Ten years after the Holy War in Hong Kong, Mochizuki Jirou, aka the Silver Blade, and the lone hero who fought and defeated the Kowloon Children despite the loss of his lover, returns to Japan with his young brother, Mochizuki Kotarou. The two quickly discover that the Kowloon Children who survived the Holy War are seeking to infiltrate the "Special Zone", a thriving city protected by an invisible barrier that will not allow Kowloon Children entrance, unless they're invited. Red Bloods refers to the humans; Black Bloods are the vampires, and the Mochizuki Brothers are Old Blood, the last descendants of an elite clan of vampires. When Kotarou is abducted by one of the Kowloon Children, Jirou has no choice but to fight once more.
Even though I'm not a great vampire genre fan I liked the story of this anime. It has a nice build-up without leaving you guessing too much. The smooth development of the story and the nice cliffhangers keep you interested and because of there are only 12 episodes it's an easy to watch show. 9/10
The animation style of Black Blood Brothers is a kind of cartoonish, but that really fits the story. This only goes for the shape of the characters, because there movements are fluent and mature. Especially the fights are done very nicely and makes you wanting more. In contrast to most vampire series, the animation of this show is pretty bright, which gives it a less serious look.
I give the animation 9/10.
The OP is "Ashita no Kioku" by Naozumi Takahashi. It's a nice J-rock song which just rocks.
The ED is "Shinkirou" by LOVEHOLIC and is a typical J-pop ED.
I liked the way the special FX were done in this series. The sounds were very realistic, like the clashing of the swords and the gunfire. Also does the background music fit the action. Because of that you almost don't notice it. 8/10
The development of the characters is done very well in only 12 episodes. They also have many different sides. The series is pretty serious, but they managed to put in some funny remarks which makes the show not too heavy. Especially the main character Jirou has some funny one liners every now and then. 9/10
This is a short, action-packed, funny vampire series. I really loved watching this show and I hope there will be a second season. This all depends on the DVD sales, so when they are released, please buy them. Since this show only has 12 episodes you don't need to spend a fortune on just these few DVD's.
If you like an easy to follow story, action and vampires, this is definitely a show for you! I give Black Blood Brothers an overall score of 9/10.read more
It's a story that does indeed focus on a vampire, however the story makes it so that it doesn't revolve around the vampireness, because it really focuses on Jirou, the main character, going up against the Kowloon Children. The background story is revealed in small tidbits at the beginning of each episode, and is rather enigmatic at the start, however unveils as you progress over the episodes and is completely revealed on the final episode. The story itself really is kinda crappy, however the fact that they managed to fully pack the story and it's background story into just 12 episodes is somewhat notable I suppose.
The artwork is pretty well executed. The fight scenes are fluently animated. Contrary to most vampire genre series, the overall color to the art isn't very dark and shady, providing it with a little more lighthearted feel and mood, however still becoming serious when necessary.
The OP is a pretty cool JRock song that definitely suits the series. Good choice for this one. The ED then switches to a light and more melodic tune, giving it a nice contrast. The sound effects work well, and the background music also fits the scenes nicely.
Well, lemme just start off saying that the main character and vampire, Jirou, has really just a cliche vampire look. Long black hair and red garb, particularly consisting of a long trench coat (hmm...sound like Alucard.) But then there's his brother, Kotarou, who has an appearance that is pretty much the farthest thing from vampire looking.
I'd really like to note though how much I dislike the fact that Jirou seems basically invincible and can defeat anyone with little to no effort, with the exception of the final battle. I don't really like seeing that in a show, despite how much I like action and shounen series.
The story is bearable, the art and sound's fine, the characters are fair, but for some reason, I really didn't find it very enjoyable. It lacked the elements to continuously draw me in and make me want to keep watching. Why? Well, the fights were mostly pretty curt, and as I've said, they weren't that entertaining because Jirou basically kicked too much ass in several short seconds, with the exception of the final match. I believe it was also devoid of the suspenseful attributes that most vampire series usually succeed in. Honestly, if it continued past 12 episodes, it probably would have become incredibly boring. Overall, I do feel it is a decent show for a quick 12 episode short series.read more
At the beginning of this anime I didn't really get the story due some events that weren't explained properly. It took out a bit of the joy and even made me consider the drop out on this one. However.. after a couple of episodes I finally started to understand the story. I was able to connect the relations between the characters and DAMN I have to say, this was one well out thought anime!
After having seen all the episodes it made me realize 1 thing, I want more!
The art of this anime reminds me kinda of some "classic" animes. In my opinion it told me that it had a great story hidden inside. Just looking at the art alone can make one tell that there has been a lots of thought and devotion to it.
The sound is pretty good, however I don't judge much to the sound. Overall conversations were very clear, special effects weren't to loud or exaggerated. It suited the scene in my opinion.
The characters may see a bit vague in the begin, because there isn't an introduction about them. Rather you willl get to know those characters through flash backs/memories in each episode for about 3-5 minutes. I found it a bit annoying in the begin to be honest, however after finishing it I really have nothing to complain about. The flash backs and the current time get together perfectly. With this the characters, from which some have a noticable background, will be properly explain.
I overall enjoyed this anime a lot! I am eager for more from this series! This is one of the few with a great story that isn't boring. In my opinion they had enough stuff left for a season 2, however looking at the date of its last released episode it sadly won't happen. Still this anime is worth watching! Maybe more than once ;).read more
This anime is as mediocre as it looks, the plot summary I read on Wikipedia was more interesting than the actual series.
The story was okay. It's not as interesting as the description of the series would make it to be. It had alot of history mentioned in the plot but who cares when it was basically about a vampire who is an old war hero moving his brother to a new place so he could experience friendship. They could have put the history in the scenes if it was really all that important, therefore the 12 episodes would have been worth it. This could have easily been an ova/ona series. It wasn't really any need to drag it out to 12 episodes. I wouldn't say the pace was slow (for me anyways) but it was dragged out. It reminded me of the series 2005's Guyver they could have easily been less than 26 episodes. There were no fillers or side stories in Black Blood Brothers. It did have flashbacks to Kotarou and Jirou spending time to get when Kotaruo was a female. The conclusion was good mostly because I was happy it was ending. It hinted at continuation of the story but it didn't end badly to where there were big questions unanswered.
What I liked about this series:
What I liked about this series is the comedy and not in the way you think. On the anime data news base sites that I have seen they have this series in the genre of comedy. Which I find it was dry on comedy. What I did find funny is that if he wanted to protect his brother wouldn't it have been smart if he DIDN'T wear a rich red suit with a funny looking wizard hat to match? Wouldn't that make him...STICK OUT?!! lol (Interesting note about Jirou's costume is that it looks like a Hellsing ripoff.)
Something else I found hilarious was in episode 5. When Jirou mentions that he could tell Mimiko was a virgin she becomes embarrassed and pushes Jirou on the street with little Kotarou on his back. Trying to dodge Mimiko's kicks, Jirou then rolls on the floor laughing squishing Kotarou who is still on his back. IThe person who was watching this series with me and I started laughing frantically. I had to pause the episode to get all my laughing out.While Jirou was laughing trying to dodge Mimiko's kicks didn't he realize he was steam rolling his little brother that was on his back? (lol) So in short, I liked the series because it was so lame that I could get a good laugh off of it.
The art in the series was weak. It had nice see through curtains in the first episode. Contained the goodies like hair shine, eye freckles, nice water detail (in one scene though the rest of the water detail was okay) and light/sun beams but it was still lacking over all. Although I'm a big fan of red the color scheme was average at best.
I watched the english dubbed version on netflix so the sound review is for english dubbed. The voices were lifeless and borderline boring which is one of the biggest reasons why I don't like to watch dubbed anime because they usually fail to bring any personality to the table.
The beginning song is a big pass. It was attempt of rock that I didn't appreciate. The background music could have been better but it wasn't annoying. The end song, I actually liked. I wouldn't run out and buy it, but it is a highlight of the series but that may be because it's an end of me wasting my time....lol.
The characters introduced played their part but none of them made me interested in learning more about them.
It wasn't unbearable but if they would have dragged it longer than 12 episodes I would be writing a suicide note....lol
It all averages out to 5/10 and I would add it's mediocre at best.
Would I recommend to someone else? I would have to think about that. If someone thought the animes I think are lame were cool and they were into vampire stories than I would recommend this to them other than that I wouldn't recommend it. The story summaries on the anime news databases is about as deep as it goes.read more