Blood+

 
Powerful girl battles vampires in gory anime.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The protagonist is an athletic, sweet young woman with super powers, which conveys the idea that women and girls can be strong and powerful. But the she's also sexualized to an extent, and romantic encounters happen to her rather than engaging her as an active participant. In one scene, a schoolgirl complains that "I just look at pizza and gain three pounds!"

Violence

Ultra-exaggerated, gory anime violence. Heads are chopped off and bodies impaled, and there's gunfire, sword-wielding, military scenes, and fields of dead bodies.

Sex

Schoolgirl skirts are super short and sometimes flip up to reveal underwear. Teen girl body parts get lots of attention. In one episode, an older man kisses the schoolgirl protagonist romantically.

Language

Pretty mild, mostly of the "hell" and "damn" variety.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this anime series is extremely violent and often scary. Vampire-like monsters hunt men, women, and children, killing them with their sharp teeth and extra-long claws; blood also spurts out of decapitated victims' throats. The young female protagonist masterfully wields a sword, slashing both beasts and men, and many tense moments are accentuated with spooky music. The protagonist and other young female characters are also sexualized; wear ultra-short skirts; and sometimes talk about not eating to avoid getting fat.

What's the story?

The seemingly normal Saya (voiced by Kari Wahlgren) lives with a loving adoptive family, goes to school, competes in track and field events, and discusses politics with her friend. But a flashback to her previous life shows that she was once involved in a bloody massacre and wielded a sword against terrifying, vampire-like beasts called chiropterans. As her memory returns, young Saya faces her fate as savior of her family, friends, and countrymen.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The story is compelling, mysterious, and complex. But be forewarned: Though it's animated, BLOOD+ isn't for kids. Violent scenes go beyond a simple dead body or stabbing -- be prepared for dramatic, slow-motion beheadings and gallons of red blood spurting out of amputated limbs. And it's not just the bad guys who wreak havoc; in a flashback scene, Saya slashes her way through a group of people, and it's unclear what her motive is and whether she's only killing bad guys.

Anime is known for its sexual portrayals of young female characters, and while this isn't an X-rated series, Saya and other underage female characters also wear exaggeratedly short schoolgirl skirts, which sometimes pop up to reveal a glimpse of underwear. The girls' sexualized nature extends to other parts of the series, too -- in one scene, an older male kisses Saya by surprise, and possibly against her will, but the kiss then turns romantic.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about different styles of animation. What characterizes an "anime" series? If you're familiar with anime, what themes do you see repeated in different series? In general, how is animation different in kids' shows and more adult-oriented shows like this one? Why use animation to tell grown-up stories in the first place? How does animation affect the story being told?

TV details

Cast:Crispin Freeman, Kari Wahlgren, Olivia Hack
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Science Fiction
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 13 years old Written byMharu Skii April 9, 2008
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YAY! Vampires

This is one of my favorite animes ever. I love the entire series and almost all the characters; Hagi especially.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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pretty good, for people like me

this anime was very good, IF you like violence. this show is NOT for the faint hearted. But the story line and premise is very interesting.
Kid, 9 years old April 10, 2011
age 13+
 

Not to bad

Its not that bad actually, I'm a fan of most anime and its not horrible like more, if you think this is bad look at Elfen Lied.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models

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