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  • Actors: Yûki Kudô, Saemi Nakamura, Joe Romersa, Rebecca Forstadt, Stuart Robinson
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
  • Writers: Katsuya Terada, Kenji Kamiyama
  • Producers: Akira Sato, Mamoru Oshii, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Ryuzo Shirakawa, Yukio Nagasaki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Manga
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2001
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MAGM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,454 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A deadly secret lies hidden within the walls of the high security Yokota Air Force Base. It has become home to a monstrous subspecies of vampires who are causing havoc in 1960s Japan. But the secret services are fighting back, and now they have sent an agent to finish the job. She is Saya, the last of the original vampires.

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Blood the Last Vampire brings a moody atmospheric quality all of its own to the Japanese animated film tradition. In a few short enigmatic scenes, we learn of the young girl Saya who is working for nameless government agencies and is sent, after one of her killings, to pose as a new pupil at an American school on an air force base. The Vietnam War is underway, but this does not concern her--she is involved with a far older war. All we ever find out is that she is not quite human, and that two of her schoolmates (and a whore in the mean streets adjacent to the base) are something yet again. Much of what ensues--gore and metamorphosis and nightmare chases--is all the more confusing for being seen through the eyes of a schoolteacher who never learns very much. This is a dreamlike film which does not have to make entirely literal sense, far more so than the creator's more famous Ghost in the Shell. It is also a memorable stage in the development of digitised animation. --Roz Kaveny

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film was the first thing I watched that I was aware of as anime and I enjoy it now as much as I did then. The, admittedly light, story sees a young girl working for a secret organisation infiltrates a school on an American airbase to find and kill the vampires that are there. The vampire that the main character hunts aren't the usual western style vampires but their more demonic eastern counterparts and this could leave some vampire fans a little underwhelmed. This is a brilliant anime with great animation and is exciting to watch. The main problem with this film is its short length, at a little over forty minutes this does mean that things are rushed slightly in places but Blood remains enjoyable nonetheless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Lock on 6 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
Amazing film.. yes its only 45 mins long but my god, what a 45 mins it is....

For any fan of animation or art of any kind this is for you.. a must see piese of moving image of thge very highest calibre...
Anyone giving this s bad review is an idiot who probably thinks 'Ice Age' is a great film!!!! ...they are philistines...you have to see this film.. simply stunning!
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Alexander White on 18 Sept. 2001
Format: DVD
Despite the claim on the front that this film is by the 'makers of Ghost In The Shell' it's a statement that's only half true. The director of G.I.T.S assembled this team of exceedingly talented young animators and has helped them produce this stunning piece of work. But to be honest such name-dropping on a title this magnificent is needless.
The story is bare-boned. Not because there is none...but because it is clear that we are only witnessing a small part of the story. This isn't the beigging, and it certainly isn't the end, and refreshingly the film never apologizes for its lack of a begginning/middle/end with the standard ridiculous manga excuses. We don't need to know why there's a vampire (possibly the last) working for the government (possibly?) tracking down demons masquerading the earth as humans. We've heard all the stupid explanations before and they never stick, so it's nice to just be given the piece of art as it is. And it is a piece of art.
As you've probably already read-this has been toted as the first anime to use full digital animation. Again-another half-truth. It is in fact a dizzyingly perfect mix of traditional cel animation/cgi/and stunning digital special fx. The director can fully explore the surroundings of the characters in a way they never have been able to in anime. The camera sweeps and jutters thru' the gorgeously painted cityscapes and never resorts to the boring traditional techniques of animation. This is a film where finally animation is being used to its fullest as we see things we could never see in celluloid cinema.The colourization and sharp/yet grittness of the charactors is astounding, and those odd moments in the best of anime is in constant flow here as every scene dazzles the senses with detail and depth.
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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 July 2009
Format: DVD
It's great to see an anime film which has been produced to high standards of smooth animation. The blend of CGI and hand drawn animation marries up well to give a gritty but slick look.

The unusual setting helps to define a unique style too, this is set during the 1950s at an American air base in Japan - but there aren't just servicemen there. Saya might look like a schoolgirl, but she's the last remaining vampire and even though she's not a big fan of humans - she protects them from the bat-monsters known as the Chiroptera.

There's always a mystery around who Saya is and for whom she works, and by the end of the film you feel as though you're getting closer to the answers but you never get full clarification. This seems more like an episode from an anime series rather than a standalone film, so much seems too unexplored. Thankfully there is a Manga comic sequel to develop things further and an anime series (Blood+) loosely based on this original film.

In a nutshell: Although this is a well animated stylish film, it doesn't stand up well on its own - it feels like an introduction rather than a complete story. It acts a conduit into the rest of the Blood franchise and has made me want to read/watch more. I think I'll be picking up the manga or watching Blood+ at some point in the near future.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W Mitchell on 21 Jan. 2002
Format: DVD
well, you have to balence the good and the bad, wieghing in at less than 50 minutes with very little extras (dvd) would normally make it hard to recommend.
But, as short as it is, this is an amazing peice of animation. the first five minutes of film had my jaw crashing to the ground, the movement was so sweet, pity there was only another half hour or so of it!
the plot is 'ok' but the charecters are good... a nice change from the usual 15 year old school girls in skirts.
in the trailer on the dvd i noticed footage that wasnt in the movie...
so i think it was cut!!! it would explain the short length!!!
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In many ways, this feels like an american production. The atmosphere is disorientating and very blunt whenever the action is upfront.
It's impossible to mention this movie without getting to the point of its length.
Clocking in at 48 minutes there is going to be an element of scepticism, but I can easily say that it gets the job done, without feeling like a kid with ADD.

Kitakubo (known for Akira) seems to be the kind of guy that does whatever he wants at whatever rate he desires, and I have nothing, but respect for that kind of attitude towards art.
Something else noteworthy is that the voice acting is done in a single determinate way.
Both English and Japanese is spoken, and it works perfectly and makes sense as well.

Something that is important to keep in mind if you feel sceptical towards the duration, is that it was originally meant to be a 3 part original animated video, but due to time and money they cut it down to somewhere around the middle section.
It shows, mainly in the ambiguity of the main character and the somewhat open ending of it all, but it still feels like a complete product.

Definitely worth collecting if you like your Anime a little more mature.
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