Admirers of Helsing must have been pleased in April 2015. It is when a new story appeared on Japanese screens as an anime series. More than a year has passed since then, but the news seems to be not so quick in coming. The series’s fate is still unclear.
“Kekkai Sensen” (the English title is “Blood Blockade Battlefront”) came out the previous spring. It was a pleasant surprise for every fan of the Hellsing franchise.
You are probably asking yourself why we would compare these two anime adaptations. The answer is simple. They have very similar storylines, the methods of narration and the artwork. The production company is Bones Studio.
About the narrative
The events unfold in New York. It turned into New Jerusalem after an unexpected opening of a portal that serves as a door to another world. That resulted in a city overloaded with supernatural creatures. Moreover, the city vanishes in the fog, a so-called barrier.
So the residents of New York have to get used to the strange beings wandering on all the streets.
Everything seems peaceful. The aliens speak English fluently, so New Yorkers understand them. It would have been fine, had a wave of increasing criminal cases not flooded the metropolis.
A large number of gangsters comes from the other world through the portal. And now, the police officers must fix this problem.
All of sudden, a mysterious society called “Libra” comes to their assistance. It is comprised of beings with abilities that are beyond human powers. But this helpful hand is not received positively every time, as well as in the story about Helsing. So the police refuse to collaborate with this organization, which then turns into a rogue group.
Libra follows their principle, which is to kill any demon whose behavior is not appropriate. In that way, they weed out the most troubled members of their renewed society.
One of the main characters named Leonardo Watch, a reporter, makes his best looking for this organization for a personal reason.
The producers and the animators of the Bones Studio put a lot of effort as well as their hearts and souls into this anime. Of course, it took them a lot to create this brilliant film, noted for striking landscapes of the industrial metropolis, and carefully detailed magical battles. According to the general public’s opinion, the series is promising. Mostly because of the many details. Although the plot supposedly needs later improvement.
Expected to appear in this past spring, the second season failed to appear. So now the series is on the fence, and we should not hope for an early appearance of any info about the Kekkai Sensen season 2 release date.