I mentioned in my Winter 2021 Anime Picks post the Vlad Love team would post an early screening of the first episode. That time has come so let’s talk about it, shall we?
Click HERE to watch the premiere. Remember to turn on subs by clicking the CC button just in case they aren’t automatically turned on. Check it out before continuing. Dunno if it’s still up or got removed though.
Update: As of February 13th Episodes 1-6 are available on Crunchyroll with 7-12 coming soon. Instead of covering the rest of the anime in two halves I’ll review the whole thing once all episodes are up.
I thought I was done with creepy ceramic dolls this season. Fortunately it wouldn’t be seen again after the excellent OP.
We began the episode with soldiers opening cargo and finding a creepy doll inside. More on that later.
We met our heroine, who was addicted to donating her blood because to her it was a sign of love, about to do so again but as she entered the blood truck the nurses turned her away regardless of her bringing up an influential Japanese woman for some reason. Suddenly the other lead girl appeared. She wanted blood. The nurses interpreted her as a donor but she quickly wrecked the truck. Our heroine grabbed some packs and carried the girl away from the exploding truck. Don’t ask me why it blew up.
At our heroine Mitsugu Bamba’s (remember her name for later as there’s a joke about it.) home the girl gulped down the blood packs but wanted more. Mitsugu gladly offered her a bite when it became clear she was a vampire. However, she refused.
The vampire introduced herself as Mai Vlad Transylvania of the Transylvania family. She’d run away from home due to a disagreement with the Count’s 49th wife who was like “You’re old enough to hunt for blood yourself so off you go!”. Annoyed, Mai ran away from home and hid in a cargo ship. Unfortunately the cargo she slept in ended up in Japan. Because she refused to bite anyone due to a lack of self-confidence and appreciation of all life on Earth she was starving until she met Mitsugu. Also she didn’t bite Mitsugu because she didn’t want to risk her becoming bloodthirsty too.
Mai was very grateful to Mitsugu and Mitsugu thought “Hot dang this girl’s sexy! I made up my mind dad. I must protect her!”. Since her dad traveled a lot for work she offered Mai to stay with her for as long as she liked.
One thing viewers will have noticed is the diverse art styles in the animation. Some CG, manga panels, still drawings and more. It’s pretty neat. Anyhoo Mitsugu offered Mai her bath and she stripped in front of her (much to her delight). Afterward she’s like “She looks hot wearing only my dad’s shirt”.
The next day Mitsugu went to the only person who would take her blood, the bodacious nurse Chihiro. However, she initially refused because Mitsugu had a rare chimera blood, meaning it couldn’t be donated to almost anyone. Plus she only took her blood once a month. She already visited her clinic before. When Mitsugu let slip she was doing it for someone Chihiro was interested. She of course thought it was a guy initially but when she realized it’s her new girlfriend she was like “Cool. Prove she’s a vampire and I’ll consider it”.
And so they did.
This is definitely a yuri anime.
The best parts may be covered but Chihiro’s so fine I don’t mind.
Nurse Chihiro’s thing was the following: She only cared about herself and her blood research. The main reason she took Mitsugu’s blood was to research the anomaly of people with chimera blood. Fascinated with Mai she offered to help provide Mitsugu with more blood for her girlfriend if she brought potential new donors. She’d do this by forming a blood donors club. Obviously Mitsugu questioned this but Chihiro’s like “There are billions of people on this planet. Surely there are other weirdos who share your fetish.
And that’s the premiere. This is one of those shows that must be seen to be believed. Screen grabs DO NOT do it justice. I already like Mitsugu and Mai’s relationship. Chihiro is a blessing and the other girls in the OP look neat too. From the trailer I thought this would be a nonstop slapstick comedy and while there are some slapstick moments it is more chill than expected. I’m sold and look forward to more.
As mentioned above the next time I talk about VLADLOVE will be in a G-View once all episodes are available.