Manga: Blood Blockade Battlefront

Three years ago, the barrier between the Beyond and Earth broke down... in New York City. In one night, the city was destroyed and rebuilt, renamed Hellsalem's Lot (according to the characters, or New Hellsalem in the manga).

The story follows the path of Leonardo Watch, The Everyman. It also follows the secret society Libra, which protects Hellsalem's Lot from malevolent inhabitants, such as Femt, the King of Depravity, or criminals the normal police force cannot touch.

Originally this started out as a one-shot story called Barrier War (Kekkai Senso) released in 2008, the story taking place in a contemporary city with an emphasis on vampire hunting. Created by Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of Trigun and Gungrave. An anime adaptation by Studio BONES debuted in Spring 2015.

Blood Blockade Battletropes:

  • The Alcatraz: Pandorum Asylum, a prison with 40 million paranormal criminals.
  • Animal Motifs: Monkey for Zapp, Dog for Chain.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Could give JoJo a run for its money. We have names like Leonardo Watch, Zapp Renfro and Steven A. Starphase.
  • Big Applesauce: New York City has been transformed into Hellsalem's Lot, but it still acts as New York City, only with aliens and demons walking around in plain sight, and with monster attacks being an everyday occurrence.
  • Bland-Name Product: Zapp said that he watched a samurai slicing radish with a katana at Yo!tube. The screen does look like Youtube.
    • Leonardo works for Dogimo's (Domino's) Pizza.
    • Hainz (Heinz) Tomato Ketchup.
    • Blur Moon Beer. (Blue Moon)
  • Black Comedy: Brody and Hummer's experimentation by Arigula is pretty gruesome: Brody was liquefied into living blood while Hummer's blood was drained from him in a painful way...THEN Brody was inserted into Hummer. But Arigula explaining it via cooking show terms and use of Heinz ketchup? Hilarious!
  • Blatant Lies: In the end of episode 5, Leo keeps saying that he's going straight home to rest, when really he just wants to make amends with White.
  • Bloody Murder: A majority of Libra members use their blood to fight in one way or another. Zap can turn his blood into a sword,and can light it on fire. Klaus uses Brain Style Grid Blood Fighting technique. K.K uses Blood Bullets. Stephan A. Starphase freezes things with his Esmeralda Blood Freeze.
  • Brick Joke: In the beginning of episode 1, Leo says, "Get used to abnormal and it will become normal." When the episode ends, Femt snaps, "Dammit! He (Leo) is normal!"
  • Canon Foreigner: White, the girl that Leo regularly visits at the hospital, and her brother were created specifically for the anime, and have no manga equivalents.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Klaus' fighting style involves creating crosses, and when he seals an Elder Blood Breed she turns into one.
  • City of Adventure: It's clearly stated that the city is full of advanced technology, ancient magic and criminals of every stripe. Much of the city is full of impenetrable magic fog, resulting in entire parts of the city having never been seen by human eyes.
  • Electronic Eyes: Leo's eyes become this when using his powers.
  • Expy
  • I Know Your True Name: Blood Breed, or more traditional vampires, cannot stand being called out by their real names since doing so is apparently linked to how you defeat them.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Dog (of the Dog and Deldro pair) is supposed to be ridiculously handsome (enough that, as shown by episode 5, he has the female segment of Libra swooning over him), and yet due to the art style doesn't seem to be any more handsome than Zapp or Leo.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: The narrator casually explains, "It is said that several million died or were injured... but the authorities stated the actual number was unknown. I'm sure it became too much of a hassle halfway through!" after the Monster Truck exploded.
  • Living MacGuffin: Leonardo bears the All-Seeing Eyes of the Gods, a powerful ability that allows him to see things that no human or even Otherworlder should see, and through even the most powerful illusory magic. It's explicitly stated at the start of episode two that a lot of people will be after that kind of power.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Vampires, known as the "Blood Breed" were created by writing magic directly on DNA. They lack traditional weaknesses, and are functionally unstoppable by the means available to any of the factions in the city barring (perhaps) Femt. However having access to their True Name can allow a particularly powerful Blood User like Klaus to seal them.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Chain Sumeragi is an 'invisible werewolf'. She has never exhibited wolflike qualities, although she has turned invisible.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Zapp Ranfro can drain blood bags dry in a matter of moments to fuel his abilities.
  • Rule of Cool
  • Shout-Out: Episode one of the anime boasts quite a few to Pacific Rim.
    • Kuroneko-sama is seen lurking in episode one, and red geraniums are featured prominently in one scene in Libra's HQ in the first episode.
    • One frequently-seen building, including in the opening sequence, has a giant NIGHTOW marquee.
    • Leo took White to see a movie. What movie? Twins
  • Shown Their Work: Every now and again physics will apply to the fights. In episode five, Brody and Hummer punch a giant machine hard enough to stop it in its tracks, but thanks to Newton's Third Law, they get pushed back with the same force they applied to the monster and go flying across the city.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Stephen and Klaus, the most level-headed of the bunch, are playing chess in the first episode. Klaus even moreso in the following episodes, since he's shown playing a complicated chess variant popular amongst humans and demons.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is the city called Jerusalem's Lot, or Hellsalem's Lot because of how the Japanese voice actors pronounce the "J" in Jerusalem as an "H"? Or should we go with the official manga translation of New Jerusalem?
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: All the time. A good example would be in episode 5, where in the wake of Aligura's rampage we're shown her monster truck disintegrating, and raining its parts on the city, all with while with Leo narrating that the casualty count was in the hundreds of thousands. All while a jaunty jazz tune plays in the background.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: We get a few explosions at the very beginning of episode one.
  • Two Beings, One Body: Deldro Brody and Dog Hummer. You don't want to know how they got like that.
  • Whole Costume Reference: Leonardo's pizza delivery get up is identical to Peter Parker's, complete with moped.


Alternative Title(s):

Kekkai Sensen