I’m not sure which film to talk about first, so I guess that chronology is the deciding factor. On Saturday night, after returning from Woolfest and having had an early evening nap, Lisa and I went to see a late showing of Blood. Blood is a live-action remake/re-envisioning of an anime from 2000. The original animation was meant to be a 3-part story, although only the middle section was ever made. I have it on DVD somewhere in the house, and recalled that it was a very professionally put-together anime, although the characters lacked backstory and depth, and that the plot itself kind of meanders along without any meaningful resolution at the end of what could be called the episode’s “arc”.
Now, granted, this may all be because of the fractured nature of the production, and it remains vaguely plausible that parts 1 and 3 would have filled in the gaps in a satisfactory manner, but that’s a moot point considering neither preamble or close were ever forthcoming, and Blood: The Animation was more like a showcase for Production I.G.‘s talent at animation than anything else. That it was followed by Kaidohmaru, which sported fewer plot hooks than it’s predecessor, seemed to confirm this to me more than anything.