Since Skanner Array seems to be taking his time once more, and didn’t seem that favorable about this show, I decided to take over and give my two cents on Blood Lad.
So what did I think of it overall? Well to be fair, it was quite interesting to watch. The whole setting seems more like a satire of the underworld than an actual dwelling place for demons. It’s divided as gang terfs between monster leaders who all seem to have superpowers. And with a cast of characters so large, the amount of powers and demons we get to see are endless. It’s weird and wacky, yet also dangerous.
Not to mention that the relationship between Staz and Fuyumi was quite unusual when compared to other romance pairings. Starting off as a love-at-first sight thanks to bloodlust, Staz instantly got captivated by her, only to completely lose interest once she became a ghost. Yet he still does everything he can to bring her back to life, and by the end apologizes for his negligible protection. This was probably the one dramatic aspect that was pulled off well throughout the entire story.
But in the end, this is a comedy, and the jokes for this show were kind of a mixed bag. Clumsy references and absurd, low-brow humor is constantly shoved alongside fanservice that rivals that of Highschool DxD. And yet it also has some good use of parity and over-the-top gag runs that never fail to bring a smile on my face. Constantly switching between these two while also watching some cheap shonen action(animation isn’t this show’s strong point) made the experience feel like a mess.
Probably the weakest parts were its characters; not because they weren’t funny, but rather because many of them were sidelined or oversimplified. Staz, Fuyumi and Bell get a decent amount of backstory, but everything else including Braz’s revenge plot is glossed over in favor of more action and comedy.
I’m not really going to complain that much about the story, since this was only given 10 ep to fit in. As such, it ends on a cliffhanger and was often shoved aside in favor of the comedy. It’s not a bad decision per say, considering it rarely got serious and often consisted of predictable shonen tropes. But considering it builds up toward a larger story by the end, it could’ve had more focus. It’s a missed opportunity, but not anything as serious as the characters and jokes.
In the end, the best way to describe Blood Lad is to compare it to a potato chip. It’s junk food that will keep you satisfied, but that potato could’ve been part of a delicious stew. It’s a shonen comedy that could’ve been better paced and further developed, but it’s a short giggle fest that will at least keep me smiling.