I have to admit that at the beginning of this – I do like anime. I am kind of a closet anime fan. I don’t really watch any with anybody in my family, but love to watch anime like Naruto, and Bleach. I also like anime books of the following and others. One of my favorites has been Blood: The Last Vampire. I don’t really know what has drawn me to this one in particular, but I was hooked by the single series manga of the same name.
When this live action movie came out I was pretty excited to check it out. I didn’t quite make it to the movie theater release, but I did finally catch in on DVD. And…
Why Do They Mess With A Good Thing?
Blood: The Last Vampire is a great story… in the manga series. I was even happy with the 2001 anime version. They tried to stay as close to the original storyline as possible. I mean, what is better than the last vampire fighting an age old battle against ferocious demons?
Sadly, that isn’t what you get with the live action 2009 version. In fact, you get a story that is typical Hollywood. A girl who is searching for meaning, battling against otherworldly figures in order to find closure in who (what) she is. Yes, there was demons, but not in the way they are presented in the manga. I was a little disappointed in it.
Blood: The Last Vampire Is Still Not A Bad Movie
Blood: The Last Vampire s still not that bad of a movie. I found myself actually enjoying it a little. No, it is not a big blockbuster movie. No, there isn’t any over the top acting. No, there isn’t a real exciting storyline.
But, it is a good movie. It moves along and doesn’t really get all that stale anywhere. I was a little worried about this at the beginning, but it picked up and moved pretty good.
The Last Vampire Story
The movie, at its very basic core, is about a girl, Saya (played by Gianna Jun), who is the last vampire employed by a secret, covert American agency to eradicate the world of demons in a post-WWII Tokyo. That part is almost true of the Manga. But, it involves people from the base who start to get involved also. A typical general’s daughter, Alice (played by Allison Miller), becomes involved when some her father is killed by some of the people who employ Saya and come after her. However, there is also an underlying story of Saya wanting to find Onegin, (played by Koyuki) the head demon who killed her father.
Overall, Blood: The Last Vampire Is Decent
Through the movie you get a glimpse of Saya’s past, what she is struggling with, inner turmoil, some action, cool swordplay, and some gore. So, the movie does not fall flat on its face. It is good… or at least decent. I am glad that I did not run out to the movie theater to see it and decided to purchase the DVD instead.
Blood: The Last Vampire Trailer
Blood: The Last Vampire Movie Clip
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