Blade, the popular comic book half human, half vampire hero was the last in the series of animes developed by popular anime producers Madhouse in conjunction with Marvel Entertainment. Blade originally aired on Japanese television in July, 2011 and then debuted on G4TV in January of this year. New York Times best selling author Warren Ellis helped to craft the story line for this reimagining of the tragic Marvel comic book title character.
The first few scenes of episode one set the tone for the rest of the series, as we see the vampire, Deacon Frost, brutally attack a pregnant woman. The woman dies in childbirth but her son, Eric Brooks, lives on to hunt vampires as Blade (voiced in English by Harold Perrineau, “Lost”). Blade tracks the vampire who killed his mother all over Southeast Asia, and discovers a vampire plot to destroy the world as we know it.
Madhouse’s art direction and design really shine in this anime. The action sequences we’re very well put together with colorful nightlife back drops that transport you to the stealthy Southeast Asian underworld. Blade’s Character design is an edgy mix between, Samuel L. Jackson and Mike Tyson. Harold Perrineau does an excellent job of making Blade sound menacing and cool at the same time.
Special features include three new featurettes: The Marvel Anime Universe: Blade Re-Awakened, which takes us into the development process of the daywalking half vampire hero, Blade: The Vampire-Slayer, which compares Blade against other more traditional vampires in folklore, and Special Talk Session: Marvel Anime’s Blade and Wolverine, is an interview with the creators of both anime series. (Read our review on Wolverine here.)
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