Itâs been a decade since the sacred war between humans and vampires. The rise of the Kowloon Bloodline, a new breed of monsters bearing an infectious bite, set the streets ablaze under the reign of their king. Humanity had never witnessed such pure, animalistic brutality.
The supernatural adventure Black Blood Brothers
(2006) takes place in a world divided between Red Bloods (humans) and Black Bloods (vampires), both of whom are menaced by The Kowloon Children, a virulent clan of mutant vampires. Jiro "The Silver Blade" Mochizuki helped defeat the Children in a war in Hong Kong 10 years earlier. When he brings his younger brother Kotaro to the Special Zone, where vampires reside, violence erupts. The Mochizuki brothers are joined by Mimiko Katsuragi from the Order Coffin Corporation, which administers the Zone. Mimiko and Kotaro find themselves caught in the middle of a new battle that pits the surviving Kowloon Children against Jiro and the officers of the Corporation, some of whom are powerful sorcerers. The story grows more complicated with each episode, and many of the narrative threads are left dangling. But director Hiroaki Yoshikawa keeps the story moving at such a crisp pace, the unanswered questions fall by the wayside. Black Blood
takes considerable liberties with traditional vampire legends: humans only become vampires if they drink vampire blood or are bitten by one of the Kowloon children; other vampire bites don't hurt them. Jiro can survive exposure to daylight, although he finds it ennervating. The character of Mimiko provides comic relief and a potential love interest, which helps to leaven an otherwise dark story. Black Blood Brothers
is lighter-hearted and more entertaining than such gory vampire tales as Hellsing
and Trinity Blood
. (Rated TV MA: violence, violence against women, alcohol and tobacco use, suggestive imagery) --Charles Solomon
(1. Black Blood Brothers, 2. The Compromiser, 3. The Kowloon Bloodline, 4. Old Blood, 5. The Special Economic Zone, 6. The Coven, 7. Silver Blade, 8. Protector, 9. The Eleventh Yard, 10. The Order Coffin Company, 11. The Ocean, 12. For the Eternal Pulse of Mine Bloodline, I Would Offer this Blood in Totality)