Blood C Complete Series Review

Blood C Box ArtCLAMP, the creators of X, have joined forces with Production I.G., creators of the Blood franchise, to produce a sword wielding martyr in the anime Blood C. Those seeking gore, battles and confusion will not be disappointed.

The protagonist in this series, Saya, shares similarities with the Saya from the Blood+ series, but they differ in a number of ways, from personality traits to background. I consider both series’ to be good standalone projects with similar undertones. 

The premise of Blood C is of a teenage girl, Saya, who lives at a shrine with her father and is a carefree high school student by day. By night she battles horrific monsters. But there is more to her than meets the eye.

The anime takes on a psychological stance from the get go, with a narrator dictating the course of the series through his psychoanalytical speeches of nature vs. nurture. This progresses into debating what makes a person’s personality. This is obviously reflecting the storyline but it does not enlighten the viewer till later on in the series as to how this concept could occur, other than letting the viewer guess that the main character is not who she thinks she is.

Saya could have been cleverly constructed but falls at the first hurdle. Giving the main character a dual personality can work, as we have seen with Lucy in Elfen Lied, however in that anime you can see why the transformation occurs from watching the opening scenes of the series. In Blood C there is no transitional period and no explanation in the first few episodes. How can a clumsy, carefree young girl with no common sense turn into a sword wielding monster killer without having some sort of transitional period? This left me wondering if she was written with an extreme character flaw or if something was going to be explained later in the series. It also left me with no attachment to Saya and I just wanted her to kill monsters rather than having a normal high school life. However as the story progresses we do find out why there is no definite transition and why her personality is so warped.

The other characters featured in the anime hold more intrigue than that of Saya. Fumito the local coffee shop owner seems to treat Saya with more care than that of a simple friend, and he seems to have a fascination with feeding her guimauve, his own creation of sweet. Another intriguing character is Saya’s homeroom teacher Kanako. As with most teachers in anime she is very cryptic and you can tell she is trying to lead Saya to finding the truth, but what are her reasons? The movements and phrases used by these characters leads me to think that they hold more depth than Saya, and I am more interested to see how their stories slot into this series.

The anime might be slow to kick off but it is an easy watch and you will actually find yourself engrossed in the story. Saya aside, the supporting characters actions, joined with the narrator’s peculiar interjections, push the mystery of the story. Visually the anime is very clean cut and the detail in the background shows how anime production has changed over the years, having become much more visually appealing even in the goriest of scenes.

Blood C will appeal more to the gore seeking fans and for all its negative points it is an anime that has potential to be a dark suspense filled journey that you will find yourself hooked on. It is one of the most haunting and disturbing series’ I have seen, with the disembowelling of characters when the monsters appear to feed leading one into feeling that hope might be lost for humanity. Defiantly give this a go; just bare with the first few episodes for it does get a lot darker and a lot more alluring. So much so that you will find yourself finishing off the series in a night. And don’t be too disheartened when you do finish it; there is a film to follow.

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