Zac Bertschy, Hope Chapman and pal of the show Brady Hartel spend an easy, breezy 2 hours chatting up the end of 2013, favorite anime of the year and then it's both Twitter questions and Live Chat questions! Wow!
It's Last Dark's job to clean up Blood-C TV's mess and patch up the damage it did to the franchise at large. That it succeeds is suitably impressive, but that doesn't necessarily make for great filmmaking.
While the Sword Beast sub-arc is far from being a highlight of the series, neither is it anywhere near being a lowlight. It is entertaining enough that slogging through it to get back to the main story is not too tedious.
This basic, bloody story about two friends who take different paths to becoming super-heroes promises some dynamic character interactions but suffers too much from predictability to be sufficiently compelling.