Blood Lad Season 2 Release Date
Vampires in popular media is not anything new. However, in recent years there has been an influx of vampires in literature, movies, TV Shows, and yes, even anime. Which brings me to Blood Lad. An anime that, for all intents and purposes, plays like a pretty ordinary shounen series with one thing used to set itself apart from the rest: (yes! you guessed it!) its use of vampires (and werewolves). So does this blend of genres make for a good pairing or is it just another toothless endeavour… See what I did there.
The story of Blood Lad follows Staz… actually, the main story is pretty much covered in the synopsis, so there isn’t much reason for me to regurgitate the same thing in different words. Long story short, Staz is an otaku vampire who is trying to turn Fuyumi back into a human. To achieve this, Staz has to overcome many obstacles and encounters a variety of characters. Blood Lad is only ten episodes long. Now the length of the series shouldn’t be too important, however, in relation to the manga, ten episodes are used to cover around thirty chapters. This leads to a lot of the episodes feeling rushed, with very little time given to take in everything that takes place. Furthermore, due to the short length, many of the questions raised are left unanswered, coupled with an unsatisfying conclusion (not that it concludes anything), which ends just as it seems the real story is about to begin. The first few episodes are generally geared towards comedy with little real progression. The actual comedy isn’t too bad and some moments are fairly funny, but hit or miss jokes aren’t enough to make something entertaining. The series then shifts to more of a battle shounen with action, however, because of the rushed nature of Blood Lad, most of these fights are over within a few minutes.
To be honest, there are a few characters who you kind of just want to whack in the face with a baseball bat. On the contrary, there are some pretty badass characters as well who even it out. Overall, most of the character’s aren’t deep at all and have no background or are plain weird. It’s fine though because this isn’t meant to be a piece of literature, it’s a comedy.
Though it isn’t spectacular enough to be considered a masterpiece, the artwork and animation is definitely good, and fits in very well with the way the show is produced. It’s lighthearted and supports the humorous parts of the show. However, I think it’s a little to cheesy and the “cartoonishness” could definitely be cut down a little, though I am being a bit picky. Overall, it was a job well done.
I hope there will be a second season for this great anime.