Genre: Action, Supernatural, Vampire
Studio: Creators in Pack, Namu Animation
Source: Web Manga
Plot: 60 years ago, a strange case of insomnia struck the population, forcing them to stay awake for more than a full week. The victims, completely sleep deprived, all went mad. To cure this illness, a new medicine was produced, but the side effects turned the patients into vampires. Humanity went to war against this new species and triumphed, but some of the vampires managed to survive. Born from a Human and a Vampire, the main character Mi Liu, “The Child of Hope,” is to represent the new hope that will connect the two species. Ringleader of a bank robbery, Mi Liu is arrested and transferred to a special prison of the National Defense Agency that monitors Vampires. Trying to break free with Anji, Mi Liu is attacked by strange monsters and he finds out that the prison location corresponds to the birthplace of Vampires, the old capital “Blue Town.” Why are Vampires trapped in Blue Town? What are those strange monsters attacking them? Our heroes must fight to solve those mysteries.
Impression: Bloodivores showcases a plot that is not so original but interesting nonetheless. Humanity has divided into two species and are still unable to get along with each other, and by not being able to get along, I mean that they want to kill each other. Oh well, gore and survival anime are fun to watch. The anime is being animated as a group project by Creators in Pack and Namu Animation. Namu Animation is a new animation studio that has just emerged, having made only 2 anime including Bloodivores, while the other one aired during the previous season. Creators in Pack is a little older having 11 titles under their name, a popular among which is the anime Ojisan to Marshmallow. I can’t say anything for sure about Namu Animation, but I’m slightly hopeful because of Creators in Pack. (Cool name, huh?)
As always, I’m writing this first impression after having watched the first 3 episodes only. Bloodivores is a bit of confusing title for me, but I can deduce that it refers to the blood thirsty nature of the mutated people (so called ‘vampires’) in the show. As of episode one, Bloodivores (the vampire guys) can be seen wearing a belt on their neck. While it identifies the person as a bloodivore, it also serves the purpose of keeping them in check. When bloodivores become too blood thirsty and awaken this thirst, the belt lights up a red color on its center to signify that the person is dangerous. It also sends an emergency message to the Enforcing Team in the show, the “BST”, that a bloodivore is likely to attack humans. The belt appears to also have a GPS function, meaning once the light turns red, there’s no escape. Mi Liu, our protagonist for the show, is a half-bloodivore half-human, dubbed the “Child of Hope.” This was revealed somewhere during the second episode. Our female lead Anji serves no greater purpose than showing off her boobs at this point. Anyway, in this episode, death-row bloodivores are taken to a secured facility and forced to fight some sort of monsters with their survival at stake. We are introduced to two more characters here, and they appear to be more important than the ones who aided in the Bank Robbery from episode one. It is later revealed that ‘some’ Bloodivores have special abilities. One guy was shown to be able to slow down objects and another capable of performing Telekinesis. By end of the third episode, we learn a bit more about the city where they’ve been taken and the past of our protagonist. And the female lead, Anji is still doing no better than showing off her boobs.
Bloodivores is an exciting anime, particularly because of its plot. The story is progressing at a steady pace and the action is just the right amount. The car chase scene in the first episode was a bit more amazing than the actual story and fight scenes but that’s not to suggest that the animation is bad in any way. While something about it reminded me of Taboo Tattoo (probably the boob owner female lead that does nothing), the anime doesn’t seem nearly as bad. As a matter of fact, it’s good even. Both opening and ending songs felt pleasant to me but the visuals didn’t really go well with the songs.
At this point, I’d like to continue watching this anime to get a bit more idea about the whole thing. It’s still too early to decide whether to drop it or not. My first impression of this anime is a 7 out of 10.
Here is the promotional video for Bloodivores:
Here are some screenshots from the first three episodes of Bloodivores: