Blood-C ~ the last dark

March 24, 2013

Saya's back, but this time she isn't singing about the laundry.

Saya is back, but this time she isn’t singing about the laundry.

I finally got a chance to watch Blood-C ~ the last dark, and it was well worth it. I enjoyed the Blood-C television series, and had been looking forward to the movie after that crazy ending. The movie served as an excellent capstone to the Blood-C mini-franchise (a new interpretation of the Blood world by the creative force that is CLAMP). My intention here isn’t to summarize the plot, or give theories or even criticisms. Instead I just want to point out a few things that I really enjoyed about the movie. No spoilers are included.

For those wondering if they should watch the TV series first, or if they need to watch the first two Blood offerings first: The Blood-C material stands on its own; there is no need to have seen the first two Blood productions (one a movie, one a TV series) to understand or enjoy Blood-C. That having been said, I think you would get a bit more out of the Blood-C movie if you have seen the Blood-C TV series first. The TV series sets up the revenge story that plays out in the movie. The TV series and the movie are very different in tone, however.

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Yuuko Ichihara, the Dimensional Witch.

Yuuko Ichihara, the Dimensional Witch.

A wise man once said, “Every great television show has it’s monkey paw episode.” Episode 2 is xxxHolic live-action‘s monkey paw episode. Watanuki is just starting his work at Yuuko’s mysterious shop. I like the deranged atmosphere they have reached for in each episode so far. Humans are shown to be broken and kind of crazy, meanwhile Yuuko lounges idly in her shop, watching the mayhem erupt.

Yuuko Ichihara smoking pipe

“There are no coincidences, only fate.”

Saya, covered in blood, as usual.

Episode 7 of Blood-C follows up on the shocking events of the previous episode in the sense that the town is largely deserted; the only ones out on the street are police (and Saya). It also provides a tiny bit of background on the mysterious dog-like creature that Saya has been seeing. Finally it ends at another surprising reveal.

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After another night on the town, Saya returns home covered in blood. Same as it ever was.

All kidding aside, this is the episode of Blood-C in which things started really changing. In the previous three episodes we have been shown a relatively unchanging, but shizophrenic story. During the day everything is peaceful and happy, especially Saya, who seems like an archetypal schoolgirl, skipping and singing to herself on the way to school. Alright she was a little too happy and carefree, and the show made note of that in several ways. Then by night, the tranquil village became the feeding ground of dangerous monsters called Elder Bairn, and Saya became a hunter, chasing them down, and killing them mercilessly with a sword. In episode 4, this unstable balance starts visibly collapsing.

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The setting: a remote village in Japan.

Blood-C isn’t one of the shows that I was most eagerly looking forward to this season. It does, however, have an interesting pedigree, so I have watched the first three episodes to see how it turned out. Short answer: I am intrigued, but still unsure where this one is going. As the title of this post suggests, this review was written after watching episodes 1 through 3.

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