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Blood-C: The Last Dark

Title: Blood-C: The Last Dark
Genre: Action/Drama
Company: Production I.G
Format: Movie, 105 minutes.
Dates: 21 May 2012

Synopsis: One night, in a subway train in Japan, a man turns into a vicious creature called an Elder Bairn and begins attacking humans. Before it can kill an innocent girl, Kisaragi Saya wields her sword and slays the creature. Soon, Saya finds out the girl is a member of SIRRUT, a group of vigilantes led by Mogari Kuroto who is bent on bringing down TOWER, a powerful organization that is mysteriously associated with people who have gone missing. Saya also learns that the leader of TOWER is Nanahara Fumito, the person responsible for the massacre in Ukishima half a year ago.

The Highlights
Writing: Unoriginal and uninspiring.
Characters: Flat and uninspiring.
Action: Well-animated but still uninspiring.
Summing up in one wo-: UNINSPIRING.

I watched Blood-C back in summer of 2011, and it bored me to sleep. It is about a ditzy girl who merrily sings her way to school every morning and transforms into a hunter who kills mysterious creatures called Elder Bairns for reasons unknown to her. Not only is it snail-paced, but also the whole cast ― including Saya herself ― is unmemorable, and the bloody (excuse the pun) ending left a gross aftertaste in my mouth. So then comes The Last Dark, which is the movie to end the whole story. It should be much better than the series, right? Hell no. The movie’s just as boring, and in fact, as a grand finale, it falls below my expectations.

The Last Dark suffers the same setback as the main series: everything about it is just dull. The new cast is just as flat as those in the series, because there is no character development at all. In fact, both casts are no different from each other: the shady leader of the good guys, the goody two-shoes, the loli hacker, the nerd, a tsundere dude and so on. There’s absolutely nothing sympathetic about them, and they only serve as puppets that move the plot forward. Protagonist Saya’s new stoic demeanor ― as compared to her dual personality in the series ― renders her a listless central figure, and her opposite pairing with Hiiragi is devoid of any onscreen chemistry. The characters are nothing more than a forgettable motley crew typical of a show involving a group of vigilante teenagers.

The storyline is just as bad. It’s as straightforward as it gets: Saya traces her enemy, stumbles upon a group of people with the same agenda, finds her enemy, and kills him. Even the (anti)climactic battle between Saya and antagonist Fumito ends way too simply, and the latter’s true motive for the atrocious things he has done before are vaguely explored. The movie doesn’t further explore the origins of the Elder Bairns or Saya’s vague past, and moreover, the story strangely incorporates an overarching theme of society’s distrust against the youth, which carries no significance or coherence to the plot. Overall, the story is undermined by utterly lazy writing, which makes the entire movie predictable.

As the conclusion to the Blood-C series, The Last Dark is a disappointment. A mundane ending to the predecessor series, it simply copy/pastes the storyline from other pedestrian anime movies without a hint of effort to make it its own. It’s visually above-average and has the typical Production I.G-style values, but that’s nothing special seeing as how good visuals are becoming a norm among anime movies. Seeing as how fairly hyped The Last Dark is because of Mizuki Nana‘s voicework for Saya, I can’t help but feel that it serves nothing more than a career vehicle for her. Maybe that is the case, but as one who simply wants entertainment, I couldn’t care less and suggest viewers move along, because there’s nothing to see here.

The Rating: 4

Reviewed by: AC

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