Mar. 10, 2006
30 min.
Adult Swim TV Network

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Saya Otonashi is a seemingly ordinary 16yr old girl with amnesia who has been living with a foster family for the last year. One day she is attacked by a monster and finds out her blood is the only thing that can kill them. Saya embarks on a journey with her family, allies, and Chevalier Haji to remember her past and to rid the world of the Chiropteran threat even if it means risking everything.

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Saya Otonashi (音無 小夜, Otonashi Saya?) was "born" in 1833 from one of two cocoon-like objects taken from the belly of a chiropteran mummy, the other cocoon containing her sister Diva. Both are kept at the "Zoo" by Joel Goldschmidt, where Saya is treated as his daughter and Diva, who is left nameless, is confined to a tower. Saya does not learn about Diva's existence until 1863, when she hears Diva singing and finds her locked in a room at the top of the tower. Saya then names her Diva. In 1870, Amshel purchases a twelve-year-old boy named Hagi from his parents to become Saya's companion and friend, though she later falls in love with him and vise versa. During a birthday party for Joel in 1883, Saya releases Diva so that she can sing for Joel; Diva, however, slaughters everyone in the Goldschmidt house while Saya and Hagi are out looking for Joel's favorite flower. Realizing that Diva is a monster, Saya spends her periods of activity hunting Diva to try to kill her, her chevaliers, and any chiropterans they have created.

Saya is a skilled athlete and fights using a special katana with an edge she can touch with her thumb while gripping it so as to draw blood, and grooves specially designed to spread her blood through its entire blade. Once loaded with her blood, it is a deadly weapon against Diva and any chiropteran created from Diva's blood. After Saya's first blade is broken, David gives her a new one that has a red crystal at the base of its blade, symbolizing her membership in the Red Shield organization. The crystal is a piece of her adoptive father's body, which crystallized when she killed him with her own blood in order to spare him the fate of turning into a chiropteran.

In 2005, when Blood+ begins, Saya is a high school girl living in Okinawa who was adopted a year ago by George Miyagusuku after waking from her hibernation cycle with no memory of her identity or past. Though she appears to be a normal teenager, any injuries she sustains heal almost instantly and she must receive regular blood transfusions to remain healthy. When a chiropteran attacks her school, she finds her life turned upside down. She is reunited with her chevalier Haji, though she doesn't remember him, and learns that her blood can kill the chiropterans.

After Riku's death, Saya disappears for a year, along with Haji. When she returns, she has longer hair and a harder, darker appearance. Now accepting of her chiropteran biology, she accepts the necessity of feeding on Haji's blood to live and be strong enough to fight. However, she has a less cheerful personality, is more morose and less talkative than she used to be. Moses and Lulu both remark that she has lost hope. Believing the fight with Diva is hers alone, and not wanting to have to grieve for any more lost comrades, she avoids cooperating with Kai or the Red Shield. Saya's friends repeatedly work to help her understand that this fight is not for her to bear by herself, and that she is never alone. As the battle with Diva continues, Saya's next hibernation period draws nearer, she starts having sudden bouts of fainting spells, and her regeneration ability slows.

In the anime, Saya is the object of romantic interest for Kai, Hagi, and Solomon Goldsmith. Of the three, only Solomon shows his interest openly, effectively abandoning Diva and his brothers in order to spend his life with Saya. Although she appreciates his affections, Saya does not feel the same way and gently rejects his advances. Both Kai and Hagi spend most of the series suppressing their true feelings for Saya, stating that they only wish to protect and support her. Eventually, Kai suggests that when their war with Diva is finished that they both return to Okinawa to run their father's restaurant together, and offers her a key to the restaurant. It is never explicitly stated whether Kai intended their relationship to become romantic and he may only have meant that they could run the restaurant as siblings. In the series finale, Hagi admits that Saya is the one who taught him how to live and that she was the only person that ever made him happy. He regrets not being able to do the same, by protecting her from the suffering caused by her conflict with Diva. After Saya enters her next 30-year hibernation period, both Kai and Hagi look after her while she sleeps. The anime is unclear as to whether Saya ever truly has romantic feelings for either Kai or Hagi and she never states a preference for either of them in the series. However, it is most likely that Hagi is the one best suited to be in a relationship with Saya as, like her, he cannot die of old age and can simply wait for her during her long period of hibernation.

In the manga (showing part of Saya's past from the 19th-century era), Saya doesn't care much for Hagi, telling him to find her one of every type of rose. When he cannot find the blue rose she requests, she tells him to leave. She visits Diva often, telling her of what goes on in her life. When she tells of Haji, Diva convinces her that Haji is just the same as her other companions. Saya intends to drive Haji away again, until she finds that all the roses he has picked her now had no thorns. After this, Haji and Saya grow closer and she teaches him how to play the cello. As he grows older, Saya is shown to be flustered after merely touching his hand. At one point Saya gets a cut and runs away when Haji sees it healing so quickly, believing he will think her a monster. She stays locked in her room for days, unwilling to come out even to take her 'medicine'. Unexpectedly Haji crashes through her window, with her medicine, and tells her she is beautiful and gives her the hair comb he had been waiting so long to give her. They share their first kiss. Their romantic relationship results in Saya no longer visiting Diva very often. When Saya lets Diva out of the tower, Diva pierces Haji's chest with her hand, leaving him to die for "being a nuisance". Upon discovering him, Saya gives him her blood and turns him into a chevalier.

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01x07 - I Must Do It
Season 1, Episode 07
02x07 - Chevalier
Season 2, Episode 07
03x07 - Boy Meets Girl
Season 3, Episode 07
03x03 - Limited Existence
Season 3, Episode 03
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