Posted by psgels on 29 July 2011 with categories: Blood-C



Holy crap! The fights here just continue to get better and better. This episode once again upped the antes, with some stunning results. It really had me at the edge of my seat the entire time.

There of course was the danger of this series falling victim to the syndrome where the biggest budget is spent on the first episode. And I guess it is true that the animation is not as fluid as we saw in the first episode, but even taking that into consideration the action scenes are just stunning. This episode really surprised me at how far it went with its gore until the censors went crazy. The way the bodies of those fishermen (or whoever they were) moved when they were devoured was really well done, but the rest of the fight as well was just one giant struggle.

A big problem with this series is that the dialogue during the quiet bits isn’t that… interesting. Still, I don’t mind that at tall. One reason is because at this point I’ve got enough patience to wait until the good bits, but the other is that for me this series is really succeeding in building its atmosphere. The slice of life bits are really, really simple, but the atmosphere they create that way in combination with the contrasting dark parts of this series has really caught me in.

I also wonder: this series so far has really outright refused to share any background on just about anything that Saya has been doing. When will this be revealed, or is that going to be the task of the movie? At the very least Saya is something supernatural and that dog is no ordinary dog, but I do wonder when this show is going to start with its background. It’s rare for a series to have so little exposition in its first four episodes.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

13 Responses

  1. Joojoobees says:

    A very good episode. This show raises all sorts of questions, but as you say, they refuse to answer them. At this point I’m thinking the series will mostly be revealing what the hell is going on.

  2. UnknownVoice says:

    AS I said somewhere else:

    Anyway, another crappy episode.

    Characters still flat as sticks and as complex as firstgrader’s mind, the mood shifts have shitty execution and Saya is still annoying girl with stupid hair.

    Careful, BloodC, your 5 episode-till-i-drop limit is running out.

    I was at first VERY MUCH SO intrigued by the idea of CLAMP doing the blood anime(considering they had quite a few very good mood-shift twists in their manga, notably TRC, where we had a a cheerful and happy atmosphere of happy-go-lucky adventurers with some foreshadowing of something wrong out there and they turned it into dark messed up mindscrew with cast of liars, sadomasochists and broken people in a matter of one chapter and one simple plot revelation putting everything into its correct place.)

    However so far BloodC is as subtle as getting punched to the face with a log of wood. I bet they are trying something similar, but it is already screwed up and cliched/shallow/stupid/weak due to everything being one dimensional and unconvincing.

  3. Rex says:

    @UnknownVoice

    In case you didnt notice, they revealed a HUGE plot-twist this episode, and the three previous episodes has silently been building up to this. Albiet, not as good as it COULD have been, but this episode guarenteed i will watch it till the end.

  4. UnknownVoice says:

    In case you didnt notice, they revealed a HUGE plot-twist this episode, and the three previous episodes has silently been building up to this.

    If byu silently building you meant as silent and unexpected as watching a piano drop from 11th floor in slow motion for 5 minutes till it drops on you, then yes.

    This episode did not show anything that was not obvious since first episode.

  5. Frost says:

    What Unknown Voice said… Im glad they finally spent most of the episode on fights, but I dont get all the praise at all… Sure, they are more realistic than usual, but thats it

    I couldnt believe the scene where Saya falls into that guys crotch without noticing… REALLY? Thats the kind of cliche that belongs to a harem… Jesus christ, what else is next?

    And it just bothers me how Saya is all cheerful in her “normal” self, and then its like she suddenly goes /seriousface for no reason, it feels so awkward, like shes totally faking it

  6. Airi says:

    I…..actually liked this episode compared to the past few….I feel like it is picking up, if only slightly.

  7. Morgoth says:

    I think they really botched the introduction to this series. This episode is definitely better than the three before but the slow revelation of the plot itself feels like filling a vacuum with this series. Where other series set a kind of basis with their beginning to build upon in later episodes – Blood-C simply did nothing… It was all hints and mystery but there was nothing substantial to it. And the cast was really made dumb by purpose, it seems, so that they would just comment how great their peaceful village is instead of noticing how creepy the whole thing is when you think about it like a normal person would do. Probably there’s a reason for all that dumbness but the problem was that in contrast to this episode these just didn’t offer any alternative to this happy ignorance. All the doubting and suspecting was done by the viewer for three whole episodes while the series seemingly tried to stay ignorant of its own plot…
    I really hope the twist this whole thing builds up to, is worth it.

  8. jzar says:

    I have to look at the contrast of ruthless killer by night and innocent student by day. What was up with the red eyes and the big shift of skill level, one moment getting her ass handed to her the next she’s swordzilla.

    Two many mysteries and all the empty quiet time without content. Every series that plays those cords has ended up with a weak hand to play for the story.

  9. Qwerty1 says:

    I’m waiting for that dog to start talking ever since it first appeared…. one of these days it WILL happen…

  10. Scruffy says:

    @Qwerty1: From what I’ve seen of Blood-C so far, a talking dog scene would take 5 minutes to build up and at the end of it the dog would go WOOF.

  11. Will says:

    I can strongly disagree on two points :

    So far, Mayo Chiki is fun to watch.

    Kamisama Dolls is, in every sense, a terrible show.

  12. windy says:

    Fantastic and totally awesome series so far, and after spending so much time missing Clamp’s great character-design, a real pleasure to see it again in this fabulous work! But I just think it should be a long-lenth series or to be extended to a second season for it to live up to its full potentiel. Also it certainly does have great similarities with Blood + series, the fact that the heroine is a weird monsters’ slayer is incontestably one of them, but there’s also the facxt that she possibly has the same blood as the monsters she fights, so it does draw a parallel with the previous Blood series but also has its own incredible charm and qualities!

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  • Ebod
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 08:22 PM)
    V for Vendetta for me has always been a more “literary” work than Watchmen, but Watchmen is spectacular because it’s a story that can only be told in full scope in the comic format. While I feel like many major themes and events from V for Vendetta could easily be adapted into, say, novel format, the same could not be said of Watchmen. Also, the racist whitewashing Hollywood does of Asian characters really has to stop.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:30 AM)
    Watchmen was deemed ‘unadaptable’ for about thirty years, so just getting what Snyder got out of the material is a huge success; it is said that what he did was to write a book version of Ingmar’s Holy Mountain. Watchmen is the only graphic novel to ever win a Hugo award and is easily the most intricate and multilayered Alan Moore comic, so it’s no surprise that it continues to top ‘best comics of all time’ charts to this day.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:20 AM)
    I beg to differ. Doctor Manhatten is the most intriguing character of Watchmen and the comic is a giant in ,not only in the comic world, but the history of literature itself. It is a deconstruction of superheros and Dr. M shows how afraid the world would really be when faced with a ‘superman’ and how a creature in such a higher realm of time and perception would show apathy toward humans and their foolish struggles.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:15 AM)
    GitS just won’t work. Maybe in a world before the Matrix, but not now with so many elements of it borrowed liberally by so many franchises in various mediums. Scarlet Johansson is decent in roles that fit her. She was enjoyable in Lost In Translation, but race aside she has nothing in common with Kusanagi. This is a travesty and the franchise is dear to me so it especially burns my ass.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:10 AM)
    While I am no fan of man of steel, Nolan and Snyder, just about anyone would have a hard time taking a difficult character like superman and making him work on screen.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:08 AM)
    Apart from Veidt and Rorshach I could never get into the characters all that much in watchmen. I also found the film overly long and mediocre acted for the larger part. But to each there own. For Alan moores works I always preferred his Miracleman, swamp thing, V for Vendetta stories.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:06 AM)
    Nolan can produce the action plus personal and dark story that Alita would need, and he also brings talent such as composer Hans Zimmer and Cinematographer Sally Pfister to the table. Him and Snyder have too much combined integrity to make a mockery out of Alita like Spielberg did with the GitS license.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:03 AM)
    Well Snyder has respect for his source materials and that is key in anime-to-film adaptations. Hell I’m a big Watchmen fan and I thought his version was (almost painfully) close to the comic. You’re not going to get that anywhere else in Hollywood. Also the combination of Nolan/Snyder is quite different than them individually.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:34 AM)
    And directed it as a co-production with America, using a Japanese cast.
    Yeah…this is impossible…
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    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:32 AM)
    The only way a live action ghost in the shell film would work is if Mamoru oshii directed it.

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