BLOOD-C: THE LAST DARK is A Horror Flick Hijacked by a Screwball Comedy

Topic started by No_name_here on Nov. 12, 2013. Last post by zaldar 8 months, 1 week ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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As promised, you will "C" blood!
As promised, you will "C" blood!

Being the capstone to the anime series of the same name, BLOOD-C: THE LAST DARK is a strange beastie. Once again, I find myself plopped into the middle of an already evolving franchise, not unlike a puppy abandoned inside a car already most of the way through the assembly line. Suddenly, there are all these monsters moving things around, and people speaking technical jargon - - then things just start moving in ways you don't expect.

Based on the clips of the show sprinkled here and there, though, I am not compelled to fill in the blanks. So it's once more, blindly, into the breach!

In the world of BLOOD, there are some sort of extradimensional monsters that devour people, and it is up to Saya Kisiragi to stop them. Not for any moral obligation or anything, but rather because these monsters are her only source of food. She arrives in Tokyo to wreak horrible vengeance on Fumito Nanahara (who destroyed everything she ever cared for) and, along the way, befriends a group of plucky young hackers who also hate Nanahara.

The discs also come with NoNeNoNe Theater promotional episodes, which introduces the world of BLOOD-C to you. It answers some otherwise puzzling questions.
The discs also come with NoNeNoNe Theater promotional episodes, which introduces the world of BLOOD-C to you. It answers some otherwise puzzling questions.

And that's the part of THE LAST DARK where things don't connect.

Nanahara has, apparently, taken over Tokyo with his unlimited resources and decided to make the youth of Japan go to bed promptly at 9PM. And, gosh darn it - - these kids aren't gonna take it anymore! They clash so heavily with the tone of Saya's story that it's difficult to reconcile the fact that they're actually in the same movie. The hackers are borderline obnoxious freedom fighters while Saya stoically goes about her business, plotting revenge and fighting monsters.

It's not even clear if the hacker kids are aware of the monsters: they just want to fight for their version of net neutrality. Heck, one of them gets attacked by one of the things in the first scene, but then it's never mentioned again.

The girl behind Saya has a crush on her because she reminds her of her missing father. Perhaps it's the way in which her facial expression never changes.
The girl behind Saya has a crush on her because she reminds her of her missing father. Perhaps it's the way in which her facial expression never changes.

The story isn't the only place where corners were cut, either. There are two times in the film where the use of computer graphics greatly clashes with the traditional style. The first, in the very beginning, populates Tokyo's underground subway stations with mechanical automatons, forced to move only in very specific locations by the hinges of their joints. The second, and much more egregious, is in a climactic battle with an enormous monster. Nothing pulls the plug on your suspension of disbelief like jarringly incongruous visual elements.

While the big set piece fights are lackluster, it's actually the subtler moments that make your eyes widen with horror. It's in the creeping dread of a man losing his mind to a monster, or in the false hope that your enemy is right within reach of your sword. It's also in the piecing together of clues in your mind thanks to dreams, and the realizations that your deductions bring.

Here we have a collection of characters that have almost no consequence to the plot yet have plenty of screentime. That little girl can hack with her feet though. That's kinda cool.
Here we have a collection of characters that have almost no consequence to the plot yet have plenty of screentime. That little girl can hack with her feet though. That's kinda cool.

If you've already watched the BLOOD-C series, you should give this a shot. Questions are answered, knives are twisted, and the setting is expanded. Outside of those people who saw that show through to the end, though, the time investment's just not worth it for the little sparks of fun here and there.

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Post by RealJpoe (13 posts) See mini bio Level 10

My problems with the series Blood-C wasn't that it was a bad show, sure it was poorly executed, but the fact that all the mystery's revealed at the end while kind of awesome lead to a cliffhanger and reveal character motivations that needed some sort of conclusion; which I guess you get with this movie. I don't know if you've seen much of the show but the lead female is a typical happy and ditsy high school girl for 11 & a half episodes before totally flipping in the final minutes.

Also glad for the clarification that the NoNeNoNe Theater promotional episodes are included. No one even bothered to fansub them for the Japanese release.

Post by Murphix (18 posts) See mini bio Level 10
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@RealJpoe: As someone who hasn't seen the show, I found the Theater pretty helpful for background. Saved me from some wiki-diving, and it helped me decide I didn't need to bother with the show.

Post by metalsnakezero (665 posts) See mini bio Level 16

@RealJpoe: I'm with you on it being a poorly executed show. That last bits of the TV series was one of the most amazing parts of that year. The film isn't the greatest but it a better watching than the TV show but only if you saw the TV show to the very end.

Post by zaldar (1,236 posts) See mini bio Level 15

So wait...is this supposed to come after the end of blood +? The fifty episodes of blood + didn't really leave much unanswered and were pretty interesting though I didn't much like the way it ended...(the original movie was terrible though...)

Post by jj_jackson (112 posts) See mini bio Level 6
the series did exactly what it was supposed to do in my opinion. All i hear is how much people disliked it but the amount of mystery kept most viewers watching o the very end. I personally dont think the series was that bad. the movie was a bit of a let down in some ways but in others it was pretty decent.
Post by Murphix (18 posts) See mini bio Level 10
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@zaldar: It comes after the BLOOD-C show, which I believe also takes place after BLOOD+.

Post by zaldar (1,236 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Ah ok thanks - never watched Blood-C as I think it didn't get reviewed very well so this wouldn't be for me then good to know.

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