Since a new Hellboy project is in the works I thought it'd be a cool time to review one of the Hellboy animes. This time I'm covering the second animated movie, Hellboy Blood & Iron, which was released in March 2007. It was directed by Victor Cook and Tad Stones. One of the cool things about this anime is they got the cast from the Hellboy live-action movies to do the voice work for their characters, Perlman as Hellboy, Jones as Abe etc.
Now, the anime is based on the Hellboy character that was created by Mike Mignola. In August 1993 Hellboy made his first appearance in the San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2. Over time, Hellboy has been found in comics, animated films, live-action films and in December 2000 he made the jump to video games. His most recent appearance can be found in the PS4 (PlayStation 4) video game Injustice 2 as part of the DLC (downloadable content) Fighter Pack 2.
Here's the story they're spinning for Blood & Iron. Back in 1939, a female vampire, Erzebet Ondrushko, known for bathing in the blood of the innocents stay young was killed by Professor Bruttenholm. Now, someone is trying to resurrect her. After Professor Broom finds this out, he decides that the BPRD (Bureau of Paranormal Research) need to do some investigating into the matter. Low and behold, someone is trying to bring Erzebet back and now it's up to Hellboy, Liz, and Abe to stop it from happening.
The story for Blood & Stone is based in part from the Hellboy: Wake the Devil storyline from the original comics, which I dug. The story has all of the same cast chemistry and attitude in it that I dug from the live-action movies. The storyline is pretty simple, something evil is coming and it's up to Hellboy and the crew to take it down. As everyone knows, you can't have Hellboy just taking down evil. You also have to bring up his right hand of doom.
I thought the playthrough was cool and it held my attention the entire time. As far as entertainment goes, you get a bit of everything in this one from fights, monsters and the loveable, shoot first ask questions later, Hellboy that we've all come to know. The weird thing about this one is the anime has a seventy-five-minute runtime, but it feels shorter when watching it.
Some of the voice cast is Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair as Liz Sherman, John Hurt as Professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm, Doug Jones as Abe Sapien, Cree Summer as Hecate and Kath Soucie as Erzebet Ondrushko. After watching Blood & Iron I came to the realization that animated or live, Perlman rocks it as Hellboy.
The animation looked good. I wasn't a fan of the character designs, but on the plus side, they went with Hellboy's small goat leg body style from the comics, which I think fans will dig. Unfortunately, since this one is rated TV-14 it's pretty tame as far as the gore goes.
Overall, as a Hellboy fan I thought this one was cool and if you haven't seen it, then you should change that.