The world-famous and innovative Blood: The Last Vampire became a huge hit back in 2000. It was Japan’s first fully digital animated film, and also Production I.G’s first and highly successful attempt to create a project based on a fully in-house developed original concept. The movie featured Saya, a teenage girl in a school uniform slicing metamorphic monsters with a Japanese sword – an unique concept at the time, thought up by Junichi Fujisaku. Thanks to its powerful heroine and gorgeous cutting-edge animation, Blood: The Last Vampire inspired a wave of directors and artists and earned itself a huge fanbase. Which is why I am happy to report that Production I.G are collaborating with CLAMP on a new chapter of Blood: The Last Vampire titled BLOOD-C.
According to I.G’s website:
“BLOOD-C is a creative collaboration between Production I.G and popular all-female artist group CLAMP, supervised by Junichi Fujisaku, one of the key members of the team that developed the original concept for Blood: The Last Vampire (2000) and who later directed the TV series Blood+ (2005).
Like the former chapters of the saga, BLOOD-C will feature a heroine called Saya, her full name being Saya Kisaragi.
The BLOOD-C project is structured as a TV series, to be aired in Japan on MBS/TBS starting July 2011, and a theatrical feature film, slated for 2012. The TV series will be directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, helmer of the Annecy-nominated feature film, xxxHOLiC – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, based on CLAMP’s million-selling comic and produced by Production I.G.”
Unfortunately, there is no word on when we’ll get to see the show and film over here in English speaking countries, but I’m sure that eventually they’ll make dubbed versions like they did with the original Blood.
Any Blood: The Last Vampire fans here? Are you excited about the new project? Let us know in a comment below.