Anime Review: Blood Blockade Battlefront. Look at me with your “special eyes”.

Hello all, and welcome to my review for the first season of Battle Blood Blockade, I mean Battlefront Blocks Blood, I mean….

So yeah let’s just call this show BBB for sanity sake as I don’t know how many times I’ve mixed those words around by now. Seriously, I don’t know if anyone noticed the last time I mentioned it I dyslexicted the hell out of it.

Blood Blockade Battlefront centers around the crime fighting organization “Libra” and their battles in Hellsalem’s Lot, formerly known as New York City. Hellsalem’s Lot was created when a portal to the “Beyond” opened, becoming a paranormal melting pot of monsters, magic and the everyday mundane life, and it is up to Libra to clear the streets of trouble and prevent the horrors of this city from spreading to the outside world. – Wikipedia

BBB is basically a story about trying to not only survive in a city where death greets you at every turn, but being the first and last line of defense against shit hitting the fan that is the rest of the world. If I had to describe BBB past that, I’d have to say it has a certain je ne sais quoi. Speaking of French, I think I’m starting to get déjà vu as well because this is just one of those shows where so many things go right, but there’s something different about the way it comes together. That may have sounded a little confusing, so let me explain; Blood Blockade Battlefront,

Seriously though wouldn’t its literal name, “Kekkai Sensen/Bloodline Battlefront”, have been a lot easier?,

is just like Hamatora, Durarara!!, or K. I honestly don’t know what to call the genre. I was inclined to call it your typical Shōnen, but that doesn’t seem to do it justice. I mean it’s been loosely compared to Baccano!, but that seems a little too praiseworthy in my opinion.

That’s not to say that it’s not an amazing series though. It’s got a great variety of characters you will find in any Shōnen, while still feeling pretty fresh each episode. First off you’ve got your fairly clueless protagonist Leonardo Watch, who possesses the, “All Seeing Eyes of God”, which gives him the ability to control other people’s eyes as well as see the names of various monsters. The eyes were granted to him in exchange for his sister’s eyesight, which Leo is desperately trying to find a way to restore.

We’ve also got the characters of Libra such as the loudmouth womanizing Zapp, the cold and mysterious Steven, the fish-man Garrus-looking Zed, the homunculus Deldro Brody & Dog Hummer, and Libra’s leader Klaus Von Reinherz — who can all use some form of blood manipulation. And who could forget Chain, the werewolf with the ability to control the particles of her body and things she touches (and possibly my favorite character). There’s also Klaus’s butler, Gilbert, who we later learn has his own badass history. And last but certainly not least is Sonic, a sonic speed monkey, who is basically adopted by Leo after the first episode when he steals him camera. It’s a truly lovable bunch, and their chemistry is never as apparent as in the show’s own ED.

Have I mentioned how much I love this ED?

That brings us to some of the anime-only characters. We’ve got White and Black, a set of twins who’s real names are Mary and William Macbeth respectively. I’ve got to say these two were some of my favorite characters, so I was bummed to find out they were only in the anime. The friendship between White and Leo was beautiful, and I really thought there would be something more between them before I found out she’s not a source character. Black was also an interesting character who’s motivations at times perplexed me, but later I found him to be a well fleshed-out character.

And finally we have the villains. Femt, the self-proclaimed King of Depravity; Aligula, who fused Deldro Brody & Dog Hummer to be her perfect boyfriend; as well as some others who I either forget or don’t want to spoil!

I can’t say that this show became an instant favorite for me as I spent the first several episodes trying to figure out just what in the hell I was watching. However once I got a better grasp of the story I was hooked. Actually after the third episode with what I’d have to describe as 4D Chess I knew I couldn’t stop watching. So good. Anyway I’m currently caught up with the second season, and hopefully I’ll be able to get that review out shortly after it finishes as well.

But until then…

 

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