Blood-C was most certainly a highlight of the year and one of my favorite series to come out of Production I.G. in a long while. The story was handled in a subversive way, the action was top notch and it was certainly a healthy addition to the Blood: The Last Vampire mythology. Of course, the TV series ended in a cliffhanger, only to be continued the following year, in Blood-C: The Last Dark. This feature film was to show Saya chasing after her original captors and get revenge for the manipulation of her memories and the death of her friends. The film picks up a few months after the TV series, where Saya has come back to Tokyo to stop Fumito Nanahara and the Tower Organization. Along finding leads to Tower, she meets a few hackers, who are also trying to expose the company to the general public and how they’re manipulating the government for their own benefit. Along with these computer hackers, Saya must do what ever it takes in order to stop Tower from taking over the world. While this film is certainly a continuation of the fantastic TV series, Blood-C: The Last Dark was quite possibly one of the worst sequels and films I’ve seen as of this year.
The very beginning of the film recreates the opening scene of the original Blood: The Last Vampire, but had a slight twist in the midst of it. It was this very thing that had me excited for The Last Dark, in that it would challenge my perceptions as to what I would think would happen in the film. Not only was this just a cheap ploy, but due to this, the film fails upon exceeding any of the expectations that it sets out in the first 10 minutes of the film, from both a narrative and action standpoint. While there’s the inclusion of a subplot with the government and a nationwide lockdown of youth activities, both in everyday life and on the internet, the addition of this makes no sense and feels out of place in the Blood-C universe. While I certainly don’t mind that there’s some social commentary in the film, it would feel more at home in a series like Eden of the East, than it would in a series about vampires fighting against monsters. There’s barely any action in the film, which most of the action taking place is due to the hackers, changing stoplights and opening doors. When we finally get to an action set pieces between Saya and different creatures, there are bits of the action in a few set pieces that happen off screen, a production technique that I would expect from a TV series and not a feature film.
From a production standpoint, the film looks very polished and well animated, a standard that Production I.G. consistently adheres to. While there isn’t as much action as the TV series, that action segments in the beginning and middle of the film do offer some great animation. Even the bits with the Sirrut organization hackers doing their jobs has some pretty fluid animation in the film, which embodies a majority of the action. The extras on Funimation’s BD/DVD combo pack only comes with a few extras. There’s an English Voice actor’s commentary, a slew of trailers for the film and NoNeNoNe Theater, a few chibi shorts with Nono and Nene from the TV series.
Failing to stand on its own and adding nothing substantial to Blood-C The TV Series, Blood-C: The Last Dark is one anime film that you should avoid at all costs.