Blood Lad ~ Review
“Vampires have never been more badass!”
In this day of age, vampire themed anime series are not that uncommon. We have all sorts of vampire/fantasy series, ranging from very serious (and scary) to complete absurd. But this vampire fantasy takes the best of both worlds and spits out something that is both hilarious and awesome all at the same time. Vampire may never be this badass and hilarious ever again!
Blood Lad revolves around Staz; a vampire living in the Demon World who is in love with Japanese culture – mainly, the Japanese otaku culture. In his room full of manga, anime and other otaku related materials, he dreams of one day meeting a real life Japanese girl. One day, his wish comes true when Fuyumi accidentally stumbles into the Demon World. Unfortunately, right after she meets Staz she is killed by a carnivorous plant and subsequently turns into a ghost. It is now Staz’s responsibility to turn her back into a human and in turn, make his dream fully come true.
The anime is known for its rather dark/black comedy and rather unique animation style
The anime contains 10 episodes (+ 1 OVA in December) and ran during the Summer 2013 Anime Season (July 2013 – September 2013, ending today at the time of writing). The anime is based off a manga serialization of the same name. The series is animated by Brain’s Base Studios, who have been responsible for such critically acclaimed series as Durarara!!, Baccano! and Natsume Yuujinchou.
The anime contains some well-known voice actors including Nomizu Iori who voices Fuyumi (and is also known as the voices of Haruna from Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? and Yoshino from Date A Live), Terashima Takuma who voices Wolf (and is also known as the voices of Aoki Yoshifumi from Kokoro Connect and Mugai from Mushibugyou) and Kimura Ryouhei who voices Braz (and is also known as the voices of Hasegawa Kodaka from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai and Yashio Kaito from Robotics;Notes).
Although the anime was very entertaining while it lasted, many viewers complained about its rather abrupt end, leaving the viewers with a large cliffhanger and the introduction of a new arc in the series. I’m quite surprised that this anime didn’t end up with 24 episodes, let alone 12-13 episodes, considering that the anime was doing quite well popularity wise. While many believe (and/or hope) that there will be a season 2, we are still unaware of this ever happening. But, if you enjoy your fantasy anime with badass vampires, then this anime is a must try. You will definitely laugh out loud in at least one episode. And you’re sure to love all the characters by the end of it.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 7.5/10