Blu-ray Review "Blood-C: The Complete Series (Limited Edition)"

bloodcActors: Alexis Tipton, Robert McCollum, Bill Jenkins
Directors: Jerry Jewell, Tsutomu Mizushima
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: FUNimation Entertainment
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Run Time: 300 minutes

Series: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

If you are aware of Production I.G’s anime “Blood: The Last Vampire” from 2000 and it’s follow up 50 episode series “Blood+”, then you are going to LOVE “Blood-C”. This new series consists of 12 episodes and is made along with the manga creators CLAMP.  The series manages to consists of a nice mixture of sweet and cute while still managing to kick some major ass and comes packed with gore. The production value is impressive and the animation is really clean and sharp. As the story develops, the show really gets its wind in towards the end of the series but still really entertains throughout each episode. The main issue I had with the series is that I would have loved for it to be longer.  If you are a fan of the manga then this really aims to please for sure. I hope that Production I.G. contains this franchise going as I cannot get enough of it.

Official Premise: The creators of “Blood – the Last Vampire” and “Blood+” team up with renowned powerhouse CLAMP to inject beauty into a chilling new addition to the Blood line. Horrifying beasts with a hunger for human flesh prey on the citizens of a quiet town. In moonlit twilight, Saya slays the monsters and returns home drenched in blood. As the attacks increase in frequency and intensity, her enemies relay cryptic messages about a broken contract. Limbs are torn from flesh and skulls are crushed and devoured while the huntress struggles with paralyzing visions and gaping holes in her memory. When the humans Saya promised to protect reveal the sickening truth about her role in the violence, she learns her mission isn’t as clear cut as she thought-and her most sadistic foe of all is so close she can taste it.

This Limited Edition release comes in a  Blu-ray + DVD combo pack.  This four-disc set including two Blu-ray dics and two DVDs.  They are packages in a slipcase cover with individual cases for each format.  It is a little weird that a DVD comes in a Blu-ray case but either way I like having the option of either Blu-ray or DVD.  The 1080p transfer of the episodes really look fantastic, especially the colors red and black ;-). The episodes are also presented with their original aspect ratio of 1.78:1.  The audio included packs a very nice (and preferred) English track with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and the Japanese track includes a Dolby TrueHD 2.0 track.  The special features are lacking a bit with the main extra being two commentary tracks.  The first is on episode 6 with director Jerry Jewell and Robert McCollum, the voice of Fumito. The next is on episode 12 with Jerry Jewell with Alexis Tipton, the voice of Saya. There is the Textless Opening and Closing Songs “spiral” and “Junketsu Paradox”.  Lastly there are the Original Commercials,
Promotional Videos (both in 1080i) and U.S. Trailer included.

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