5 Point Discussion – Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond 12:

by Sage Ashford

We’re down to the final episode of this season of Blood Blockade Battlefront. Will Leo find a way to stop Dr. Gamimozu from stealing his eyes, or is he doomed to be just another tool for the doctor to take advantage of? Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it on Facebook or Twitter! It really helps. And if you’ve got any comments or questions, please hit me up @SageShinigami.

1. In some subtle ways, this episode is the culmination of everything Leonardo has learned to survive in the city of Hellsalem’s Lot. After Leo helps with taking down the Blood Breed in Part One, he abandons the scene at the behest of the good Doctor. There’s really no time for him to do anything erratic to tip off the rest of Libra, so Leo is forced to use everything he can to get an edge. He takes advantage of Gamimozu not knowing his way around the city to give himself more time to figure out an answer to his problem. A chance meeting between he and his pet monkey Sonic tips him off that the Doctor’s All-Seeing Eye doesn’t work with the tiny drone that’s following Leo, and so he navigates himself down an alley to specifically run into trouble he knows he can resolve, all to steal a weapon he uses later.
We even see Leo use his eye powers in a way that makes you realize that he could be quite the threat if he wasn’t constantly choosing to be non-violent. This is undoubtedly a huge part of why he’s so likable in the first place: everyone else in the city is using whatever they can to take advantage of others, but Leo’s too honest and kind to do the same.

2. After making his way back to the hotel where Leo’s sister, her fiancee, and Dr. Gamimozu are waiting, Leo finally decides to make his move. Constant exposure to battle has changed the way he views opponents–though he can’t fight them off in the same way that other members of Libra can, he’s capable of sizing up people and figuring out his odds of victory. This lets him correctly guess that Gamimozu’s size and need to be all but transparent to people around him means despite his imposing figure he’s actually incredibly light.
Still, as everyone who’s been watching BBB is intensely aware of by this point, things don’t go smoothly. Leo is inexperienced at fighting and has no special techniques that make him particularly dangerous, so it only takes a quick distraction to lead to him being sliced and stabbed multiple times. But after spending so many months in a city where he gets mugged on an almost daily basis, Leo’s tolerance for pain has been raised an absurd amount. He fights back, resisting everything Gamimozu tries to do resulting in…

3. Leo’s a total weakling, but this might very well be the most satisfying offense I’ve seen all year. Leo’s original attack doesn’t nearly get the job done, but that’s when they both notice that the once unconscious Michella has awakened. Gamimozu threatens her life, and leaves Leonardo frozen in his tracks, as he can’t attack anymore without endangering the life of his sister. But then in the most shocking moment of the episode, the wheelchair bound Michella tackles Gamimozu. Rather than spend even a second wasting the time she’s bought him worrying about her safety, Leo jumps atop Gamimozu and delivers a series of brutal headbutts.
There’s so much to love in this scene; Leo’s spent this entire time braving the city of Hellsalem’s Lot to take care of his sister, because he loves her and wants to make up for the All-Seeing Eyes ruining her life. But Michella’s always looked up to and admired her brother, and she doesn’t hesitate to pay her brother back for all that he’s done. They’re both struggling against this impossible threat, refusing to allow the other to come to harm.
At the same time, the city has hardened Leo. Though he’s spent his life in the city running from combat, he’s never run when someone needed protecting. And for his sister? It’s not even a question. I’ve always had a problem with weak characters existing in series like this, but Leo runs directly counter to everything I’ve ever had a problem with. He doesn’t become strong overnight, he just refuses to lose and uses everything available to protect what little he has in this world. His headbutts finally “break” Gamimozu’s eye, which leaves him infuriated and he nearly murders Leo. Until…

4. Leo managed to send an alert to the members of Libra at the end of the prior episode, long before he was asked to toss his phone away. Fortunately, the members of Libra notice even the slightest instances of things being wrong, like how Stephen realized his “friends” had turned against him in his spotlight episode “Day In Day Out”. Libra’s trained to deal with the insanity of Hellsalem’s Lot, so its not surprising they have a code for trouble that even lies beyond normal perceptions.

I’ve said before that over the course of this series our heroes have become quite close, and this episode is the ultimate proof of that. The whole of Libra rushes to Leo’s aid, protecting the friend that has been with them and offered hope in humanity’s fight against Blood Breeds that was never there before. Leo’s used to dealing with bullies, but Gamimozu is several levels beyond that and essentially literally a monster threatening harm on a human for possessing something he already has. Completely irredeemable, watching Klaus punch Gamimozu so hard that he literally shatters part of the skyscraper the group is in is cathartic in a way no other villain defeat this season could compare to.

5. The epilogue of this story is seeing Leo eventually recover after over a week of being unconscious, due to both overuse of his ASE and the intense damage he took fighting off Dr. Gamimozu. When he finally recovers, things return to business as usual and they paint the ending as a bit of a “The Story Never Ends” sort of deal, which is acceptable but not optimal. The Blood Breeds still run rampant throughout the city, there’s still more secrets to unlock regarding Hellsalem’s Lot, and ultimately the manga is still going. Hopefully we’re fortunate enough to receive a third season of this a few years down the line, as I would love to see what happens next.
For now though, our journey together is at an end. I hope you enjoyed this recap, but things aren’t over yet! Next week I’ll start covering the Record of Grancrest War, so look forward to it!
Blood Blockade Battlefront and Beyond is available for streaming on Hulu and Crunchyroll.

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