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The Asian ApertureBlood Lad
POSTED BY JASON FETTERS, July 22, 2013    Share

For fans of action, horror, and comedy comes Blood Lad by Yuuki Kodama, a brand new anime series about an otaku vampire who meets a Japanese girl in the Demon World.

I was first introduced to Blood Lad by reading volume one of the manga that was released in English by Yen Press on 12/11/2012. Volumes 2 and 3 came out in March and May with more volumes coming out soon. The manga is performing well in the US and has even made the New York Times Bestseller List multiple times. In Japan the manga seems to be doing well and this may be a rare occurrence when a property becomes a hit in both countries. Generally the US market has to wait until something that was once popular in Japan because outdated and forgotten by Japanese fans when it debuts in the US. The manga is great, well drawn, with interesting characters that pull you into the Demon World.

It used to be that you would have to wait months for a popular anime to be released in the US due to translating and licensing issues and then you would have to purchase an expensive DVD or box set edition. Thankfully this is not the case because Blood Lad is simulcast. The anime aired in Japan on July 7th and also in the US thanks to online streaming at Vizanime. I remember being in Japan back in 1999 and seeing new anime titles available at Animate, a popular chain of anime and manga stores throughout Japan, and seeing that those same titles took 6 months or longer to reach the US. Blood Lad could be a hit in both countries at the same time.

Being a fan of the manga, I was eager to watch Episode 1 of the anime series. Blood Lad is subtitled in English and Episode 1 is titled “She’s a Skeleton Now.”

Blood Lad tells the story of Staz, a vampire who is boss over his territory in the strange Demon World. Despite being a ruler he is really an otaku who has his room filled with anime box sets, a manga collection on his bookshelf and video games. Staz appears to be a slacker but he gets the job done protecting his territory should anyone or thing challenge him.

Staz soon meets Fuyumi Yanagi, a human girl, who wanders into the Demon World from Japan and gets lost inside. When the two meet for the first time, Staz drives Fuyumi crazy with non-stop questions about all things otaku. He wants to know when his favorite manga and anime box sets are coming out in Japan and to be able to enter Japan from the Demon World to buy them. Fuyumi just wants to return home and to her normal life.

Will Fuyumi ever make it back?

Blood Lad the series is a faithful adaptation of the manga that adds another dimension to how irresistibly fun the show is. The artwork is stunning with brilliant colors. The humor is effective without being distracting from the story arc. As is generally the case, Blood Lad’s appeal is the wonderful and strange assortment of characters. Staz wants to win Fuyumi’s love and Fuyumi wants to go back to school. Everyone has clear goals in mind and these goals became hard to reach due to the obstacles that happen in the Demon World.

Just judging from Episode 1, Blood Lad is off to a great start and is worth your time. Three episodes are available for viewing at Vizanime and Hulu. So beat the intense Summer heat by staying inside with the AC cranked, grab your favorite snack, and experience the fun ride that is Blood Lad.

Highly Recommended

5 out of 5 Stars

"The Asian Aperture" is ©2013 by Jason Fetters. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2013 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.

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