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on 20 June 2010
As an avid anime fan I personally really enjoyed watching "Black Blood Brothers" and think some of the other reviews have been rather harsh. I think it is a fresh take on the vampire genre as opposed to other shows like Hellsing, which is excellent but the anime does'nt allow you to fully get to know the characters where as this one does.
The plot is engaging and has many twists along the way to keep you on the edge of your seat and the main protagonist; Jiro is a memorable and likeable character who has to care for his younger brother Kotaro.
There is some great animation and the action scenes are entertaining and exciting, also the English dub was one of the best I've heard.
As for the final episode; it is left slightly open-ended but that did'nt hinder my enjoyment of the anime as a whole, but it does leave you wanting more.
If you are a fan of anime Vampires I encourage you to buy this, you certainly won't be disappointed.
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on 18 July 2009
I wont waste your time by going over what has already been said in the other review of this series.

I would also like to make it clear that I agree with everything that has been said in the other review- this is a very fun, action packed and good value for your money series that you will no doubt watch again and again for many years to come.......

however, there is one rather large problem with this series that the other reviewer failed to mention- it doesnt offer anything in terms of closure, it just sort of... ends. Almost none of the many issues raised in previous episodes are settled or solved by the end of the final episode.

It is clear that they had originally intended to make a second season of BBB but as of yet it doesnt look as though they are actually producing more episodes!..... so this could be all there is.....

in my opinion, the final verdict is-

If you dont mind an ending that really DOESNT END ANYTHING then by all means buy this set, its great value for money (all 12 eps!) and what there is of it is great fun to watch!

I leave the decision to you. thanks for reading.
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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).

"Black Blood Brothers" spends a minimum of time setting up its mythology -- you get to see what's going on through brief flashbacks and references to the past (Jiro's grief-filled battle with Cassa in the war). But it's an interesting one -- lots of different breeds of vampires, with different powers, weaknesses, and histories.

It's also a great blend of comedy, mild horror and bullet-dodging action. And in the second half of the series, the action and horror start amping up in a slow build to the climax. But it has some softer edges too -- there are flashbacks to Jiro's tender relationship to the dead Alice, as well as a cute budding relationship with Mimiko (including some rather erotic feeding scenes. The one problem: it feels like there was a second season planned (which was never made) so there are some plot threads hanging.

Jiro is a likable vampire protagonist -- despite being deadly and rather tragic at times, and occasionally whomping his brother on the head, he can also be funny, goofy or affectionate. Despite his tragic past, he doesn't go all emo on us, and he has outbursts of all-too-human emotion ("You're DEAD!" he yells at an ally who messed up their travel plans) that make him very likable.

Kotaro isn't quite as endearing, primarily because he's a spunky little kid. It's almost impossible not to make them annoying, but he does have some endearing moments. And though she seems rather irritable at first, Mimiko makes an excellent potential love interest for Jiro. Cassa is deliciously nasty, and there's also the enigmatic child-king Sei, the delightfully sociopathic Clock, and the traumatized Kelly.

Despite its lack of a "real" ending, the "Black Blood Brothers" series is a solid anime series -- it has a delightful balance of blood, vampires, laughs and plenty of action. Definitely worth checking out.
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VINE VOICEon 30 May 2009
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.
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on 13 January 2012
An absolute must see. Combining a perfect mix of humour and action, Black Blood Brothers will appeal to a wide range of anime fans and will keep you enthralled through all 3 discs. The plot line running through the series is very involved, exploring relevent current issues of politics and religion through the main character's - Jiro and his younger brother - struggle to find their place in the 'Special Zone' (an area designated for Vampires to live in peace). The back story supporting the series is subtly given in installments, just a few minutes at the start of each episode, just enough to support that episode and leave you thirsty to learn more.
An excellent series which leaves you wondering if, when and hoping there will be another one.
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on 14 January 2012
Being an anime wizz I know a good anime when I see one and BBB is one awesome anime.

Each episode starts with a glimps of the past for our two favourite vampires Jiro and Kotaro. I loved that because I could see how things lead up to the current situations that faced them. When Mimiko takes charge of them then you that there is going to be trouble, both good and bad.

All the extra characters each have their own personality and dark side and they fit well in the story.

For storyline: *****
For characters: *****
For entertainment: *****
For quality: *****

A full score from me. I do recommend this to anyone who does like anime.
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on 26 January 2012
Bought this after a recommendation from a friend. Great storyline, with a brilliant voice cast! If they made a second series, I'd get it straight away.
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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.

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).

"Black Blood Brothers" spends a minimum of time setting up its mythology -- you get to see what's going on through brief flashbacks and references to the past, such as Jiro's grief-filled battle with Cassa in the previous war. But it's an interesting one -- lots of different breeds of vampires, with different powers, weaknesses, and histories. Definitely different from the usual Dracula copies or bad White Wolf ripoffs, and a lot of thought has clearly been put into it.

And "Black Blood Brothers" is a great blend of mild horror and solid action. There are some mild horror scenes -- like Jiro staggering out of the water with all his flesh dissolved -- but most of it is bullet-dodging, some vampiric duels, and misty flashbacks to Jiro's past. And in the second half of the series, the action and horror start amping up in a slow build to the clima, including the clever twist of having Kowloon blood causing mass infection.

But it has some softer edges too -- there are flashbacks to Jiro's tender relationship to the dead Alice, as well as a cute budding relationship with Mimiko (including some rather erotic feeding scenes. And there's some distinctly tongue-in-cheek comedy as well, such as the "virgin's blood" scene, Kotaro being punished via being flung around the ship, and Jiro's distinctly upbeat, cheerful attitude. Not very vampire-like.

It's also worth noting that the artwork is simply stunning. If you can get past Jiro's big red Pilgrim hat, then the noir atmosphere and sharp, colourful, detailed artwork are astounding. And they do a pretty amazing job with the vampire battles -- the opening scene, a flashback to Jiro fighting an old friend-turned-enemy, is absolutely stunning.

Jiro is a likable vampire protagonist -- despite being deadly and rather tragic at times, and occasionally whomping his brother on the head, he can also be funny, goofy or affectionate. Despite his tragic past, he doesn't go all emo on us, and he has outbursts of all-too-human emotion ("You're DEAD!" he yells at an ally who messed up their travel plans) that make him very likable.

Kotaro isn't quite as endearing, primarily because he's a spunky little kid. It's almost impossible not to make them annoying, but he does have some endearing moments. And though she seems rather irritable at first, Mimiko makes an excellent potential love interest for Jiro. Cassa is a deliciously nasty piece of work, and many of the supporting vampires -- the enigmatic child-king Sei, the delightfully sociopathic Clock, and the traumatized Kelly -- are wonderfully detailed.

The biggest problem with the series? Well, while the immediate threat is dealt with, several plot threads are still sort of hanging at the end. It felt like there was a second season planned, but which was never made.

Despite its lack of a "real" ending, the "Black Blood Brothers" series is a solid anime series -- it has a delightful balance of blood, vampires, laughs and plenty of action. Definitely worth checking out.
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on 20 February 2013
Great anime, one of my faves, definitely worth the money. However it's like many have said, it seems as though it was ented to have atleast another series after this, but looks unlikely that there wille ever be one. Still a brilliant series though!
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on 15 March 2013
I watched this online quite a few years ago and loved it but couldn't find it again till I stumbled across it on here and just had to get it. Great series, I just wish there was more of it!
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