Trinity Blood



Thrilling, mature anime series is awfully gory.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Vatican runs a squad of special-ops vampire hunters and sometimes justifies violent/questionable acts by saying that they're acting in God's name. The actions of the protagonists demonstrate that it's important to defend yourself and stand up to evil.


Very gory animated scenes involving sabres, knives, and copious bloodshed.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mature, gothic anime series is about a group of vampires out to dominate post-Armageddon civilization -- which means that scenes frequently depict heavy violence involving spears, blood, and guts. The vampires are often ruthless in seeking their prey; their determination might scare younger viewers who tune in looking for lighter sci-fi/action animated fare. In other words, the show is part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line-up for a reason.

What's the story?

In the decidedly adult-oriented anime series TRINITY BLOOD, vampires have descended upon civilization and threaten the world's peace. Five hundred years after Armageddon, peace reigns. New cities have been built in the gothic style, and high-tech airships patrol from above. But a group of evil vampires, thought extinct by many, prowl the night turning order into chaos. Dispatched by the Vatican to help keep people safe from the vampires, priest Abel Nightroad (voiced by Troy Baker) is part of the protective force called the Defenders. Nightroad has a unique perspective on the situation, since he's a vampire himself. He has a complicated relationship with young Ester (Colleen Clinkenbeard), whose importance eventually becomes clear.

Is it any good?


Based on the Japanese manga by Yoshida Sunao and Kiyo Kyuujou, Trinity Blood is entertaining and fast-paced, with remarkably lifelike characters and sharp, often-funny dialogue. But each episode also has plenty of tense, scary scenes, which might turn off sensitive viewers. The vampires employ sabers tucked beneath their cloaks to stab and fend off their enemies, resulting in very gory scenes featuring blood, guts, and even disembowelment.

The show's complex relationship with and treatment of religion also marks it as a show for mature audiences. Parents should definitely pre-screen before letting anyone besides older teens tune in -- this show is part of the late-night Adult Swim line-up for a reason.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's complicated premise and mythology. What do you think would happen to the world after an Armageddon-like event? Do you think peace would be possible? Why do you think vampires are such popular mythological characters in movies, TV shows, and books? What do people find so appealing about them?

TV details

Cast:Colleen Clinkenbeard, Lydia Mackay, Troy Baker
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Science Fiction
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written bytica4eva April 9, 2008

if ur mature u can handle it

4 kids. no 4 people who like vampires and fantasy and anime. i LOVE this show.
Adult Written byteenreviews(17yrs) October 21, 2011

GREAT...! If veiwers can get past the gore,

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old December 12, 2009
What other families should know
Too much violence


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