Blood: The Last Vampire
A Japanese animated horror film about a vampire hunter who shortly after getting back from the Vietnam War is assigned by the US government to destroy the last vampire.
As an animation this is very well made quality job. It's just so cool how it combines traditional methods and 3D. The way the characters move, the expressions they have, the sounds... heck, I even stared at the floor material thinking how natural it looked.
Also the pace is quite good. The movie is short so there is really no time to get bored and the plot goes on quite smoothly. I'm also a bit fascinated by the chatacters' relationships: I'd like to know more about the deal between Saya and David's group.
Which brings me to the biggest problem of the film... In the end the only things that are revealed are the things you already knew or guessed…
This shocking, graphic, and truly starting anime film is set in 1966 and tells the story of Saya, a mysterious woman with amazing strength and great ability with a samurai sword, who is secretly hired by the American government to track down and kill vampires on Okinawa Island, where the U.S. has a controversial military base that is to be used to send out war planes against the Vietcong. Able to shape-shift between human form and an animalistic, bat-like form, the vampires (called "chiropteans") have disguised themselves as high school students, and so Saya must go undercover as a schoolgirl herself to hunt them down. Images such as a chiroptean flying off in the sky parallel to an American war plane weave the fantasy and horror elements with the films political allegory regarding the American occupation of Okinawa and invasion of Vietnam.
Awesome short anime film about Vampiric creatures. Unfortunately the live-action feature that it produced really sucked balls, however; this piece of animation is really phenomenal.
Wow, an anime that i didn't hate!
Despite its short running time of 43 minutes causing the film to seem rushed and perhaps insubstantial; "Blood. The Last Vampire" is a highly stylised anime filled with plenty of splattered blood and thrilling action throughout and is much recommended for fans of the anime-horror genre.
Reviewed as part of my Shocktober 2012 Challenge.
Aside from some occasionally nice animation, this was a very dull film. It has a very quick pace, each scene just jumps from one to the other in the blink of an eye, but it's so... pointless. So what that she has to kill vampires? So what that she's a bit troubled. So bloody what.