In the world of Bloodivores, a sudden event caused people to start displaying vampiric tendencies. Fearing a potential disaster, The BST, an organization focused on the control and research of these ‘Bloodivores’, was formed. Before long, the BST had initiated measures to protect humanity from the Bloodivore threat, primarily placing sensory collars on anyone with the symptoms that would alert authorities if someone afflicted was a potential threat to humanity.
Alongside these measures, they also began researching the condition and, as one step towards understanding it and finding a cure, they began trying to breed a Bloodivore with a human. As a result, our protagonist Mi Liu was born. Our story begins with him as a rebellious teenager trying to help his friends get a little money to save their orphanage. Okay, maybe more than a little. To do this, they rob a bank but things don’t go quite as intended…
Eventually they end up in some monster-infested strange prison that looks like an abandoned city, and the rest of the season takes place there. The story itself makes very little sense and feels extremely incomplete, even if you consider the first season as only part of an arc. It simply doesn’t do a good job of offering you enough information to retain interest. You barely understand what is going on, and the show does not build suspense well regarding the events. Scenes that seem significant are disregarded for several episodes until they are brought up again in an anti-climactic way. Intrigue is forced on you, but then ignored completely. That’s not to say there’s nothing there, but what clever writing is present is buried so deep in poor storytelling that it’s hard to really appreciate.
The show does feature some interesting battle scenes. Some of our ‘Bloodivores’ are an as-yet unexplained form of vampire called a ‘Hemomancer’ – which, as far as I can figure, means that they have developed a magical gift alongside their cravings for human blood. The why is largely irrelevant so far, what matters is that the different powers the characters have create some unique battle scenes involving the various monsters in this prison town. Since their powers are very specific and quite limited, most of them aren’t able to just mow through the monsters and thus the battles become a bit more thoughtful than that.
The action and the few moments of clever writing try to hold this together as the show’s weaknesses try to drag it apart. Weaknesses including a relatively dry cast. The side characters are frequently more interesting than the main characters, since they have an air of mystery. Of course, this mystery is created by the show simply not telling us much about them, which isn’t usually the best approach, but I can’t deny the positive impact it has here.
In the end, I had a hard time with Bloodivores. At its core, it certainly has some potential. With intriguing action, some solid side characters, and some hints of something really fascinating beneath the surface, I wanted to like it. It just fails in execution at every turn, with its dry cast, underdeveloped story, and lack of direction or consistency. In the end, Bloodivores is just another show with too many flaws covering up what signs of hope its creators managed to imbue into it.