Oct 5 2011 12:01 AM
wow just wow. I knew the series was not going to end well, but this was beyond horrid. Not only is this series bad all around, they staff are making their dwindling audience wait until June of next year to actually "finish" the "story."
To start off, Blood-C is the newest title in I.G. Production's Blood franchise. To be frank, with CLAMP on board as the screenwriters, I really had hoped for one heck of a work. Of course, this show proved me wrong in so many ways to the extent that it confirms that CLAMP is still trolling their fans like they did with Tsubasa Chronicles.
The story literally takes 6 episodes to get its feet off the ground. While episode 3 hinted at some things as actual murders by the "Aged Ones" began to take place, it really was not until episode 6 before CLAMP's "fluff introductions" went poof. And when it did, all I saw/remember is an all out gore fest. No plot, just simple mass murder. Of course, we are then revealed everything in episode 11 and 12 and left with a "cliffhanger." Not sure if you can even call it a revelation though since I had my doubts about Fumito from the very start. He felt like a very cliched and "all too convenient" like character. Not to mention that it wasn't hard to distinguish his seiyuu voice as the "antagonist" of the show.
Animation was very cheap by I.G. all around. Their budget clearly went to their Noitamina title, Usagi Drop. When you have censorship of violence covering more than half an episode, it's really hard to say if any effort or thought was put into this show at all.
Music was pretty lousy for the most part. Bgms were pretty much remixes of the same thing over and over again if not the same bgm already. OP was satisfactory and ED theme was half-decent at best, definitely not one of Nana Mizuki's better songs, especially as of late. Seiyuu wise, Nana Mizuki didn't quite fit the role of Saya. Cheery Saya yes, but "real" Saya no. The rest of the cast wasn't particularly noticeable since....everyone gets killed off more or less
Enjoyment? Terrible. It's actually sickening to be watching all that gore. This isn't 1997 when stuff like Berserk was around or 2005 when Basilisk aired. Even then, those shows had a "reason" for their violence because that was where the story was centered around. Here, fluff and sudden violence don't mix. It doesn't surprise an audience but rather disgusts them if you ask me. If I were to show a kid the first 2 episodes of Blood-C, he/she probably think it was awesome, but anymore would probably mentally scar them. Impressions are important!
Overall, the script is lousy and by the time the movie comes around next year, I'll likely have forgotten most of what's happened, especially considering it's a sequel/conclusion. The motivation for me to watch it at all now is almost none. In fact, it probably would be better to tell the series as a movie if anything else as the mood would be more fitting. All in all, this is the worst prediction I had this season. Really had high hopes with a solid staff on board but CLAMP just decided to troll me more. You'd think they would learn their lesson after Tsubasa Chronicles... CLAMP's primary era is long gone (barring xxxholic and Kobato). Preliminary Score: 7/10 Final Score: 4/10