Blood+ (2005–2006)

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A young girl named Saya combats vicious, shape-shifting demons in Okinawa, 2005.

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 Saya Otonashi (50 episodes, 2005-2006)
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 Kai (50 episodes, 2005-2006)
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 Haji (50 episodes, 2005-2006)
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 Irene / ... (50 episodes, 2005-2006)
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 Solomon / ... (25 episodes, 2005-2006)
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They are called Chiropterans, ravenous creatures that can change their form, disguising themselves as human beings. Immortal creatures that feed off blood, they hide themselves among us. An organization called the Red Shield has been waging a private war to wipe them out. Now the struggle has grown. Saya Otonashi is a normal high school student who suffers from amnesia; she can't remember anything before the past year of her life. Then one day, a man named Hagi appears and gives her a katana, and her destiny is only partially revealed. The journey for the truth begins... Written by songmaster2005

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Originally Kenji Kawai and Yoko Kanno were asked by Production I.G. to do the music, but both of them refused because their scheduling conflicts. Since Mamoru Oshii is a great fan of Hans Zimmer, he asked the German composer who also couldn't accept the offer, but recommended his friend Mark Mancina and Zimmer stayed as music producer and also wrote some themes for the series. See more »

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Julia: Kai's a nice boy, isn't he?
David: In the battlefield, the nice guys always die first. I don't want to see it happen.
Julia: You sure have changed.
David: Changed?
Julia: Until recently, you were like an iron robot.
David: And now?
Julia: Now you're like an android or a cyborg.
David: I'm growing weaker by the day.
Julia: Really? I like you better this way.
David: In this business, weakness is a shortcoming.
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Pretty good, starts slow.
12 September 2007 | by (WV) – See all my reviews

Its interesting how some people can go from its awful to this is a must see anime. I will tell you how it is from a guy who liked it, but does not place it above its place in anime.

First off I do recommend this show, however with a warning. If you liked the original anime, you are going to be getting a slightly less adult version in this one, its very close to a teen drama in anime form. It also starts off very slow, to the point some of the episodes leave you feeling you didn't really have to see them to understand or enjoy the show. This is especially true of the first 24 eps.

But if you can get through them, you will be rewarded in the end, as far as I know this series had about 50 eps. At about eps 33 this show takes off in a slightly more mature direction, the characters seem to almost improve overnight from eps 32 to 33. It gives the feeling like they decided to change direction for the series, poss do to some criticism of the previous eps.

The show ends very well, and by this time, due in large part to the second half of the series, you are very invested in key characters like Saya and Haji and to a lesser extent Diva and Kai so the ending has a high emotional impact.

Now is this an anime to go down in history? a must have? no its not. While its story is solid, it is definitely dragged out far longer than needed, as I said earlier you can skip episodes with little loss of story or character development, While there are good moments, you definitely get the feeling they padded the story. In all honesty the story could have been told well in 1/3 the episodes.

Saya's character I think for some will be a let down, and can be downright annoying to watch early on in the series. Her growth is also exceedingly slow, in the end the characterization still doesn't end up being quite right, not to say it isn't good, just not right. This may be in part to the teen drama feel of the show, even though they changed that half way through she herself doesn't quite get over the hump entirely.

These two elements by themselves keep this series out of the great anime category.

I do believe the series is worth a look, I enjoyed the second half immensely, so don't get discouraged in the beginning because it does get better and as I said earlier it does pay off when you get to the end.


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