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Witchblade: The Complete Series

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Sought by the greed of Men since the dawn of Humankind, but only bestowed upon the woman whose fate it forever scars – The Witchblade. Is it the Righteous Sword of God, of the Hand of the Devil Himself? Now a new bearer has been chosen and she must discover the answers for herself. As she stands on the brink of destiny, she is forced to seek the balance between ecstasy and ruin…

Masane Amaha is a woman on the fringe of society, bouncing rootless from town to town with her daughter, Rihoko. She struggles to build a life for her family, with no memory of the past and no clue as to what the future holds. But upon their arrival back in Tokyo forces conspire to separate parent from child, unleashing the fury of the Witchblade. The young mother will find herself conscripted into the service of the Doji Group and hunted down by the emissaries of the NSWF, all while seeking to balance the weight of this forced duality.

Over 135 minutes of Extras!:

  • Japanese Cast Interviews
  • A Tour of Top Cow Studios with Marc Silvestri
  • How to Create a Comic Book the Top Cow Way
  • The Witchblade Forged – Parts. 1-3
  • Top Cow Studio Tour Outtakes
  • Coloring a Comic Book Page
  • The Early Days of Image Comics
  • The Top Cow Staff Talks about Comics
  • Experiences in Japan / Other Top Cow Franchises
  • Crossing into Other Media
  • Textless Songs

    The fan-service adventure Witchblade (2006) is another trans-Pacific hybrid: a Japanese TV series based on an American comic. Masane Amaha and her obnoxiously precocious daughter Rihoko were discovered amid the ruins after an earthquake devastated 22nd century Japan. During the disaster, she somehow acquired the sentient ultimate weapon, the Witchblade. When Masane comes near an X-Con, a prototype cyborg made by Douji Industries from human cadavers, the Witchblade causes her to morph into a fighting fiend--in an outfit Pamela Anderson might wear in a sequel to The Dark Knight. The Witchblade supposedly endows the wielder with "insatiable lust and unthinkable power," but Masane gets her exposed derrière kicked by women using Cloneblades, imitation Witchblades the Douji Group also created. Maria, the most powerful Cloneblader, emerges as a potential rival to Masane. When she decides to seize control of Douji Industries, the audience is left to wonder how and why she went from an undisciplined, infantile killer to a disciplined, mature killer. The inevitable duel between Masane and Maria atop Tokyo Tower suggests High Noon with implants. Masane triumphs over Maria and the power of the Witchblade in a finale that's simultaneously gory and mawkish. Although the convoluted plot stumbles along like Masane after a binge, Witchblade will delight adolescent boys who want to watch fights between overendowed, under-dressed babes. In an accompanying interview, character designer/executive animation director Makoto Uno says, "We added a devilish element to the physical beauty of women and animated them with particular attention to the breasts and butt." No kidding. (Rated TV MA, suitable for ages 16 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

    (1. The Beginning, 2. Bewilderment, 3. Defiance, 4. Movement, 5. Search, 6. Change, 7. Past, 8. Reciprocity, 9. Sadness, 10. Interaction, 11. Danger, 12. Prisoner, 13. Separation, 14. Family, 15. Bonds, 16. Relaxation, 17. Confusion, 18. Turn, 19. Feelings, 20. Request, 21. Vow, 22. Inform, 23. Chaos, 24. Light)

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    Product Details

    • Actors: Jamie Marchi, Cherami Leigh, Mark Stoddard, Scott Hinze, Shizuka Itô
    • Directors: Yoshimitsu Ôhashi
    • Writers: Marc Silvestri, Michael Turner, Yasuko Kobayashi
    • Format: Box set, NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, Animated
    • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 5
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Funimation
    • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
    • Run Time: 600 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001DN0US0
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,322 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Witchblade: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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    Format: Blu-ray
    "When I saw the pictures and the explanation of the story, I thought it was a coarser, scarier and darker anime. But once we started, I realized it had less violence and more heart." - Mie Sonozaki


    Before anything else, you need to understand the following: Witchblade is, first and foremost, a character-driven drama, rather than an action series. It has some fighting, yes, but the vast majority of the episodes are spent focusing on character development. Everything else comes a distant second. At first the suggestion is that it's going to be a The Devil Lady, 'monster of the week' type, but that isn't the case.

    Whoever decided to market Witchblade as a violent, fan-service heavy title wasn't too bright. Likewise, the person who came up with the idea of taking the title of a popular American comic and then creating an entirely different story, with an all-new cast, didn't make the wisest of moves. By attempting to pass-off a slow-paced, heartfelt and very human drama as a generic action title with added boobs, all Gonzo achieved was getting the wrong type of viewers; pushing away the types who would appreciate a family drama about a mother loving her daughter with all her heart and being willing to do anything for her.

    Judging the series based on the revealing Witchblade forms and boob sizes, it's hard not to expect an utterly tasteless anime. But you know what? Sex only occurs ONCE during the entire series, and NOTHING gets shown--the two involved kiss and then it's the morning after. That pretty much sums Witchblade up: there's a lot of cleavage but, that aside, Witchblade is surprisingly tasteful. In truth, there isn't even a huge amount of action once series gets past the introduction period.
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    I have passed over this Anime many times, because I don't like the American comic. I only gave it consideration because my brother in-law recommended it.

    Well saying "I don't like the comic" is unfair... I'm sure the writing is good and Top Cow is known for producing quality products (high quality graphics, paper, toys, etc... etc...) But, the Witchblade logo reminds me too much of the Thundercats logo. And additionally I don't like the American style art that original source material has. Just MHO.

    I'll stop talking about that before I find someone at my doorsteps upset with me for bashing the most popular new comic of the last decade. New is relative... considering franchises like Superman have been around for 60 plus years I think.

    THIS Version of Witchblade However... is stunning! The story is deep and valid. It is the classic heroes journey, and it is absolutely fantastic!

    Watching this immediately makes me think of one of my other absolute favorite anime franchises... Elfen Lied. Just like Elfen Lied they contrast hyper-violence with powerfully moving relationships... Beauty and the Beast wrapped into in one person then pumped up on "sexy-violence steroids" to end up with a really high contrast product.

    The women are outrageously sexy and usually that just doesn't do it for me when it comes to anime. Sometimes I'm put off when the fan service levels are this high. See my reviews on Misuki Chronicles and you will see that I'm just saying this.

    The fan service is REALLY REALLY high on this, almost to the point of ridiculous. But the content of the story and the high impact action just makes that something that has to be overlooked.

    This is another keeper for the collection... and I feel it is a must own.
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    The Good Things
    *Has good video and sound quality.
    *Comes with a number of extras; making-of featurettes, interviews, textless songs, trailers, and outtakes. It is all allocated on disc five, while the rest of the show takes up the first four discs.
    *Comes in a nice slim box, with all of the discs on a fold-out thing and all associated booklets in its own envelope (just like with the complete box set of "Burst Angel," "Speedgrapher," or "Samurai 7"). Has a lot of cool artwork.
    *Good amount of exciting action and fighting.
    *Very good animation style and quality.
    *Very good production desgin. The characters look phenomenal, the settings look interesting, and the Witchblade weapon itself is incredibly awesome.
    *The main character has some very service.
    *Aside from that, the protagonist is a great character who shows compelling emotion and awesome wickedness. The other characters are great, and their drama is very immersive.
    *Storyline is great, especially since this rendition is much more sci-fi and fantasy orientated.
    *Look out for one or two inside jokes.

    The Bad Things
    *Don't know how accurate it is to the original comic book. It is certainly different than the 2001 live-action TV show. But this version is still quite enjoyable.
    *Not for kids; rated TV-MA for bloody violence.

    This anime version of the comic book "Witchblade" definately makes for some awesome anime. It is exciting, and a good story with good characters. There is hardly anything dull about this show, and is probably one of the best to have come out in recent years. Highly reccomended to any anime fan, and probably to most fans of the comics.
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