Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond TV Anime Reveals October Premiere, New Visuals
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The July issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine revealed on Friday that Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond (Kekkai Sensen & Beyond), the second anime season based on Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga, will premiere on MBS, Tokyo MX, and BS11 in October.
The show's official website has also revealed new visuals for Leo's sister Michella Watch (voiced by Nana Mizuki), and the character Sonic (Yūma Uchida). The new series will explore the connection between Michella and Leo and will also explore the mysteries of the "All Seeing Eyes of God."
The BS11 channel will rebroadcast the first season of the anime starting on July 2. The staff is also hosting an all-night screening of the first season on June 16 in Tokyo to commemorate the Blu-ray Disc box set release of the series. Nightow and voice actress Yu Kobayashi will attend the event.
BONES will once again animate the new series. Shigehito Takayanagi (Galaxy Angel A, The World God Only Knows, Dagashi Kashi) is taking over as director of the anime from the previous season's Rie Matsumoto, and Yasuko Kamo (Dagashi Kashi) is also taking over series composition duties from Kazunao Furuya. Toshihiro Kawamoto returns as character designer and chief animation director, and Taisei Iwasaki returns to compose the music.
The returning main cast includes:
- Daisuke Sakaguchi as Leonardo Watch
- Rikiya Koyama as Klaus Von Reinhertz
- Kazuya Nakai as Zapp Renfro
- Yu Kobayashi as Chain Sumeragi
- Hikaru Midorikawa as Zed O'Brien
- Ai Orikasa as K.K.
- Banjou Ginga as Gilbert F. Altstein
- Mitsuru Miyamoto as Steven A. Starphase
- Yūma Uchida as Sonic Speed Monkey
Dark Horse Comics, North American publisher of the original manga by Nightow (Trigun), describes the manga's story:
A breach between Earth and the netherworlds has opened up over the city of New York, trapping New Yorkers and creatures from other dimensions in an impenetrable bubble. They've lived together for years, in a world of crazy crime sci-fi sensibilities. Now someone is threatening to sever the bubble, and a group of stylish superhumans is working to keep it from happening.
After he finished Trigun Maximum in 2007, Nightow launched Bloodline Battlefront as a one-shot manga story in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine in May 2008. He then turned it into a three-part mini-series called Kekkai Sensen -Mafūgai Kessha- in the same magazine in 2009. He has since continued the story as a regular series in Jump SQ. 19 starting in 2010. Jump SQ. 19 ended publication in February 2015, and the manga moved to the new Jump SQ. CROWN magazine under the title Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back when the magazine launched in July 2015. Shueisha has so far published 10 volumes of Blood Blockade Battlefront and two volumes of Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back (second volume pictured at left).
Blood Blockade Battlefront also inspired an original anime DVD (OAD) that shipped with the Blood Blockade Battlefront Binge Bible guidebook last June. Matsumoto also directed the OAD.
Source: MoCa News
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