I know what you are thinking right about now.
“Um, MAK, why are you reviewing the Blood-C movie? Don’t you need to see the series’ first?”
Good question, anonymous person I made up.
I actually did review the series as my other persona for Another Castle’s 31 Days of Horror and if you want to know my opinion of that show…….it wasn’t that good at all and easily the worst entry in the Blood franchise. Now with the movie, The Last Dark, it does have the appearance of it being somewhat competent but then again, so did the series at first glance. Let’s hope for the best that this doesn’t completely suck.
Tokyo has enacted the Youth Protection Ordinance, minors are forbidden to be out at night, and the internet is policed however, Sirrut, an underground rebel organization, has declared war on Fumito Nanahara. Sirrut uses the internet to try and find information in cyberspace, and they discover something more gruesome, TOWER, a mysterious organization behind Fumito that is rumored to be conducting experiments involving human beings, and alluding to people being…eaten. Enter Saya – a young girl who uses a Japanese blade to slay the Old Ones. The same Saya who lost everything dear to her in that horrifying incident in Ukishima Province. What sort of “experiment” is Fumito and “Tower” trying to conduct using the Old Ones? And can Saya finally deliver vengeance to Fumito?
Well…..I’m surprised to say that this is a major far cry from the TV Series as for one, it manages to stay consistent with its tone, which would definitely make sense after all the drama that happened afterwords. However, it felt like a different beast than what we would’ve expect out of a Blood entry such as this whole dystopian component and what of the rebel group Sirrut feels like if this was supposed to be intended for another I.G. Project or rejected cyberpunk characters that didn’t make it as their own series. The other aspect of the movie, mostly another main character Mana and her story, per se, doesn’t have much grasp or meat to get the viewer invested as it felt like it was written in the last minute just to say, “Well, we should probably do something with this character.”
Characters are slightly more useful and effective although they are more of an afterthought but the one good characteristic about them is they aren’t written as people that show up and then die as the plot TRIES to progress. Saya is no-longer the sweet girl you seen in the series but gotten colder and introverted at the start and it actually works for her to be like that as it would be out-of-place if she didn’t acted that way. The Sirrut characters aren’t really that stimulating throughout but never strike me as being infuriating, just mostly character archetypes from the slackers, the responsible leading one, the nervous type and the token loli. (No, I don’t know why they got a token loli.)
As for the art and animation, the action scenes are the greatest highlight of what Production I.G. has brought to the table as they are about as good as you think they are but I am slightly mixed on the CG animation as it really felt out of place and dodgy. Yes, it does have blood and gore as the show implies but this is more subtle and less disproportionate this time around.
The music isn’t really that substantial or memorable in the slightest as its basically stock action-horror music with an ending theme that I didn’t stick around to listen to. As for the English dub provided by FUNimation, it was still as okay as it was in the series although I will say that I did like Alexis Tipton’s performance as Saya since I never do hear Tipton play the cold-brooding type before, or at least in a lead role.
FINAL VERDICT: Thankfully, this wasn’t a waste of time as the movie manages to do most things right that the series did wrong although that really isn’t saying much. I think you might have to watch the series to get the movie or just run through the series through spoiler recaps as the Blood-C series isn’t really worth anyone’s time in my opinion. I don’t know whether to say to see the movie since it does follow the series but if you willing to, just read recaps of the series and watch the movie if you’re still interested.
The Last Dark
gets the final grade of
PLANET TYRO RATING: VANILLA
BLOOD-C: THE LAST DARK is available on DVD & Blu-ray via FUNimation Entertainment. The movie and series’ (if you really want to) streaming options are available on FUNimation’s EVS Service.
And until then, this is MAKassacre 2.0 aka The Blue Horror, bringing all the creepiness and sheer terror in one package.
Oh, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
BLOOD-C: THE LAST DARK – animation by PRODUCTION I.G. / distributed by FUNImation Entertainment