Blog posts in Movies for March 2008:

External Movie Reviews: Blood+: Volume #1

First season of the intriguing expansion of the eye-filling Production I.G short film.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2008/03/18 16:24
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Saya Otonashi ought to be just another teenage girl in school exceptthat she remembers nothing of her life before the last year or so. Allshe’s sure of is her family: her adoptive Vietnam-veteran father,George, and her two brothers, Kai and Riku. They live in Okinawa, notfar from an American airbase, where the jets and bombers screamoverhead and a mysterious long-haired man in the park plays the celloin a way that seems hauntingly familiar.

“Who am I?” Saya asksherself, and it isn’t long before she gets the first and most brutalclues towards answering that mystery. One night she sneaks back intoschool to retrieve a pair of shoes and is assaulted by a“chiropteran”—a monster that once was human, and now feeds on the bloodof humans to survive. She’s almost mauled to death by the creature, butthen the cello-player shows up, infuses Saya with his blood to reviveher, and gives her a sword. When infused with her blood, she can use itto kill these creatures … and kill she does, much to her own shock anddismay.

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External Movie Reviews: Blood +: Part One

Blood+ is, of course, the TV series that expands on the universe and characters established by Production I.G’s short film Blood: The Last Vampire. The TV show also comes to us courtesy of Production I.G, and while it’s not quite...

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2008/03/10 22:49
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Blood+ is, of course, the TV series that expands on the universe and characters established by Production I.G’s short film Blood: The Last Vampire. The TV show also comes to us courtesy of Production I.G, and while it’s not quite as visually striking as Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex,it’s still well worth the time and investment. It also does two thingsthat the original movie did not do, and it does both of them well: itmakes the former (anti?) heroine Saya into a rounded and sympatheticcharacter, and it expands vastly on the universe created for her.

Ifyou have only seen the movie so far, the show will come as a strikingchange of tone: it’s nowhere nearly as compulsively dark as themovie. But that also means the characters are better delineated andmore approachable—especially the new Saya. I found myself liking thisiteration of her a little better than the movie version, if onlybecause the show sees her as vulnerable and confused rather than just asullen death merchant.

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