Blood: The Last Vampire 2002
Benkyo Tamaoki - Viz Publishing
Graphically violent Anime: it's not just
for kids anymore...
Erotic manga artist, Benkyo Tamaoki, created this
200 page sequel to the groundbreaking Anime and takes it up a notch
or two by bringing the story into modern times and providing a wonderful
origin story for Saya. This book doesn't tread familiar ground,
it splits the earth right open. Saya is on assignment in another
school, investigating vampires and gang activity when she comes
across a young woman who has been bullied by her classmates. Saya
is soon on the trail of vampires and of a deadly foe that is linked
to her past. Lesbian sex scenes, graphic vampire violence and social
commentary, Blood: The Last Vampire 2002 is a work of mesmerizing
genius that crosses the lines, pushes the envelope and kicks you
so hard in the gut with it's finale, you'll check your own pulse.
Benkyo Tamaoki's black and white art is really beautiful. One hopes
that he will revisit this genre again very soon. Easily offended?
Stay away from this book! If you liked the Anime, you cannot miss
this continuing story of Saya. It is everything the movie lacked
and is further proof that comic books aren't for kids anymore.
The Last Vampire Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo