Review by: Jenny
Blood Blockade Battlefront
Directed by: Rie Matsumoto
Licensed by: Madman Entertainment, Funimation
Manga: Yasuhiro Nightow
After a nearly catastrophic event, New York City becomes a melting pot of creatures and humans in what is now called Harlem's Lot. The story centers around Libra, an organization of unique members who use their skills to stop crime in the city. Despite everything being so strange, Leonardo's normal behavior may be the strangest thing of all.
The anime has a roaring 20s feel to it. and it's not just because of the fun ending credits. There are themes addressed throughout the anime that people during that time may have experienced. It is as if the monsters are an allegory for the immigrants who were slowly merging with the American culture. In this case it is the slow progression of coexistence among humans and monsters.
This anime is meant for people who like to focus more on the story line than the fan service. There are some funny ecchi moments, but they tend to accentuate the humor. (Kinda like the cherry on top of the anime ice cream sundae.) People who have enjoyed anime such as Full Metal Alchemist and Coyboy Bebop must see this series. Newer otakus may also enjoy Black Blood Brothers.
It is important to mention that the mangaka Yasuhiro Nightow is also the creator of Trigun. For those who can't remember, Trigun follows the journeys of Vash, a supposed criminal mastermind who has a $$60 billion bounty on his head. Some Easter Eggs can be found throughout the series so have fun hunting. The anime series concludes soon so keep your godly eyes peeled.
Opening Theme: "Hello World!" by Bump of Chicken
Closing Theme: "Sugar Song to Bitter Step" by Unison Square Garden