As described by MyAnimeList.net, Blood Lad is about Staz Charlie Blood who is a powerful vampire who rules the Eastern district of Demon World. According to rumors, he is a bloodthirsty and merciless monster, but in reality, Staz is just an otaku obsessed with Japanese culture and completely uninterested in human blood. Leaving the management of his territory to his underlings, Staz spends his days lazing around, indulging in anime, manga, and games.
This series was recommended by my streaming service and it did not disappoint. Within the first few minutes, I was hooked between the Vampire boss (that has responsibilities he doesn’t take too seriously) to the girl that ended up in the wrong place. This narrative provided so much entertainment. Each episode adds another layer and character to the story, creating more depth to an already enriching story. The narrative is simple enough to follow and builds on the previous information provided without recapping it to death.
The unique concept of the story is partly why it stands out so well for me. The pacing of this anime shows the expert hand that was applied to this series. Nothing felt rushed nor did any episode feel like filler. Each segment was completed in a way that it is essential to the overall story arc. The cliffhanger ending leaves the audience wanting more. I can only assume is because the series ended before the creators realized they wouldn’t be renewed. There is an O.V.A. available that takes place immediately after the final episode but it doesn’t resolve the issues presented in the series. The manga does continue beyond the series so if you are inclined to know what happens next, you have a canonical option to explore. I haven’t read the manga but I have heard good things about it.
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The art style is realistic in many ways. The characters are drawn similarly to actual people by encompassing visual differences that real people have with one another. Each character is unique because of the various skins, supernatural affiliations, and the varying powers. The art style blends well with the method of storytelling, specifically because it isn’t too cartoonish. The design is fluid throughout the series. There are subtle differences from the original art style in the first episode to the last of the series. The backgrounds are crafted in a way that they complement the story but don’t detract from it. The character design fits each character and provides an insight into the personality, from the clothes to the posture. While the art style is similar with the characters it doesn’t mean they look the same. Each character, even family members, can be easily differentiated.
The voice actors fit the characters they are portraying. The voices, even in emotionally heightened situations, seemed to add gravitas to the character even as some are on the verge of desperation. There is also a dubbed version of the series that is performed well. The voices do sound different, of course, but it does not detract from the quality but I do have a preference for the dubbed version. As a whole, the voices work well together adding complexity to the script and animation.
The intro and outro sequences are both fitting for the series, preparing and adding to the excitement for what’s to come. The background music adds to the scene and makes the action more exhilarating as the hero and the opponent faces off.
The characters all had strengths and weaknesses that each had to overcome such as personal obstacles that may prevent them from trusting the other characters. The majority of the main characters are well rounded and likable, making you want them to win even if the motives are less than honorable. The “villains” even seem understandable in their motives. While wanting them to win is a stretch, the villain does have redeemable qualities as do all of the other characters.
The situations have realistic undertones and emotion in even the most extreme situations. While I personally couldn’t relate to any of the characters, the show is still worth the watch.
The audience is able to watch the two main characters grow emotionally as does their relationship. They build trust and the desire to be together. Even the characters that aren’t as developed as the main characters still have well-developed identities. The “villains” motivations are well defined early in the series and even has his own storyline that the audience follows in order to understand what motivates them in a way that the characters do not.
I quite enjoyed the series mainly because the main characters are so much fun and relatable to many fans of anime, manga, and those considered otakus. The story is quite likable if you aren’t tired of vampires from the recent flood of vampire movies, books, etc. I think this series is relatable on so many levels because it features a character that just wants to hang out with a variety of anime, manga, toys and games who would rather spend all day with them than socializing and be a responsible adult.
As for none fans of the genre, I don’t actually think they would enjoy this selection so, save it for those who are already into anime and manga. I would watch the series in its entirety again only if I’m watching it with someone who hasn’t seen it. Alone, I would watch about three episodes again, mainly the fight sequences which I really enjoyed. I will return if more O.V.As happen to come out. When I first watched the series it was all I could talk about. Yet, as it slipped farther from my mind, it became forgettable when it popped back on my feed. I decided to rewatch and write the review. In the future, if I come upon this again I shall have only fond memories of it.