Blood +: Volume One + Blood +
DVD Box Set (2005/Sony)
C+ Sound: B- Extras: B Episodes: A
Otonashi having amnesia only remembers the last year of life. But all her life
she has been watched by those who pray in the night. Haunted not only by her past, but her dreams
are filled with violence and blood... but as her past catches up with her she
is thrown into the world of Chiropterans, shape shifting creatures who pray on
human blood. These Chiropterans
threatening not only her and her family but humanity itself! But within Saya lies the key stopping the
Chiropterans, her blood, that for some reason her blood can kill these
As Saya fights she meets mysterious Hagi, she only knows that he knows
something of her past and that he is sworn to protect her. She is then recruited by the organization
"The Red Shield" a group of humans traveling the world fighting the
Chiropterans. But as she fights she
remember the secrets of her past, is she even human herself? A battle goes only in the field but in her
heart as well, between the vampires claim to be her kin and those humans she
protects. Is she being misled? Is she being used? What is the truth? As Saya goes deeper she finds the struggle
between human and vampire goes back hundreds of years... but how can she have
these memories? Can she accept the truth
when she finds it?
Inspired from the hit anime movie and manga, Blood: The Last Vampire (reviewed elsewhere on this site,) Blood + is a modern day Vampire story
that tells a story between the human race and the vampires. Both the 1.33 X 1 picture quality (made this
way despite being produced in 2005) and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mixes are good
and the action sequences/sword fights are excellent, scenes are choreographed
like The Matrix. The story is interesting Saya the main
character IS a vampire herself, but instead of preying on humans she protects
them. As they travel over the world they
take different mythos from different culture of the vampire and monsters that
prey on the blood of mankind stemmed from one source. Throughout the series Saya meets other
vampires who question her reasons for fighting and tells her she is fighting
her own race. And they try to convince
her that vampires have the right to exist and the humans are using her, and
instead of protecting the human race they should be ruling them.
This is a good Animé for those who like sword-wielding vampires, a unique story
on the origins of vampires with high definition action anime. Each DVD is loaded with five episodes and
Blood + is an extra long series with 50 episodes total. Plus if you get the starter box set you get
not only a cool box, but 5 DVDs with the first 25 episodes, a bonus DVD with
interviews with the creators of Blood +,
as well as an exclusive T-shirt and manga sampler. Definitely a worthwhile buy with just all the
1: First Kiss
Saya is unable to remember over the past year, she lives happily with
her adoptive family, George, Kai and Riku. But suddenly her she is attacked at
school at night by a 'Chiropteran', Hagi, a mysterious cellist comes to her
Episode 2: Magic Words
Kai comes to pick up at school but finds an unconscious Saya who is frighten
when she is discovered covered with blood while holding a sword and wonders
what is happening to her.
Episode 3: The Place Where It All Started
Saya meets David a Red Shield Agent and is told that she is needed fight these
'Chiropteran' and is confused. Meanwhile
they get an unexpected visit from George's old friend, Forrest.
Episode 4: Dangerous Boy
George is serious wounded, Kai goes off in a rage to seek out who did it, but
Saya must confront the Chiropteran before it is too late.
Episode 5: Beyond the Dark Forest
George is abducted by the U.S. military for research, Saya, David and Kai
decides to go rescue him.
Episode 6: My Father's Hands
Saya and company infiltrate the military research base to save George, only to be
surrounded by Chiropterans.
Episode 7: I Must Do It
Shocked by the death of George, Saya is haunted by dreams of her pasted and
decides to try and recover her memories and her past.
Episode 8: Phantom of the School
Saya infiltrates a Vietnamese girl's private school in attempts to find a clue
where find who is making these Chiropterans, but then is confronted by a
mysterious figure with a blue rose.
Episode 9: Rainbow for Each
As Kai and Riku search for the whereabouts of Saya they come across an
orphanage. Meanwhile the Red Shield find a mysterious string of missing girls, oddly
enough they all resemble Saya.
Episode 10: I Want to See You
Saya is giving a blue rose by the phantom and as investigates deeper she
discovers hidden secret area of the school.
Episode 11: After the Dance
up coming dance David takes the chance to investigate a mysterious container
that Saya discovered. Meanwhile Saya
meets the CEO of the Cinq Fleches Group, Solomon Goldsmith.
Episode 12: Lured By the White Forrest
Riki have been kidnapped. Chasing after
the container containing 'Diva', Saya enters the jungle and is suddenly
surround by Chiropteran children.
Episode 13: Jungle Paradise
in a mansion with Chiropteran all around them Saya loses herself and goes berserk.
Episode 14: The Last Sunday
blood battle Saya, Kai and Riku return home to Japan for a brief rest.
Episode 15: I Want to Pursue
by the mysterious string of murders a reporter chases after Saya, but not without
someone else tagging along.
Episode 16: Siberian Express
scientist associated with Delta-67, Saya and company board the Trans-Siberia
Express, which is suddenly attacked!
Episode 17: Do You Remember the Promise?
being thrown off the Train in battle with Hagi, Saya remembers a past that she
shared with Hagi.
Episode 18: Moon Over Ekaterinburg
chasing down the scientist who created Delta-67, David and the others discover
a secret in an abandoned nuclear facility.
Episode 19: Broken Heart
is forced to stop after Riku comes down with a fever, meanwhile Liza questions
Saya the evolutionary nature of both human and vampires and invites Saya to see
the truth at 'The Zoo'.
Episode 20: Chevalier
discovers some shocking truth through a document call 'Joel's Diary'. As Saya
journeys with Hagi to 'The Zoo', the Chevaliers gather and plan for Diva and
Episode 21: Sour Grapes
groups head toward France after Saya and company, Saya and Hagi are attacked by
the mysterious group, Schiff.
Episode 22: The Zoo
Hagi reaches 'The Zoo', Saya recalls her past and her first memories with how
she met Hagi.
Episode 23: Two Chevaliers
confronts Saya, unlike the other Chevaliers he doesn't wish to destroy her and
explains her past and tells her that the humans are using her and offers for
her to join them.
Episode 24: Airy Singing Voice
Riku lured by Diva's song head for the tower of Soya’s past, as Saya recalls
the tragedy that happened so many years ago.
Episode 25: The Red Shield
mortally wounded, Saya saves his life by transfusing her blood, Saya wonders
was that right and finds new resolve to fight.
that’s a series!
- Ricky Chiang