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Black Blood Brothers, Chapter 1 - Bad Tidings

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Product Description

Non-stop vampire action!

Produced by Group TAC (Saiyuki, Vampire Princess Miyu) and Studio Live (Rahxephone The Motion Picture.)

Not all vampires are evil…

10 years ago man and vampire teamed up to defeat the "Kowloon Children" a virulent breed of vampires seeking to infect all humanity. Now one of the heroes from the Great War, Silver Blade, is traveling to the "Special Zone" to retire with his younger brother in tow. Unbeknownst to them, the remnants from the Great War are plotting their revenge.

Ten years before the supernatural adventure Black Blood Brothers (2006) opens, Jiro "the Silver Blade" Mochizuki had been one of the leaders of the Holy War in Hong Kong, battling a virulent clan of mutant vampires called "the Kowloon Children." As he travels with his younger brother Kotaro to the Special Zone in Hong Kong, where regular vampires live, violence erupts. The Mochizuki brothers are joined by Mimiko Katsuragi, a "Compromiser" from the Order Coffin Corporation, which administers the Zone. Mimiko provides both comic relief and a potential love interest. Black Blood takes considerable liberties with 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 fights with a silver samurai sword and can survive daylight. Black Blood Brothers is lighter-hearted and more entertaining than the gory vampire tales Hellsing and Trinity Blood. (Rated TV MA: violence, violence against women, profanity) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Michael Tatum, Luci Christian, Hisao Egawa, Jun Fukuyama, Mami Kosuge
  • Directors: Hiroaki Yoshikawa
  • Producers: Hitoshi Kawamura, Izumi Yamashita
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X8NK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,279 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Blood Brothers, Chapter 1 - Bad Tidings" on IMDb

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2008
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This volume begins an intriguing series about a world in which vampires and men have an uneasy truce, that is broken by the presence of a hybrid race of vampires whose victims become their slaves. The intended audience for the series is hard to pinpoint -- there is pretty extreme violence and some talk of sexuality, but the dialogue is pretty simplistic and seems pitched at the same level as the Pokemon series. The animation is pretty standard -- not bad but nothing fantastic. The characters, though, are interesting and the seemingly accidental incident the sets the action in motion gradually reveals a pretty elaborate set of rival concerns, promising lots of future developments in the series. The inclusion of both adult and children characters adds depth -- it is intriguing to see young vampires, and their affection for the younger vampires takes away the one-dimensional serious edge of the older characters. Apart from the strangeness of sexual tension in a film that seems pitched to 13 year olds (come to think of it, that is not so strange and what is strange is that in American animation hints of sexuality almost never appear), the main vampire Jiro and his new friend Mimiko have a real chemistry that builds gradually in the series. Overall, this is a fairly amusing and intriguing series -- and while I am not really the target audience I had fun watching it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2008
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A decade ago, humans and vampires fought side-by-side to exterminate the Kowloon Bloodline, a strain of vampires that converted other vampires to their bloodline with a bite, and killed the humans they bit. The only way humans could be converted to any other vampire bloodline is by drinking the blood of a vampire. One of the most famous vampire warriors from this conflict was Jiro Mochizuki, also known as the Silver Blade.

Warning: Some minor plot spoilers ahead.

Jiro and his brother Kotaro are on a ship heading to Japan and the Special Zone, where vampires live in peace alongside humans, when a Suppression Team from OCC, the Order Coffin Company, boards the ship. The intent of the Suppression Team is to eliminate a group of vampire stowaways because they believe one of the deadly Kowloon Children is among them. Kotaro stumbles into the fight and appears to be in danger when brother Jiro, who is grumpy when he wakes up, appears to save the day. Unfortunately, Kotaro ends up in the water and Jiro, for whom water is dangerous, must dive in to save him.

In the second episode, we learn that Jiro and Kotaro, who looked doomed in the previous episode, have survived. However, they survived only to end up in the midst of yet another battle with the Suppression Team from the OCC. This time Jiro fares worse, but distracts the Suppression Team long enough for Kotaro to get away.

After more excitement and adventures, Jiro and Kotaro come together once again, but this time we learn that indeed one of the Kowloon Children was in the group of stowaways.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on March 27, 2008
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This is episode 1 of a series, so if you get hooked, following the adventures of the BLACK BLOOD BROTHERS could get expensive. However, if you're into anime and manga -- and vampires -- you'll probably enjoy this one a lot. It has a lot of mood, comedy, and violence.

Jiro and Kotaro are brothers, and the story that's presently being unveiled goes back ten years. The series makes the most of time-hopping through the different phases of the story, a particular artform the Japanese storytellers do well most of the time, but the cuts back and forth in these episodes can lose an unwary watcher along the way every so often. I sometimes had to roll the DVD back a ways and watch again to figure out WHEN I was. But the adventure is fun and the usual props -- confusing female character and brotherly rivalry -- are in place.

I liked the concept of the vampires and humans having to join together against even more dangerous vampires. I hadn't seen that one done before, although there have been some interesting blends of vampires and werewolves lately. And the action will keep most viewers glued to the seat till the final moments of the film spin through.

Parents need to be aware that this isn't a program for kids. BLACK BLOOD BROTHERS gets very graphic when it comes to the violence, and some of the dialogue can be rough and a little racy.

Overall, the art in the movie is pretty good. There's a sense of another world, and the mood is definitely affected by what is shown on the program. I'm going to pick up the rest of the series to see how everything turns out because the storyline has my attention.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FredTownWard VINE VOICE on March 30, 2008
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this turned out to be an interesting take on vampire legends. From the beginning vampires had lived among humans, for the most part secretly and peacefully because being bitten by a vampire neither turned a human into one nor automatically resulted in death, though it had other side effects. To become a vampire a human had to drink a vampire's blood. (It is unclear whether vampires can reproduce in any other way though there are suggestions that they can.)

As sentient beings seemingly must, vampires divide themselves by "bloodlines", essentially their vampiric line of descent. Since differing bloodlines convey different powers and weaknesses, this makes a certain amount of sense; however, it appears that some level of aristocratic idiocy has crept in as well. Thus one of the worst fates for a vampire is to be descended from a "broken" or unknown bloodline; it is a virtual guarantee of suspicion and ostracism.

One of the sounder reasons for this and the catalyst for the Hong Kong Crusade ten years ago, which made the existence of vampires known to humans, was the emergence of a new bloodline, the Kowloon, which is HIGHLY contagious. Bitten humans turn into vampires, and even bitten vampires have their bloodlines "turned", resulting in an ever increasing tide of Kowloon vampires. In the crisis humans and "normal" vampires fought side by side to exterminate the Kowloon bloodline, and at the end the story was put out that ALL vampires had been destroyed, when in fact the "normal" vampire survivors had merely gone back into hiding in one or more "special zones" with the help of a small group of humans "in the know".
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