Peaceful schoolgirl by day, fearsome monster slayer by night, Saya Kisaragi is leading a split life. Equipped with a ceremonial sword given to her by her father for sacred tasks, she vanquishes every monster who dares threaten her quiet little village. But all too soon, Saya’s reality and everything she believes to be true is tested, when she overhears the monsters speak of a broken covenant—something she knows nothing about. And then, unexpectedly, a strange dog appears; it asks her to whom she promised to protect the village, curious as to what would happen if she were to break that promise. Tormented by unexplainable visions and her world unraveling around her, we travel with Saya through her struggle to find a way to the truth in a village where nothing is as it seems. – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
If want too see beautiful CLAMP characters getting eaten by monsters, interspersed with some predictable Highschool shenanigans and less predictable plot twists, then Blood-C is the show for you. It’s ambitious, uncompromising, and like all the best things in life, it isn’t for everyone.
There are a few acting problems here and there, and in particular the characterization has some major flaws in not trying hard enough to flesh out the cast, but overall I really liked this show for what it accomplished, and for the huge risks it took. This really isn’t for everyone. If you find yourself not able to get into the atmosphere because of the characters, then it’s very likely that you’re not going to enjoy this series. If you do however, you’re in for one heck of an intense ride.
Speak By Hand
The Hollywood News
BLOOD C is an anime that rewards patience and an open mind. No doubt many detractors will criticise the sudden mood changes and mixture of soft high-school relationships and sudden Earth shattering violence, whereas others will love the show for that exact reason. Strong and calm vocal performances from both the Japanese and English language cast means that overall BLOOD C is a memorable, shocking, and exhausting show.
If you can get through a slow start and the fact that there are no vampires, I highly recommend watching Blood-C. I recommend even more that you watch it a second time to get the full effect.
Going into Blood C I thought it was going to be sort of like Blood Trinity, vampires and fighting with a lot of battles. But it didn’t turn out that way, it revolved around Saya fighting these monsters and protecting her family and friends. At first the anime started off a bit slow, I wanted to see what it would bring, there was something hidden and honestly I couldn’t tell exactly where the story was going and I had my suspicions but for a 12 episode show it could have been a lot better. There is too much wasted story and the ending honestly was over the top, the last two episodes put everything together and it was totally unexpected and good but it made the first initial episodes look like crap. This anime was honestly confusing it wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad, and the graphics was pretty good, and I was surprised how graphically violent the anime was, it was extreme more then I expected from this show.
Blood-C while valiant in its effort ultimately could have used a tad more of that effort into its development. The super gore didn’t really help matters and kind of felt like I.G. was using it as a selling point. However, the story is concluded well enough to deserve at least a complete viewing of the series
My Anime List
Perhaps I am unusual, perhaps I am just a cretin who didn’t realize just how flawed the series was.
Maybe I’m wrong about this, but I liked it. You won’t. No one else did, and that’s okay.
Right Stuff Anime
I couldnt get into this version of saya. Going from Blood which was Beyond great. And then Blood + was great. This series bored me. I didnt get why she felt the need to sing that stupid song all the time i couldnt get attached to the characters. the animation was ok though, but i just couldnt like this saya. she was to much of a dizts.
The deep disappointment lies in just how hard everything falls flat on its face, how poorly the twelve episodes were paced, and how devoid of content of emotion the series had by its end, despite throwing all the twists and gimmicks they could at the screen to convince me otherwise. I would have been okay with Blood C being a unapologetic grind house slaughter fest, but instead I felt that it was pulling the wool over my eyes until it couldn’t any longer. All the mystery, simmering tension and explosive violence of the first half felt like it was headed towards something interesting, but instead throws it all out the window and becomes a farce. When I look back at this series, I have little doubt that I will find it a fascinating, amazingly stupid specimen of a show; but as a earnest participant in following the series from beginning to end, I can’t help but feel swindled. But goodness, that violence was rather marvelous.
I can’t guarantee you’ll like Blood-C , no matter what your feelings are about horror, violence, anime or CLAMP. So much rides on that ending and the patience to get there, and if you don’t have strong feelings about its ending, then you weren’t paying attention. Despite the rating, I can’t recommend this in good conscious- it would require a very specific person to like Blood-C and overlook its faults. Someone with a liking for excessive violence in cartoons. Someone who appreciates ambition despite screwy execution. Someone so patient as to be indulgent. I might fit this description, but I can’t think of anyone else who could. Blood-C is not the cookie-cutter series it seems to be, but it may too rebellious for anyone but the oddest misfits to love. Whether you think that’s a virtue or not essentially decides whether this is worth spending your time and money on.
It was a series that was way more interesting to talk about than it was to actually watch but the fact that I still persisted and continued the series must stand for something. I won’t be running up to people telling them to watch it anytime soon, but I would recommend it to friends just to see what sort of reaction I would get out of them.
Lilac Anime Reviews
By the end of the experiment Blood-C, as a whole, is a different take on the franchise. It takes some cues form earlier entries, that we’ll be talking about soon, but adds in the flare of a CLAMP series. I know I’ve harped on CLAMP before with their adaptation of xxxHolic, but Blood-C makes up for it a little bit. However, there are still some moments that were confusing and seeing Saya as such an obnoxiously oblivious character did bug me a bit. In the end, it was a fun ride! It’s not my favorite entry of the franchise, but it comes at a close second. If you’re a huge CLAMP or Saya fan then you may enjoy this one. If all else fails, you can at least see the CLAMP universe keep growing.
Sci Fi Now
Blood C takes a while to really get going, but by the end of the series everything has gone completely insane, and it’s enjoyably schlocky, stylish ultraviolence with huge monsters. Fight scenes are beautifully choreographed, and it’s clear the animators and writers are more at home when Saya’s getting chop happy with her katana.
The most fantastically blood-soaked violence you’re likely to find in modern anime is coupled with some great ideas – just try not to giggle when things get a little over the top.
This Is Another Castle
All-in-all, Blood-C tries to tell its own story but can’t seem to grasp with whatever tone it wants to be. Sure, a bunch of horrific deaths happen, but it’s on characters that never left an impression aside from, “We’re here and our deaths might be near!!” Some elements in the show like the atmosphere and the sound are a marginal plus, however, all that’s left is a less-than-stellar entry of a well-known anime franchise.
Full Metal Narcissist
All in all, Blood C doesn’t really have that much to offer. If you’re looking for a gory anime that[‘s centered around epic battles, you’d have a much better experience watching Berserk. If you wanted to see giant monsters gobble terrified people up, you could just watch Attack on Titan,. a show that does an exceptional job portraying the struggle against hopelessness. If you wanted to see an anime that pokes fun at man as a dominant predator, you could get that and so much more out of Madoka Magica, the most perfectly constructed tragedy anime in recent memory. But Blood C dumbed itself down so much to maximize the squicky blood fountains that it unintentionally created one of the least effective heroes in the history of fiction.