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Anime Review: Kyoukai no Kanata

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Summary:

The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai. (Source: ANN)

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General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2013 to Dec 19, 2013
Producers: Kyoto Animation, Lantis, Pony Canyon, TBS, Sentai Filmworks
Genres: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

Kyoukai no Kanata where shall I begin… Its amazing in a very unexpected way. The anime is both brutal and filled with fan service for a PG-13 rated anime. The story is very good both beautiful and sad.There are many amazing stuff in the anime I cant pin point one thing that made it special. To simplify it, its a Slice of life anime with a hint of comedy that takes an action turn of events. I must mention that the animation is gorgeous. Also the characters never failed to surprise me. I really enjoyed getting to know their powers and personalities. I believe that the director and writer are very creative specially with the way they laid down the ending. I totally respect them for that. I wished that the anime had more action in it or more like I wish that some fights have lasted longer. Nonetheless its a great anime.

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Overall Rating: 8/10

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Movie Review: Bayonetta – Bloody Fate

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Based on the 2009 game, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate follows the story of the witch Bayonetta, as she defeats the blood-thirsty Angels and tries to remember her past from before the time she awoke, 20 years ago. Along her side are a mysterious little girl who keeps calling her “Mummy”, a journalist that holds a personal grudge against Bayonetta and a unknown white-haired woman who seems to know more than she is willing to reveal about Bayonetta’s time before her sleep.

General Information:

Directed by: Fuminori Kizaki
Aired: Nov 23, 2013
Producers: Gonzo
Genres: Action, Demons, Fantasy, Super Power
Duration: 1 hr. 29 min.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Review:

Hearing about Bayonetta‘s movie made me jump allover the place. Watching the movie was like a dream come true. I mean Bayonetta in a Japanese voice :$ I’m sold. No really, The movie was incredible. The action is amazing. Basically it was all action one fight after the other, defeated a boss to be confronted with a new one. If you are familiar with the game its very similar to it. The directing is amazing and a very good story. I can assure you that you wont get bored. There were cute moments there and funny ones as well. As great as the movie was I was left unsatisfied. I don’t know why, it just felt like something was missing. If you played the game of a Bayonetta fan you must watch it.

Overall Rate: 9/10

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Animated, Movies

 

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Manga Review: Gantz – Manga Olympics for Bloggers (Seinen/Shounen Round 2)

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Summary:

Thought your life was bad? Sometimes, death is worse. There is no salvation, peace, nor god waiting to receive you into their care. But wait, a god? Maybe you are talking about that big black ball stuck in the room with you. Now you are thrown into a game, fighting green aliens and robot monsters for the chance to survive.
When Kei Kurono is killed, he thus finds himself caught in such a game; a test of his skills, morals and will to survive. His life is not his own, his death spat and trampled upon over and over again. What happens if he does not listen? God knows.
A word of warning: Gantz is not for the faint-hearted, but neither is it as simple as it looks. Gore, rape and violence is rampant, as are portrayals of greed, violence, and all the ugliness that one sees in society today. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: 37
Chapters: 383
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 13, 2000 to Jun 20, 2013
Genres: Action, Drama, Ecchi, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Psychological, Seinen
Authors: Oku, Hiroya (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Jump

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Review:

Firs of all thank you Sir Hiroya Oku for 13 amazing years of Gantz. I still can’t believe it ended… I kept looking for one more page after the last page of the last chapter. So yeah, I’m a huge Gantz fan. It’s an amazing manga if you haven’t checked it out, you should.

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Now for the actual review. Gantz concept is totally unique. The manga Follows Kei Kurono & Masaru Katou, they are basically the main characters. Due to the concept of the story a lot of characters appear in the manga. The manga is amazing. I loved the story up until the Osaka Arc. It was magical. Though the last arc which is the catastrophe arc, was totally weird. The manga does develop greatly to reach that arc, but the fights weren’t as good as the previous arcs.
The action is absolutely brutal through out the whole manga, I’m not saying that the last arc was bad. It was just a little disappointing for me. Also, I’ve noticed that the whole focus was back to Kurono. I know that Nishi and Sakurai were also main topics in that arc, though it always fell back to Kurono. To be completely honest here, I was disappointed and didn’t like that fact. One more thing I didn’t like in the manga was the fact that we didn’t see most of the characters in action. Specially Reika, did she ever fight?
Supposedly she got 100 point and fought bravely against so many tough Aliens. Though we didn’t see any of that, did we? It was always Kurono this, Kurono that, and her looking pretty in the background of the page… I mean seriously? Well, even with all that its still my favorite manga and it’s the best and brutalist manga out there. Also the story is amazing. I like the idea of Gantz. Is it recommended? Yes of course.

Overall Rate: 8/10


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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: DevilLady

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Summary:

Fudo Jun is a beautiful supermodel who is idolized by many. She also has a dark secret that not even she knows about at first, for within her veins run the genes that hold the next step in the evolution of mankind. The same blood as the beastlike superhumans that terrorize the city. Unlike the rest of them, though, Jun has managed to hold a tenuous grip onto her humanity, and she is recruited by the mysterious Asuka Ran, member of a secret organization within the government, aimed at controlling, if not eliminating, these berserk destroyers of mankind. Jun, as Devilman Lady, must now exterminate her own kind, but how much longer can she keep her sanity in a situation she never chose in the first place? (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Alternative Title: Devilman Lady
Type: TV
Directed by: Toshiki Hirano
Episodes: 26
Aired: Oct 10, 1998 to May 8, 1999
Producers: Toei Animation, TMS Entertainment, ADV Films, Dynamic Planning
Genres: Action, Drama, Horror, Adventure, Supernatural
Themes: Demons, Yuri
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity

Review:

I know that this is an old anime, but I just watched it last month. I read part of its manga as well. The anime is different from the manga, it’s like an alternative version. I really liked that fact, for so many reasons that I won’t mention. :p
I have to warn you first, that there is nudity in the anime and mature content “story wise”. So, at first the main character seems strong, yet the human side of her seems fragile. The art of the anime was great. Also, the main character’s beauty showed, and a lot of girls fell for her. Which is basically why its themed yuri. There was a lot of action and bloodshed in the anime. Oh, and the opening theme song of song of the anime was amazing I could listen to that song all day!! There was something I didn’t quite understand in the anime… Jun “the main character” seemed to walk around and kiss guys for no reason… I mean a guy appears out of nowhere she would share a kiss with him, and then you never see that guy again… What’s up with that?! Other than that the story was solid. So, good story, good sound track, good art, and it’s a very good anime.

Overall Rate: 8/10

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Manga Review: The Strings Dolls

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Summary:

One day, Shiro and his little sister, Koyori, who has been permanently crippled after an accident, download a peculiar game called “Strings Dolls.” Whenever you have someone in your camera screen, the game allows you to move them around like a puppet. Shiro and Koyori are filled with joyl to realize that this magical game can, at least temporarily, restore her ability to walk! Other people, however, use it for much less noble purposes. Among the others who have downloaded the game is a mysterious player called Miyabi, who appears to be using the game to kill off his fellow players. Will Shiro be able to track down who is behind this game, and find the murderous Miyabi before it’s too late? (Source: MU)

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 15
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 14, 2011 to Jul 12, 2012
Genres: Mystery, School, Shounen, Supernatural
Authors: Hibaru, Shunsuke (Story & Art)
Serialization: GanGan Online

Review:

The strings doll manga has a unique story. It’s about this game that’s created to control people like puppets and the game is called Strings Doll. Since its a shounen manga there’s bound to be a villain and the main character is obviously the hero. The manga’s art is pretty cool, and idea of the story is unique. The flow of the events was kinda predictable. Though it was a nice read. I also like how violent the manga got halfway through and it had a nice amount suspense. So overall the manga was good.

Overall Rate: 7/10

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Manga Review: K – Stray Dog Story

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Summary:

Yatogami Kuroh has lost the only thing remotely close to family he had left—and to make matters worse, he’s been charged with a final task by his master that he isn’t entirely sure he’ll be able to fulfill. Follow this young modern-era samurai as he sets off on a quest to track down the next Colorless King and determine if he’s evil or not…and to strike him down where he stands if he is. (Source: September Scanlations)

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 5
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 7, 2012 to Mar 7, 2013
Genres: Action, Supernatural, Seinen
Authors: GoRA (Story), Minato, Saki (Art)
Serialization: good! Afternoon

Review:

This is the Prequel of K TV animation, it’s Kuro’s version. The manga contains awesome action. Also explains how Kuro got into the mix in the anime. It’s a pretty cool manga. You should read it before watching K or even afterwords. Also recommended for K fans!

Overall Rate: 7/10

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Most Notable Spring 2013 anime

These aren’t all the spring 2013 anime, though I believe those are worth watching. I have to say that I’m glad that there are many mecha and fantasy anime this season. I’ll write down reasons why you should watch them so if your interested read the whole post.

PS. The anime are classified in alphabetical order

Aku no Hana

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Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Psychological
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

The anime is based on a popular manga with the same title. I read like the first chapter of the manga, I liked the art it is good. Though the anime has different kinda art, it’s kinda difficult to swallow at first but you’ll get used to it.

Arata Kangatari

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Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

There wasn’t anything particularly unique about this anime, though it has some good action and its a good watch.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

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Genres: Action, Fantasy, Romance, Seinen
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

I really liked this anime, the story it pretty weird and the main character is a weirdo. So, basically that was the reason I liked it. The anime is based on a manga with the same title, that is worth checking out.

Date A Live

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Genres: Comedy, Mecha, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

As I was watching the first episode I changed my mind about the anime like 3 times. I just must say that it’s awesome. You’ll be surprised, entertained, and wouldn’t want the episode to end.

Devil’s Survivor 2

Must Watch

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Genres: Demons, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Devil’s survivor is part of the Shin Megami Tensei series. The anime doesn’t have a prequel. It’s a stand alone anime titled Devil’s Survivor 2. The art of the anime is pretty awesome and I have high hopes for the story. It’s a must watch.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince

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Genres: Action, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi, Seinen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime is story is a bit unusual for a Mecha. It’s about the worst team of robot pilots there is. It’s really interesting to watch.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W

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Genres: Comedy, Parody, Sci-Fi
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

This is the sequel of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, it’s a funny anime. Very entertaining to watch.

Hataraku Maou-sama!

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Genres: Comedy, Demons, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime reminded me of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha the way it basically began from where stories usually end, and it’s about a demon king that is good. It’s insanely funny.

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.

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Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Seinen
Rating: None – I’ll rate it as PG 13 since its less Ecchi than the manga buts it’s probably R.

From the title of the anime you can tell its pretty Ecchi, though leaving that fact aside it’s a pretty funny anime.

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride

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Genres: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity

It’s the sequel of Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls. It’s a nice combination of action and comedy.

Kakumeiki Valvrave

Must Watch

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Genres: Action, Mecha
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

The ending of the first episode was so shocking I don’t know what to expect next. Must watch.

Karneval

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Genres: Action, Mystery, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Shoujo
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

The anime title and posters are so deceiving… I though it would be a reverse harem kinda anime. Though it turned that it has awesome action, and fantasy. Not to mention that the art was incredible.

Mushibugyou

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Genres: Martial Arts, Shounen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

It’s nice to see a Martial Arts/Supernatural anime for a change. There weren’t any anime like this for a while.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

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Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Seinen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

So Kirino is back!! Need I say more?

Photokano

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Genres: Ecchi, Romance, School
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime is a bit weird, I believe it’s based on a video game. The main character gets dragged into joining an Ecchi photography club.

RDG: Red Data Girl

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Genres: Fantasy
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

I like the art of this anime and I love it’s fantasy. It’s promising.

Shingeki no Kyojin

Must Watch

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Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Super Power
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Love the violence in this anime. the story is promising. Love the art and the idea of the anime. Absolutely amazing. Must watch.

Suisei no Gargantia

Must Watch

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Genres: Sci-Fi
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime is so interesting. I totally recommend you to at least check it out.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S

Must Watch

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Genres: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Super Power
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime is the sequel of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun and it’s part of the Toaru Majutsu no Index series. I loved the first season of this anime so I’ve been looking forward to this one. I must say that this one seems… I mean has more action which is awesome.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.

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Genres: Comedy, Romance, School
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime reminded me of Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru but like a better version. I very much enjoyed the first episode and totally love the art.

Zettai Bouei Leviathan

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Genres: Fantasy
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Since the first episode was surprisingly good, I’ve decide it to add it to the list. It’s delightful to watch.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Charts/List

 

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Anime Review: Shinsekai Yori

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Summary:

A millennium from now, in Japan, exists a utopia. The Protagonist, Saki Watanabe, lives in an idyllic village barred from the outside world. Her world is ruled by the people who possess the “gods’ power” of psychokinesis. After finally obtaining her own powers, Saki enters the Zenjin Academy to train along with five other children: Satoru Asahina, Maria Akizuki, Mamoru Itou, Shun Aonuma, and Reiko Amano.
Not all is as it seems, however. In this utopian village, strange rumors about a monstrous cat that abducts children circulate, and students are said to disappear from the academy. The world and its history are much darker than they appear and humanity is on the verge of collapse. (Source: TV Tropes)

General Information:

Alternative Title: From the New World
Directed by: Masashi Ishihama
Written by: Masashi Sogo
Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 29, 2012 to Mar 23, 2013
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

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Review:

Where shall I start… Here are some facts of how great the anime is before I say anything more. First, Shinsekai Yori is an A-1 Picture production. Sword Arts Online is made by the same production company therefore the animation is amazing!! Second, the anime is based on a popular Japanese novel that goes by the same title… And as you may know great anime are based on novels not manga. Third, voice actors/actress of the anime are pretty popular, such as Hanazawa, Kana as Akizuki, Maria.
The most interesting thing about Shinsekai Yori is the characters powers and the rules of their world… Or that’s what I thought at first. Though I was missing the whole picture, the actual story. Shinsekai Yori is Watanabe, Saki‘s story, about a major event that happened in her world and how it started. I love how the story built up, and the fact that your always left with more questions. I don’t wanna spoil the anime. You should just know that there’s a great story behind the anime, and the characters were awesome. The animation made me fall in love with half the characters. Yes, it’s that good. Last but not least. The anime soundtrack is amazing. I totally recommend it, don’t be so hasty judging the anime, give it sometime to sink in.

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Overall Rate: 9/10

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Latest manga to read!!

Gachirin ni Kiri Saku

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Published: Nov 30, 2010 (ongoing)
Genres: Ecchi, Supernatural, Seinen
Authors: Maruyama, Tomoo (Story & Art)

Horimiya

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Published: Oct 18, 2011 to (ongoing)
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Shounen
Authors: Hagiwara, Daisuke (Art), HERO (Story)

Check them out!! I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I did!!

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Anime/Manga

 

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Movie Review: Blood-C: The Last Dark

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Summary:

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Despite the use of the Youth Ordinance Bill to enforce curfews for minors and regulate the use of the internet, young people continue to fight for their own freedom through underground methods. One such group calls themselves SIRRUT. They have decided to take on Fumito Nanahara, a man who has great influence on the political world, and basically controls Tokyo with an iron fist. While using the internet as a weapon to discover more information about Fumito, they learn about “Tower”, the secret organization behind Fumito which engages in human experimentation.
When members of Surat attempt to set up an ambush in the subway to expose the truth behind “Tower”, mysterious creatures suddenly appear and attack the passengers. During this crisis, Saya appears – a young girl who uses a Japanese blade to slay the Old Ones. The same Saya who lost everything dear to her in that horrifying incident in Ukishima Province. What sort of “experiment” is Fumito and “Tower” trying to conduct using the Old Ones? And can Saya finally deliver vengeance to Fumito?
Now, the final battle begins… (Source: Official site)

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General Information:

Directed by: Naoyoshi Shiotani
Written by: Clamp (story), Nanase Ohkawa, Junichi Fujisaku
Released: Jun 2, 2012
Producers: Production I.G,
Genres: Action, Horror, Vampire, Supernatural
Duration: 2 hr. 0 min.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Review:

First thing first this movie is Blood-C sequel so I recommend you watch the anime before the movie. With that been said, I shall start the review. I don’t know what is it with the Blood franchise and trains, I guess it’s their trademark or something. I didn’t expect much from the movie though I was surprised by how well it’s made and how interesting the story was. Even though there were parts about the movie that felt like deja vu, it was still pretty amazing. I love the change that happened in Saya’s character. Saya was so badass and more skilled in this movie than any other blood series/movie. The action was absolutely amazing. I can’t believe I’m saying this but it was even better than blood+ bloodshed. If you like action bloody movies, you’ll love this one.

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Overall Rate: 9/10

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Animated, Movies

 

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