Episode 1 Impressions: Blood Blockade Battlefront

Welcome to the city of Hellsalem’s Lot. A twisted smorgasbord of humans and demons all seeking their own desires. A lawless land that isn’t fit for the weak of heart.

e1bloodblockadebattlefront08Synopsis
On one fateful date, New York City was eaten away by the alterworld. The city was reconstructed and a great fog barrier was raised around it, isolating it from the outside world. By the time the government realized something was wrong it was already beyond their reach.

While people feared the new city, called Hellsalem’s Lot, it would soon be a place that many set their sights on for the rulership of the next 1000 years. Serving as an arcane city that intersects the human world and the alterworld. Housing many of human and demon alike.

Leonardo Watch is an aspiring reporter who once visited the border of the city with his family and disabled sister. The city was known to have miracles about it, so they had hoped that the sister could possibly walk again. However before Leonardo and his sister, a demon appeared offering a choice. “Who will see this through?” A question that had an obvious tie in, “The one who would not see this through, did not need their eyesight.”

After his sister allowed herself to lose her sight, Leonardo was granted all-seeing eyes, a special ability that would later catch the attention of the Libra leader Klaus V. Reinherz.

The Libra is a secret society of supermen who work in the shadows in order to preserve the balance between worlds within Hellsalem’s Lot. After Leonardo is mistaken for a new recruit, he uses the opportunity to join Libra in order to learn the truth.

When the self-proclaimed “King of Depravity” Femt springs a trap on the Libra group, Klaus hires Leonardo, seeing the potential aid his eyes can give in the balance of worlds. Which comes in handy as Leonardo would soon use his eyes to discover the location of a gate and end the game Femt started.

Thoughts
Blood Blockade Battlefront definitely starts off on a great note for me. It took the boundaries of modern society and removed all the rules to replace it with a e1bloodblockadebattlefront10lawless and almost wild west type setting. Not only that, but throwing in so much mystery and oddities that it was fun to take it all in. A human sitting next to a monster while both looking at their cellphones, a jazz band of mutants. It was all so intriguing.

Add to that a sense of style that I truly love. An almost Baccano, Cowboy Bebop, or Durarara style of an upbeat jazz action show. It’s something that we don’t get often, it breaks the molds, and just feels fun to watch. While one can see the “gifted boy can change the tides” scenario to be typical, it didn’t seem to overshadow everything else that I was enjoying about this world. To be honest, I’m kind of curious about Leonardo and what exactly he’s after. To undo the curse on his sister, or perhaps just to find out why they were chosen. It also doesn’t seem to take long before he steps up and stops being a side-line character.

While episode 2 was bundle released alongside episode 1 on Funimation, I was happy to get some equally as fascinating world building, although not as rushed as the first episode may have seemed. The same feel and even more clever action made for a great continuation that has me excited for this series.

If you’re looking for some interesting world building, fun action, and some decent comedy, you probably won’t be disappointed in giving Blood Blockade Battlefront a shot.

This show is streaming on Funimation.com!

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THUMBS UP!

IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Great!

Pros:

  • Great world design
  • Jazzy and fun world
  • Good visuals and action

Cons:

  • None

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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