Blood C The Last Dark was an absolutely gorgeous waste of time. ^_^
I never reviewed the TV Blood C for two reasons: 1) There wasn’t really any Yuri, not even if you squinted and 2) I couldn’t see past the murderous rage I felt when the series ended without an ending (having also had not much of a beginning and only a bit of a middle towards the end), a coy “Tee-hee, come see the end in the movie, tee hee!” My deep feelings of “Fuck you, I don’t care how the series ends, because duh, Saya will win and move on…alone in the dark, as she has with every other iteration of the series” kept me from caring. But enough time has passed and I found myself watching the Funimation release.
If you have not watched the TV series, the movie was different enough (and expository enough) to follow without prior knowledge. In fact, the movie was stand-alone enough to pretty much render all but two things from the TV series meaningless. Hey, nothing like wasting my time for a few months. No biggie.
The movie begins after Saya has recovered her memories and is hunting the bad guy from the series, Fumito, while killing giant people-eating bugs. The number of people eaten in the movie was surprisingly small, since the TV series made a real point of making us watch the gore.
Saya is befriended by a raggle-taggle band of conspiracy theorists who are “hackers” (and one actually is shown using a mouse, but then she is also shown using a keyboard with her feet, so it cancels out.) They meow-meow-mewow to meow-meow the meow-meow, because really who cares? All we’re tuning in for is Saya.
Saya, who power ups when she has to protect a girl. This particular girl is named Mana and is sweet and cute and wants to be Saya’s friend and is lonely since her father was killed and we’re sososo glad that Saya holds her hand. It’d be nice if she could visit Mana from time to time, but of course she won’t.
In the end, Saya wins and moves on…alone in the dark, as she has with every other iteration of the series.
Art – 9 The background art was gorgeous, but faces occasionally Picasso’ed out. Guess we only had time and budget for foreground or background – and streets, buildings and signs are easier.
Story – 3 Shutupshutupshut!! Stop talking!! This could have been 2 final episodes of the anime with no loss at all.
Characters – Scooby and the Gang – 8, Bad guys – 2 Ohgawdpleasestoptalkingyouaresoboring
Yuri – They touched hands! In a tense, emotional moment. 2
Service – 9 Bath scene for no reason at all, except to see to Saya and Mana’s nipples.
Overall – 5 It was really beautifully drawn…and an absolute waste of time and money, plotwise. Nana Mizuki was fantastic as Saya in the TV series, but this part was so grim and cool, it was kind of a waste of her talents.
I’m ready for the next iteration now.