A decade has passed since the brutal war between humans, vampires and the infectious new breed of bloodsuckers; the Kowloon Children. From this war, there emerged a hero, Jiro Mochizuki, who is revered as one of the most powerful vampires (or black bloods) and bears the title of 'silver blade'. Now in the present day, Jiro and his brother Kitaro set off for the special zone, which is a peaceful area where vampires and human's co-exist. However, the deadly Koloon Children are restricted from entering due to their vampiric bite turning someone into one of their own instantaneously. However, when the special zone manages to get breached by this deadly strain of vampires, all hell breaks loose. After defeating many of the Kowloon children in the war, Jiro takes it upon himself to rid the special zone of them once and for all, while protecting his brother at all costs. With the help of human - vampire negotiator Mimiko Katsuragi, Jiro also tries to determine the true motives behind the Kowloon Childrens' actions.
After being fairly unimpressed with the cult classic vampire anime Hellsing, I had pretty lo expectations for this one. However, despite Jiro and Arucard looking uncannily similar, that is as far as the similarities go for each series. For starters, Black Blood Brothers is not as dark as Hellsing and is far more down to earth. BBB spoils the viewer with a great blend of action, blood n guts and drama. Jiro is a well created protagonist that recieves some nice characterisation and backstory throughout the series. As for the other characters; some of them are quite forgettable, but Momiko Katsuragi is a nice counter balance for our brooding lead. Her lighthearted and spunky nature often grounds the show and makes for some fun moments. Furthemore, in the english dub, she is voiced by Colleen Clinkenbeard who is pretty well known in the anime communit for voicing characters such as Hawkeye and Rose from Fullmetal Alchemist, Yuko from xxxholic and Luffy from the funimation dub of One Piece.
As for plot, BBB is pretty intriguing as it often digresses into flashbacks which show relationships between Jiro and the antagonist for the series, Cassandra Jill Warlock. The way that the story progresses leaves the viewer in the dark about what the Kowloon children's motives are for most of the series. While the first part of the series is good, the true meat of the story is in the last 4 episodes.
The DVD collection contains all 12 episodes of Black Blood Brothers over 3 discs. With these discs, you get the opportunity to watch in either English or Japanese with English subs. Personally, I watched the English dub as it contained a star studded cast (of the anime world ^^), like the aforementioned Colleen Clinkenbeard and also Luci Christian as Cassandra (who plays Kaname Chidori on Fullmetal Panic, Asuna on Negima and Wrath on Fullmetal Alchemist) and J Michael Tatum as the Silver Blade Jiro (who plays Domeki in xxxholic and Toma in Aquarion)
If you enjoy vampire animes then this may appeal to you. An anime that I watched in one day, Black Blood Brothers is compelling and at the same time, easy to watch. With truly astounding fight sequences and a fiery, revenge fuelled storyline, Black Blood Brothers will appeal to anyone looking for a rollercoaster thrill ride. In retrospect Black Blood Brothers is an entertaining action, horror romp with plenty of bite with it's bark.