Yasuhiro Nightow’s Kekkai Sensen (in English Blood Blockade Battlefront) leaped from the pages and hit the airwaves during the summer of 2015. With a stylish soundtrack, fabulous animation, and an enigmatic cast of characters, this anime gained international popularity and will return this spring for its second season, Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond.
Kekkai Sensen takes place in an alternate universe in which a portal to the “Beyond” transforms the international and multicultural New York City into Hellsalem’s Lot, an urban hub for the paranormal. Normal humans live side by side with magic, monsters and the supernatural in Hellsalem’s Lot, though that does not mean they coexist together in peace. It’s up to Libra, a secret crime fighting organization consisting of members with superhuman powers, to keep horror from breaking out in the streets.
In anticipation for the coming second season, the following is a character overview for those who need a refresher or are new the series. Be warned, there will be spoilers!
Leonardo “Leo” Watch, a nineteen-year-old photographer, comes to Hellsalem’s Lot with hopes of finding a way to restore his sister eyesight. However, through a series of misunderstandings, Leo becomes a member of Libra and has his entire world thrown upside down. Prior to the main action of the series, a mysterious being called Riga El Menuhyut grants Leo the “All-Seeing Eyes of the Gods” in exchange for his sister’s sight. These eyes give Leo heightened senses and a wide variety of superpowers that allows him to fight alongside other Libra members despite his lack of combat experience.
Michella Watch is Leo’s younger sister. She has been unable to walk from birth, and her family travels to Hellsalem’s Lot in search of a way to heal her. Unfortunately, Mechella and Leo encounter Riga El Menuthyut, a mysterious being that offers them a choice: one needs to sacrifice their eyesight to receive the All Seeing Eyes of the Gods. In a moment of panic, Leo says nothing, leaving his sister to decide to give her sight away for the sake of Leo.
Klaus V. Reinherz
Klaus V. Reinherz is the leader of Libra. He is arguably one of the strongest members of Libra with both immense physical strength and intellect. Due to an incident in his past, he is part human and blood breed. Klaus’s fighting style consists of the Brain Grid Blood Battle Style which allows him to create a huge cross-shaped weapon from his blood.
Twenty-four-year-old Zapp Renfro is a member of Libra who ropes Leo into joining the organization after mistaking him for a new member named Johnny Landis. After bringing Leo into Libra, they become partners. Zapp is a master of the Big Dipper fighting style and manipulates his blood into blades. Short-tempered, and a womanizer, he is among the most rambunctious of the Libra members.
Chain Sumeragi is a werewolf member of Libra. Known as an “Invisible Werewolf,” she is able to erase her presence from others and pass through walls. Originally she was a member of the Wereworld Bureau and is assigned to Libra.
K.K. is a Libra member and close friend of Klaus. When fighting, K.K. wields guns that convert her blood into electricity in a style called 954 Blood Bullet Art. Along with being skilled in combat, she is also a devoted mother of two children.
Steven A. Starphase
Second-in-command of Libra, Stephen A. Starphase has the appearance of a businessman but actually has connections to the shady underworld. Stephen’s ability is Esmeralda Blood Freeze which allows him to freeze his opponents with his blood. According to the Blood Blockade Official Fan Book, he is 32 years old.
Zed O’Brien is a merman and member of Libra. He trained under the same master as Zapp and have similar powers and techniques. However, their personalities are drastically different. While Zapp is wild and tries to have a good time, Zed is serious and deliberate.
White appears only in the anime adaptation of the series. She befriends Leo when he recovers in a hospital. Her real name is Mary Macbeth and actually died three years before the start of the series. Upon her death, her parents replaced her heart with a barricade to protect Hellsalem’s Lot.
Black is the older twin brother of White who possesses psychic powers. His real name is William Macbeth and is from a family of Casters that created the barrier to protect Hellsalem’s Lot. During the first Great Collapse, The King of Despair appears before them. To protect his sister, Black allows the King of Despair to take his body. From then on, Black shares his body with The Kind of Despair until Leo separate them.
Kekkai Sensen & BEYOND official site : http://kekkaisensen.com/
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