July '15 - Witchblade Anime Review.
honest I've been in two minds as to whether
to include Witchblade in this blog or not,
due to me only wishing to list the best anime,
while trying to avoid negative opinions, but
there are some aspects of Witchblade that I
love, while others I despise.
bought Witchblade as a three volume box set
containing 12 episodes on 3 DVDs. I was
hooked and loved them. The first episode was
a little confusing perhaps, but the rest of
them were amazing. Then after the last
episode I realised there were more so I
purchased the entire box sex on 6 DVDs. When
I watched them though I realised the main
plot drifted at a tangent, introducing
another character who was basically a psycho
killer, and it became a conventional fighting
character Masane, her daughter Rihoko and
their friends in the cafe where they live are
pretty much the main focus of the story. It's
their interaction with one another, and a
love that can only be described as family,
that bonds them all together. Masane keeps
the fact that she's the Witchblade secret
from them, and she hopes to cure herself from
what she sees as a curse. Another character,
named Reina, who has similar powers to the
Witchblade is a rival of Masane, yet there is
still respect between them both. That respect
leads to a dramatic and sad conclusion that
will make you cry when you realise they have
to put their differences aside for the sake
brilliantly acted, in both the original
Japanese and English dubbed versions, while
the story is multi-layered intermixing sad
and funny moments. There's lots of near
nudity too if you're into that, but never
quite revealing everything.
half way through the box set however the main
plot ends and a new character named Maria is
introduced who kills a lot of people on her
own side then for no apparent reason decides
to hunt down Masane intent on killing her.
Masane of course is the Witchblade so defeats
her with no problem whatsoever.
the extra content on the DVDs are very
interesting, especially the interviews with
the Japanese voice actors. They also mention
how the DVD version was animated slightly
differently to the television version and
mentioned their ad-libbing of some of their
lines. Some of the extras are about the
original American comic version of Witchblade.
I suggest not watching that at all as they
appear to discredit anime and make jokes
about tentacle sex having no understanding of
what anime is. It will also make you cringe
every time they mention the word Japanimation.
do love this anime, but it's only the first
12 episodes that I love. I'm sorry if this
blog entry sounded too negative.
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