Review: Blood Blockade Battlefront

A breach between Earth and the netherworlds has opened up over the city of New York, trapping New Yorkers and creatures from other dimensions in an impenetrable bubble. They’ve lived together for years, in a world of crazy crime sci-fi sensibilities. Now someone is threatening to sever the bubble, and a group of stylish superhumans is working to keep it from happening.

Hellsalem’s lot, the former city of New York, is now trapped in a bubble. A breach between Earth and the netherworld opens up leaving humans and creatures from the other dimensions co-existing. Leonardo Watch finds himself in the middle of a war he didn’t want anything to do with. What happens now is bat shit crazy antics and lots of supernatural fun.

The tagline for the show is “Let The End Times Roll”. I mean what else says party time like inter-dimensional monsters plotting to destroy the world while a super-human organization tries to stop them? Add in an ordinary boy and a monkey and you have a real party. The animation is spectacular and I would expect nothing less from Studio Bones.

I would say that I get a fifth element type of vibe from the environment standpoint. We are in a futuristic New York with creatures from other dimensions living along side us. Leo’s adventure with Libra seems forced at first but then the all seeing eyes come out. The mystery behind getting those eyes is revealed a little but there is a lot more I want to know. Whether we will ever get another season remains to be seen. However, the long 3 month gap between the series airing and the final episode didn’t help matters.

The series does a good job of fleshing out our main characters with so few episodes. We actually begin to care about each of them. Zapp is your zany and sometimes annoying anti-hero who plays off not liking Leo but does everything to protect him. The villains of this story are equally interesting and fun to watch. Some of our secondary but interesting characters didn’t get the chance to be fleshed out given the short episode order.

This is the one series where the main plot, while important, isn’t important. I could spend hours just watching the antics of Zapp, Leo and the crew through Hellsalem’s lot. I would not say that about any other series with filler episodes. Top that with a killer soundtrack, the opening and closing themes are super catchy. You can listen to both below. In the mean time, grab your copy on today. I am keeping my fingers crossed for more of this show some day but it doesn’t seem likely. The manga is still listed as ongoing but the last japanese release was April 2015.



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