Blood-C Japanese DVD volume 1 cover
|Genre||Action, Horror, Supernatural, Tragedy|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tsutomu Mizushima|
|Written by||Clamp (story)
|Music by||Naoki Satō|
|Network||MBS, TBS, CBC|
|Original run||July 8, 2011 – September 30, 2011|
|Written by||Ranmaru Kotone|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Magazine||Monthly Shōnen Ace|
|Original run||May 26, 2011 – ongoing|
|Blood-C: The Last Dark|
|Directed by||Naoyoshi Shiotani|
|Written by||Clamp (story)
|Released||June 2, 2012|
Blood-C is a 2011 anime/manga series that is produced in collaboration by Studio Production I.G and manga creators CLAMP. This is Production I.G's second anime series related to the Blood franchise, the first being Blood+, which aired in 2005–2006. The first part of the Blood series, Blood: The Last Vampire, debuted back as a short animated film in 2000 and was later adapted into a live-action film of the same name. An animated film, Blood-C: The Last Dark, which acts as a sequel to the Blood-C series, was released in Japanese theatres on June 2, 2012.
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Saya Kisaragi is a seemingly-normal girl who is overly clumsy and kind. She lives with her father, the head of her hometown's shrine, and learns the "art of the sword" from him. She has to fight against the "Ancient Ones", a saga of monsters who menace her peaceful town, with a sword left by her missing mother. However, as she fights against them, she learns more things about who she really is and her real mission.
The series is set in the same world as the other installments of the Blood saga, but features a completely different story and setting.
- Saya Kisaragi (更衣 小夜 Kisaragi Saya )
- Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)
- The main protagonist of the series, Saya, is an upbeat, cheerful, and kind girl who is overly polite, even with her closest friends. Despite being extremely athletic when it comes to sports, she is normally clumsy, always in a rush, and tends to be late to school. Saya trains under her father as a miko and is a very skilled sword fighter. Those outside of her family are oblivious to her duty as a hunter of Furukimono, or monsters that inhabit the town. During her fights with Furukimono, her eyes sometimes turn into an eerie, almost demonic-like, red. Throughout the series Saya is constantly attacked by Furukimono and she fights them with the understanding that she is doing what her mother had done before she died. However, as time passes Saya is no longer sure of her duties and even her identity. At one point she realizes that she cannot remember her mother's face or appearance even her name.
- Fumito Nanahara (七原 文人 Nanahara Fumito )
- Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese), Robert McCollum (English)
- Saya's neighbor and the owner of Guimauve, a coffee shop near Saya's home. He is also a friend and junior of Tadayoshi back in their high school years, although he attended it much later than Tadayoshi. Fumito usually serves breakfast for Saya and makes bento lunches for her. He once stated to Saya that she is special to him, and that she is more important to him than anything else. After her battles, he expresses his concern towards Saya by bringing coffee and guimauve to her after her battles. Saya once questioned him about his guimauve asking if they were always pink in color — he mysteriously states it depends what is mixed in them. He is revealed to be the series main antagonist, being the one behind the experiment to see whether Saya would revert back to her previous personality. Unlike his persona in the experiment, Fumito demonstrates himself to be a sadistic and remorseless character who allows his defectors to die violent deaths while being obsessed with Saya and her abilities, but still maintaining a teasing and cordial demeanor towards her.
- Tadayoshi Kisaragi (更衣 唯芳 Kisaragi Tadayoshi )
- Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese), Bill Jenkins (English)
- Saya's father and the priest at the shrine where he and Saya reside. While Saya is out fighting the Furukimono, he worries about her, though he is not inclined to show it. He cares deeply for Saya and helps with her training, often commenting on her clumsiness. Tadayoshi is actually a hybrid between a furukimono and human due to the mating between the two species. When he fights Saya at the finale, Saya kills him when she realizes that an over-excessive consumption of her blood has driven him berserk. In his final moments, he confesses that his paternal feelings for her were genuine and he cherished their time together. Saya grieves deeply over his death and recognizes him as her father.
- Yūka Amino (網埜 優花 Amino Yūka )
- Voiced by: Masumi Asano (Japanese), Martha Harms (English)
- A classmate of Saya's that often has lunch with her. She presumably dies when she is killed by a Furukimono. In the penultimate episode, it is revealed she is part of the "main cast" who were given protection from furukimono and was more or less informed by what is happening in the town while the "extras" used were expendable. She and Itsuki have followed the rules of the experiment, confronting Kanako and the others when they attempt to defect. However, she proves to be as ruthless as Fumito and shows little value toward human life, doing whatever she needs to do achieve goals. Despite her youthful appearance, she is older than she appears and agreed to participate in Fumito's experiment in order to become the governor of Tokyo. She is the only remaining survivor of the town aside Fumito and the only survivor of the "main cast" in the end.
- In the movie, her age is revealed to be 28 years old. She is a member of Seventh Heaven and does secretarial duties for Fumito while pursing her political goals. At the end of the movie, she eventually became the governor of Tokyo and abolished the Youth Ordinance Bill.
- Nono & Nene Motoe (求衛 のの&ねね Motoe Nono & Nene )
- Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (Japanese), Lindsay Seidel (English)
- Twin sisters who are also Saya's schoolmates and tend to repeat one another. They admire Saya and enjoy playfully teasing her for her naivete. Both were presumably killed by Furukimonos. In the penultimate episode, they reveal themselves to be "main cast" actors in the experiment centered around Saya. Unlike their false personae, they are self-centered, cruel and extremely ruthless. It is implied that they have an unscrupulous past and they joined the experiment specifically to have their past records erased. Defecting from the rules of the experiment so that they can leave the town sooner and still reap the rewards for participating, they viciously mock Saya as she is breaking down and express their disgust at Saya's true nature. Both sisters are violently killed by the Cerberus furukimono in the series' conclusion.
- Itsuki Tomofusa (鞘総 逸樹 Tomofusa Itsuki )
- Voiced by: Atsushi Abe (Japanese), Chris Burnett (English)
- The class president. He has a crush on Saya, to which she is completely oblivious, despite the evident comments of her friends that emphasize his interest on her. He is the presumably only remaining survivor on the attack of a Furukimono at Saya's school. Though a "main cast" member, he and Yuka do not defect from the experiment's rules and become suspicious of Tsutsutori, Tokizane, and the twins. Unlike most of the main cast, he develops genuine feelings for Saya, even though he knew what she was. In the conclusion, he attempts to shield Saya from being shot by one of Fumito's private soldiers, revealing his true feelings for her as he dies.
- In the movie, it is revealed that Itsuki was a member of SIRRUT, who was tasked to infiltrate Fumito's experiment and provided information to the group.
- Shinichirō Tokizane (時真 慎一郎 Tokizane Shin'ichirō )
- Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese), Scott Freeman (English)
- A quiet classmate who harbors a secret interest in Saya. He is usually seen skipping lunch, as he stated once to Saya that he'd rather sleep than eat. Tokizane eventually discovers Saya's secret and confesses his feelings to her, but apparently dies after being killed by a Furukimono. In actuality, he did not die and is one of the "main cast" in the experiment centered around Saya. Tokizane apparently joined the experiment for money and defects to Tsutsutori when she promises a larger sum. In order to force Saya into recovering her memories sooner, he obtains a vial of Furukimono blood that Tsutsutori had Saya drink. Unlike his false persona, he is obnoxious, impatient, cold, and deeply disgusted with Saya's true nature. Tokizane, like the other defectors, are caught by Fumito, Yuka, and Itsuki shortly after they attempt to escape with Saya. Like all cast members, it is implied that he is using a pseudonym. He is the first to be killed by the furukimono Cerberus in the series' conclusion.
- Kanako Tsutsutori (筒鳥 香奈子 Tsutsutori Kanako )
- Voiced by: Miho Miyagawa (Japanese), Lydia Mackay (English)
- Saya's homeroom teacher, an easy-going woman who used to be a folklore researcher. She joined the experiment to study Saya and witness the Shrovetide, the only time when demons are allowed to consume humans, and publish the results, but had grown impatient and angry that Fumito would constantly erase Saya's memories after every battle. As a result, she convinces Tokizane and the twins to join her and force Saya to recover her memories sooner, but is caught by Fumito. As the other defectors are killed, Fumito reveals he had been aware of Kanako's impending betrayal and had given her a fake talisman that would not protect her. Despite Saya being able to save her from being devoured by the Cerberus furukimono, Kanako is decapitated by Tadayoshi.
- Dog (犬 Inu )
- Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)
- An unusual puppy with strange marks on his body who is usually seen near Saya, who finds that it can actually speak and refers to itself as the owner of a shop that realize wishes for those who pay an according price, hinting that he might be Kimihiro Watanuki, a character from the CLAMP manga/anime xxxHolic (also played by Jun Fukuyama and Todd Haberkorn). He claims that the reason for him to get close to Saya is to make a wish of hers come true.
- In the movie it is revealed that the dog was used by Watanuki to communicate with Saya, as he can talk through him. Because of this and the markings it can be suggested the Dog is in fact Watanuki's Kudagitsune.
- Mana Hiiragi (柊 真奈 Hīragi Mana )
- Voiced by: Ai Hashimoto (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)
- A 17-year old high school student and a member of SIRRUT. She joins the organization in order to search for her missing father, who is a reporter. She is a skilled hacker and helped her father provide information on Seventh Heaven for his job. However, after her father's disappearance, she refuses to hack again until the infiltration at Tsuji Private High School. Ever since Saya saved her from the furukimono at the Tokyo subway, she develops an interest in her and follows her around despite the warnings from her fellow SIRRUT members. At the movie's climax, it is revealed that her father is actually the furukimono that Saya killed at the beginning of the movie. She never learned the truth after Saya disappeared at the end of the movie.
- Kuroto Mogari (殯 蔵人 Mogari Kuroto )
- Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese), Mike McFarland (English)
- Representative of Sysnet, a popular IT venture company in Tokyo, and the financial backer of SIRRUT. He is Fumito's cousin and their families are protectors of Shrovetide, the covenant between the humans and the furukimono. The Mogari clan is responsible for overseeing the covenant while the Nanahara clan protects them. However, when Fumito is in charge, the entire Mogari clan was killed, leaving Kuroto as the only survivor. When Saya arrives at Tokyo, Kuroto requests her help to defeat Fumito. Later, it is revealed that he is actually working with him all along and used SIRRUT as his own means to support Fumito. In the end, he transformed into a gargantuan furukimono after he betrayed Fumito. He was killed by Saya.
- Shun Fujimura (藤村 駿 Fujimura Shun )
- Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)
- A former classmate of Mana and a member of SIRRUT. He is 18 years old. He is shown to have a crush on Saya, stating how he thinks she is beautiful.
- Iori Matsuo (松尾 伊織 Matsuo Iori )
- Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura (Japanese), Justin Cook (English)
- A 19-year old college student and a member of SIRRUT. He does not trust Saya easily. He has a crush on Haruno and at the end of the movie, they got together.
- Hiro Tsukiyama (月山 比呂 Tsukiyama Hiro )
- Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)
- The youngest member of SIRRUT and a skilled hacker. She is 13 years old.
- Haruno Yanagi (矢薙 春乃 Yanagi Haruno )
- Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
- Kuroto's secretary at Sysnet and the coordinator of SIRRUT. She is 24 years old. Matsuo has a crush on her and at the end of the movie, they got together.
- Kutō (九頭 Kutō )
- Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)
- The head of Tower's task force. His family members served the Nanahara family for generations and were tasked to protect their interests from their opponents. Near the end of the movie, he transforms into a furukimino but is killed by Saya.
The anime was announced in the May 2011 issue of Shōnen Ace magazine where it would be revealed as a collaboration between Studio Production I.G and the manga creator group CLAMP. CLAMP was in charge of creating the story and original character designs while Production I.G handled the animation. The anime is published by Aniplex and directed by Tsutomu Mizushima with Junichi Fujisaku, who previously worked on Blood: The Last Vampire and Blood+, as creative supervisor. Nanase Ohkawa also supervises the scripts and co-writing them with Fujisaku while Kazuchika Kise is adapting CLAMP's character designs for animation and Naoki Sato is composing the music. The opening theme is "spiral" performed by Dustz, while the ending theme is "Junketsu Paradox" (純潔パラドックス Junketsu Paradokkusu ) performed by Nana Mizuki. Aniplex, Dentsu, Dwango, Kadokawa Shoten and MBS were also involved in the production of the series. The anime aired between July 8, 2011 and September 30, 2011 on MBS and TBS and was also simulcast in North America and the United Kingdom on Nico Nico. At Anime Expo 2012, Funimation Entertainment announced that they have licensed the anime series and The Last Dark film. Madman Entertainment has licensed the anime series and the film in Australia.
|01||"O Ye Winds of Heaven"
"Ama Tsukase" (あまつかせ)
|July 8, 2011|
|Saya Kisaragi is a cheerful, honest, and kind girl who trains as a miko under her father, Tadayoshi, spending her days quietly with her schoolmates. However, those outside her family are oblivious to her secret life as a mysterious swordswoman who makes use of a sacred sword to slay monsters who appeared nearby.|
|02||"It is for Thy Sake"
"Kimi ga Tame" (きみがため)
|July 15, 2011|
|Saya continues to enjoy her days happily at school while fulfilling her duties as a hunter of Furukimono at night. Itsuki Tomofusa, the class president, does his best to court Saya but without success, while she shows concern for Shinichirō Tokizane, another classmate who rarely speaks to her, but usually watches her from afar.|
|03||"As for Man..."
"Hito wa Isa" (ひとはいさ)
|July 22, 2011|
|Saya learns that the bakery owner is missing and soon finds that a Furukimono is responsible for his disappearance. She fails to save his life, but manages to slay the creature, who speaks to Saya about a "covenant" before passing away.|
|04||"That has Made Me Sad"
"Nageke Tote" (なげけとて)
|July 29, 2011|
|Saya asks Tadayoshi about the meaning behind the covenant mentioned by the Furukimono, but is dissuaded by him. That night, when confronting three Furukimonos attacking a group of workers, one of them mentions that the covenant between humans and Furukimonos must be honored.|
|05||"Meeting in the Way"
"Meguri Ahite" (めぐりあひて)
|August 5, 2011|
|Saya begins to experience headaches related to visions. Tadayoshi sends her on a mission to kill a powerful Furukimono. Saya prevails but continues to ponder about the covenant all the Furukimonos keep telling her about. Back at class, Saya and her class is told a story about Furukimonos and humans from her teacher, Kanako Tsutsutori. During the story, Saya experiences another severe headache and collapses. The next day, Nene visits Saya and both of them are attacked by another Furukimono.|
|06||"Dashed by Fierce Winds"
"Kaze o Itami" (かぜをいたみ)
|August 19, 2011|
|Saya quickly searches for her sword but does not save Nene in time. After taking a day off to rest, Saya returns the next day only to find that Nono has also been absent from school. Kanako informs them that the school is closing down due to recent incidents. Saya is interrupted on her way home by a dog that is able to converse with her. Soon after, Nono appears and confronts Saya about Nene's whereabouts. A Furukimono forms from Nono's shadows and attacks the civilians. Saya kills the Furukimono but is unable to save Nono as she is killed in the process.|
|07||"As Pitiless as the Storm"
|August 26, 2011|
|As Saya laments not being able to save Nene and Nono, she has trouble remembering who she made a promise to protect everyone to. She later encounters the dog from before, approaching her in order to grant a certain wish. The next day, as Tadayoshi tells her to keep her katana on her at all times, she arrives at school to find it empty besides Kanako. On the way back, Saya encounters a samurai-like Furukimono who casts doubt in her mind over whether to trust what Tadayoshi had told her. As Saya manages to regain her resolve and kill the Furukimono, who tells her to ask Tadayoshi who she really is with his last breath, she is discovered by Shinichirō.|
|08||"Within the World"
"Yo no Naka yo" (よのなかよ)
|September 2, 2011|
|Shinichirō gets Saya to tell her about the Furukimonos, offering to be her confidant. As Saya returns home, she finds Tadoyoshi collapsed on the floor, though he passes it off as a dizzy spell. As the dog talks to Saya, asking her what would happen if she broke the promise she made, she experiences another headache as she recalls something concerning a reward and a punishment. After a few days of no Furukimono activity, Saya returns to school, where a Furukimono appears and attacks the class, killing several students. With no escape available, Saya is forced to unsheath her katana in front of her friends to fight the Furukimono.|
|09||"Against my Wish"
"Kokoro ni mo" (こころにも)
|September 9, 2011|
|Saya struggles to keep the Furukimono from killing more students as she becomes tormented with flashbacks. Although she eventually manages to kill the Furukimono, all of her classmates besides Itsuki had been killed. After lamenting to the dog, who poses more questions about her nature, and being visited by Shinichirō, Saya comes to the realization that only her class had been called to school that day. As Shinichirō's attempt to confess to Saya is put off by the arrival of Tadayoshi, Saya questions why she does not know her mother's name.|
|10||"Since 'Tis by Its Breath"
"Fuku Kara ni" (ふくからに)
|September 16, 2011|
|As Saya wonders why she doesn't know her mother's name or appearance, she is attacked by a Furukimono, who kills Shinichirō when he returns to check up on her. After killing the Furukimono, Saya begins to question who exactly she is before passing out. The next day, she is visited by Fumito, who calms her by giving her some coffee and guimauve before going to see Tadayoshi. As Tadoyoshi goes off somewhere, Kanako asks Saya to see some scrolls in her shrine. Kanako reveals that all the books in the shrine supposedly detailing the Furukimono are all blank, as Saya suddenly sees Nene and Nono appear before her.|
|11||"Whom Then are There Now"
"Tare o Kamo" (たれをかも)
|September 23, 2011|
|Kanako, Nene and Nono, and Shinichirō reveal themselves to be part of a 'main cast', playing roles for the purpose of making Saya remember who she is in order to be rewarded with their own desires. As they force Saya to drink Furukimono blood, which she had allegedly been drinking whenever she passed out, they reveal she is linked to Shrovetide, a period in time when demons are given permission to eat humans. As Saya starts to remember things as a result of drinking the blood, a Furukimono appears and the group is confronted by Itsuki, Yūka and Fumito, who question their motives for disobeying the project.|
|12||"For Some Men I Grieve"
|September 30, 2011|
|Saya finally remembers that, having been captured by Fumito, she had her memories altered and was put on a stage to feed on Furukimono as a test to see if she would change. Fumito has the Furukimono to kill Shinichiro, Nene and Nono for disobeying his orders. Saya kills the Furukimono before it can kill Kanako, but she is instead killed by Tadayoshi who is revealed to be half-Furukimono that has gone berserk from drinking Saya's blood. After the battle between Saya and Tadayoshi, the latter reveals his paternal attachment to Saya before he dies. As Fumito makes his escape, sending an army of multiplying Furukimono to kill everyone in town, Itsuki sacrifices himself in order to protect Saya, admitting he had fallen for her before passing away. After beating the Furukimono, Saya tries to attack Fumito before he escapes, but is shot in the eye. Left alone on the island, Saya tends to her wound and prepares to make her next move.|
A manga adaptation by Ranmaru Kotone began serialization in Shōnen Ace magazine on May 26, 2011. The first volume was released on August 27, 2011, and the series spawned 4 volumes. The manga tells the same story of the TV series and the The Last Dark movie.
A 2012 anime film titled Blood-C: The Last Dark would be made after the anime series. After the end of the final episode, a teaser of the film announced that it would be released on June 2, 2012. The film would also be funded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs with 50 million yen.
Yahoo! Japan's Movies website began streaming the first eight minutes from the movie four days before its premiere in Japan. The movie was also screened in the 2012 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal from July 19 to August 7 and in the 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan 2012) in Puchon, Republic of Korea, from July 19 to 29, 2012
The TV series received mixed reviews on its first airing. Theron Martin of Anime News Network expressed that "the sharp use of color, especially involving the school uniforms, almost offsets the irritatingly disproportionate lankiness of CLAMP's character designs, and the opener's visuals are cool," but the viewers "need some substance" and "some elaboration on why Saya's eyes turn red or some hint of a bigger picture" which is "something that fans can sink their teeth into, at least." Zac Bertschy praises the production values and the animations but feels that the staff need "to set up any kind of overarching story". Gia Manry also praises the animation and character designs but feels that "it's too early to tell whether Production I.G and CLAMP will break Saya out of the sort of flawless-princess cage she's in". However, Carl Kimlinger thinks "Tsutomu Mizushima nails CLAMP's peculiar surrealism without half trying, and he takes to brutal horror-action as if to the manner born." Chris Beveridge from The Fandom Post criticized the TV series' ending for its focus on characters being murdered in an extremely way and the lack of closure.
The movie earned US$409,000 in Japan during its opening week  and entered the Japanese box office at No. 10. It also won the jury L'Écran Fantastique Prize at the Montreal Fantasia Film Festival for its "horrifying Lovecraftian bestiary, as well as attention to textures and lighting." Bamboo Dong from Anime News Network found the film superior to the TV series for its simple story, visual quaility and audio. While praising its setting, Dong noted that viewers would need to watch the television series first to understand it which he saw as a con. On the other hand, Andy Hanley from UK Anime Network saw the film as inferior to the TV series as it "feels rather lifeless and ultimately turns in a distinctly average viewing experience."
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