Remember the popular Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series of novels about a girl caught in the battle between vampires and werewolves? Well, Japan decided to take their own take on this concept with the brand new anime Sengoku Night Blood.
Sengoku Night Blood is based on a recently-released romance simulation game aimed at women for mobile devices. The player becomes the heroine who is thrown back into another world, right smack dab in the middle of a war-torn time greatly resembling the Warring States period of Japan. There, she finds that the generals from her history books aren’t exactly matching up with who is standing right in front of her. Instead, all of the generals and members of their armies are vampires and werewolves.
The heroine has the chance to romance one of 28 generals (voiced by a cast of popular voice actors). There are six separate armies with six separate leaders: Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Oda Nobunaga, Uesugi Kenshin, Takeda Shingen, and Sanada Yukimura. The heroine of the anime is Yuzuki, a soft-spoken girl who is taken in by vampire Toyotomi Hideyoshi when she is transported from her own world.
The entire reason the two races are currently fighting is that the Himemiko—a priestess with special blood who once kept the peace—disappeared, leading to a battle for superiority. At the same time, strange creatures called “Yakuma” appear and begin attacking the people of this world. A tanuki named Imari requests that Yuzuki go to look for the priestess, but it turns out that Yuzuki herself has special blood that can give amazing powers to those who drink it. Once the other armies find out about this, they all begin to move to make Yuzuki their own.
This anime has a plethora of hot guys to ogle at—28, to be exact. There are so many that the majority of the first episode is used to introduce each one. Yes, folks, there are a total of ten vampires and 18 wolves in this anime. And they’re all after your blood. Of course, I mean Yuzuki’s blood, but as a character, Yuzuki is meant to be the self-insert for the viewer. She’s normal and quiet, making her easy to reflect the viewer’s personality onto. Even so, despite her yet-undefined personality, all the boys are after her. Ring a bell?
Yes, Yuzuki is Bella Swan. Now, while there is a lot of hate for the Twilight heroine who dated a vampire, it’s sometimes just nice to be in a fantasy where all the handsome supernatural baddies are crazy about you. With so many historical names being in this anime, I’m looking forward to seeing how actual Japanese history connects into the fantastical world of Sengoku Night Blood, and how that affects the character development of the generals, as well as the setting around them.
Sengoku Night Blood is streaming on Crunchyroll with subtitles.