The city of Hong Kong had been a battlefield with vampires running amuck. However, there was one building surrounded by a barrier that they could not penetrate through. A man named Liu, who controlled this barrier with his eyes, lowers it to allow a guy named Jirou to go out and fight the vampires. Jirou slaughtered hordes of them with his sword; with his abilities, he was able to stop bullets and even tank shells. Nothing could stand up against him until a blonde-haired woman appeared. Jirou recognized her as someone dear to him, but knew that she’s not real and yelled for her to stop. The blonde haired woman transforms into a black-haired woman who Jirou also knew – a person betrayed him some time ago. Cassa (short for Cassandra) left after a bit of fighting, but first promised that everything has just started
Fast forward several years to a freight ship in the waters near Yokohama. A blonde haired boy wakes up aboard this ship inside the storage area. He runs over to a nearby black coffin and starts calling, singing, and banging for his brother. Eventually, the coffin opens up and a hand comes out that knocks the boy’s face into the ground. Since the coffin closes again, the boy decides to go out onto the ship. When he encounters a young girl who calls herself Chang, he accidentally reveals that his name is Mochizuki Kotarou. However, Chang suddenly disappears after Kotarou takes his eyes off of her for only a second. Kotarou doesn’t notice that there is a body of one of the ship’s crew members under the nearby stairs, with a pair of distinct fang marks in his neck. The boy makes his way onto the deck of the ship, but soon realizes that it’s under attack by soldiers who are fighting vampires on the ship.
The commotion eventually causes the coffin from before to burst out of the ship’s hold and land on the deck. And no matter how much the soldiers fire at it, their bullets can’t penetrate it. The coffin opens up and out walks Jirou, who greets everyone as if it were any normal day. Kotarou runs up to him, but Jirou starts knocking Kotarou around for not letting him sleep peacefully. Jirou then turns to the soldiers and has them introduce themselves. It turns out that the soldiers are a suppression team from Company. Jirou figures out that Company refers to the Order Coffin Company, but finds it strange because this was supposed to be the organization that mediated relations between vampires and humans. A woman from the vampire group speaks up, saying that it was only on the surface. She explains that the organization actually slaughtered their brethren. As for the soldiers, they don’t want these vampires coming to their city and disturbing the order.
They eventually open fire on Jirou, but he’s still able to block all their bullets. Instead of killing the soldiers, he simply deflects the bullets back at them, jamming all their guns. While this is going on, one of the other vampires throws a grenade into a group of crates marked “DANGER,” causing the front of the freight ship to blow up. The explosion throws Kotarou off the deck and into the water, so Jirou dives after him. The soldiers end up leaving the freighter by helicopter and the vampires end up leaving it by a small boat. The female vampire from before remarks that Jirou clearly had “old blood” and thinks that he might have become an ally. Also on this small boat is Chang, who the woman had saved long ago from an illness by turning her into a vampire. Back in the ocean, the water is hurting Jirou, preventing him from saving Kotarou. Meanwhile, a girl named Mimiko gets a phone call early in the morning from a man named Jinnai who had been on that freighter.
Well, my first impressions of this show are pretty good. There were plenty of vampires, lots of action, and hints of love & betrayal. The main character Mochizuki Jirou, voiced by Sakurai Takahiro (aka. Canvas2’s Hiroki), reminds me a bit of Van of GunXSword crossed with Alucard of Hellsing. And it seems these vampires are of the traditional variety, hurt by sunlight and running water.
This being the first episode, they’re introducing a lot of the back-story with what appears to be a rather violent coexistence between vampire and human. I’m most interested in Jirou’s relationship with Cassandra and the blond-haired woman, though the female vampire saving Chang from disease by turning her into a vampire reminds me a bit of Saya saving Hagi and Riku by turning them into Chiropterans.
Unfortunately, I probably won’t be continuing to follow this series. I actually had a day off today, so I had some free time to write this up, but I likely won’t have that luxury later on.