Manami is targeted by vampires on her 22nd birthday and K, who possesses tremendous power, tries to save her in a raging battle. On that day, young men and women are invited to the hotel where a huge matchmaking convention is being held.
While the directing of Sono normally begets disturbing visuals and grotesque violence, most of his works still have an abstract narrative that leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. Upon initially seeing this series on Amazon, I thought I would be getting myself into something similar to his previous works. However, his impression on Tokyo Vampire Hotel isn't as prevalent as I would have liked.
Throughout the show, you can definitely see his signature charm pouring through with the visuals. The choreographed battle sequences are peppered into the series eloquently, even if they drag on a bit longer than you might have expected. This isn't entirely contrary to Sono's previous titles (see: Why Don't You Play in Hell) where violence drones on for several minutes, but the creativity from that movie are sorely missed here.
It also felt as though Tokyo Vampire Hotel had a couple filler episodes. This was odd for a short series; almost as if Sono was pressured to create something that stretched beyond his initial vision. The desultory structure of this show is prevalent, but don't let that dissuade you from watching it as I was still thoroughly impressed with the ending that does a great job in tying the confusing story together.
Overall, I think it deserves to be watched. The plot is just as rare as any other Sono work, even if it's a bit against the grain of his previous film-making forays. The characters are interestingly designed and the dialogue suits them perfectly; the choreography had some really clever moments; and the soundtrack is really memorable.
The only downside is that it is an Amazon original, which makes it difficult for some to actually watch it. If you can find a way to view this, definitely give it a go. I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
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