Its Otaku-chan here! This time doing a review for a well known animation series, ‘Witchblade’. It was originally a comic book series that progressed into a TV show and then adapted into an animation and manga series which is definitely worth checking out!
Sought by the greed of men since the dawn of human kind, but only bestowed upon the women whose fate it forever scars…the Witchblade. Is it the righteous sword of God? Or 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. – Prologue for each episode
There are a plethora of reasons to why I love the animation series ‘Witchblade’. The universe is so expansive and thorough, there isn’t a moment where the story hasn’t been already ‘fleshed’ out! Apart from the anime babes making me think the wrong things, the series plot points, different approaches and ofcourse the characters really do make it on my list of ‘Animation Series to watch before you expire’.
Before we begin, I thought I might just explain what the ‘witchblade’ actually is. And its not much. Its simply a magical sentient artifact that imbues its wearer or host with unimaginable power at the expense of ones own life. It has been describe as having participated in many wars, often by those who have sough to gain its powers!
Witchblade’s plot is incredible easy to understand despite it being a very expansive universe. From the very beginning we already understand that the ‘end’ will be tragic. The series itself follows Masane Amaha who seems to be unaware that she is the wielder of the ‘witchblade’. She is an extremely kind woman but is incredibly clumsy and has no recollection of her memory during the ‘Great Quake’. In flashbacks, she is suspiciously found unhurt while carrying a baby in her arms which she now adopts as her child. As soon as they arrive they are caught in a power struggle between a mega-corporation and a government agency and that’s where the story really begins.
The characters really do make this series incredible to watch. Despite her clumsy appearance, Masane is really a caring mother who literally gives up her life in order to protect her daughter even though they are not related directly by blood. She, however can transform in a ridiculously seductive blood-thirsty machine of mega-death! I guess you could say that her daughter, Rihoko, is her humanity. Something that grounds the main protagonist. Rihoko is absolutely adorable and displays wisdom and maturity, something her mother lacks! This dynamic mother-daughter duo makes this particular series ‘Great!’. Something that really stands out above other animations!
The real sweetener in the deal is the action. Specifically the action sequences They are somewhat transcendent! They seem to be carefully choreographed and yet they are still able to retain that raw element of power, literally destroying everything that gets in the way! The explosions are amazing! Whenever there are fight scenes, its like fireworks of complete and utter destruction…on a screen! Of-course, having armored clad women fighting is also a plus in my Otaku guide journal!
In the end, the series itself has a high standard to live up to and it seriously does! The women, the action, the utter level of destruction is mind-blasting! Honestly, I felt a bit sad that the series was only 26 episodes but it was definitely well planned out, the characters all fleshed out. It truly is amazing! Its definitely has my recommendation!
Audio – 10/10
Video – 9/10
Star Rating – 4.5/5 stars!
Its has been my pleasure writing this review of such a legendary animation series of this calibre.
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