Friday, November 29, 2013

Blood Lad: Shonen Action Done Right

Blood Lad is the story of a vampire named Staz.He is an otaku that is obsessed with the human world, specifically Japan.Everything he knows about Japan he learned from watching anime, reading manga, and playing video games.One of his dreams is to meet a person from Japan.Lucky for Staz (unlucky for her), Fuyumi Yanagi somehow manages to accidentally cross over from the human world to the demon world.Staz rescues her from the gang of demons that are on the verge of eating her, he takes her back to his home and immediately starts grilling her about Japan.He gets called away briefly and when he returns he is shocked to find out that she has been eaten by a carnivorous plant in his absence.She becomes a ghost since she died in the demon world and Staz vows to resurrect her physical body and return her to normal.

What makes this show special is that it manages to take a lot of the elements that make fighting anime fun and exciting and condense them into ten solid, well-paced episodes.There is plenty of fanservice but it's not as excessive as similar shows.The characters are developed well for being such a brief series and the action scenes are short but intense.Brains Base (Penguindrum, Baccano!) provides the animation, everything is consistent from start to finish and the world they created is filled with many vibrant colors.If Blood Ladis on the TV you can't help but be drawn to it, it is very eye-catching.The music is well crafted also, it fits the mood of the show and gets your heart pumping when super powered demons are trading blows with one another.If you're a fan of shows like Dragon Ball Z, Hunter X Hunter, YuYu Hakusho, etc. then you definitely owe it to yourself to giver Blood Lad a shot.My only complaint is that another season has yet to be announced.

The is available from Yen Press in physical and digital formats.Viz Media licensed the anime which is currently streaming on .A date for the home video release has not been announced as of this writing.
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