They have my total respect.”
– Charlie Staz Blood.
If you feel the same way about Japan, then you might just like Blood Lad.
The anime adaptation of Yuki Kodama’s Blood Lad manga finished airing this past summer. I didn’t get a chance to write my first impressions on the series but since the anime recently finished airing, with a total of 10 episodes, I might as well write my full review on the vampire comedy who’s second season I am already looking forward to.
Blood Lad is a dark vampire comedy adapted from the on-going manga of the same name. The story follows a vampire, named Staz, who falls in love with a human girl who suddenly appears in his world and is unexpectedly killed just as quickly. She turns into a ghost, and the rest of the series revolves around Staz trying to bring Fuyumi back to life. It is still better than Twilight. :P
At the same time, Staz has to battle his way through territorial disputes, zombies, werewolves(vampires’ mortal enemy), red-headed little girls, and big bro, Braz D! Who knew that resurrecting a human would be such hard work. It is a shounen anime, after all.
This anime is really dope. Although, I didn’t feel that way about the anime at first. Shota Staz became my main reason for sticking around.
|So much dope cute.|
There was also…
|More DBZ references. :)|
It was around here when I thought the anime was getting pretty dope. But I wish I had waited to marathon Blood Lad instead of following it on a weekly basis like I did when it was currently airing. Mainly because those weekly gaps in between every episode seemed to drag out the comedy a bit and down played a lot of potential build-up. Especially since the story held some pretty interesting developments along the way.
The darker aspects of the show were brought to light in the second half of the anime, mainly due to the mysterious nature of Staz’s older brother, Braz D. And that’s basically where the anime left off, on an unfinished note with the possibility of a second season. So far, no news about a second season, thus, if you’re anything but patient(like me) you can always turn to the comic.
As for the short amount of episodes, based on the type of genre Blood Lad falls into, I didn’t have as much of a problem with it like other viewers seemed to have. I’m sure that wouldn’t be the case for its second season, if there ever was a continuation of the series. But that would all depend on the overall sales and popularity of the first season.
All things considered, Blood Lad is a pretty fun series to watch that doesn’t make a habit of taking itself too seriously. If you’re ever in the mood for a silly natured comedy about an ‘otaku’ vampire, Blood Lad may be the anime for you.
Rating: [8.4/10] – B- (It was fun to watch overall. Needs another season though).
Similar to Blood Lad:
– Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Both are parodies. Main protagonists are far from normal and so are their friends).
– Haiyore! Nyaruko-san (Both are parodies. Main protagonists are other worldly creatures with a thing for anime and games).