Witchblade actually has a long history. It just ended it’s 20 year run as a comic with issue #185 for October 2015. It started out as a Top Cow comic in 1995 under Image Comics. There was a TV series in 2001-2002, a novel in 2006, a manga series and the anime which was broadcast in 2006 and ran for 24 episodes. There was even a movie planned in 2009 but it got cancelled. So there is definitely a lot in the history of the Witchblade property.
In this incarnation of Witchblade, the main character is a woman named Masane Amaha. She lose her memory during what is known as “The Great Quake”. She was found uninjured, holding a baby in her arms and a strange bracelet on her arm. 6 years later, Masane returns to Tokyo with the child who she believes is her daughter, looking to lead a peaceful life. Masane is a very kind hearted woman who is clumsy and not good around the house but her daughter is the opposite and she takes over those duties as Masane tries to keep a roof over their heads.
Unfortunately for Masane, she discovers that the “bracelet” on her arm is not a bracelet but it’s in fact, the legendary Witchblade, a very powerful weapon. Because of this, she ends up in the middle of a power struggle by 2 corporations to get the power of the Witchblade.
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.
This line is shown every episode and it definitely sets the stage for the show as you can tell from the description. The power struggle between those after her Witchblade becomes the main focus of the show.
The show doesn’t do much to stand out from the crowd but it’s the quality of the content itself that sets Witchblade apart from others. The music and everything fits the show. The art isn’t super high glossiness but it’s not bad either. I really love the fact that they let a cute little girl be a cute little girl without making her into loli bait, that really irks me about anime. Tired of seeing little girls flaunted in a sexual way. Subbed and dubbed, both are done well without any major hiccups.
Witchblade is a show that hooked me right away. It’s a great change of pace action show. You get action, you get some slice of life, you get sci-fi a little thriller too. It’s just a good blend of genres without feeling like too much of one or too little of another. The show is a bit older so it may seem a little dated to some but it stayed away from enough time period stuff to keep it from being a relic. I like this show a lot and hopefully you will too.