Blood+ begins with our main heroine, Saya, flipping out and killing people in Vietnam. She kills some sort of bat monster, and then she goes after the inhabitants. Later on, we see Saya doing her best Suzuka impression by performing a high jump. Apparently she can’t remember anything that happened more than a year ago. Due to a series of unfortunate events, she is forced to fight with another one of those bat monster at the end of this episode.
For the most part, the story here is pretty average. Here we have some super-powered character with amnesia who is about to remember who they are. It seems kind of cliche, but I like vampires, so I’ll roll with it. We also meet the supporting characters: Saya’s (step) brothers and father, cello-playing ugly-hand guy, secret agent David, and candy guy. The plot seems a little too mysterious right now with nothing being revealed, so I guess I’ll have to keep watching.
The character designs for this anime are good, but with some caveats. The characters themselves look great, but I can’t stand Saya’s big lips. They just look kind of weird to me. She can be pretty cute though, especially when she’s not slicing women and children up. I also want to mention that the ending sequence has some really cool looking character art.
The music in Blood+ is really outstanding. The OP is above-average, and the ED is awesome. There’s some really crazy vocal stuff in it, and the melody just sticks in my head. I think I saw Hans Zimmer’s name in the credits too. If that’s the case, it would explain the Hollywood movie-sounding music during the next episode preview.
Overall, I’ll stick with this anime for a while. The story, albeit somewhat cliche, seems interesting enough. If anything, I’ll watch the next episode of Blood+ just because the first episode was a cliffhanger. Damn those marketing geniuses! Now if they would only tone down Saya’s lips a notch…