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Blood: The Last Vampire 2000

In Japan, the vampire-hunter Saya, who is a powerful original, is sent by her liaison with the government, David, posed as a teenage student to the Yokota High School on the eve of...

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Japan, 1966. Saya is part of a secret team destroying daemons. She is sent undercover as a student at the Yokota Air Base in Fussa-shi, Tokyo, just before Halloween. She discovers that two of her classmates are vampires in disguise just as they are preparing to attack the school nurse; meanwhile, her colleagues have discovered another vampire acting as a bartender in the local red-light district. A spectacular battle ensues...
@Enki812 You might mean this one?
Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)
91 min - Action | Horror | Thriller - 4 June 2009 (Hong Kong)
This one was just recommended to me. I can't believe it was only 48 minutes though? Great little story. I'll have to check out the series. Hopefully it's up to par. 8/10
It's how it goes these days, waiting for the impending doom that is Panera Bread.

So I sit down last night to watch a couple of anime films before I go to bed. I own both of these films, yet I haven't watched either of them in quite a while. First up was BLOOD:THE LAST VAMPIRE, which is an absolutely beautiful piece of animation. While the film itself is quite beautiful, and it has a compelling story, it's way too short. It lasts only 45 minutes, and when it was over, I was kind of pissed. There could have been more. They could have done more. They didn't though, and that was my problem with the film. Otherwise, it's well worth it if you're a fan of the anime..............

Which brings me to that classic anime film, VAMPIRE HUNTER D. When you watch it, you can tell it's a bit dated, but it's still a great experience. D is one hella badass and the film is violent, and great to look at, even though some of the animation, as I said before, is a bit dated. It's still a landmark anime film, much like AKIRA, and one that any self-respecting fan of anime must see and own.

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This movie was created by the same people that did "Ghost in the Shell". The animation is completely amazing. The story is so well written, it's depressing to find that the film is only about 45 minutes long. But at the same time, the brevity of the film is what keeps you watching it over and over again. Personally, if "Blood" could replace that crap "Buffy" as a series, I would probably poop in my pants from sheer excitement. The heroine in this movie could kick Buffy's butt anyday
Originally intended as the middle episode of a three-part OAV (Original Animation Video) for the Japanese market, Blood: The Last Vampire is short on plot and character development as befits its brief 48-minute running time (including opening and closing credits). Short on financial resources, director Hiroyuki Kitakubo and his screenwriter, Kenji Kamiyama, was unable to film the first and the third episodes of the series (there is, however, a sequel available as a manga comic book). Blood: The Last Vampire does, however, feature cutting-edge animation, combining hand-drawn, 2D characters with detailed 3D backgrounds.

Set during the Vietnam War at an American military base in Japan circa 1966, Blood: The Last Vampire wastes little time in introducing the audience to the lead character, Saya, a centuries-old vampire with an irritable streak (not surprisingly, she immediately rankles at the sight of a cross or the mention of the word "Jesus"). Saya is no villain, however. In fact, she's employed by a secret government organization to hunt down and eliminate demons. Despite her indeterminate age, she resembles a teenage girl. Few teenage girls (actually, make that none), however, can wield a katana with the level of skill she displays, as evidenced in the opening scene aboard a moving train. Her minder, David (no last name is necessary, apparently) has obtained information that suggests that two shape-shifting demons, disguised as teenage girls, have slipped into the high school located at the military base. A minor, underused complication emerges when the high school principal reveals that a Halloween party is scheduled for that evening.

Here, instead of exploring Saya's integration (or lack thereof) into the high school, along with its requisite cliques (with some helpful hints about Saya's backstory), or uncovering the identities of the shape-shifting demons after investigating a string of clues, Kitakubo and Kamiyama jump straight into the pursuit plot. With little effort, Saya discovers the identities of the two demons (whose motivations for hiding out at the military base are left unanswered), dispatching one quickly with her trusty katana at the local infirmary (with a nurse inconveniently present to witness the gory confrontation). Kitakubo and his animators lavish their attention on this sudden explosion of violence, lingering over the fountains of blood, a bloody, curled hand hanging from the side of a bed, and an eviscerated (demon) body. The nurse-witness becomes the target for the surviving demon, now no longer disguised as a teenager. Saya must then track down the second demon (as well with a third demon, who unexpectedly comes to the aid of the second demon, again for unexplained reasons).

Blood: The Last Vampire concludes with the running battle between Saya and the remaining two demons, confronting one inside a car park and the other on an airfield, as the remaining demon attempts to escape aboard a departing U.S. cargo plane. These action scenes are expertly directed and animated (especially the air field scene), with Kitakubo and his animators seamlessly combining hand-drawn character animation with computer animation. The character design in Blood: The Last Vampire also breaks from traditional Japanese animation; characters are designed for individuality, especially the male characters. Some of the distinctive in character design can be ascribed to the freedom in depicting non-Japanese characters, specifically the American characters. Some of those designs borders on caricature, especially in the case of the African-American characters.

With that caveat in mind (along with the shortage of plot and character development), Blood: The Last Vampire can be only recommended for fans of Japanese animation and/or horror. Even then, animation and horror fans should lower their expectations accordingly. As for the obviously talented Kitakubo, his only subsequent credit has been for the short-lived animated OAV series (and cult favorite), FLCL, and only as an animator. Hopefully, Kitakubo will return to feature-length animation in the near future (and with a better script).
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Good if albeit short anime film about a vampire hunter. This is violent fun and I wish it was just longer. I could see a decent live-action version coming out of this story if (or better yet when) it is remade.
This movie was awsome
Blood: The Last Vampire
Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo.
Written by Kenji Kamiyama and Ketsuya Terada.
No MPAA rating (contains graphic violence, some nudity and language).
Running time approximately 48 minutes.


Ling is gorgeous. That's about it.

The Breed is horrible. It's nearly unwatchable. The performances are beyond bad (even Bai Ling sucks...which totally sucks), the screenplay and direction are laughable and the story makes no sense. I really hated it. Some nice visuals and costumes (see above), but there's nothing else. 1/2* (out of ****) D-
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