Anime Review: Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond

Details: Also known as Kekkai Sensen & Beyond. Aired in 2017. Twelve episodes with each episode a little under twenty-five minutes long.

Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond is the second season of the Blood Blockade anime. It continues where the last season left off and is as entertaining as the last season was.

Blood Blockade focuses on Leonardo, a young resident of Hellsalem’s Lot and possessor of the “All Seeing Eyes of the Gods.” A number of years ago in the anime’s narrative, the island of Manhattan merged with a supernatural dimension creating a place that exists in both the real world and in the supernatural dimension. As a result, Manhattan became Hellsalem’s Lot and resident of New York City as well as the supernatural residents of the other dimension now live side by side in this mishmash of New York City and a world that defies reason. Libra is a secret government organization Leonardo belongs to that tries to protect the residents of Hellsalem’s Lot.

What I like most about this anime is that despite the supernatural elements, all the characters are very nonchalant about what’s happened. They don’t mind the number of people who have died, they don’t mind the altered Manhattan landscape, they don’t mind the monsters and demons that commute with them on their way to work. It’s an incredibly fantastic yet realistic depiction of New York City.

I live in New York City. Lots of crazy things happen here all the time. People getting hurt or dying, terrorist attacks, natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy; New York City sees a lot of tough stuff. Add onto that the enormous amount of cultures, nationalities, religions and ideologies and you get this strange mishmash of a society that by all means should not work. New York City should look  more like the Middle East rather than a cohesive city. And yet it works. Not only does it work, I think most New Yorkers feels a sense of pride and community in our communal struggle to make our lives better.

Blood Blockade somehow captures that by adding the supernatural and stretching that idea to an extreme. I feel like one of the writer behind Blood Blockade maybe came to New York City at some point in his life and witness this city and all its crazy. He then realized that a place like should not exist. It makes no sense. How are we all not killing each other? And yet New York City exists. And then that writer took that idea and created Blood Blockade, a story about this marvel of a city that merges all these two different worlds together and thriving, despite the likelihood that it should not be able to survive.

Anyways, it’s a fun, stylistic show. The music is fun and upbeat. The art is nice to look at and they often draw a lot of real world locations from Manhattan into the show. Expect lots of action, some drama, and a lot of humor.

Overall, I really enjoyed this show, mostly because of the vibes I got from it. It felt a little like Cowboy Bebop (but not as good), Gangsta (but better) or Black Lagoon (but better). It’s not a serious show with an overarching plot. It’s mostly just a bunch of standalone episodes. If you’ve got the time Blood Blockade is a fun show to watch.

Score: 6.5/10

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