Blood+, Volume 1 (Manga)

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Set several decades after the events in the popular Blood: The Last Vampire anime film, an amnesiac Saya Otonashi lives as a seemingly normal high school student with her adoptive family in Okinawa. Horrible nightmares are the only hints at the violent life she once led, but her past is about to catch up with her and awaken the merciless warrior within. Chiropterans — powerful shape-changing creatures who need and crave blood — threaten humanity once more, and a mysterious organization called the Red Shield needs...

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Overview

Set several decades after the events in the popular Blood: The Last Vampire anime film, an amnesiac Saya Otonashi lives as a seemingly normal high school student with her adoptive family in Okinawa. Horrible nightmares are the only hints at the violent life she once led, but her past is about to catch up with her and awaken the merciless warrior within. Chiropterans — powerful shape-changing creatures who need and crave blood — threaten humanity once more, and a mysterious organization called the Red Shield needs Saya’s deadly sword skills and mysterious powers to aid in the fight against these beasts. As her submerged abilities begin to reawaken and as she seeks to regain her memories, Chiropteran warriors are guided by a mysterious leader to threaten Saya and her loved ones. Asuka Katsura’s manga series successfully expands upon the original Production I.G./Aniplex feature, delivering moments of jarring violence and thrilling action in a tale that spans several centuries.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Blood+is a little bit of everything for everyone. As a franchise, there are two video games, soundtracks, a cartoon series, three comics and two novel series. Likewise, this first volume of the graphic novel series is a mix of mystery, vampire horror, high school romance and government intervention. Saya is a high school girl suffering from amnesia. In this volume, she's recruited for a part in the school play, hunted down by a boyish vampire, hidden by a secret sector of the government and finds out that she is an immortal and the only one who can kill the demonic monsters that threaten them. She also realizes that she's forged a special bond with her adoptive bad-boy brother, Kai. There are many strands at work in this opener, each given equal weight, which may work for the different Blood+products out on the market but weakens this story. With so much going on, the reader is pulled in too many directions at once and the overall reading experience distracts and detracts from the story. However, this could be a good book to have open while updating a MySpace page and IMing friends on the Nintendo DS Light. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593078805
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 1/30/2008
  • Series: Blood+ Series , #1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 433,947
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

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    Loved It!!!

    Like most people I saw the anime first.<BR/> When I found out it was manga I was sooooo happy!!! :) I got it as soon as I could!!!!!!!!!!<BR/><BR/> It's the story of a girl who can't remember anything. She meets a strange guy who knows who she really is, or what she really is.......<BR/><BR/> In a way I was dissaponted. I thought it would be exactaly like the anime, but there are some differentces. Like Charels. Who's Charels?!?!?(He's really carl)<BR/> But all in all I love it! I love the whole story! Every part of it!<BR/><BR/> So if your not shore if you want to read it, take my addvice....... GO READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    Since I saw the Anime!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Since I saw the Anime from Blood+ I was so happy, and can wait to see it every time. Even on the final season I was look for a manga and found it. The story and illustration is wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2009

    Good, But Different

    I, like most who are looking to read this series, have seen the anime version first. Being a major fan of the anime, I had extremely high expectations for the manga.

    I found that the art was spot-on, and looked exactly like the original anime Which is great. However, the original 50 episodes are jam-packed into 5 story manga installations, so the story was not what I expected. Towards the end of this volume, it is apparent that the story was changed to fit into 5 books. This strange shortening of the series has been very akward for me and I am not found of it. This continues through the entire series and progressively deviates further and further from what originally happened. If you were a hard-core fan of the anime, you might be a little taken-back by the plot changes.

    If you have never seen the anime, then you will most likely not understand the manga very well, as it doesn't have as much detail. I would recommend that you buy the manga only if you have seen the entire anime and are a mega-fan. That being said, I love the original series and like the manga adaptation very much- it is just not what I was expecting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

    Liked it, but a bit disappointed

    I liked this volume, but it kind of disappointed me. I'm a huge fan of the anime, but reading this made me feel like I was reading something totally different. I do recommend it to fans of the anime. especially if you're looking for something new.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

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    I've seen this anime on Adult Swim it's awsome, and something that'll pull you right in. Somethings, are really sad as you will soon find out. I hope you like it as much as I do! :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

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    I don't know about the book but the anime is awesome so I am looking forward to buying this book when it comes out.

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