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"A prize for the winner. A penalty for the loser"
Saya Kisaragi

Blood-C: The Last Dark is a movie sequel of the TV series which is produced and collaborated by Production I.G and CLAMP. It was released in June 2, 2012 and is licensed by Funimation, along with the TV series.

It continues where the TV series left off: Saya pursues her revenge against Fumito Nanahara, who is responsible for the events that took place in the Ukishima province. One year later, Fumito takes control of Tokyo by imposing the Youth Ordinance Bill (or "Youth Protection Act", if you will), which restricts the use of the internet and sets a curfew for minors. Upon arriving at Tokyo, Saya encounters a humanoid Elder Bairn in the subway, who then kidnaps a girl. Saya slays the Elder Bairn and saves the girl, whose name is Mana Hiiragi, a member of a resistance group called SIRRUT. Knowing who she is, SIRRUT request Saya to help them take down Fumito and his organization, Tower. With no other choice, Saya agrees to provide assistance and they prepared themselves for the final battle.

Be warned: spoilers from the TV series will be left unmarked if you haven't seen it.

This movie provides examples of:

  • Action Survivor: Mana
  • Affably Evil: As seen in the flashbacks and the last episode of the TV series, Fumito is really a friendly guy who never gets angry or disappointed.
  • Animation Bump: When compared to the television series.
  • Arc Words: "A prize for the winner. A punishment for the loser."
  • Backstab Backfire: Kuroto stabs Fumito with Saya's sword but Fumito tosses Saya's blood on his face which ultimately turned him into an Elder Bairn
  • Bad Boss: Kuto. After his soldiers fail to capture Saya he cryptically mentions that they were dealt with. When he and the soldiers confront Saya at the end, he tosses a grenade at her whilst she's engaged with other troops, and blows them away. After his transformation into an Elder Bairn, he starts eating his men.
  • Big Bad: Fumito but it turns out to be a Big Bad Duumvirate with Kuroto.
    • Non-Action Big Bad: Of course, Fumito is only good in scheming and lets Kuto do the heavy work.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At the beginning of the movie, Saya saves Mana from the Elder Bairn. And later, Matsuo saved them both from Kuto.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Fumito gives this to Saya as a "reward".
  • Big Damn Movie: It even received money from the Japanese government!
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Kuroto
  • Bittersweet Ending: Fumito is dead, the TOWER has been destroyed, and his gruesome experiments have been ended for good. Not to mention Saya is now free to live her own life and the members of SIRRUT go on to live peaceful lives; however, Mana never gets to see Saya ever again. Hell, she didn't even know the fate of her dad. And Saya feels lonely again and will most likely perish soon after the Elder Bairns are gone for good since she needs to feed off them to survive.
  • Body Horror: That Elder Bairns in the beginning of the movie. Also, Kuto and Kuroto
  • Bonding over Missing Parents: Saya and Mana became close due to their lost dads. Though in Saya's case, her "father" is not related to her by blood but by the same species.
  • Casting Gag: Like Keiji Fujiwara and Kenji Nojima, Yuko Kaida (Haruno Yanagi) and Jun'ichi Suwabe (Kutou) also previously played Blood+. Kaida voiced Dr. Julia Silverstein who switches side from Red Shield to Cinq Fléches then, back to Red Shield but she's not the traitor in this movie; it's her boss, Kuroto. Suwabe voiced Van Argeno, the sleazy Corrupt Corporate Executive who aided the antagonists, and here, he's The Dragon to Fumito.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Saya loses one of her twintails during the fight with Fumito.
  • Continuity Nod: Itsuki, the class representative from the TV series, was actually a member of SIRRUT who provided information to them.
  • Captain Crash: Iori may be a good driver but he always ends up crashing his car due to dangerous circumstances much to his extreme chagrin.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: You know that Elder Bairns who attacked everyone in the train and kidnapped Mana at the beginning of the movie? That's actually Mana's dad who was one of the subjects of Fumito's Elder Bairn experiments and Saya killed him. Seems to explain why he didn't hurt his daughter.
  • Crossover: Kimihiro Watanuki has officially entered the Blood universe as an ally to Saya for only four minutes. He also appears in the manga except his face is covered due to copyright reasons.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Tsuki's cat video draws instantly Matsuo and Fujimura to implore her to allow them watch it.
  • Darker and Edgier: Unlike the TV series, the movie shows how very serious and dark the setting is. The violence and gore are even toned down a bit and the death count was minimized.
  • Disappeared Dad: Mana's father went missing when he tried to investigate Fumito's company which prompted her to look for him. It turns out that he's actually the Elder Bairn at the beginning of the movie that attacked everyone on the train and who was killed by Saya.
  • The Dragon: Kuto
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Kuroto plays this role nicely.
  • Evil Cripple: Kuroto before the climax.
  • Evil Gloating: Fumito is very, very fond of it when he had Saya at his grasp before the climax.
  • Eye Scream: Happens to Kuroto when he is injected with Saya's blood and transformed into one.
  • Fanservice: The bathroom scene.
  • Failure Hero: Averted this time, Saya finally manages to save someone from an Elder Bairn, this is not a spoiler about the horrible death of the saved person, she survives the movie!
  • Final Boss: Kuroto ends up becoming a skyscraper-sized Elder Bairn.
  • Finale Movie: This is a movie that serves to wrap up the story of Blood-C.
  • Flat Character: The SIRRUT supporting cast (sans Mana and Kuroto) are just there without any characterization or background on why they're part of the group. The only thing you know about them is that one is a skilled hacker who can type with her toes, the other is Kuroto's secretary, the guy owns a car and has a crush on the secretary and the other guy is just a former friend of Mana. Beyond that, that's about it. According to Kuroto, the group was just one of many obscure internet groups advocating freedom that was given funding and support by Kuroto after they randomly found some information on Saya.
  • Genre Blindness: Kuto gloats Saya's inability to kill humans but then, proceeds to transforms himself into an Elder Bairn, the very thing that she can kill, which results in his own death.
  • Handy Feet: Tsukiyama types with fingers and toes, wearing ad hoc toe socks in order to ease it.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Hiro Tsukiyama can type 110 WPM. With her hands and feet.
  • I Own This Town: Though he's not really a politician, Fumito certainly has more influence. Enough to obscure the internet GPS to hide his headquarters.
  • It's Personal: Saya's revenge against Fumito. Mana only joins Sirrut just to look for her missing father. And Kuroto only helps Sirrut because Fumito is responsible for losing his ability to walk and for the deaths of his family But it turns out that he's in league with him.
  • Kaiju: The Elder Bairns near the end of the movie.
  • Karma Houdini: Yūka Amino. She conspired with Fumito in exchange for him supporting her political career. She was the only member of the "main cast" (besides Saya) to survive the massacre at the end of the series. She outlived Fumito, became Governor of Tokyo and repealed the Youth Ordinance Bill.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Saya.
  • La Résistance: Sirrut
  • Mega-Corp: Seventh Heaven.
  • Mole in Charge: Kuroto. From being the financial backer of Sirrut to being one of co-conspirators.
  • Morality Pet: Mana to Saya.
  • My Greatest Failure: Mana refuses to hack after her work resulted to her dad's disappearance. It could have gone worse if she ever finds out that her dad turned into an Elder Bairn and Saya killed him.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Kuto transforms himself into an Elder Bairn and then promptly kills himself with Saya's sword. She was forbidden from killing him when he was still human.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Saya only joins SIRRUT so she can carry out her revenge against Fumito and kill him. The same can be said for Mana, whose only concern is to find her dad.
  • Now What?: After Fumito dies, Saya feels lonely again. She didn't return to Mana since she didn't want her to find out that she had killed her dad.
  • Older Than They Look: Tsukiyama is canonically 13 yeard old, although you would be pardoned for thinking she was 8 for how she looks and behaves, specially next to other CLAMP characters who are Wise Beyond Their Years.
  • One-Winged Angel: Both Kutou and Kuroto transforms into this in the end.
  • Playful Hacker: Tsukiyomi and Mana. The latter is by far more skilled one.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: For Saya's case, she fulfilled her revenge but it made her lonely and since she killed Mana's dad, she didn't go back to her again so she wouldn't find out.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Obviously, the Youth Ordinance Bill.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Saya's main objective in the movie. This is also Kuroto's objective too. Or is it?
  • Sailor Fuku: Saya wears a blue one.
  • Ship Tease: Saya and Mana. Well, it's CLAMP.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The train scene in the beginning of the movie pays a homage of the beginning scene of Blood: The Last Vampire.
    • Hiro is obviously a fan of Mokona.
    • Saya is a woman who carries a katana and pursues revenge on the man who committed a massacre and then, shot her in the head. She's basically the vampire version of The Bride.
  • The Starscream: Kuroto
  • The Stoic: Saya, given that this is her true personality. But when she's angry..
  • Storming the Castle: Near the end of the movie
  • Time Skip: One year later (after the TV series).
  • Those Two Guys: Matsuo and Fujimaru
  • Too Dumb to Live: Kuto should remember in his own words that Saya can't kill humans and yet, he transforms into the very thing that she can kill.
  • Tragic Hero: Saya. After all the hell that she had been through since the TV series, no thanks to Fumito, she could have at least get some peace. Except that she kills the man, who happened to be in love with her, and she can't be with Mana as she wouldn't want to find out the fate of her father. And at the end, Saya walks into an aimless journey.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The appearance of Watanuki and his shop in the trailers and promotion art.
  • Tranquil Fury: Saya upon seeing Fumito at the school auditorium.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: As opposed to the TV series, Saya wears six different types of outfits. The side characters also have their clothes changed.
  • The Unfought: Fumito. This is slightly justified since he is a Non-Action Big Bad.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Kuroto, who happens to be working with Fumito, used Sirrut for their own means.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Yanagi and Mana.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: After Saya finally kills Fumito, she doesn't seem happy about it after Fumito gives her a kiss and tells his feelings to her. It wasn't clear if Saya genuinely reciprocates his feelings since this is the guy who tormented her emotionally and mentally in the TV series. It just made her utterly confused.
  • Walking the Earth: Saya at the end of movie.
  • Wham Line:
    Fumito: You sliced [Mana's father] to death right after you arrived in Tokyo, right, Saya?
  • What the Hell Are You?: The reaction of Mana and later, Iori, upon seeing Saya standing over the Elder Bairn's corpse and covered in blood at the beginning of the movie.
  • What Happened to the Mouse??: Fumito's motives on Saya weren't explored very well asides from the fact that he's obsessively in love with her and Saya's price for the sword wasn't revealed