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After watching alot of light-hearted animes this past few weeks, I decided to ‘break the trend’ and watch something that is funny and has action. I chose to watch Blood Lad.
I had seen the first episode of Blood Lad a long time ago. Dunno what happen to me, but I forgot to continue watching it. Now that I got a really good copy of the series, I didn’t hesitate to binge-watch the hell out of it.
Here’s my thoughts about this anime:
When Fuyumi Yanagi, a Japanese girl, accidentally wanders through a portal leading into the demon world, Staz is overjoyed. But just as he is starting to feel an unusual attraction to her, his territory is attacked, resulting in Fuyumi’s untimely death. She turns into a wandering ghost and the crestfallen Staz vows to resurrect her as this would mean being able to travel to the human world, something he has always dreamed of.
Blood Lad follows Staz and Fuyumi, soon joined by the spatial magician Bell and the half-werewolf Wolf, as they travel to find a magic that can bring humans back to life.
Blood Lad blew my mind. I really enjoyed watching this one.
I am not much of a fan of the vampire genre. I find it overrated. I haven’t seen much of vampire animes so yeah, not too fond with it. But this anime, infairness, was different. This anime was really hilarious and entertaining. I mean, an otaku vampire boss in the demon world later met a lost japanese human girl who eventually became a ghost.
What’s not to like about that???
From the amazing comedic timing to the fitting visuals, everything was done really well. Except for one thing though, its a bit fast paced. Originally, Blood lad anime is an adapatation of a manga of the same name. I heard from other people that this anime, with only 10 eps and 1 ova, tried to fit in 30+ chapters. That’s a bit too much. I do admit that the fast pace in a way fits to some degree to the story, but there are some scenes, like the last few episodes, that needed more time. The fast pacing resulted to an abrupt ending, which is a bit distasteful to the fans, also to me.
The visuals definitely added alot of flavor and vibrance to this anime. The character designs were quite similar to the manga counterpart. The background art clearly represents the fact that we are in another world. The changing of color scheme added alot of character and enjoyment while watching this anime. It was delightful to watch. From the actions scenes to the interesting monster designs, it was consistent. I do admit, there was some scenes that I find the animation a bit iffy, but overall, its really good. I didn’t expect studio Brain Base would impress me with this anime. I could really tell they used every penny for this anime really well. I know this studio made alot of amazing animes (Durarara!!, Baccano, Mawaru Penguindrum, SNAFU s1) before, but bruh, they also did some mediocre ones too (Servamp, Kamigami no Asobi, Brothers Conflict, Endride). So yeah, my expectations for this anime were a bit low, so this definitely was a surprise. And I love it.
Ah! I forgot to mention. The fanservice. Oh my, the level of fanservice in this series is quite not over-the-top. Each fanservice scene wasn’t in-your-face so it wasn’t disgusting to look at. I even find those scenes really good and in a way fits well into the story.
It wasn’t just the visuals that wowed me, but it was mainly the characters. Staz, the otaku vampire boss, is so amusing to watch. He is so powerful but he doesn’t want to be the hero, he prefers to be the villain (though he does became a hero in the end, LOL). That itself speaks alot of his character. Even though at first he seemed to treat Fuyumi ‘badly’ (especially after she became a ghost), its quite clear that he greatly cares for her. Fuyumi, too, is an awesome character. She looks and acts naive. Even looking like a lost puppet or something, she still get along well with everyone. She doesn’t really get everything that is happening around her, but she accepts and easily adapts to situations. I really like that. The other characters rocked too. They didn’t disappoint. Though, I am a bit disappointed that we didn’t get alot of development from the supporting casts. I know the writers tried their best to fit everything in 10+1 episodes, its a waste.
The music and soundtrack of this anime is LIT. After listening to alot of subpar and average OP & ED songs from the previous animes, hearing a really really good OP and ED was a breath of fresh air for me. The OP is catchy and it made me bang my head for a bit. The ED too is catchy as hell. The overall soundtrack fits well with the themes of the anime. I’ll definitely check it out later.
Overall, this anime is really good. Very enjoyable to watch. Its a shame its very short and I do hope it gets a sequel cuz it definitely deserves it.
Anyway, that is all for now.
Thanks for reading!!