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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translation Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 978-1595822413
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: BLOOD+

BLOOD+ Vol. #05

By Matthew Alexander     June 16, 2009
Release Date: February 18, 2009

BLOOD+ Vol. #05
© Dark Horse

Even if twins are destined to kill each other, will it really end that way?  Who will flinch at the final thrust of the blade, Saya or Diva?

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Asuka Katsura
Translation: Camellia Nieh
Adaptation: Camellia Nieh

What They Say
Chiropterans run wild - and Saya comes into her own as a single-minded killing machine! Three months after the demolition of Red Shield headquarters, Saya is more intent than ever to rid the globe of all Chiropterans, and she travels to New York City for a bloody showdown with Diva. When Diva sings, her supernatural sounds turn some humans into hellish, bloodthirsty beasts . . . and what better place to start a Chiropteran apocalypse than Carnegie Hall? Desperate to kill these monsters and put a stop to Diva's threat once and for all, Saya's willing to kill her loved ones and herself to achieve this goal, and her rage will not be quenched by Hagi's presence or Kai's pleas-or by a strange declaration of love.

The Review!
The last volume of any series can be a tough one to read.  I usually hate to see the characters I have invested my time in go off into the sunset, but I also try to appreciate the author’s way of wrapping things up.  For the most part, I find the last volume of this series satisfying.

In the three months since the destruction of Red Shields base, Saya and Hagi have gone underground.  Kai has grown into a man in their absence.  He has become a Chiropteran hunter during his search for Saya, but the drug created Chiropteran’s have been multiplying around the world.  Add to the fact that the Red Shield doesn’t have the same resources it once did, nor Saya, and things are looking bleak.  However, they are closing in on Saya’s whereabouts.

Unfortunately, the Saya that Kai finally tracks down is no longer the girl he once knew.  Saya has distanced herself from humanity and become a cold-blooded killing machine with only one goal, killing all Chiropterans.  This includes Riku, Hagi, and herself at the very end.

Kai refuses to believe Saya.  He still hopes to return to a normally life with Riku and Saya after they kill Diva.  This brings the book to a place where the author can take a multitude of paths to finish this manga version of the series.  All the players are brought together for a final battle.  Hagi against Diva’s Chevalier Nathan.  Solomon confronts Anshel in a battle to the death over control of Saya and Diva.  And the final curtain will fall after Saya and Diva cross blades.

In the end, the conclusion to this story is about the best a fan of the series could receive.  Not a cheery ending by any means, but what I would expect.  Overall, I have really enjoyed this series and the artwork as I feel the depiction of the Chiropterans and the battle sequences are a little darker than the anime series.  As of now, I have not seen the second half of the anime series and cannot say which I preferred.  Then again, I usually view the anime and manga versions as their own entities and enjoy each for what the writers tried to accomplish.


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