Some guys give a girl flowers. Others wipe their memories and then have them watch absolutely everyone they know die.
|So do you remember the odd world of Blood-C? I certainly remember how excited I was after the announcement because Blood+ was a lot of fun; however we all know how much of a failure Blood-C turned out to be even though I admit it had a lot of amazing moments that followed Saya kicking some monster ass and getting covered in blood…this time I am joining Kara for a breakdown of the release of the Blood-C movie by Production IG so you can expect fantastic visuals even if you hated the lame TV series.|
|Ah, Blood-C. It had an extremely slow start, but no one can deny that the ending of the series wasn’t eventful with characters dying left right and centre in ways that had to be censored. Needless to say, I’ve been waiting for this movie with excitement ever since it was announced. Yes, the anime wasn’t that great, but hey, I’m rather attached to it since it’s one of the first things I ever blogged here.|
ALL of the yuri!
The world of CLAMP is filled with lots of interesting characters types from cute girls all the way to the badass monster killers like Saya, I think this movie gives us a bit of everything in terms of character personality types! I suppose we should start with the important ones first right? Starting with Saya who I feel had the most dramatic turn from that adorable high school student from the TV series turned into a girl seeking revenge, but she has her reasons because if you remember the events of the final episodes of the series Saya discovered that she was brainwashed, drugged and she was shot in the face by Mr. Fumito Nanahara? Yeah I think you would be angry!
The other characters were given some importance as well. Mainly, Itsuki! I’m glad he had a purpose other than being the only person there without having ulterior motives to be near Saya. …Er, well, seeing how he was involved with SIRRUT, maybe there were some motives in there, but at least he seems to have been a ‘good guy’ in general. So back to his purpose, I guess we have him to thank for SIRRUT being up to date with the events of Blood-C (though I’m sure Kuroto would have found some other way to provide that information if Itsuki never existed). Finally, Yuka. She was the only other survivor of the incident and the ending made her look like an antagonist due to her involvement with Fumito, but… was she really all that bad? If anything, I’d classify her as neutral through the whole thing since she seems to have used Fumito as a stepping stone and nothing more. She had no other real involvement with Tower and in the end, she was the one to lift all of the bans on society. She’s ambitious for sure, but I can’t see her quite classified as malicious.
I’m going to hold off talking about Fumito for now, and go briefly into the Old Ones (or Bairns as they were called in the subs I watched for the anime). Their purpose seems to be that they just kind of… exist and that humans made a contract to just stop the slaughter. I still have no idea about that one chicken from the anime eating the other one since Saya is the only one who apparently eats them, but maybe that was just to emphasize that they can talk, but are far from human…? Well, at least we know that they listen to Fumito since he was part of an entire family of people raised to control the contract.
…So most of the questions about Fumito seemed to have been answered with “he had a fetish for Saya”. Why did he betray his family? I assume, for Saya. Why did he go through all of the effort to set up the events of Blood-C? To watch Saya and see what she’d do. Horrible human experimentation? You guessed it: Saya. You know what? I’ll ship it. It seems like kind of a weak reason to screw absolutely everyone over with, but it’s pretty obvious that Fumito doesn’t really have the most stable mind in the world. It seems his whole goal in life seemed to be a mix of watching her and trying to lift the curse of hers. Her needless suffering aside, his obsession with her was actually kind of a weird mix of admiration (due to her nature) and romance, but still in an extremely twisted way. He even made that final parting with Saya seem really sad. The line at the end about winning and losing was a bit sad as well since I assume he was talking about his human experimentation for Saya’s sake. If he had managed to make human-Old Ones, he would have been Saya’s prey, but she would have been able to survive off of them. His experiments failed though, meaning that he can’t lift her curse with his death there and she’ll die eventually. I think back to Blood+ (the anime, not the manga) and Solomon dying in a similar way since he had kind of the same devotion level towards his respective Saya. I guess in the end, Fumito was just really, really, really, really, terrible with directing his… passion.
I’ve spent a really long portion of my thoughts talking about the characters and the past Blood-C, but really, there wasn’t much story here. It’s basically Saya meets people on her revenge quest for Fumito, various character development happens and then she kills him. A lot of the movie was based on the newer characters (mostly Mana and her problems) and while they were connected to Fumito due to being screwed over by him, they wouldn’t have been involved with Saya and Fumito’s ongoing battle if they hadn’t run into her at the beginning. Kuroto being the exception, of course, but he had family issues with Fumito.
…It sounds so simple when written above, but really, with all of the motives and characters and other things, this was just as straightforward as any other recent CLAMP series. …Which is to say, it wasn’t that straightforward at all. It was fun to watch though and easier to piece together than that time loop thing in Tsubasa, so there’s something.
…It’s just not a CLAMP production without some kind of Mokona image inserted in there. Interestingly enough though, this seems to take place in the same CLAMP-world as XXXHolic, Legal Drug and a lot of the other series take place in since Watanuki’s shop was right there. Though of course, it’s been described as being ‘between dimensions’, so maybe this Tokyo isn’t the same one as the others. I’m curious to know what Saya’s price for the sword was, but overall, it was nice to see how well Watanuki is handling things without Yuuko. After she vanished in XXXHolic, the story seems to have skipped a lot of how his job went and the story just kind of… ended after a few random chapters, so seeing him working and being well was nice.
Having a bloody good time:
This movie was a lot of fun thanks to the outstanding artwork provided by Production IG, but I only have one complaint about this movie and that would be the pacing? It felt really slow to me with certain scenes, but that is kind of a minor thing because this is a movie after all so I will let that slide. Now the story is quite easy to figure out especially when you have someone dead set on revenge like Saya who is doing ALL THE WORK in this movie, I mean sure I did not expect the other human characters to suddenly flip a switch and transform into complete badass monster killers! That said, how fun would it have been to see the loli hacker girl Hiro Tsukiyama using a sword to kill things? Besides the easy to follow story there was a lot of character interactions between Saya and Mana throughout the whole movie, but they kind of give the impression that Mana wants to be “friends” with Saya because she was always following her everywhere. Oh and just randomly throwing this out there! This movie has a short topless scene provided by a quick bath between the two girls and speaking of service shots I have to say damn the movie version of Saya is really sexy! Not because we saw her topless I mean she looks quite mature in character design and personality compared to her happy go lucky moe TV version, but thinking back I like both versions of that character…
Fun side note this movie has other great actors besides Hanazawa Kana! It features Jun Fukuyama, Yuuki Kaji, Hiroshi Kamiya and Yuichi Najamura! Yes we have Gai and Oh Ma Shoe from Guilty Crown running around in this movie, but stand out role goes to a new face Ai Hashimoto that voiced Mana Hiiragi because she did a wonderful job! Since this was a CLAMP production did anyone else spend their time looking for the other references to their other shows? We had lots of Tsubasa Chronicle hints and some from the world of xxxHOLIC! Personally I kept waiting for Sakura from Card Captors to appear on screen. So in short if you love CLAMP and kind of liked Blood-C I think you really should check out this movie, but if you dropped the TV series and don’t really care about Saya or any of these voice actors then you might as well pass on this one even though I think it is a great stand-alone movie.
I loved every minute of this. The production was great, the seiyuu were great and even though we were out of the original setting of a quiet village, this didn’t feel out of place for Blood-C at all (minus the fact that a large fraction of the main characters survived).
I think I said most of what I wanted to say above, but to bring back my list of unanswered questions from my last Blood-C post:
-Who is Fumito’s employer? Uhhh, Tower? Himself? This one became less important in the movie.
-What is Fumito’s ‘prize’? Maybe this was just something he said to get her to participate, but this became unimportant as well.
-Why did he want to see if Saya would change or not? Due to his obsession probably.
-Just how exactly did Fumito manage to change her memories like that? (Though this one isn’t that important since this is CLAMP world and magic happens just beacause) Yep, unimportant.
-What was Saya’s price for her wish granted? -…I don’t think they ever told us.
-Who made it so that Saya can’t eat humans? -Unanswered, but at least we know it’s a curse.
-What exactly is Saya? This mystery is apparently supposed to remain a mystery. She’s ancient and there to eat Old Ones.
-How the hell do those talisman things work? Kind of answered with magic because of the fact that Fumito’s family is supposed to be experts on this stuff.
-Why did Fumito bother changing Saya’s outfit/give her glasses/ convince her that she’s a shrine maiden? (Though this is probably just a fetish) …I think we can safely assume it was a fetish.
-How the hell did a Bairn and a human manage to have sex and make a kid? They did because CLAMP.
-Does CLAMP even know anything about genetics? Answered basically with “it’s magic, so there.”
-Just how scarring will the uncensored version of this be? Not from the movie, but the last 10 or so minutes are pretty fun. Though you kind of have to wonder what happened to the guy who’s head gets twisted off’s ribs went.
Most of my questions were made vastly unimportant or answered to my satisfaction. Though about Saya’s price in the Blood-C anime and all of that, maybe it has to do with her curse? If they told us about it in here, it completely flew over my head.
Anyways, long story short, this was a fun ride and even though it concluded rather nicely here, I can see this story continuing onwards. …Which is a rather CLAMP thing to do. Even if there is no sequel, I see it being completely possible that they could even bring Saya back in their other series kind of like Watanuki in this one. Even with her revenge finished, I don’t think that Saya is quite done fighting yet and it’s not like she’s going to die from being unable to eat Old Ones right away. There’s a lot she could do in the future, there was most likely a lot in her past, and this was just one particularly troubled part of her long life.