If the creators were aiming for a great romantic angle, they
certainly did quite well in Blood Shadow (originally reviewed
in HN as Red Lotus), especially if one would compare
it to other adventure hentai like Words
Worth or Tournament
of the Gods. Rekka and Tsukikage's relationship has a
solid background and this is explained earlier on. The two
are almost like siblings, doing everything togethertaking
baths, training, becoming skilled in the art of warfare...
Whatever Rekka feels for Tsukikage, it goes beyond physical
beauty, an inspiring sentiment that gets proven later on.
This is actually the reason why I like their love scene in
this title best.
Of course, Rekka is no saint. With Tsukikage gone, he turns
on towell, the other members of Crimson Lotus to fulfill
his bodily cravings. He still wears his heart on his sleeve,
though, as it seems nobody could ever replace Tsukikage in
his mind. Not that the other women actually minded.
Story-wise, Blood Shadow shows a lot of promise. Our heroes
have their own tales to tell. Haruka is an orphan who rescues
Rekka during one of his near-death experiences. Like her family,
she falls into the hands of ogres and eventually awakens to
the fact that she isn't just any ordinary girl. She eventually
teams up with Crimson Lotus. Kureha is a lone demon hunter
who has a cold but very calculating attitude. One of her missions
also pushes her to ally herself with Crimson Lotus and she
eventually ends up catering to Rekka's all-too willing "masculinity".
An interesting twist in Blood Shadow happens when another
brigade of fully-armored demon-hunters enter. Their importance
to the story? Besides posing as an ideal rival to our heroes,
they play an even greater role to the entire scheme of things.
What do they know of the new breed of ogres coming out? What
do they know of the demon leaders' purpose in kidnapping every
female, both human and not? Does it all boil down to the greater
good? Watch it to find out.
I can't really remember much of the other girls' names, although
none of the Crimson Lotus members are actually spared from
having hentai scenes. The reason? Well, I think the girls
all look alike, with the exception of Tsukikage. The eyes
are different, but the hair styles are just too similar to
be of any help in distinguishing one girl from the other.
This is where the weakness of Blood Shadow comes in. Yes,
the story shows a lot of promise, but the transition from
one scenario to another leaves a lot to be desired. For a
short anime, it has too many characters, with only a select
few of them having great character development. The pacing,
for some reason, can also get a bit confusing.
Fortunately, just when you think you are about to experience
another Tournament of the
Gods TM Ed, the last two episodes come through. Yes, I
wondered what happened to Haruka's powers. I also wondered
if the little demon they met in the first ep was just an extra
with absolutely no significance to the anime whatsoeverexcept,
perhaps, to buy additional viewing time. Well, the questions
are answered in the final episode, so there is actually a
resolution to everything. I just wish the story would quit
hopping from one set of focus to another. There are so many
trains of thoughts in Blood Shadow that one would think it
would probably have been better had this been stretched on
longer to, say...13 episodes?
Hentai scenes? Oh, they're very abundant and very detailed.
I could see that despite the fact that the Japanese release
had mosaic'd private parts. What to expect: demon rape scenes,
lesbian loving, regular shagging (score 3 for Rekka), and
one bizarre sequence where this female gigantic ogre uses
the main baddie as her dildo. All these encased in beautiful
artwork and animation with an atmosphere that somehow reminds
me of Gensomaden Saiyuki. Minus a couple of points for having
too flat coloring, though.
Blood Shadow has a lot of blood and goretoo many for
a squeamish person to handle. It also has a lot of comical
moments, however, so you can expect this to not be too heavy
or dark. Rekka has a habit of barging in at the wrong time,
usually catching the females in states of impropriety and
his reaction can get pretty hilarious. And if that scene with
the human dildo isn't downright funny, I don't know what
Overall, I think Blood Shadow is one of the better h-anime
out there. It just needs fine-tuning when it comes to pacing
and story transitions. Still, it almost made it to my highly