Friday, October 29, 2010
"Not Quite Human" - Blood: The Last Vampire (anime) - 8/10 Pumpkins
But other vampire stories? Well, no, I really haven't read too many, and I can't say I'm crazy about romantic vampires anyway - to me the vampire is simply an evil monster. ~Brian Lumley
Review Status: Complete (1 Movie/1 Movie)
Licensed: Licensed in the US
Art/Animation: Very good. Outside of some obvious CG panning shots, the CG is very inobtrusive and blending into the movie. This is done in darker tones, but is very vibrant and rich in those colors. And the art is very nice to look at.
Summary: Teropterids are evil beasts which pose as humans and live only to drink human blood. Fortunately for the human world there are groups dedicated to destroying them. A brooding and mysterious girl named Saya is the best teropterid slayer there is, and now, in 1960's Japan, she is sent to a U. S. army base which may be infested... (ANN.net)
Review: This is a short movie, at less than an hour long. It also doesn’t give much history or exposition as to what’s going on. This is more like a snapshot in time, where what is happening now is what you get. And what’s happening now is that a Korean girl is sent to a U.S. Army base in order to find and destroy the Teropterids- more commonly known as ‘Vampires’, but bear little resemblance to what we think of when we hear that word- that have been preying on the people there.
You see this mostly through the eyes of the school nurse that has been dragged into this by chance. She witnesses a slaying, discovers some of Saya’s past, and is brought along on an adventure that she will never forget, even though she may never make heads or tails of it, and never know the entire story behind it.
Overall, if you aren’t looking for heavy story or plot, then this is a fantastic movie!
Recommended: YES! For those 16+ due to violence and gore- one girl gets sliced in half and others get killed offscreen.
Other titles you might enjoy:
Kara no Kyoukai (anime),
Hellsing (manga) or Hellsing Ultimate (anime)
Muhyo and Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (manga)
Ghost Hunt (anime)
Psychic Detective Yakumo (anime)