Trinity Blood

Trinity Blood

Yet another spammed finished anime…… watched 24 episodes in a one night marathon…. haha. Well, I’d actually watched it once,when it was still running, but… meh… taking time to write the full review now (actually skipping class to do it, haha).

(it’s a bit long, so continue on…..)

Trinity Blood is, admittedly, one of the more interesting series of this year, compared to other titles airing at the same time as it was. There was some hesitations about this series, considering it was being done by Gonzo, who has a volatile reputation of producing either great hits (Vandread, Gatekeepers) and also gigantic flops (most notably Bakuretsu Tenshi).

In a nutshell, the Trinity Blood series is a mix of ideas coming off from a lot of other series’s such as Trigun( the main character hates killing and has a “twin” brother who’s evil ), Hellsing (the AX organization) even Gundam SEED (Methuselah vs Terran is a mirror of the Coordinator vs Natural). I’m pretty sure that there’s more ideas “taken” from other series that I haven’t noticed yet, but admidst all that, somehow, Trinity Blood manages to retain some originality.

Part of it’s appeal is undoubtably the combination of the settings. Gothic + Vampires + Churchs & Nuns + Secret Organizations are undoubtably very interesting and has a lot of potential to be good. In a way, Gonzo manages to pull Trinity Blood’s setting off with more emphasis on some of the setting elements but unfortunately neglect some of them a bit. Still the setting of the world of Trinity Blood remains one of it’s strongest appeals, especially with all the historical terms and techno-jargon thrown around.

Another plus point for Trinity Blood is the music. Both the OP and ED’s are masterfully done and mesh in with the feel of the anime nicely. The OST is perfectly matched up with the anime as well, and the inclusion of some memorable tunes for me, notably Requiem ~inori~.

Following on, the characters also somewhat make this show good, with the seiyuu’s playing their parts perfectly. Undoubtably, Noto Mamiko’s voicing of Esther is perfect, but then I’m quite biased towards her, so be warned. I don’t really like Abel that much, given that he’s just about a clone of Vash from Trigun as he can be, but some other characters are memorable as well, like Seth-chan (yes, I love her, OK). One more thing that I find a bit too regrettable is that the AX members weren’t given too much development, apart from out main characters. They seem to flit in and out just for each of the arc’s sake and disappear after doing their job. Over at the antagonist’s side, they are quite clichéd and stereotypical, to the point of being almost forgettable.

The story flow is one of the minor gripes of the anime, given that the original work was in novel forms, spaced over some period of times between each other. At some times, the story flow gets quite confusing, especially during the first half when it jumps between short stories of the novels, but it is pretty much better over second half, when the main story was being told out. I still feel that quite a large portion of stuff is being left out, but I haven’t done much “research” on Trinity Blood yet, so I can’t say so. Still the ending points towards a big possibility of a second season, as the main conflict hasn’t been resolved yet.

On the ending, one of the major weaknesses of Trinity Blood is the background story of the characters. The reason of why the world is split in to Methuselah’s and Terrans were never fully explained. The same goes to the Abel and Cain’s story. For a first-time watcher of this series, undoubtably the background story will be hard to understand and to get. Perhaps Gonzo’s leaving this for the second season.

All in all, Trinity Blood fails on a few points but excels at some, making it quite watchable for the pure entertainment value. It’s kinda hard for me to say no to vampires and nuns with guns, for at any rate. Still the main strengths of Trinity Blood is in it’s setting and it excels at portraying it. Given that it’s a work by Gonzo, it’s pretty much acceptable, compared to some of their past works coughbakutencough.

Before I go, I give my sincere condolences out to Sunao Yoshida-sensei, creator of Trinity Blood, who sadly passed away from lung blockage not long after the production of the anime was announced. May you rest in peace.

Rating: 7/10

Ups:

– Depiction of the setting
– Music
– Interesting story flow, albeit on the 2nd half.

Downs:

– Badly explained background story.
– Underdeveloped characters.
– Ending not too complete a.k.a Second Season Syndrome :).

42 Comments

  1. kazoe Said,

    December 2, 2005 @ 2:32 am

    yeah, you’re right, just had the whole series marathoned the last week, teehee, (im on the process of making a fanart)

    anyway, the last two episodes screams of continuation that loud, the questions on my mind were getting piled up more than being answered. thumbsup for the idea, its just the whole storyline is bad.oh no scratch that. the ending looked like summarized >.

  2. Cipheralex Said,

    December 7, 2005 @ 5:27 am

    http://s7.invisionfree.com/Trinity_Blood/index.php?act=idx

  3. cHRiStO Said,

    December 16, 2005 @ 9:38 pm

    trinity blood rawkx!!

    wonder when the next series is coming out..

  4. DK Said,

    February 24, 2006 @ 9:15 am

    Anyone know when or if season 2 will come out? So far, this anime series is pretty good compared to others…but i am not a total expert on it…

  5. hisui-san Said,

    May 18, 2006 @ 7:09 am

    actually that’s my real name … lol friends use to caLL ME LIKE THAT so ..i like this series and … i have a question what happens with abel and esther they have a relationship???or not lol as far as i know they dont so I’m not pretty sure about that I’m curious …..if u Know tell just to have an answer when someone else asks me !!!!! bye take care .

  6. Rampage Said,

    May 29, 2006 @ 5:37 am

    Its a great anime, I find that they did a great job in warping all those historical figures and church figures/bible figures. Notice that Abel and Cain were brothers and were sons of adam and eve. i find it pretty natural for them to be enemies since God favored Abel over Cain, however, it seems strange and fascinating that Abel was represented by a black angel and Cain was represented by a white angel.
    I’ve seen all of AF’s encode of the anime, it was pretty insightful on how they had notes and info of the places and characters that appeared in the anime. I’m surprise they didn’t include info on them. In any case, i can’t wait for the 2nd season!

  7. Rampage Said,

    May 29, 2006 @ 5:38 am

    Sorry i meant info on cain and abel

  8. Lover Of Anime Said,

    May 31, 2006 @ 7:07 am

    That Acually Dose Explain The Series Good!
    My Thoughts Are Almost The Same As Yours!
    I Really Don’t Like Esther, But I Don’t Hate Her. Seth Was My Fav Too. But To Me Abel Is Not The Best Charater, But Still Needs Credit. Vash & Abel Is Almost Alike, But Still Differ A Little!(LITTLE)
    A Second Season Would Probley Be In Play. I Don’t Think That They Will Explain All The Holes In The Story In Only 5 Episodes!
    So Most Of You’re Theories Are The Same As Mine!

  9. john Said,

    August 31, 2006 @ 10:47 pm

    There probably won’t be a Second season.

    Didn’t any of you know that the Author of the Novel series which this was loosely based on died in 2004, and never finished the novel, will interns shows why the story in the end sucked.

    They asked a close friend of the author to finish it (creator of ragnorok) but I don’t think he accepted or at this point isn’t considering it.

    So I seriously doubt any of you guys will be seeing a second season ever.

  10. joshua Said,

    September 4, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

    i like the story but i agree with you guys that it doest clearly explain what happend in the past . specially about that girl who i think cain killed thats why abel is so pissed of with him. and the ending is clearly leading to a season 2 cause even if the author died it wouldnt be that hard to come out with a ending concluding every question on the series. ” I mean why produce and anime with so many unsolve mysteries on the ending and finish it that way” but i dont think season 2 will be comming really soon may be next year if they started making it now. anyway even if they dont make it if you guys will keep posting on furums about this anime their gonna reconsider ones they know that a lot of people are watching it and are expecting a continuation. but i thnk the taste of the series is gonna be slightly different due to the original author is already dead.(log out and yells SEASON 2!!!!! SEASON 2!!!).

  11. Mav X Said,

    September 11, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

    Just finished marathoning Trinity Blood and it was pretty awesome. The action was good, and the music rocked. On the down side however this series is SERIOUSLY lacking coherency and proper development. The charas are not developed well, the background stories are left incomplete and there are more plot holes than I can count. This obviously screams for a second season but they didn’t have to do it that badly, even a little explanation would have been greatly appreciated. I’ll give it a 3/5 with possibility of raising on the second season… but if the’re is no second season on it’s way then it instantly drops to a 1/5.

  12. Wolf Said,

    September 20, 2006 @ 10:33 am

    OI!!!!!
    I HAVE TO SAY TRINITY BLOOD IS A REALLY GOOD SERIES!!!!!AND ABEL IS NOT A VASH CLONE!!!!!!
    >_

  13. Wolf Said,

    September 20, 2006 @ 10:33 am

    OI!!!!!
    I HAVE TO SAY TRINITY BLOOD IS A REALLY GOOD SERIES!!!!!AND ABEL IS NOT A VASH CLONE!!!!!!>_

  14. Wolf Said,

    September 20, 2006 @ 10:34 am

    oh damn it….sorry..its not posting right…*sigh*

  15. Crimson_Scythe Said,

    November 22, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    i liked it but i have too many unanswered questions about it that screams either a long movie or another season personally i think either cain or abel cause armageddon because abel said he was a sinner and he would never forgive himself so that made me think he caused it. second I WANT GUNSLINGER TO HAVE MORE GUNS THAN two KICK ASS beretta 92’s and a giant sniper rifle. and i seen the last episode like i donno 5 times and i can’t tell what that ship is in space in the ending i think it is the ship abel cain and seth were born and rasied in for the mar project plus i wonder how abel became a high range in the un air force. but still too many unanswered question taht i have the more that i see it i will prob get.

  16. Crimson_Scythe Said,

    November 22, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    haha i meant rank my bad

  17. Viridian Moon Said,

    November 23, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    I enjoyed it despite the plot’s glaring lack of originality or coherency; the concept, at least, appeals to me, even if the execution was somewhat lacking. Consulting the Wikipedia article on the novels made things make a little more sense, but the ending pissed me off. It was rushed as hell, and I kept waiting for character development that never happened; I agree with the guy who said it felt summarized.

    Well, here’s hoping for a second season!

  18. satans daughter Said,

    November 27, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

    just as i question what happened with the pope and ester at the very end because i didn’t get it and neither did my friend.Were making bets about the second seasoon whiether or not there is going to be one.

  19. Tennyo_Dalucia Said,

    December 3, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

    I effing loved this series. Except for the ending, which left me feeling distinctly unsatisfied. I mean “I’m going to destroy him” and it ENDS? *freaks out* ((apologies, I’m writing this at one thirty in the morning and I haven’t slept for two days….I’m a little temperamental at the moment)) It simply cannot end there. Hell *I’LL* write them a second season if they need it, but dammit it can’t just end there…

    Okay. I’m going to bed. Freaking out is fun and all but hopefully sleep will be full of Crusnik goodness.

    But yes. I loved it. And want more.

  20. satans daughter Said,

    December 24, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    well nevermind my question before i figured it out but i found out that there is going to be a second season coming out in Aug. of 07.

  21. Gina Kasumi Said,

    January 24, 2007 @ 1:31 am

    OMG! Really?! Second season? I’ve just started to watch it since it comes on Adult Swim but when I read from an anime magazine that it only had, what, 20-something episodes in it, I was all, “NOOOOO!!!!” Yup. Pretty sure that my sister, Tsuki, would agree with me. *grins happily* God, that’s like that InuYasha anime and that cheesy ending. Or…all…animes…. *anime bored eyes* sheesh. Never mind.

  22. Ashley Said,

    January 29, 2007 @ 3:20 am

    2nd Season? I’ve never heard GONZO announced that… Although I agree that there are so many questions left unanswered, because this anime has been criticized as poor depiction of the novel, there is a very slim chance second season will be produced. (Who would want to make second season when they did not receive good reactions from viewers….?)

    I guess that nobody bothered to look for what happened in Abel’s past..
    It’s worth looking. You will be able to understand why the characters act so in the anime.

    Has anybody realized that in the ending credit, they show a tombstone with sombody coughabelcough ‘s name? (foreshadowing?)

    There are many other interesting points….I think…..kkk

    ———–Spoiler——————————-

    Like in episode 4, Abel states his rank and stuff when he tries to destroy the Star. It’s the rank he was given in the Contra Mundi…remember, he was part of Contra Mundi before….according to Dietrich.

    —————end of spoiler————————

    Oh, and I think we should give the makers more merit on 3-D graphics and character designs…

    Conclusion: I love Trinity Blood! -_-;;

  23. Ashley Said,

    January 29, 2007 @ 3:35 am

    Crimson_Scythe, the ship you see in the end is “ark” that was found in Mars. It is actually an alien spaceship and it’s the place where the vampire basillus and cruznik basillus were found. (a human becomes vampire when they get infected by basillus, and for some reason, only people who were born artificially (Abel, Cain, Seth and Lilith) could accept cruznik in their bodies) Because the aliens had more cutting-edge technology, countries on the earth started nuclear war vying for the ownership of the UFO. And that’s how the Armageddon started.
    It seems that the alien ship has weapons that can destroy the earth utterly. This explains why Cain wants to get control of the ship. So, seeing the ship in the end with the peaceful music does not make sense!!!!

  24. FrIeNd Said,

    January 29, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    Wow…i just spent the entire sunday (totally ignoring homework) to finish this serise and the ending just made me feel like “What…the…fuck…” If the news about the second season is true then bless the anime, if not, man…

    As for the summary, it may seem cliche at some point…but it didn’t really bother me. I was really amazed by the beautiful characters and the details of the artwork. But i have got to admit, Esther really bugged me in the beginning-middle…in the end, she was alrite. And as for Abel, i haven’t seen his ‘clone’, but his character ligthened up the serious atmosphere, which to me was effective. Anyway, i still really like the anime, i’ll just have to treat it as if it never ended…maybe until aug?

  25. satans daughter Said,

    February 7, 2007 @ 11:08 am

    well i hope there will be a second season because im betting on it.but the thing is i don’t think there will be because i guess he is doing another anime also.There is also trinity blood rage against moons and reborn to mars they can make a tv show out of also but you never know.

  26. Deadbolt Said,

    February 12, 2007 @ 7:07 am

    Earlier you said that you heard of a second season, *satons daughter* were you just guessing?

  27. satans daughter Said,

    February 12, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

    no i did hear there was but im doubting it.

  28. Crimson_Scythe Said,

    February 17, 2007 @ 11:48 am

    wow but still gunslinger needs more guns

  29. satans daughter Said,

    February 27, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

    anyone have tips on how to make a tres and rosenkreuz costume?

  30. stutters Said,

    February 28, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

    i watched finish!!! And i really dont get the ending, can anyone explain what happened after cain and abel were fighting and then fell from the sky??
    and yup, i am totally confused by the lack of sufficient background info! – what happened to cain and abel to make abel hate cain and abel to hate himself too

    and what is with the alien ship from above comments?
    *cries in disappoinment* some gifted person must save all TB fans by continuing the episodes and give it a freaking satisfying ending!
    but in conclusion, TB rocks! *3 cheers*

  31. satans daughter Said,

    March 1, 2007 @ 7:53 am

    Cain killed Lilth and Abel loved her.Thats how that really started the fight between the two.Abel won’t forgive himself for what he has done.And in the ending the thing that Cain was on was the ship they were in in Abel’s flash backs.And Abel and Ion are teaming up to go after Cain.

  32. Tachikoma Said,

    March 6, 2007 @ 7:08 am

    Hello everybody!
    Trinity Blood is good but we all now its problems….so i’ve a question: everybody is talking about the novels but does somebody where to get those?!

  33. Stormragetz Said,

    March 6, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

    Is there a season two? I have searched numerous websites and found out there there will be DVD release on April 2007. There are also around 5 DVD packs for Trinity Blood. Are these the season two, three etc. ?

  34. satans daughter Said,

    March 22, 2007 @ 11:02 am

    novels i know you can get at borders and the movies at like suncoast and samgoodey for sure.

  35. Crux Lux Said,

    April 4, 2007 @ 4:50 am

    I haven’t seen much of the anime,but whatI have seen has definately peaked my interest. Unfortunately for me the time (and money) it takes to watch the entire series just isn’t available ^^; .
    Though, if you’ve read the books (volume one and two are currently in print in the U.S.) the plot appears to be drastically different. For one, Esther’s character is much more developed. And of course, the art is everso lovely ^^
    So, though I can’t say Im really on the home team side rooting for Trinity Blood the anime, I wave my pompoms high for Trinity Blood the manga!

  36. FeatherBlue Said,

    April 5, 2007 @ 8:26 am

    TrinBlood ROX!!!

  37. FeatherBlue Said,

    April 5, 2007 @ 8:33 am

    TrinBlood ROCKS!!! A friend of mine and I are trying to write a fanfic together but… basically we’re just tying in our own origional characters to the show. (Embarrassed laugh-sweatdrops) ^_^! I love the show, but yeah, there were WAY too many plot holes. 2nd season YAY!!!
    IGNE NATURA RENOVATUR INTEGRA

  38. satans daughter Said,

    April 28, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    May 19 they are supposed to start playing TB again. I repeat May 19!

  39. Evelyn Said,

    May 3, 2007 @ 6:08 am

    Hi my fellow amies!. Yeah it would be cool if there was a second season . but look, if there’s a second season, they would probably show few 20-30 episodes and that’s it. i would doub trinity blood would last long. this anime/manga is so good but too short. i hate when theres good stories that dont last long.

  40. Xiathea Said,

    January 30, 2008 @ 9:11 am

    Trinty … Blood … you gotta drag it out when you say it in get the feeling right.

    The series is a story whether not its original, but let me ask you is there such a thing as original? Is there anything new? Its about how you make a story interesting and engaging. About how you weave a tale that captures an audience’s imagination! Yes I’m sure that if you look at all the anime it would be coping someone else’s work.

    I think Trinity Blood is AWESOME regardless of its faults!
    Abel is a HOT Crusnik! He hides his pain by being an easy going peace lover.
    The characters look fantastic! I want to look as gorgeous as they do!
    I pray that they have a season 2.

    Oh someone was asking about the ending with Esther and the POPE, Esther was getting blessed by the Child Pope as the New Queen of Albion. Hale to the New Queen!

  41. Ale Said,

    December 17, 2008 @ 2:39 am

    This is for a new season http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/savetrinityblood hope it works.

  42. dbzfan Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 10:26 am

    i watched all the episodes at least twice over……i have seen my fair share of different anime and i can tell you TB is one of the best ones i have seen as far as action in the anime goes….the background not so good and just like everyone else the ending left me wanting to know and see more….my favorite character in the series has to be Able hands down…..he comes off as a b***ch at first but turns gangsta in a heartbeat…….it has its ups and downs but all around its a very good anime……2 thumbs up

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