Behold! It’s your favorite vampire series now Shoujo-fied courtesy of CLAMP.
I believe when I first got wind of a new BLOOD series coming this summer, my first initial reaction was HOMG!ASKJASUKDJ! I damn near squealed like a fangirl over a Naruto/Sasuke fanfic.
Say what you want about a girl running aimlessly in a sailor suit while hacking away at her chiropteran foes. Some call it tasteless, I call it a great way to kill a really boring weekend. Though, I will admit that I nearly got caught up in my own excitement to see what this revamp really was… A complete and utter shock to my system.
Now, whether I mean that in a good or a bad way, you’re just going to just keep on reading.
The episode begins with our favorite vampire killing machine, Saya Kisaragi. Though, instead of being transported into bleak world that’s over run with terror, (like in the movie or the former anime), the audience is transplanted to a…dare I say it? A more calming environment. Like, let’s a say, a shrine?
After spending some time with her father, (From what I’m guessing is just some basic mediation to start the day.) Saya gets dressed into her school uniform and visits the local inn to eat a lovely breakfast and then goes off to school. Just like a typical CLAMP anime heroine.
Oh, and things get BETTER.
You’d think the second that Saya sets foot in her homeroom that we’d be introduced to some interesting characters. Nope. Evidently, typical stock anime characters do seem to be all the rage this season, even for a group as influential as CLAMP.In fact, we’re reintroduced to the boring stereotypes. You know, the overtly kind teacher, the bossy tough girl and oh yeah, these two monsters:
Thankfully, there is a silver lining to all of this. After a day of school Saya goes back to the shrine, where we find out that she has to get some rather important chores out of the way before dinner.
When CLAMP said that they where going to take the premise of BLOOD and basically “run with the concept”, I thought this was funny. Funny, cause I had no idea that translated into hey-why-not-take-this-concept-on-a-1ooo-meter-dash and basically make this an utterly different series.
A complete and totally different series that revolves around a totally different Saya. A Saya that not only wears glasses, but who’s terribly awkward, shy and really klutzy.
Oh and sings about freakin’ BUTTERFLIES and how oh so yummy her toast was!
I think I’m done here….
Moral of the story, if you’re expecting this incarnation to be anything like any of the BLOOD franchise you’ll be disappointed. Saya is pretty much Sakura from Cardcaptor, only with big black pigtails and a giant samurai sword. The supporting cast dosen’t help either, they’re all pretty much a big fat yawn.
Okay, pettiness of not liking the new Saya aside, if there’s anything CLAMP has gotten right is that the action scenes turned out half way decent.
If you’re interested in seeing CLAMP’s newest “revamp” series and their work dosen’t insult you then I suggest watching it, that is, only if you’re really curious.With that said, CLAMP’s retelling of BLOOD isn’t absolutely horrifying…
But not horrifyingly good either.