|Spriggan is another manga-into movie, although the arc of the film really only covers the first issue. The plot is thus a little light, but the animation is utterly amazing. The plot follows a Japanese young man who is the top agent of a private agency that guards ancient technology dug up at archaeological sites. In this particular scenario, he's defending Noah's Ark...still on Mt. Ararat in Turkey...from CIA cyborgs. The main villain is very, very, creepy.|
VHD: Bloodlust. The animation is breathtaking, strangely surreal yet realistic [winces at own inability to explain]. The plot is lean, although explores some interesting ambiguities not present in the original. Kind of like Kurosawa or Ray, you could say there's a lot of interpretation to be thrown into the silences and the gaps. The dub is not great, but not as bad as, let's say, the original dubbed. The scene is kind of post-apocalyptic meets Western...the feel is akin to, say, "Unforgiven." The plot is a matter of rescuing a girl from her vampire abductee...complicated by competition from human hunters, a parade of ancillary vampire-minion critters with spooky powers, and the fact that the abductee wants to stay abducted.