Witchblade – I’d heard the name before, and it turns out that the origin of this anime is with an American comic book (er… sorry, “graphic novel”). I’d put off watching this one because I figured it’d be like one of those wannabe anime (Teen Titans), except in reverse. Putting my snobbery aside, I give you my first impressions of the Witchblade anime:
I really don’t know anything about the American com.. graphic novel, so the plot was all new to me. I won’t be able to tell you if the anime is totally different from the comic or anything like that.
In the first episode, the titular (and I do mean titular) heroine Masane Amou is traveling with her too cute daughter Rihoko. The child services people finally catch up to her and take Rihoko away! I honestly think that the daughter is really the mother in the relationship, and that Rihoko should be accountable for the horrendous living conditions of her mom, but o’well.
While in jail for the high speed car chase (“To get my daughter back, I’ll smash into the car she’s in!”), some crazy licking guy turns into a robot and attacks Masane. Then she does her magical girl transformation and uses her blade to his organic robot butt. Witchblade? That blade! So yeah, this anime makes about 0 sense right now.
We’re given a teaser of what Witchblade can do, and I’m looking forward to more, but I can honestly say that if this anime turned into a slice of life with Rihoko, I’d be more than happy. She’s soo dern cute!
The character designs are surprisingly good. The designers did a good job of translating the designs to anime. You’ve got the totally stacked (notice the focal point of that screencap) Masane, the uber-kawaii Rihoko (who sorta reminds me of a young Tenma from School Rumble), the spunky undercover guy Yuusuke Tozawa, no to mention the cool and bladey Witchblade!
The animation is also top notch. I have a feeling that Gonzo took some of their animation budget from Glass no Kantai and put it into Witchblade. I’m looking forward to some more vector-fighting action.
I didn’t really like the OP when I first heard it, but it’s sorta growing on me. It has some fun time signature changes, which is always a plus. The ED is nice and mellow. I dunno if it fits that well with the anime itself, but those smooth vocals make it awesome anyway. It’s one of the better EDs of the season.
So far, the Witchblade anime has far exceeded my expectations (mainly because they were so low to begin with). Hopefully Bakakozou and Conclave keep subbing this. I demand more Rihoko!