Production I.G announces the BLOOD-C project, a new chapter of the world-famous Blood: The Last Vampire saga started in 2000 and now one of the studio’s flagship titles.
BLOOD-C is a creative collaboration between Production I.G and popular all-female artist group CLAMP, supervised by Junichi Fujisaku, one of the key members of the team that developed the original concept for Blood: The Last Vampire (2000) and who later directed the TV series Blood+ (2005).
Like the former chapters of the saga, BLOOD-C will feature a heroine called Saya, her full name being Saya Kisaragi.
The BLOOD-C project is structured as a TV series, to be aired in Japan on MBS/TBS starting July 2011, and a theatrical feature film, slated for 2012. The TV series will be directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, helmer of the Annecy-nominated feature film, xxxHOLiC - A Midsummer Night's Dream, based on CLAMP's million-selling comic and produced by Production I.G.
ABOUT THE "BLOOD" SERIES Theatrically released in 2000, Blood: The Last Vampire was Japan's first fully digital animated film, and also Production I.G’s first and highly successful attempt to create a project based on a fully in-house developed original concept. A dream team including Mamoru Oshii, Junichi Fujisaku and Kenji Kamiyama assembled for this purpose. The movie featured Saya, a teenage girl in school uniform slashing metamorphic monsters with a Japanese sword ? a unique concept contributed by Junichi Fujisaku. Combining this powerful heroine with stunningly cutting-edge animation, Blood: The Last Vampire has been mesmerizing moviegoers and renowned creators alike all over the world, starting from James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino. The character of Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 was reportedly inspired by Saya. In 2005, I.G expanded the movie's concept with Blood+ -a 50-episode TV series, which reached out to a wider market. The "Blood" franchise includes comic adaptations, novels, and videogames. In 2009, a live-action remake directed by Chris Nahon, starring Gianna Jun (Jun Ji-hyun) and produced by Pathe was released worldwide.