How To Watch The Blood Series? – Complete Guide To Saya’s Story

How To Watch The Blood Series - Complete Guide To Saya’s Story

What Is The Series About?

Get welcomed into a world of ravenous monsters, roaming earth, feasting on humans. Humanity has only one hope of survival, and it is one girl named Saya. 

The Blood franchise is an epic series that is made up of three different versions of realities that take place inside the same universe at different periods in time.

All of these realities share the same dark themes, the same gory action and blood sequences, and a hardcore protagonist named Saya.

The animation in all three parts of this story is quite different, yet regardless of the different animation styles, they are all still eerily beautiful and haunting enough to send shivers down your spine.

This is an anime where a badass female lead hunts down blood sucking creatures that you may never expect. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really need to. It will blow your mind. 

What Order Should I Watch It In? 

How should you watch the Blood series. Well, if you are a fan of watching shows in the order of their release, then we would recommend doing so. However, remember there is also something special about watching in chronological order too. 

What Is Their Release Order? 

If you fancy watching the series in accordance with the release dates, let’s look at what the dates of their release were. 

The TV Series

  • Blood+ was release in 2005
  • Blood-C was released in 2011. 

The Movies

  • Blood: The Last Vampire was released in 2000.
  • Blood-C: The Last Dark was released in 2012. 

The OVAs

  • Blood-C: None-None Gekijou was released in 2012.

Specials

  • Blood-C: Special Edition was released in 2012. 

Live Action

  • Blood: The Last Vampire (2009- Live action version)
  • Blood-C: Another Story was released in 2017

What About The Chronological Order? 

What About The Chronological Order 

Luckily, the release order is pretty much the same as the chronological order. This means that the chronological watching order would be; 

  1. Blood: The Last Vampire. 
  2. Blood+
  3. Blood-C
  4. Blood-C:The Last Dark. 
  5. Blood-C: None-None Gekijou.
  6. Blood-C: Special Edition.
  7. Blood-C: Another Story (Live Action Movie)(Also known as Asura Girl)

Start with the 2000 movie, and then move onto the two TV series, and then finish up with another movie, the OVA and the special edition. 

All the series are standalone, and even if you were to watch Blood-C before you watch Blood+ it won’t actually matter that much.

Blood+ is considered to be better in terms of the story and the characters, so it is often better if you watch it before Blood-C.

However, this is all a debate of personal taste, and it is up to you to decide which you prefer and if you think this is the best order to watch it in. 

Are They All Connected? 

All the series in this franchise take place in the same universe at different times. 

The movie that starts it all, Blood: The Last Vampire, takes place in 1996, Blood+ and Blood-C are the alternate versions of the film, each is a standalone, and they differ rather significantly from one another. 

The most common link between all the parts is that they have a main character with the same name, Saya.

Saya’s personality is different in either series, and the only thing these two characters really share is the same deep black hair color and a similar hairstyle. 

There are some recurring characters in similar roles throughout the series as well, however, overall the stories in these two series are very different and they both have their own unique elements to them.

This is why it does not really matter which you watch first, it is just a matter of personal preference really. Some may prefer the Blood+ Saya and her storyline, others may prefer the Blood-C Saya and her storyline. 

Considering The Blood Franchise

Blood: The Last Vampire is where it all began. It is set in a world where beasts known as teropterids infest the world and kill humans to drink their blood.

Saya is a mysterious girl and is one of the very best teropterid slayers. She is sent to a U.S. army base that is in danger due to these evil beasts. 

Blood+ revolves around the story of Saya Otonashi, who is a normal girl living a very normal life with her foster family, who does not seem to remember a majority of her past life before this.

Things kick into gear when she finds herself in a very life-threatening situation. Saya Otonashi gets attacked by a blood-thirsty creature and ends up being saved by a strange man who is named Haji.

A strange turn of events leads to Saya joining an organization that aims to rid the world of these blood-thirsty creatures for good. 

Blood-C is a story about Saya Kisaragi, she is a schoolgirl by day and a demon slayer (Elder bairns) by night (any girl’s true dream). She received a ceremonial sword from her father and goes on to defeat all the monsters that haunt her village.

She seems innocent and perfect aside from her demon slaying, but there is something unusual going on.

Saya starts to experience visions that reveal some dark secrets of her seemingly peaceful village and an oath that she must never break.

It would seem that Saya is the only one who can slay these Elder bairns, she finds faults in her reality, and it turns out the reality that she knows is hardly what she thought it was, a disturbing truth about herself, her friends, her family, and the town she lives in. 

Blood-C: The Last Dark is a movie that follows on from the Blood-C series. This movie follows the story of what happens to Saya Kisaragi after she leaves the town upon finding out the truth of the life she has been living.

She goes on a hunt to find the person at the center of it all, Fumito Nanahara and ends up, for the first time, actually making some real friends. This is a follow-up from the series. 

Blood-C None-None Gekijou is a series of short specials that was aired on the official website prior to the movie release.

It consists of an explanation about the anime from the perspective of the twin characters Motoe Nono and Motoe Nene, who you will undoubtedly remember. 

Blood-C: Special edition includes two summary episodes of the TV series that are airing prior to Blood-C: The Last Dark. They feature secret content that was never aired during the original airing of the TV series.

Blood-C: Another Story is a Japanese action horror film based on the series, it is also known as ‘Asura Girl’.