factory, maybe causing a week spot on that problematic top strut, which then unfortunately gave way when we started using the bed proper. Anyway, no foul, no harm done and everything is back to normal in the bedroom then.

As for our Boardmans’ headboard experience, the good news is that the helpful Chantel has now organised that they create a new one for us from scratch as she is currently unable to source an unsoiled one from any of their other branches here in the Western Cape. And the best part of it all is that because of all the inconvenience this is causing us, we aren’t going to have to pay in any extra for the making up of a new product (because normally you pay for that!). So nice on Boardmans, now we just have to sit back and wait! :)

Lastly, we thought our hassles with the spare bedroom had finally come to an end with the laying of the new sand-coloured carpet (we don’t have a say on the colour) in the room and the moving back in of some of the spare furniture. Well we thought wrong.

Because as you can see from the photographic evidence below, that pearly white carpet was not intended to stay as spotless and stain free as it came in forever – no, definitely not going to happen when it is all splattered with blood, feathers and a dead pigeon in the corner.

Seems like one of the boys brought in a snack for us to see on our return home from work…

Our brand spanking new sand-colored carpet, bedecked in feathers, blood splatter and of course a dead pigeon. Quite the rage I tell you.

Luckily for us, whichever boy caught the poor bird only had a nibble. Obviously didn't enjoy the taste, which was lucky for us because it kept the amount of blood, guts and gore on the floor to a minimum!

Cosplay Sundae: Saya (Blood: The Last Vampire) Cosplay 30 MAY 2010

This week in cosplay we have a look at one of the talented Pixelninja’s earlier forages into the world of Cosplay – with that of a blood-splattered Saya from Blood: The Last Vampire notoriety.

The battle done, a look to the clouds reveals the thoughts of "damn, I'm really really hungry now"...

Hiroyuki Kitakubo’s blood-splattered, stylishly action-packed spectacular that is Blood: The Last Vampire first burst onto the scene in 2000, courtesy of the powerhouse that is Production I.G., partnered with Aniplex. The relatively short movie followed the enigmatic Saya with her trusty katana on a quest to slay all demon-like, bat-winged Chiropterans that she came across.

Implied to be the last remaining vampire, Saya displays no particular weakness to sunlight though she does however become distressed in the presence of religious paraphernalia and utterances of God in her presence. She seems to possess superhuman senses and strength, and comes across as being particularly skilled, cunning and resourceful. Although young in appearance, evidence suggests she was already moving about in 1892 already, most likely with her rather large disdain for humans already quite intact!

Swedish girl Pixelninja, or Jenni Kallberg to be more precise, is probably most famous on the Net and in the world of Cosplay for her particularly brilliant Samus Aran from the Metroid Prime game franchise. However, she’s cosplayed a fair number of other characters and this particular one of Saya dates back to some of her earlier work. As you can see, it looks like she had a lot of fun with this particular suit. Sure, the costume is pretty easy to slap together, but once you start throwing in a beautiful katana and all that fake blood, well let’s just say she’s dedicated to pulling off a great impersonation! :)

I wouldn't really want anyone to walk towards me with that much purpose!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_The_Last_Vampire