Anime Reviews Kekkai Sensen & Beyond
Anime Reviews Kekkai Sensen & Beyond – Second season of Kekkai Sensen.
Synonyms: Bloodline Battlefront & Beyond, Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond
Japanese: 血界戦線 & BEYOND
Status: Not yet aired
Aired: Oct, 2017 to ?
Premiered: Fall 2017
Producers: TOHO animation
Licensors: None found, add some
Genres: Action, Super Power, Supernatural, Vampire, Fantasy
Duration: 20 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Anime Reviews Kekkai Sensen & Beyond – Blood Blockade Battlefront (Japanese: 血界戦線 Hepburn: Kekkai Sensen, lit., “Bloodline Battlefront”) is a Japanese shōnen manga by Yasuhiro Nightow. It has been published bimonthly in the magazine Jump SQ.19 from February to April 2009 and moved to Jump Square upon the former’s ending. The plot revolves around a young photographer named Leonardo Watch, who obtains ‘the All Seeing Eyes of the Gods’ at the cost of his sister’s eyesight. After the incident, Leonardo moves to the city of Hellsalem’s Lot to join an organization known as Libra to fight several monsters as well as terrorists. The manga has been published in the United States by Dark Horse Comics.
An anime adaptation by Bones premiered in early 2015, Funimation licensed the series for streaming in North America. Both the manga and anime were well received by publications due to its story and characters. A second season has been announced and will begin airing in October 2017.
The July issue of Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine revealed on Friday that Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond (Kekkai Sensen & Beyond), the second anime season based on Yasuhiro Nightow’s Blood Blockade Battlefront manga, will premiere on MBS, Tokyo MX, and BS11 in October.
The show’s official website has also revealed new visuals for Leo’s sister Michella Watch (voiced by Nana Mizuki), and the character Sonic (Yūma Uchida). The new series will explore the connection between Michella and Leo and will also study the mysteries of the “All Seeing Eyes of God.”
The BS11 channel will rebroadcast the first season of the anime starting on July 2. The staff is also hosting an all-night screening of the first season on June 16 in Tokyo to commemorate the Blu-ray Disc box set release of the series. Nightow and voice actress Yu Kobayashi will attend the event.
BONES will once again animate the new series. Shigehito Takayanagi (Galaxy Angel A, The World God Only Knows, Dagashi Kashi) is taking over as director of the anime from the previous season’s Rie Matsumoto, and Yasuko Kamo (Dagashi Kashi) is also taking over series composition duties from Kazunao Furuya. Toshihiro Kawamoto returns as character designer and chief animation director, and Taisei Iwasaki returns to compose the music.
The returning main cast includes:
- Daisuke Sakaguchi as Leonardo Watch
- Rikiya Koyama as Klaus Von Reinhertz
- Kazuya Nakai as Zapp Renfro
- Yu Kobayashi as Chain Sumeragi
- Hikaru Midorikawa as Zed O’Brien
- Ai Orikasa as K.K.
- Banjou Ginga as Gilbert F. Altstein
- Mitsuru Miyamoto as Steven A. Starphase
- Yūma Uchida as Sonic Speed Monkey
Dark Horse Comics, North American publisher of the original manga by Nightow (Trigun), describes the manga’s story:
A breach between Earth and the nether worlds 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.
After he finished Trigun Maximum in 2007, Nightow launched Bloodline Battlefront as a one-shot manga story in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine in May 2008. He then turned it into a three-part mini-series called Kekkai Sensen -Mafūgai Kessha- in the same magazine in 2009. He has since continued the story as a regular series in Jump SQ. 19 starting in 2010. Jump SQ. 19 ended publication in February 2015, and the manga moved to the new Jump SQ. CROWN magazine under the title Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back when the magazine launched in July 2015. Shueisha has so far published ten volumes of Blood Blockade Battlefront and two volumes of Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back (second volume pictured at left).
The first television anime series adaptation premiered in April 2015 and ran for 12 episodes. The 12th and final episode aired in October 2015 after a delay. Funimation streamed the anime with English subtitles as it aired in Japan. The company also streamed an English broadcast dub of the series. Blood Blockade Battlefront also inspired an original anime DVD (OAD) that shipped with the Blood Blockade Battlefront Binge Bible guidebook last June. Matsumoto also directed the OAD. Anime Reviews Kekkai Sensen & Beyond
Source: MoCa News
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