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It’s 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.

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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)


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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F2U6XS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Blood Brothers: Box Set" on IMDb

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2011
Format: DVD
There's really not a lot of original, un-cliched vampire television and/or movies out there. Your best bet is anime.

One good example of this is "Black Blood Brothers," an all-too-short anime that spins up several kinds of vampires -- good, bad, and creepy ones. Gorgeous art, a likable lead vampire, and a very unique mythology -- and while the first couple episodes are decent but not outstanding, the story starts to really bloom when the bad-guy vampires enter the scene. Too bad it ended WAY prematurely.

Two vampires -- powerful Jiro and his little brother Kotaro -- are stowing away on a Chinese ship on their way to Japan. Their destination: the Safe Zone, where vampires and humans are allowed to coexist. But then a firefight breaks out on board between some immigrant vampires and an anti-vampire military squad, and Jiro has no choice but to get involved.

Afterwards they are helped by a Company worker named Mimiko -- but things get nasty when the military shows up again. And then Jiro learns that his little brother and Mimiko are with the immigrant vampires -- and one of them is a Kowloon Child, the most lethal and contagious form of vampire. And it's headed for the Safe Zone.

Unfortunately this battle isn't the last one Jiro must face. More vampires are attacking them, and some old acquaintances of Jiro's are involved -- including the malignant Cassa, a former companion of his who betrayed him and his long-dead lover. As more Kowloon Children rise in the city, Mimiko starts doing research on something called the "eleventh yard," which is somehow key to the future of the Kowloon Children (and in turn, to everybody else as well).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RavenRing on July 18, 2011
Format: DVD
Jiro, aka "The Silver Blade" is a vampire famous for defeating the Kowloon Children (extremely contagious and insane vampires) during the Holy War. 10 years later, Jiro and his little brother Kotaro make their way to the Special Zone, a city that bars the entrance of Kowloon Children - unless they are invited in. Which the well meaning Mimiko accidentally does. Jiro is once again forced to confront Kowloon Children in order to protect those he holds dear, and face his painful past.

I was surprised at how much I actually liked this show. Reading the description I had no expectations (not really a vampire person), but I was pleasantly surprised when I actually liked the characters and found the story interesting. It does a good job of maintaining a balance of action and mystery, between the current battle against the Kowloon Children and flashbacks slowly reveling Jiro's past. As vampire stories go, this is a pretty good one and Jiro is unexpectedly likable and interesting. I was almost shocked that he wasn't all-powerful when angry - instead he is simply really good. It was quiet refreshing.
The problem I had with this series was the ending. Mostly in that it doesn't really have one. The last episode left me feeling like "Great, we've reached the halfway point - where is the rest?" The pacing of the series feels pretty good, until you reach the end and still have stuff left undone and unexplained. It would have been so much cooler if they had actually fit everything into the 12 episodes they had.

Still, it was worth watching, and most of the important stuff concerning Jiro's past is explained. And for $18 it is a pretty safe gamble.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2010
Format: DVD
There's really not a lot of original, un-cliched vampire television and/or movies out there. Your best bet is anime.

One good example of this is "Black Blood Brothers," an all-too-short anime that spins up several kinds of vampires -- good, bad, and creepy ones. Gorgeous art, a likable lead vampire, and a very unique mythology -- and while the first couple episodes are decent but not outstanding, the story starts to really bloom when the bad-guy vampires enter the scene. Too bad it ended WAY prematurely.

Two vampires -- powerful Jiro and his little brother Kotaro -- are stowing away on a Chinese ship on their way to Japan. Their destination: the Safe Zone, where vampires and humans are allowed to coexist. But then a firefight breaks out on board between some immigrant vampires and an anti-vampire military squad, and Jiro has no choice but to get involved.

Afterwards they are helped by a Company worker named Mimiko -- but things get nasty when the military shows up again. And then Jiro learns that his little brother and Mimiko are with the immigrant vampires -- and one of them is a Kowloon Child, the most lethal and contagious form of vampire. And it's headed for the Safe Zone.

Unfortunately this battle isn't the last one Jiro must face. More vampires are attacking them, and some old acquaintances of Jiro's are involved -- including the malignant Cassa, a former companion of his who betrayed him and his long-dead lover. As more Kowloon Children rise in the city, Mimiko starts doing research on something called the "eleventh yard," which is somehow key to the future of the Kowloon Children (and in turn, to everybody else as well).
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