Witchblade: The Animated Series

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  • 2006
  • 2 Seasons

Witchblade: The Animated Series is a Japanese animated television show based on the American comic book series called Witchblade. The show is produced by the Japanese animation studio Gonzo and directed by Yoshimitsu Ohashi. The show first premiered on CBC in 2006 and lasted for 24 episodes.

Set in present-day Tokyo, Witchblade is the story of Masane Amaha, a kind-hearted woman who awakens from a long slumber with no memories of her past. She is discovered on the site of a massive earthquake that has devastated much of Tokyo. Masane is soon revealed to be the host of the Witchblade, a powerful and ancient artifact that grants her incredible physical abilities and allows her to summon a massive, sentient sword.

The Witchblade is extremely sought after by a secretive organization known as the NSWF, a group that seeks to harness its powers for their own purposes. As Masane struggles to reclaim her memories and understand the nature of the Witchblade, she becomes embroiled in a conflict that spans the entire world.

The show features a talented cast of Japanese voice actors, including Akemi Kanda as Masane Amaha, Mamiko Noto as Reina Soho, Masaya Matsukaze as Takayama, Mie Sonozaki as Maria, Nana Mizuki as Rihoko Amaha, Rikiya Koyama as Douji, Shinji Ogawa as Shiori Tsuzuki, Shizuka Ito as Shiori Tsuzuki (young), Akeno Watanabe as Saito, Ken'ichi Suzumura as Yagi, Kazuhiro Nakata as Katsumi, Sakiko Tamagawa as Reiko Takahashi, Saori Yumiba as Emi, Aki Sasamori as Hiroki Segawa, Daisuke Kirii as Nishida, Daisuke Ono as Tozawa, Kenta Miyake as Rintaro and Maiko Itou as Sayaka. Each actor brings their unique talent to their respective roles, helping to make the show feel authentic and immersive.

The animation quality of Witchblade is stunning, with a great deal of attention paid to detail in the character designs and settings. The action scenes are particularly impressive, featuring fast-paced movement and intense choreography. The use of computer-generated effects in the show is seamless, adding to the overall cinematic feel of the series.

One of the most interesting aspects of Witchblade is its exploration of Masane's character. She starts out as a somewhat naive and gentle soul, but as the show progresses, she becomes more aware of her own past and the dangers of the Witchblade. Masane must learn to embrace her power and protect those she loves, while also battling her own inner demons and unravelling the mysteries of her own past.

The show also deals with themes of family, love, betrayal, and sacrifice. Masane's relationship with her daughter, Rihoko, is particularly poignant, as she must balance her duty to protect the world with her desire to be the best possible mother to her child. The complex relationships between the various characters in the show add depth and nuance to the overall story.

Overall, Witchblade: The Animated Series is a gripping and exciting anime that is sure to keep viewers engaged from start to finish. With its talented voice cast, stunning animation, and compelling storyline, it stands as a fantastic adaptation of the Witchblade comics, and a must-watch for fans of the genre.

Witchblade: The Animated Series is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (36 episodes). The series first aired on April 5, 2006.

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12. Ubique
August 26, 2002
Sara awakens from a nightmare to discover the Witchblade gone and New York City in chaos after a bizarre homicidal spree. When she finds that the killers recently accessed Cyberfaust.net, a Web site run by someone who knows about the Witchblade, Sara suspects Kenneth Irons. Risking her sanity, she peruses the site and becomes helpless due to Cyberfaust's spell. She is forced to battle against the Witchblade and its diabolical new wielder.
11. Palindrome
August 19, 2002
Danny and Jake go undercover to investigate a deadly fight-club incident. Sara is drawn to one of the fight-club members, Conchobar (KIM De LURY), because he has a mysterious and emotionally overwhelming connection to her past.
10. Parabolic
August 12, 2002
Lupo (Oscar nominee ERIC ROBERTS - "Runaway Train," "Star 80"), an international hate-clan leader, is accused of killing the parents of a young woman, Bola (ALEXIS DZIENA), after she thwarts several of the group's murder attempts. Sara must enlist the power of the Witchblade to protect Bola and defeat Lupo.
9. Veritas
August 5, 2002
When renegade covert operatives murder fellow agent William Ticknor (DEAN HAGOPIAN) because he refused to relinquish a film reel containing incriminating evidence against them, Sara becomes involved in an intricate deception and conspiracy that threaten the lives of both her and Gabriel. After Sara meets with her friend FBI agent Dick Arness (PATRICK GARROW) to seek help with the case, Arness is mysteriously killed--and the FBI believes Sara is to blame. With Gabriel's help, Sara locates the hidden film, becoming the next target of the assassins. The spirit of a slain U.S. President appears to Sara in her dreams, offering her encouragement, guidance and a warning of dangers to come. Danny questions Jake's loyalty when Jake appears to ally himself with the FBI agents who want to arrest Sara. Meanwhile, Nottingham finds a photo album that reveals hints of Irons' secret past.
8. Hierophant
July 22, 2002
A killer known only as V tries to take over New York's organized crime syndicates, causing mayhem. But when the evidence gathered at the crime scenes includes the fingerprints of Sara's long-dead father, Sara must trust the Witchblade's powers to overcome her emotions and wage war with the greatest evil she has ever faced.
7. Lagrimas
July 15, 2002
Sara experiences love at first sight when she meets a man who is perfect for her. But the affair goes awry when Irons returns from the grave with knowledge of the man's true identity. Sara is faced with an impossible dilemma: Can she kill the man she loves?"
6. Nailed
July 7, 2002
Sara and Danny pursue a child molester, Dalack, who was released from jail because Danny failed to follow proper evidence collection procedure. Dalack vindictively kidnaps Danny's rebellious niece. With Nottingham's advice, Sara learns how to better understand the Witchblade. She helps Danny locate his niece and prevents Danny from angrily killing Dalack, persuading her partner to arrest Dalack and make sure he remains in jail where he belongs.
5. Static
July 1, 2002
Sara remains confused as to her destiny with the Witchblade and wants to get rid of it. Gabriel refuses to buy it, however, reminding Sara that the Witchblade chose her. He agrees to help her find a buyer, but a mysterious figure contacts Gabriel and informs him that the Witchblade cannot be obtained with money. Meanwhile, Sara and Jake investigate the murder of a promising rock star, which is followed by the suspicious death of the musician's girlfriend. Failing to make progress, Jake explores cases of suicide in the area and discovers that three women in addition to the girlfriend were patients of the same psychiatrist and killed themselves within a three-day period. Sara and Jake eventually learn that the doctor has a split personality and has been influencing her patients. After defeating the psychiatrist, who tries to chop off Sara's arm in order to possess the Witchblade herself, Sara finds peace with the symbiotic weapon.
4. Consectatio
June 24, 2002
As Sara investigates the murder of a bank guard, she finds herself under attack when Ian Nottingham, still controlled by the spirit of his deceased boss, hires former platoon members from the Black Dragons, an elite branch of the military, to kill her. PETER MENSAH guest stars as Moby.
3. Agape
June 17, 2002
When Sara and Danny investigate a death related to illegal drugs, a narcotics policeman, Dean, demands that they let him take the case. However, the partners convince Dean to let them work with him in return for Jake helping Dean with an undercover purchase. As the cops discover a deadly new drug that is linked to the fatalities, Dean betrays Jake and flees with narcotics and money. Sara and Danny save Jake and thwart Dean.
2. Destiny
June 16, 2002
Using the powers of the Witchblade, Sara finds where Danny is buried alive, barely in time to rescue him. Although Cristina (recurring guest star MARIKA DOMINCZYK) failed to defeat Sara, Irons remains determined to possess the Witchblade at any cost. Sara, Danny and rookie Jake investigate a bizarre homicide case involving a customs agent who was impaled by a strange, ancient weapon. Stalked by Irons' henchman, Nottingham, Sara suspects that Irons is responsible for the murder and confronts him. Later, Irons uses the weapon--known as the Longinus Lance--to cruelly murder associates he believes have double-crossed him. Meanwhile, Sara visits Gabriel, who deals in exotic artifacts and objects of power and operates a Web site called Talismaniac.com, in order to research the strange murder weapon. Gabriel informs Sara that the lance was supposedly used to ascertain Christ's death and is therefore extremely powerful and deadly.
1. Emergence
June 16, 2002
New York Police Department detective Sara Pezzini (series star YANCY BUTLER) brandishes the Witchblade, an intelligent, symbiotic weapon of incredible power that has existed since prehistoric times. She has turned back time and resurrected her murdered partners, Danny Woo (series star WILL YUN LEE) and rookie Jake McCartey (series star DAVID CHOKACHI). But her nemesis, Ian Nottingham (series star ERIC ETEBARI), continues to pursue the source of Sara's strength. Sara relies on young historian Gabriel Bowman (series star JOHN HENSLEY) for help in understanding the Witchblade. Sara and Danny Woo are once again in pursuit of the elusive mobster Tommy Gallo (recurring guest star CONRAD DUNN). As before, Gallo's henchman lures Sara into the museum where she first encounters the Witchblade, and it claims her as its chosen wielder. This time, however, things are different.
Where to Watch Witchblade: The Animated Series
Witchblade: The Animated Series is available for streaming on the CBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Witchblade: The Animated Series on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 5, 2006