YMMV / Blood+

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is David a Well-Intentioned Extremist who only shoots the dog for the sake of humanity? Or is he an unrepentant Knight Templar fantastic racist who only kills Chiropterans for the sake of revenge?
  • Broken Base: Diva's rape of Riku. Some fans disliked this; others said that this was when the show started really picking up.
  • Complete Monster: While Diva, the Evil Twin of heroine Saya has her share of crimes, the true monster is her Chevalier Amshel Goldsmith, an unscrupulous Mad Scientist who values Diva solely for his scientific curiosity. Amshel's experiments with Joel Goldsmith helped to turn Diva into the Ax-Crazy creature we see in present. Amshel handles most of the planning for Diva's team, and has no compunction killing anyone he thinks is a threat, even Diva's own Chevaliers. Amshel's actions lead to numerous deaths from the Chiropteran outbreaks and when Diva is dead, all Amshel cares about is stealing her baby daughters to experiment on later.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The manga changes a lot from several characters. Saya is often a Jerk Ass, Hagi is more sensitive, Kai is more mature early but acts like a pervert towards Saya, Riku gets more screentime, David gets less screentime, Solomon is more like Amshel, etc. The plot and pacing also differ greatly from the anime. These changes make it look as if they were aiming to attract more male readers due to the bigger focus on bloody action scenes and added Fanservice.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Saya Otonashi is similar to Abel Nightroad of Trinity Blood. They felt guilty for their actions in the past (Saya, for unleashing Diva into the world; Abel, for failing to stop Cain from killing Lilith) vowed to get revenge on their siblings respectively. They're also afraid of their own nature until they accepted it. It's also noted that both of them belonged to organizations that counter the opposing side whether their siblings are. And they're also Big Eaters.
    • Likewise, Diva is also like Cain Nightroad. Both are acting like a Manchild (for Cain's case, it's only in the novels and manga) and are in the opposing organizations which is supported by their Number Two and The Dragon (Amshel and Kampfer). They also committed heinous acts in front of their siblings (for Diva, killing the first Joel and later, Riku; for Cain, killing Lilith and in the unpublished notes, Seth).
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Diva".
  • Cry for the Devil: Diva. As Nathan puts it when she dies: "Poor girl...she just wanted to have a family..." Also Karl, possibly.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Diva, holy shit Diva. Both fanboys and fangirls give her far more sympathy than she deserves, given that while she might have a good Freudian Excuse, she is also incredibly ruthless and often needlesly cruel. And a rapist/murderess who never shows any regret for raping and killing Riku. This is sometimes paired with them villainizing and bashing Saya, and more frequently with trying to excuse away Diva's evil deeds due to her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Diva again!
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Go on, tell a Blood Plus fan that Blood-C is the way better and you'll get a tirade of angry replies on the way home.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Blood-C fans (yes, there are fans) who regarded Saya Otonashi as weak and dependable to Haji and usually gets her ass kicked. Likewise, Blood + fans regarded Saya Kisaragi as pathetic and useless in saving lives and declared Blood-C as the worst in the franchise. It also has a rivalry with fans of the original OVA, who looked down at both series as cheap knockoffs.
  • Growing the Beard: When Saya grows her hair out. Possibly not the most accurate timing as that is subjective but things did seem to get more interesting around the time she was reintroduced with her hairstyle changed.
  • Ho Yay: Nathan and James, Moses and Karman, and Karl and Solomon in the anime, Riku and Charles, and Hagi and Nishi in the prequel manga.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Diva crosses it when she rapes Riku so that she can bear his child, and then kills him.
    • Van Argiano and the American government cross it when they plan to turn people around the world into Chiropterans and then choosing who to send The Cavalry to, effectively control the world.
    • James Ironside crosses it when he tricks Moses into hunting down Kai with the false promise that he can cure him and his friends of the Thorn.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Diva! In addition to being the polar opposite of all things Saya, she's an Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Manchild who seeks nothing but the total destruction of mankind. Her antics as an Implacable Girl toward Riku do not help matters at all.
  • No Yay: Diva/Riku. First, although Diva looks sixteen, she is really over 150 years old, while Riku is supposed to be fourteen but looks a bit younger. Second, Diva's obsession with Riku is just plain creepy. Third, there is the fact that she rapes and kills him.
    • Saya/Young Hagi. In the flashback, she innocently tells him to help dress her, and, later, he says he'll even be her "friend" at night if that's what she wants. Keep in mind that he is only twelve at the time, while she looks sixteen and is really in her forties. Not so much of a problem once he gets older, though.
  • Uncanny Valley: Diva's appearance during the second half may be adorable but her similarities with Riku are there to bring back Nightmare Fuel.

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