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Trinity Blood- The Complete Series Blu-ray Review

“Trinity Blood” is an uneven, but exciting anime series.

Set in a post-war future, “Trinity Blood” revolves around a new cold war between humans (led by the Roman Catholic Church) and vampires (AKA Methuselahs). To make matters more complicated, a group called the Rosen Kreuz is trying to create a new world order. The only hope for salvation- A group of secret agents known as the AX (led by Father Abel and Sister Esther) whose mission is to maintain peace. Can Ax and their Vatican allies save the world or will the villains succeed? Episode plots involve a hijacked ship, vampires, a psychic girl, churches, an island, deadly machines, assassionation attempts, a group of soldiers assigned to eliminate vampires, and a vampire terrorist organization. This set contains all 24 episodes.

Story-wise, there’s  a lot going on in “Trinity Blood”. There are bloody fight scenes, machines, vampires, Crusniks (vampires who feed on other vamps), humongous airships, the Vatican, several factions/groups, etc. In fact, there’s so much going on that the show demands that you pay attention. Normally, this is a good thing, but ‘Trinity’ is a little too cramped with ideas. There is an overload of characters, an abundance of back story, and far too many ongoing story arcs for a mere 24 episodes. Personally, I preferred more of the stand-alone stories at the start of the season (especially episodes one, five, and seven).

On the character front, the show’s main character (Father Abel Nightorad) is what makes the show worth watching. At first glance he’s a nerdy Priest, but when danger arises, he becomes a bad-ass Crusnik fighter. He’s quite simply a very unique character and his journey and past are incredibly fascinating to learn about.

Summary: “Trinity Blood” is a flawed series to be sure, but it’s worth a look if you’re into vampires.

Once again, Funimation can do no wrong when it comes to Blu-ray releases. The animation of “Trinity Blood” looks crisp and clear in widescreen 1080p. The cityscapes are especially breathtaking.

English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 audio tracks are included here. The English track has a lot of depth to it when it comes to both the action and the dialogue. The Japanese track is solid, but it lacks the TrueHD touch obviously

Extras:

* Trailers for “Claymore,” “Gunslinger Girl- Il Teatrino,” “Nabari No Ou,” “Soul Eater,” “Strike Witches,” “Tower Of Druaga,” “Evangelion 1.11,” “D.Gray-Man,” “heroic Age,” “Dragon Ball Z,” and “Aquarion.”
* A booklet containing interviews and character profiles.
* Textless opening and closing songs.
* “Historical Artifacts”- A glossary of terms with definitions.

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April 22, 2010 - Posted by | 1 |

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