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  • 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?
  • Arc Fatigue: The Schiff and how relevant they are to the main plot. Some fans felt that their presence as artificial Chiropterans took away what made Saya and Diva and the chevaliers special, as well as digressing the spotlight from them. The manga adaptation adapts them out.
  • Awesome Music: The entire soundtrack is composed by Hollywood composer, Mark Mancina who is a former student of the legendary Hans Zimmer, the producer of the show's soundtrack.
    • "Diva".
    • Saya's Victory, rightfully placed amongst the Greatest Battle Music Of All Times.
    • Blood+ Grand Theme certainly qualifies.
    • The OP theme songs, "Aozara no Namida" by Hitomi Takahashi, "Season's Call" by HYDE and most definitely, "Colors of the Heart" by UVERworld are definitely one of the best songs.
    • "Kataritsugu Koto" (The Things I Pass Down), the ending theme for the first series.
  • 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: Amshel Goldsmith is a researcher obsessed with Chiropterans, The Man in Front of the Man to Diva, and responsible for all the chaos in the setting. Since her birth, Amshel twisted Diva to become a Psychopathic Womanchild easy for him to control, while he used her resulting appetite for death and destruction to profit and increase his own power at the expense of her victims. Living for hundreds of years, Amshel now has the public persona of the CEO of pharmaceutical company Cinque Flèches, and uses his wealth to create a group of artificial Chiropterans known as The Schiff, raising them as Child Soldiers and treating them like equipment, as shown by his indifference to their deaths when they escape his clutches and their shortened lifespans begin to expire. A man with loyalty to none, Amshel even kills his own brother, Solomon, for falling in love with Saya. His false loyalty to Diva is an obvious ruse which even she can see through but chooses to go along with out of loneliness, and when she's killed, Amshel reacts with only irritation and demands to be given her children so he can continue his insane experiments.
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  • 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 has a genuinely good Freudian Excuse, she is also incredibly ruthless and often needlesly cruel— not to mention 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 Rivalry: With Blood-C fans who regarded Saya Otonashi as weak and dependable to Haji and usually gets her ass kicked. Likewise, Blood + fans regarded Saya Kisaragi as annoying 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 look down at both series as cheap knockoffs.
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  • Genius Bonus: The term "Chiropteran" is actually one of the actual names of bats, animals that are most closely associated with vampires.
  • 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.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Nathan Mahler is one of Diva's Chevaliers and far more than the silly, foppish man he appears to be. Implied to have been the Chevalier of Saya and Diva's mother, Nathan steadily plays both sides between Diva's forces and Red Shield against one another, protecting Diva during her pregnancy while making sure she faces Saya and that her children will survive. Arranging his own seeming death at Saya's hands, only to slip away completely unharmed, Nathan secures the deaths of any who might harm Diva's children while entrusting them to Saya, his strings so subtle that most are completely unaware they even exist.
  • 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.
  • Narm:
    • A lot of the rather loopy moments Carl has make it hard to take him seriously when we should, since he's a psychopath.
    • The scene in Episode 7, "I Must Do It", where Saya has removed her shoes because they've filled up with rain. Either it's a nice touch as it makes her look more hardcore doing her sword practice barefooted and the sloshing water reflected by the sunset is gorgeous to look at, or it's just silly that her tennis shoes have turned into a pair of birdbaths and she hasn't emptied them.
    • Speaking of shoes, Diva making a huge fuss about lacing up brand new sneakers that are perfect to go into action with as opposed to dress heels, only to strip off her dress and leave only the sneakers on just as she's about to rape Riku to death.
    • The very fact a major political character is casually named Bread.
  • 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.
  • Signature Scene: The third opening's animation.

  • The Woobie: When first introduced, Riku is a Happily Adopted orphan with Saya and Kai until their father's death. The neighborhood girl he was friends with is miraculously bypassed by the storyline, considering that then the first girl he really noticed was Mui who's then transformed into a pint-sized Chiropteran, then Liza (killed and impersonated by Amshel). All of that is just the warm-up for when he spots "Saya" in the Zoo and Diva drains his blood, forcing Saya to make him a chevalier. And then Diva returns to rape and kill him. Even after that Diva is still carrying his Chiropteran children and wearing his face just to taunt Saya. He was about age twelve, tops.


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