Blood Lad – 01
OP: 「ViViD」 by May’n
「骨でした」 (Hone Deshita)
“She’s a Skeleton Now”
I won’t even lie, I am one of those crazy fan girls that have an obsession with vampires. There’s just something sexy about them and the way that the media portrays them. From books to movies to TV shows and anime, I’ve seen my fair share and yes, it is a guilty pleasure of mine. Blood Lad brings in a new refreshing perspective of vampires that I’ve been looking forward to for a while (its release has been pushed back so many times too!). And like all modern day vampire stories, Blood Lad starts off with a damsel in distress…
The damsel in distress in question happens to be our main herione, Yanagi Fuyumi (Nomizu Iori) and she finds herself in the middle of “the demon world” one day. Staz (Ohsaka Ryota) is a vampire that happens to be the “boss” of a block of territory in the demon world when Fuyumi lands in his area. Luckily for Fuyumi though, Staz has no interest in drinking her blood, but he has a rather unique taste in indulging in human hobbies (such as manga, games and women). Staz lets her live, but their time together is short as a stranger enters Staz’s area and creates some havoc with his man-eating plants.
Now we see why Staz is boss though (no pun intended!)… He’s able to crush a man’s heart with his bare hands from afar! I was pretty amazed because that’s some overpowered vampire. When Staz and his man, Deku (Taichi Komesu) return back to Staz’s apartment though, there sits a naked Fuyumi! How did that happen anyway? Well unfortunately for her, one of the man-eating plants escaped into Staz’s apartment, ate her and spat her bones (and clothes) out. All that’s left of Fuyumi now, is her soul which is in the form of a ghost inhabiting the demon world. Talk about a bad way to die. However Staz has promised to help her become human again and he’s already started plotting ideas how. By the end of the episode, we see that Staz and Fuyumi find a portal to the human world and are prepared to go inside. In Staz’s absense though, there needs to be a boss in the demon world territory and he finds himself a shapeshifter by the name of Mimic (Yamamoto Kazutomi).
All in all, I’d have to say that this premiere was pretty entertaining and exactly what I expected from Blood Lad. There were a ton of comedic scenes and although not laugh-out-loud funny, they were refreshing. The plot so far is also very atypical from a vampire series, since it doesn’t really focus on vampires but rather demons and humans in general. I think we’re going to see a lot more overlap in the future and possibly other characters from both sides. It wouldn’t be fun without some conflict for our main couple so I’m sure there’s going to be someone out to chase them or find them too. Staz seems like quite an important individual to just disappear and play hooky.
For the time being, I’m going to reserve my judgement on this series. All I can say is – it’s fun and it’s easy to watch and definitely not to be taken too seriously (which is what I need right now). It reminds me of Soul Eater in the sense that it’s a comedic supernatural show with a background storyline that ties together each episode. Since Blood Lad is one of the more anticipated shows of the season, I’m hoping that the story develops into something more memorable. It has potential to be a stand out comedy seinen series so I think it’s worth watching. Unlike Soul Eater though, this series doesn’t have a full year to prove it’s awesomeness so I’m hoping that it can use its one-cour airtime effectively.
ED: 「BLOODY HOLIC」 by 南里侑香 (Yuuka Nanri)