Vlad Love – Quick Review

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Official/MAL description: “Mitsugu Banba is a high school girl who finds meaning in donating blood. She frequently visits a blood bank to donate blood, despite being harshly treated by the nurse. One day, she encounters a beautiful girl who looks like she’s from overseas at the blood bank. The pale girl looks like she’s about to faint any minute, but then, she starts destroying the blood bank. The girl loses consciousness and Mitsugu takes her home…”

By: Peggy Sue Wood | @peggyseditorial​​

When I saw the above image online, I thought that this would be some kind of action-comedy. I hadn’t read the brief description yet (as per usual), choosing instead to give a cursory glance at the genres before jumping in.

I’ll write now that the first episode did not disappoint. It was funny, there was plenty of action, and we get a good look at three focal characters in the short run time of 24 minutes. Though it did move very quickly plot-wise. At the start of episode one, we open with Mitsugu Banba–our a blood donation enthusiast MC–trying to donate blood for the X-number of times that month while two nurses turn her down (she’s reached the limit). While there, she meets her soon to be love-interest and the deuteragonist, Mai Vlad Transylvania. Chaos ensues, and by the end of the episode, they’re girlfriends with Mitsugu on a mission to start a blood donation club to supply blood to her girlfriend’s hunger.

I’d recommend it to anyone who liked Kill la Kill–as much of the animation, action, and comedy in Vlad Love remind me of Kill la Kill. In Vlad Love’s animation, we see many exaggerated actions between characters that remind me of Mako Mankanshoku’s dramatic motions when speaking or doing something. The color and shading feel reminiscent of Kill la Kill too, as does the random nudity of female characters (though the bodies are, as of episode 1, fully-censored and hopefully remain such, so that we don’t enter into hentai territory). It reminded me so much of Kill la Kill (though not story-wise) that I went to check if they shared creators, and from what I can tell in a brief reading through the MAL pages, the two series have different creators, studios, and producers. Totally different teams, it seems.

Oh, and the male presence is non-existent thus far. I don’t think we’ve had one male character appear beyond the background though a few fathers have been mentioned, and casting leads me to believe there will be some soon.

For those looking for a yuri-romance: the romance element is very one-sided at the moment, with Mai looking for a friend/meal ticket and Mitsugu seemingly infatuated by a pretty girl who can provide a reason for her blood donation-fetish. I’m hoping it will grow more by the series end, especially as other characters are introduced in the following episodes.

Overall, I would recommend this series. It’s light-hearted thus far, funny, and cute. However, please note that it may be a while before we see Episode 2. Why? Episode 1 aired on the 18th of December 2020 via a YouTube Premiere though Wiki tells us the release date is set for the 14th of February 2021. According to an article by Chris Beveridge on The Fandom Post, it looks like Amazon will be our main streamer for this series with the official release on 14 Feb 2021. Either way, looking forward to it!

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