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On the Rainbow Road: A Tribute to Satoru Iwata.

I know I'm a little late on this one but I have to talk about it. A few weeks ago, the gaming industry lost an icon. Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, died the age of 55. He worked in the video game industry for most of his life. Iwata-san helped form Hal Laboratory Inc., a video game developer responsible for popular games like the Kirby series, the Mother series or Earthbound as the game is called here in the states, and the Super Smash Bros. series.

From then on, he would work with Nintendo. Iwata-san worked on games such as Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, and more recently, Splatoon. In the early 2000s, Iwata became president and CEO of Nintendo. He certainly came a long way from a programer to president in twenty years time. During his tenure as the man in charge, he improved sales of the Gamecube by halting production of the console and reducing the price tag, innovated gaming with motion controls and touchscreens with the Wii and DS, came up with digital avatars called Miis, put the spotlight on Luigi in honor of his 30th anniversary, and introduced the Amiibo toyline to the world. He even did a series of video press conferences called Nintendo Direct where he and other Nintendo employees would announce upcoming games and products.    

Satoru made huge contributions to the video game industry over the last decade and I thank him for that. It is a real shame he died at a young age and where Nintendo will go from there is unknown right now. Both gamers and the video game industry mourned his passing and I am sad too about Iwata-san's untimely death. At GDC in 2005, Satoru once said: "On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer." No truer words had ever been spoken by a great man, please understand. Satoru, I just wanna say thank you for your contributions and your compassion for the business. You're a wonderful human being and you'll be deeply missed. May you travel the Rainbow Road to the Sky Blue Palace in the stars.
On The Rainbow Road: A Tribute to Satoru Iwata
I know I'm late but I wanted to write a tribute blog about Satoru Iwata. He passed away a few weeks ago and it was a sad day for both gamers and the video game industry.

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Dark Ranters Reviews: School Days

With ImpulsiveSpidercide and GearsX

Part 2

Warning: This review contains foul language, pure uncontained rage, and disturbing and sexual references. Reader discretion is advised.

GearsX: Hello, everyone. This is GearsX clockin' in and got the claws ready to shred...

ImpulsiveSpidercide: And ImpulsiveSpidercide, with the game switched on and the knives ready to come out.

GearsX: Previously in our School Days review, Makoto has changed his name to Creepy McNumbnuts, Sekai is in the process of becoming a manipulative shithead, and Kotonoha will soon become a mentally decayed trainwreck.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yes. The horror. The absolute fucking horror.

GearsX:  Spoilers! In part two, we're gonna rain down the pain on episodes five through eight and the rage is really beginning to take over now. Let's begin the beautiful pillage and plunder of School Days. Pillage and plunder! Burn! Burn! Burn!

ImpulsiveSpidercide: And no rape, unlike that asshole.

GearsX: Episode five begins with another blatant shot of fanservice. Makoto and his best friend, Taisuke Sawanaga, being their usual peeping tom selves. I'm sorry if I didn't mention Taisuke in the first part but I'll talk about him right now. He's Makoto's best friend and like our "protagonist," he too is a pervert and he commits rape later on in the series.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yes. He does. Any more will be spoiling it right now.

GearsX: This anime deserves to be spoiled, that's how bad this shitheap really is. Makoto is still thinking about Sekai's slip of the tongue into his mush then we get a close of Taisuke's speedo bulge. Really classy, anime. This episode takes place at a water park as I fail to mention.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah. Fanservice galore. Yay. Sarcasm fully intended.

GearsX: Get ready for more spoon fed fanservice as we enter the girls' locker room.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah.

GearsX: This leads to a scene where Sekai is touching her...all right, I'm skipping this scene because I have more respect for our audience and I'm no pedophile. Going back to the school in a flashback, Makoto shows Sekai one of the tickets he got from Kotonoha for the water park. Hikari shows up and she has a ticket, too. Makoto says Hikari must be interested in him which leads to him getting his brains bashed in. She wants him to give one of the water park tickets to Taisuke. Yeah, Hikari has the hots for him.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah, though I don't see why. Then again, considering most of the girls want to get into Makoto's pants, maybe good taste and judgment are just generally in short supply in this anime.

GearsX: To these girls, high standards are for idiots. We get another boring exposition dump between Makoto and Taisuke. Also, Taisuke getting his boner on while talking about Kotonoha in a two-piece. Next scene!

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah, I think I'm gonna be sick.

GearsX: More blatant fanservice! Taisuke being a creepy retard! Makoto being a creepy retard! More unfunny hijinks!

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah.

GearsX: Hikari asks Taisuke to teach her how to swim and he accepts her offer. She drags him away and we get another close-up of his bulge. Ready to blow chunks yet?

After some more blatant fanservice shots, Makoto teaches Kotonoha how to swim and we get a close-up of her boobs. I don't wanna sound perverted but I would rather have a look at Kotonoha's titties than get another pointless look at Taisuke's speedo cock one more time.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Same here, frankly.

GearsX: Her swim lesson goes well while Makoto begins to get bored. She slips on a slippery spot in the pool and hugs her boyfriend. Makoto hugs Kotonoha tighter to just have her boobies pressed against him while Sekai looks on. Makoto, I seriously want to smash your fucking head on the concrete until it's a pulp of brain meat and pieces of skull!

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Same here.

GearsX: Hikari seems to be having fun while Taisuke is getting all pissy about teaching her how to swim after they gone down the water slide. Setsuna shows and crash lands on the perverted retard. Next scene! Makoto takes a break from swimming while Kotonoha is taking a bathroom break. Sekai shows up to tease Makoto. Makoto wants to "practice" with Sekai some more all the while grabbing her ass. She keeps saying it's just "practice" and that's it. Yeah, you keep saying that, Sekai. You know goddamn well you wanna ride his dolphin. Of course, Makoto complements on Sekai's swimsuit and it may seem harmless, but is it?

ImpulsiveSpidercide: No, not really, considering they're carrying on an affair behind Kotonoha's back because Kotonoha won't put out.

GearsX: But that won't happen until later on. This scene is beginning to drag, so I'll sum it up like this: Makoto being all creepy about Sekai and she asks him about dating Kotonoha, who returns from her piss break. The class have some lunch together and go back for a swim after a half-hour. Makoto teaches Kotonoha to swim some more while Taisuke is getting jealous of his best friend.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Because he wants Kotonoha for himself. And we both know where this leads.

GearsX: Spoiler again, he rapes her! They all get into another dry exposition dump about how Sekai likes Makoto and all that shit. Jesus Christ on a pogo stick, this is getting boring!

ImpulsiveSpidercide: I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm looking forward to the parts where everyone starts dying.

GearsX: And we get yet another close-up of Taisuke's speedo cock for the third time! All right, producers, are you seriously obsessed with this dude's junk!?

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Maybe they are.

GearsX: After a day at the water park, everyone is getting ready to leave. Kotonoha wants to set up another date with Makoto for Sunday because her little sister wants to see him again. Makoto reluctantly agrees to go. The girls show up and the jackass asks what took them so long. Sekai gets pissed off and drags Makoto away for yet another chat. She keeps telling him time and time and time again he is dating Kotonoha but it's still not sinking in.

Man, Makoto, you are such a pompous little fuckball. You are dating the hottest girl in school and you're letting your cock do all the thinkin'. Everyone goes home, Makoto takes the train to meet with Sekai, finally confess their feelings to each other, and da end for this episode. That was terrible! We still get the same goddamn problems from the first four episodes and we got too many crotch shots from Taisuke! I'm feelin' it, ladies and germs. The rage is coming to the surface. I can really feel it. You're not making this easier for us, anime. Oh, no, you're not.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Well, if you're gonna Hulk out . . .

GearsX: You wanna know what the worst part is? Makoto bangs Sekai!

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Well, fuck.

GearsX: Makoto has now become a Jersey Shore-level douche ass. He could've told Kotonoha he wanted to date someone else but no, Makoto hates all things logic.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah. Douchebag motherfucker. I'm sorry I'm not more eloquent than this, but that's the best I can come up with to sum him up.

GearsX: Let's save the rage later. Let's move on to episode six. At the beginning of this episode, Makoto and Sekai make out at her job. Good way to get yourself fired and that's real sanitary, too, sarcasm. Once again, she keeps saying they are just practicing. (That's starting to get old now.) We all know where their mommy-daddy dance in that last scene will lead to later on.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yes. Exactly.

GearsX: Then at the Katsura house, Kotonoha tries to get ahold of Makoto but he doesn't pick up.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Because he's too busy fucking around with Sekai.

GearsX: And just plain ignoring her too. This is the first sign of poor Kotonoha becoming mentally destroyed by her cheating beau. Makoto and his new lover hug each other before heading off to school. Kotonoha boards the train with Makoto. He ain't too happy seeing her on the train. She tries to talk to him but he's being an arrogant asshole to her.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah, because he's pissed at her for not giving it up to him, which is perfectly logical and reasonable given what an inconsiderate douchebag he is.

GearsX: To him, taking it slow is for dumbasses. Sekai arrives at the school and was about to enter homeroom when Makoto shows up. During class, she tells him they should let his girlfriend know that they are seeing each other but Makoto doesn't wanna do the right thing. On the roof, Makoto, Kotonoha, and Sekai have a nice cup of hot lemonade. They talk about the hot lemonade and who really the fuck cares?

During history class, Makoto gets a text from Kotonoha for an afterschool shopping trip but he makes up the excuse that his sister is coming to town. Lying is not cool, you dipshit! He lies to her so he can spend more time with Sekai. How pathetic. Kotonoha does her shopping while Makoto and Sekai get off the train. As her train stops, Kotonoha sees them about to make out on the train station platform. Another sign of her sanity slowly swirling down the shitter.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah. It only gets worse from here.

GearsX: Kotonoha is waiting on Makoto to walk with her but he once again LIES to her through text. Makoto shows up and she gets all excited but Katou shows up. They say good morning to each other and Makoto goes on his merry little way. Katou stares at Kotonoha until she gets a call from Minami.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah, bad shit is coming.

GearsX: On the roof, Kotonoha tries to talk with Makoto and Sekai but his head is so far up his ass, he's enjoying his own stink and his mistress being all depressed. In class, there's talks of an upcoming school festival and what theme they should go with. As Makoto meets up with Sekai, he received a text message from her to go home together and Sekai suggested it. Makoto and Kotonoha walk home together as she received a flyer for a couples' discount on cell phones. She offers him a cell phone but he turns her down. Kotonoha trips to the ground as her yarn and knitting needles spill over. Apparently, she was knitting herself a sweater or a scarf. At Sekai's place, Setsuna leaves as her friend receives a text from Makoto. She feels really bad for sleeping with Kotonoha's boyfriend. Kotonoha calls Makoto again and he ignores her.  

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Wow, douchebag.

GearsX: I'm just about ready to tear him a new asshole.  The school festival planning commences as Taisuke tosses around dumb suggestions and Setsuna rejects them all. Katou and her friends discuss who is taking her to the school festival and then decide to pick on Kotonoha. Of course, Katou has the hots for Makoto but denies it. Kotonoha declares she's Makoto’s "the one" and that pisses Katou off.    

Spoilers: Makoto bangs Katou not once but twice! Dunking her doughnuts! Stuffing her like a turkey!

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah. We get it. We get it.

GearsX: Then we get a montage of text messages going around about Kotonoha dating Makoto then we see Setsuna watching Makoto and Sekai leave homeroom. Kotonoha finishes her meeting early and heads to the roof. Makoto wants a quickie with Sekai but she doesn't wanna do that right now. Dammit, you cock-knocker, she said no! As Kotonoha was about to meet up with her boyfriend on the roof, she heard Sekai say “I love you” to Makoto very loudly.

That's it, the kid gloves are coming off! I can't hold this in any longer! Makoto, you are a womanizing sack of horseshit! You had the hots for Kotonoha since day one but you decided to throw her under the bus for Sekai!? Are you goddamn kiddin' me!? Kotonoha loved you and you were bangin' around right behind her back! You could've told her you wanted to date Sekai and maybe stay friends with your soon be ex-girlfriend, that would be the smart and right thing to do! Oh, wait, I completely forgot you hate doing the smart and right thing! You're making us guys look real bad, you rat-faced dick weasel! Who do you think you are!? Who the fuck do you think you are!? Are you that hellbent on destroying your girlfriend's life, Sekai's life, and all the lives of the girls you were humping!?

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah, all that and then some. And too little, too late for Sekai!

GearsX: I can't wait to see you get what's comin' to you, asshole! So fuck you and fuck everything you stand for! You don't deserve to go to Hell because that place is too good for you!

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yes. They need a whole new level for him to be tortured for eternity in.

GearsX: Hot damn! That felt good! That's it for episode six. What I said has pretty much described all the feelings I had toward that episode. Moving on to episode seven. On the roof of the school, Kotonoha has just discovered her boyfriend and Sekai together and cutting back to her house, she is knitting either a sweater or a scarf. She is discussing to herself about why Makoto and Sekai were together on the roof. Kokoro enters the room and asks about the school fair.

Back at the school, Hikari tells her classmates about the other classes doing a themed cafe and Setsuna decides to up the game. Hikari has Makoto volunteer to help out Setsuna. Makoto and Setsuna walk through the hallway and see Kotonoha in one classroom. He doesn't say hi to her or nothing. In gym class, someone has snuck into the storage with a camera in her hands. Where will this lead to? Hmmm.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah, exactly. Lots of very humiliating videos. And to think, this was before cell phone cameras were so widespread.

GearsX: I'm feeling dirty having to talk about it later on. Kotonoha catches up with Makoto and asks him about seeing her later on but Setsuna says no. Spoilers: he fucks her too! Man, Setsuna's a cold-hearted bitch.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Wow, damn. Yeah, that is cold.

GearsX: Prepare to hate her even more because she blocks Kotonoha's number on Makoto's cell. She had no business blocking her number on Makoto's phone!

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah. It's not even her phone. Damned bitch.

GearsX: Sekai told her she didn't have to do that. Back at the Katsura residence, Kokoro sees her older sister doing some more knitting but she's actually starting to lose it.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah, she's losing her damn mind, and we all know whose fault it is, don't we?

GearsX: It's Makoto's fault. When Setsuna arrives back at her place, everything is all packed up. She's going to France, that is all. When Kotonoha tries to call Makoto, she discovers her number was blocked on her phone. Her sanity is decomposing faster than a corpse baking in the hot sun.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah. I feel like Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral would be the perfect soundtrack album for this review.

GearsX: That poor girl. She deserves better. She tries to call him again but still no luck.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: No fucking luck, because he doesn't even know her number was blocked. And he probably doesn't care to know.

GearsX: Back in class, Sekai is wearing a waitress uniform and Taisuke is being all creepy about it, but Hikari gave him a good punch to the head.  

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Good, he deserves worse.

GearsX: Every student is prepping for the school fair. Kotonoha was ordered to grab some sheets. I think we all know what the sheets are used for.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah, exactly.

GearsX: As she goes to grab the sheets, Kotonoha runs into Makoto and Setsuna. Makoto stares at her boobs since her shirt was sopping wet from the rain. Setsuna keeps telling him he is Sekai's boyfriend now, but he walks off to get her. He sees her talking to his best friend and then they go into the supply closet. Taisuke gets a first row look at her panties while Hikari is getting pissed off. Taisuke asks Kotonoha out to the folk dance while still being all creepy. Hikari is emotionally crushed. Kotonoha and Taisuke argue over her relationship with Makoto then she runs off.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: And shit follows. Because it always does here.

GearsX: Man, Taisuke's such an asswipe. Kotonoha sees Makoto and she's all happy, but Nanami cockblocks her, pretty much accusing her of being a whore. The poor little girl runs off crying. Makoto rides the train while unblocking his girlfriend's phone number. Kotonoha shows up at Makoto's apartment and talks with him. Once again, he is lying to her about how his cell was acting up when it was actually blocked by Setsuna! What a lying little shitbag! Keep making up excuses, you little asswipe! Anyway, Kotonoha asks Makoto for a dance during the last day of the school carnival while Sekai is getting all weepy like a baby. Someone get that girl a baby bottle and a pacifier. Sekai storms off and gets slapped by Kotonoha. Another sign of things to come.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Or the Waaaaambulance, as it were. And yes, it is a sign of things to come, especially since Kotonoha takes it much further than slapping in the end.

GearsX: Finally, we get to episode eight. It's the day of the school carnival. We meet up with Sekai and Setsuna at the park, discussing about her getting a slap to the face by Kotonoha. Setsuna tells her she's gonna meet up with Makoto. In school, Makoto and Taisuke talk about his relationship with Kotonoha.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: And what do the assholes have to say for themselves?

GearsX: Why they haven't broken up yet.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah?

GearsX: Yeah. At Sekai's place, she has a flashback about what happened the previous night. After getting slapped, Sekai apologizes to Kotonoha but she is not in a forgiving mood. She's hurt, betrayed, and tells Sekai to stay the hell away from Makoto. We both know she's not gonna listen and Sekai has no remorse for sleeping with Makoto. It's rant time again! You take it from here!

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah, fine, I'll do it. That is the worst apology I've heard in a while, and being the astute follower of politics that I am, I've heard some shitty apologies in my day. Good on Kotonoha for not falling for that bullshit, because that’s all it is --- bullshit! She’s still going to fuck around with Makoto, still hurting and betraying Kotonoha with that motherfucking waste of pixels and animation! The both of them deserve the most painful and brutal end possible, and for those of you who know how this sick farce ends, I am sorely looking forward to it! Blood for blood, and by the gallons!

GearsX: Couldn't have said it better myself. We'll be celebratin' death in the third and final part but for now, let's trudge through episode eight and end this second part of the review.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Sure.

GearsX: Kotonoha asks Makoto if they can walk home together but Setsuna says no. Makoto can't really speak for himself and Setsuna loves cockblocking Kotonoha. We're getting signs of Makoto being a bit nicer to Kotonoha, but it's too little, too late. You, asswipe, don't get our sympathies.   We're gonna skip this discussion between Makoto and Setsuna because it's boring and I don't give a shit about them.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Indeed. I'm just biding my time now.

GearsX: Makoto arrives at Sekai's place and he stares at her Radish waitress uniform. Creepy. We get another exposition dump and moving on. I will say she asks Makoto if what they are doing is bad, but as I said and Spidercide said earlier, Sekai doesn't have a pang of remorse for sleeping with Makoto. Sekai and Setsuna talk about Makoto and Kotonoha and moving on. Sekai comes back to school as the preparations for the school fair nigh complete.

As the train comes to a stop, Kotonoha boards it. She just happy to sit next to her beau as he starts down at her cleavage. Get this, she actually offers him to touch her bare boobs. I thought she had more self-respect than that. After getting through more waste of time, the school fair begins! As Kotonoha speaks with Katou and her friends, two customers show up to use the break room. The break room is being used as a cheap-ass hotel room where they are bangin' each other.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yes, and it's being recorded, too, via hidden camera. To be shown to the entire class later.

GearsX: Who would set up a break room to be used as a VIP room at a strip joint at a school fair?

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Some very fucked-up teenagers, but then I've heard similar stories in real life.

GearsX: It doesn't make any sense. Something like that may happen at a house party but not at a school fair. We get a pointless scene where we see a three-way fight between themed cafes. It adds nothing to the plot and it’s a complete throwaway.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah, but it does at least establish the environment of the setting.

GearsX: Of how batshit retarded they all are?

ImpulsiveSidercide: Ok, if we wanna go there, sure.

GearsX: This scene is just not funny, movin' on.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yes. Let's.

GearsX: Makoto stays to help out Setsuna to fix everything up. She tells him she's moving to France because her mother got a job transfer or somethin', it's never revealed. Setsuna tells Makoto to take care of Sekai when she's gone, yakkity-schmackity. Cutting to the chase, Makoto is all tuckered out and Setsuna slips him the tongue. Da End!

Fuckin' eh, that was the worst four episodes we slogged through. The problems are still the same; all the characters are unlikable except for Kotonoha, padded out scenes, more exposition dumps, and things had just gotten worse.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah, with Setsuna kissing Makoto while he's passed out and sleeping.

GearsX: Everything is wibbling and wobbling for School Days. This anime has really brought the rage out of us and we still have episodes nine through twelve to get through. The rage is really gonna come out in part three and when we do the character analysis, the beast is gonna come out and play.

ImpulsiveSpidercide: Yeah. The beast will be uncaged!

GearsX: The apocalyptic destruction of School Days will reach its conclusion. The end is nigh for School Days! Its death will be slow and painful! Until next time, this is GearsX and his rage clockin' out!

ImpulsiveSpidercide: And ImpulsiveSpidercide, who will be trying to find something to wash the bad taste of School Days out of his mouth. Peace . . . if you can find some.
Dark Ranters Reviews: School Days Part 2
Part two of the School Days review. Let the pulverizing of this anime continue! To check out part one, go here: impulsivespidercide.deviantart…
Dark Ranters Reviews Presents:

Blood Lad with GearsX

Dedicated to the memory of

Wayne Richard Wells

a.k.a. Wayne Static of Static X

November 4th, 1965-November 1st, 2014

Good day, everyone. This is GearsX. I'll be participating in the Red Ribbon Reviewers again this year to help spread awareness of HIV/AIDS and one day, a cure will be found. Last year, I reviewed A Christmas Story 2 and I still stand by what I said, the sequel was utterly pointless and it was trash. I felt scarred for life for watching that terrible movie. This year, I'm gonna review something good and better than A Christmas Story 2. I'm reviewing the vampire-themed anime, Blood Lad. I know all of you would say I should've reviewed this anime back in October for Halloween and you'd be right about it but I wasn't watching the show at the time. The last vampire-themed anime I reviewed with Spidercide was Vampire Knight and that one was just a dull, lifeless waste of ink, cell, and paper. Does Blood Lad stack up with the awesomeness that is Hellsing Ultimate? Let's get this show on the road, eh?  

Blood Lad was created by Yuuki Kodama in 2009 and its anime adaptation aired in 2013. The series is set in Demon World. The dimension is separated into four territories. The main protagonist, Staz Charlie Blood, is the big boss of the east end and he is loyal to his gang. He is a vampire but no ordinary vampire and I'll discuss it when I get to characters. A human girl named Fuyumi Higani inadvertently stumbles into the demon dimension through a portal called the Black Certain. When Staz meets Fuyumi, he suddenly develops the hots for her. But during a fight against a demon who challenged Staz for his position of power, Fuyumi gets swallowed up by a man-eating plant, leaving only her remains and clothing behind. Upon seeing this, he acts like a jerk to her at first since she becomes a ghost but Staz vows to bring Fuyumi back from the dead. To keep his would-be girlfriend from fading away, he has to give her a drop of his blood. Now Staz must find a way to return Fuyumi to life with the help of his best friend/rival, Wolf, boss of the west end of Demon World and a beautiful treasure hunter named Bell Hydra. They must also contend with Braz, Liz, Wolf-Daddy, and Akim Paradon. Now on to the main and major characters.

Staz Charlie Blood is the main character of the anime. As I said before, he is a vampire but no ordinary vampire. Instead being a stereotypical and clichéd vampire like his family expects him to be, Staz is a nerd and a slacker. He is a gamer, collector of anime and manga, and has a fascination with the human realm because of his love for nerdy things. That makes him a likeable character in my eyes. It's clear Staz cares about Fuyumi and doesn't want anything bad happen to her since he wants to make her human again. Despite being a tough guy, Staz is afraid of his older brother, Braz. He practically soils himself upon hear his brother's name. When Staz was a kid, Braz did a series of experiments on him to unlock his true power and ended up sealing it with a magic bullet to the heart.

Fuyumi Higani is Staz's love interest. When she first entered the demon realm, Fuyumi had no idea where she was and what these strange creatures around her were. She was found by Staz's crew and brought to him. At first, she seemed freaked out by Staz but eventually warms up to him in later episodes. Since she was nom-nomed by a demon Venus flytrap and became a ghost, Fuyumi has to drink Staz's blood or magic formula to keep herself solid. It was said Fuyumi can become a powerful hybrid whose power would rival Staz due to absorbing magic. Fuyumi has a very sweet personality but sometimes, she gets very annoyed by Staz's outlandish behavior and lack of common sense.

Wolf is Staz's best friend and arch-rival. He is in charge of the western part of the demon realm and he's part werewolf or lycanthrope in the manga. Wolf comes from a family of noble werewolves but was abandoned due to him being part werewolf. He is constantly seeking out stronger opponents to fight. In one episode, the two rivals had a boxing match together and while Wolf went all Ivan Drago on Staz, the vampire nerd almost killed him with his ZIP attack. Wolf also has a bit of a crush on Fuyumi but he's very shy about it as Staz is very much open about his love for her.

Bell Hydra is a beautiful treasure hunter and a user of spatial and teleportation magic. She was unknowingly responsible for Fuyumi's entrance into the demon dimension and was searching for a thief who stole her Black Certain. Once she catches the thief, she'll marry him but ends up forgetting about it when Bell fell in love with Staz and he doesn't know about it. She has a habit of wearing provocative clothing from time to time. Later on, Bell found out Fuyumi is her sister since both of their mothers were doppelgangers combined into one person and would help out Staz and company to bring her back to life.

Braz B. Blood is Staz's older brother. Braz is a vampire who lives in Acropolis, home of various noble families. He put his little brother through a series of torture tests to unlock his true powers but that proved to be a disaster when his preteen body couldn't handle it. So Braz sealed up Staz's powers with a magic bullet to the heart which made Staz assumed he was trying to murder him. He cooked up a plan which made his little brother very suspicious of him. It was revealed Braz's plan was to overthrow the current demon king, Wolf-Daddy, using Staz since he killed their father years ago. He even helped out with the creation of Akim Paradon with Franken Stein to further test Staz's strength.

Liz T. Blood is Braz and Staz's little sister. In the first few episodes, she is a spoiled brat who was jealous of Staz for spending so much time with their older brother. Much like Braz, she lives in Acropolis too. She is a warden of a prison called "Liz's Toy Box" and thinks of herself as judge and jury when it comes to guilt or innocence. Anyone who wants out of her "toy box" would be forced to fight for their freedom against her two zombie servants. She's been known to wear a mask most of the time and would eat or drink with it on, which is kinda weird. Braz would leave Liz in Staz's care and she begins to see there's more to life than just punishing and locking people in her toy box and eventually adopts Fuyumi as her sister.

Franken Stein is a mad scientist residing in the west side of Demon World. He is an expert on demon biology but is very terrible at making explosives and has a bad habit of blowing up parts of his lab. Franken is responsible for creating Akim Paradon. He did help in keeping Fuyumi from disappearing but he has developed some interest in her since she became a ghost.

Akim Paradon is one of the major big bads of Blood Lad. He is a patchwork monster created by Franken Stein. Akim bolted from Franken's lab and killed numerous demons for their body parts to become more powerful. He fought against Wolf and defeated him but he ended up being defeated by Staz. Akim was actually a spy named Pantomime. He worked for Wolf-Daddy until he was killed by Braz and had his dead body shipped to Franken. Akim's creation was part of Braz's plan to overthrow Wolf-Daddy as king of Acropolis.

Wolf-Daddy is another of the big bads of Blood Lad. He is in charge of the demon realm and was responsible for killing the Blood siblings' father. Wolf-Daddy is the biological father of Wolf. He doesn't really do much in the anime since he only makes an appearance or two.

What do I gotta say about the animation? It was done by Brain's Base, the same company responsible for Durarara and Spice and Wolf. The animation looks good and the characters are well-designed. The colors are bright, vibrant, and very pleasing to the eye. I really got no gripes with the animation whatsoever.

The anime was dubbed by Viz Media and Viz did an excellent job with the English dub. You can tell the English voice actors were having fun in their roles. Bryce Papenbrook had Staz sound lazy yet enthusiastic and Johnny Yong Bosch gave Braz this sinister calm to his voice. Viz's English dub of Blood Lad is definitely on par with Funimation's English dubs of their anime.

Despite the praise I gave this anime, I have do have one gripe with the series. Blood Lad is too damn short. The show is about ten episodes (or eleven if you count the OVA episode) long and it's not enough to flesh out the story or show more character development. The anime should've had a second season or at least another fourteen episodes for more narrative build-up and more character establishment. Brain's Base, please don't pull a Gainax on me. I freaking hate it when anime studios don't give any closure to their shows. Just get the word from Blood Lad's creator and greenlight a second season already! Sorry if I went off on a rant like that but I just had to get it out of the way.

In closing, do I recommend Blood Lad? Hell to the yeah! I doubt many anime fans heard of Blood Lad since I felt the anime was kinda obscure. Viz Media released a limited edition DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack of the show with a light novel or manga included and I'm not sure if that worked. Blood Lad is an entertaining anime and is really worth your money. That's all for this review of Blood Lad. On behalf of the Red Ribbon Reviewers, this is GearsX clockin' out. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all.
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