Anime / Blood: The Last Vampire

Blood: The Last Vampire (2000) is an anime film produced by Production I.G and Aniplex and directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo. A single-volume manga sequel, Blood: The Last Vampire 2000 written by Benkyo Tamaoki, was published in Japan in 2001 by Kadokawa Shoten, and in English by Viz Media in November 2002 with the title slightly modified to Blood: The Last Vampire 2002. Three Japanese light novel adaptations have also been released for the series, along with a video game (which is the 6th game of the interactive adventure Yarudora series). A live-action adaptation of the film with the same title was released in May 2009.

It later received Alternate Continuity sequels, Blood+ and Blood-C.

The story is set in the American Yokota Air Base located in post-WWII Japan on Halloween 1966, a few months before the beginning of the Vietnam War. Its main protagonist is a girl named Saya, who hunts blood-drinking bat-like creatures called chiropterans for a secret organization known as the Red Shield.

Blood: The Last Vampire Contains Examples of:

  • Interesting Situation Duel: Again, the movie. Saya battles The Dragon on a truck stuck between two cliffsides, saving her friend from falling down in between swordstrokes.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: The katana is Saya's weapon of choice.
    • Subverted in that the first one she uses snaps in a real fight. And according to her, it's just blades in general that are better.
      • The one she stole from the antique shop broke because it was a fake. In the film she explains that the only way to kill a Chiropteran is to make it lose a large amount of blood with a single strike which is why she prefers a katana.
  • Lady of War: Onigen in the movie.
  • Last of His Kind: It is implied that Saya is the last of the vampires ("originals") as opposed to the vaguely vampiric bat-monster chiropterans.
  • The Last Title: The title.
  • Lesbian Vampire: Maya, in the manga.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In the movie, Onigen is Saya's mother. Or possibly she's just messing with Saya.
  • Morality Pet: For Saya: the nurse Mariko in the movie, Akiko in the manga.
  • Neck Lift: Saya has a habit of grabbing those that piss her off by the mouth.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: They're called demons, monsters and Chiroptera. Averted once, presumably for the benefit of the Muggle nurse who just gave an unbelievable story to identify Saya.
    • The Chiropeterans aren't called by this in the 2009 movie. Instead, they're known as blood suckers.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Though not a whole lot is expanded upon in the film, it is shown that Saya cannot be hurt by sunlight. She does, however, seem to have a fear of religious symbols and reacts angrily to those who mention God.
  • Panty Shot: The movie averts this. The manga on the other hand does not.
  • Rain of Blood: Type 2, with a body in a tree.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Saya, who has been physically fifteen years old since at least World War II and wasn't much younger-looking in 1892.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Saya, whose eyes are dull red by default but glow dangerously when her vampiric abilities kick in.
  • Salt and Pepper: David and Lewis.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Saya wears a uniform for most of the movie and in the manga as well.
  • Short Title: Long, Elaborate Subtitle
  • The Stoic: Saya.
  • Surprisingly Good English: All the English is grammatically correct and there are no weird accents where there shouldn't be, but the delivery...
  • Translation Convention: Various characters on the American Marine base in Okinawa, speak fluent English, or Japanese as appropriate. The DVD didn't offer dub selections for either, but allowed the viewer to choose, which language was subtitled.
  • The Unfavourite: Akiko in the manga.
  • Vampire Hunter: Saya, of course.
  • Waif-Fu

Alternative Title(s): Blood The Last Vampire