Monday, September 23, 2013

"There are only bad kids in the demon world."

And so the first anime of the 2013 summer season comes to an end at 10 episodes (with the promise of an OVA in the future). Other opinions that I've read are generally positive. For anyone who is considering to give this anime a try, I've composed a little package for you:



SYNOPSIS:




Staz is the vampire boss of a section of the demon world, but he has little interest in human blood. He's more infatuated with Japanese culture. When he learns that Yanagi Fuyumi, a Japanese teenage girl, accidentally wanders into the demon city, he jumps to the occasion. However, while Staz deals with an intruder on his turf, the oblivious Fuyumi is killed by a monster and becomes a wandering ghost. The disappointed Staz vows to her that he will find a way to bring Fuyumi back to life. (Source: MAL)



VOICE ACTORS & CHARACTERS



As far as popularity goes, the main cast of Blood Lad is a fairly fresh set of voices, and for some it was their breakthrough with a large role. They did spectacular. Every single one of them, and it caused for never a dull moment when conversation and emotion were involved. I am partial to Staz and Braz, I'll admit. And because the acting was well done, the characters were easy to like. As for development, I don't believe 10 episodes were quite enough, but Staz and Bell in particular I thought underwent the most emotionally pressing situations (sorry Fuyumi, despite what happened to you there wasn't much of a change from being human and being a ghost).



PLOT & EXECUTION



For what it was given, and the amount of effort and time that was placed into creating this anime, I'd say it's pretty satisfying. There are moments where the plot just seems to freeze and the characters begin engaging in an activity that sometimes has you wondering about it's relevance, but it's never actually boring. The presentation makes up for the plot in some respects. The ending is left wide open, probably depending on how sales in Japan go there may or may not be a season 2 (I wouldn't count on it, not with the habits industries have been adopting today). This anime does, however, serve as a nice introduction to the manga if you wish to continue with the story.



ART & MUSIC



With the leaps and bounds made by today's technological advancements in animation, it's nearly a given with each new series you should expect quality artwork. Indeed, it was consistent entirely throughout, and some even say it is comparable to that of Soul Eater's style. Since this show's goal was to dispute the



traditional image of a vampire, there are many bright and colorful scenes.



The opening theme was Vivid by May'n (Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier, people!), composed specially for the anime. It's fast-pacedJpop and fitting in the way that it makes you excited for each new episode, and very likely you'll be humming itafterwards.



Bloody Holic by Yuuka Nanri, while a decent choice, is less memorable, and nearly each time I skipped the ED to get straight to the preview.



YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS ANIME IF:



- You're into the shounen, supernatural, and humor genres.



YOU MIGHT NOT LIKE THIS ANIME IF:



- You're sensitive to or dislike fanservice. I'll say this now, though, there isn't a pantie shot every five seconds, or five minutes. There are a few ecchi moments, but that isn't what the show is about and nor does it use it as a crutch. Any nudity was mostly used in relation to some of the comedy.



ENJOYMENT



As a person who just picked this show up on a whim, I was pleasantly surprised. Not many of the other summer 2013 anime I watched did justice to what they promised. On a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being 'Masterpiece', I'd say this is a 7.5 or an 8. It all comes down to personal preferences, though as I mentioned before, most reviews for Blood Lad are generally positive.
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