One night, New York City became the site of a collision between worlds, when a portal to the “Alterworld” opened and surrounded the city in a thick fog. Nowadays the city is referred to as Hellsalem’s Lot, a melting pot of the paranormal, monsters, magic, and general batshit insanity. The story follows Leonardo Watch, a young photographer/pizza delivery boy with the All-Seeing Eyes of God who recently came to the city, and the crime-fighting organization called Libra he ends up joining. The original manga is by Yasuhiro Nightow, most famous for works such as Trigun, and this highly-hyped anime adaption features Rie Matsumoto in her second directorial role after her masterpiece debut Kyousougiga
aired in 2013.
Star-studded crew + monkey business? I'm in.
And you should be too! BBB (as I'll now call it for everyone's sake) could go in a number of directions, and I usually don't make threads for airing shows this early into their runs. As of this post, BBB only has two episodes out - but what spectacular episodes they are. The setting is beautiful and interesting, the characters are hammy and serious in perfect balance, and the direction...well, it's fuckin' Rie Matsumoto. Disjointed but approachable, lively, and enticing. That's her schtick and she's sticking to it, and good on her. It works wonderfully for a show like this. The soundtrack is often understated but adds a great sense of place and flair to the show when it's used, and the OP/ED pair is one of the better ones this season.