I’ve been a fan of Yasuhiro Nightow ever since he released one of the best anime/manga series out there called Trigun. Just when I thought he couldn’t top that, he was behind two of my all-time favorite video games, Gungrave and Gungrave: Overdose which went off to have its own anime. So when I learned Funimation was going to release an anime series he recently created, you know I had to jump at the chance to review it. That brings us to Blood Blockade Battlefront: The Complete Series on Blu-ray, a thirteen episode series that mixes a little of the fun and danger from Trigun and Gungrave along with some other awesome elements to make an anime you’ll want to battle it out for.
A major plus this series has is that it’s produced by the infamous anime studio Bones, who have released hits such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Space Dandy, Soul Eater and more. The story takes place in a transformed New York City known as Salem’s Lot, thanks to a breach between our world and the netherworld. Now the city is encased in a dome which forces mankind and otherworldly beings to live together. In order to help keep the peace between the two, there’s a special police-like force known as Libra who have superhuman powers to aid them in their duties. When a young man named Leonardo is given a mysterious power that can greatly aid Libra and after a chance meeting with them, he joins their fight just as a powerful and evil monstrosity threatens to destroy not only the city, but the world.
Watching all of this otherworldly action unfold in this series was a blast, as I love how it is short and to the point in its thirteen episodes. I also enjoyed how they threw in the twist of Leonardo’s power drawing from his sister who is already ill as is, forcing him to reconsider aiding Libra and using his powers as the show progresses. I’ve always been a sucker for things such as this, where great power comes at a price. Fans of the Trigun manga will already know of this from when Vash uses his true power and what it costs him to do so.
It was great watching this on Blu-ray as well, as the high definition visuals and audio come through perfectly while keeping you glued to the screen. As far as extras go, there’s some fun interviews with some of the Funimation dubbing cast and crew that I wish the company would do more of. There’s also the standard textless opening and closing songs, and some promo videos and trailers.
Fans of Yasuhiro Nightow have already picked up and watched Blood Blockade Battlefront: The Complete Series I’m sure. But if you were wondering about it or just want to watch a great, action-packed anime, you’ll want to activate your hidden powers and join this battle as soon as you can.