WHAT IS IT?
Blade: Anime was a 12-episode, animated TV series, based on Marvel Comics’ popular half-human/half-vampire, Blade. The series was released in 2011 and was produced by Japanese animation studio, Madhouse. Blade: Anime was released in both the Japanese and the English language and formed part of a collection of four Marvel anime shows which included Iron Man, Wolverine and X-Men.
The animated series saw Blade travel to Japan to tackle the mysterious organisation known as Existence and take down his old nemesis Deacon Frost. The series featured a cameo appearance from Wolverine and detailed the origin of both Blade and Deacon Frost.
WHAT WAS GOOD?
Of all Marvel Comics’ characters, Blade is one of the heroes most suited to anime, simply because animation allows some truly fantastical characters to grace the screen regardless of the usual budget restrictions. With vampires, monsters and other supernatural creatures being the chief antagonists amongst Blade’s rogues’ gallery, the chance to showcase these villains in an animated form allowed Madhouse to really go to work on crafting an enjoyable piece of anime and that’s exactly what they did.
Unlike, the X-Men anime show, audiences didn’t require any prior knowledge of who or what Blade was, as everything was perfectly explained throughout the course of the series. In addition, the series’ chief villain Deacon Frost was also given a detailed back story in the show’s best episode, Sins of the Father.
WHAT WAS BAD?
Hmmm... dare I say, Blade himself? Well, not bad so much; just not as badass as he really should have been. The Blade seen in Blade: Anime was not quite as mother chuffin’ cool as Wesley Snipes’ take on the character in the live action Blade movies and that was one of the show’s weaknesses. The other less than stellar aspect of the show was the fact that the story felt a little stretched at times. Reducing the story down to 8 or 9 episodes would have been better and would have removed any unnecessary padding in places.
Oh... and the appearance of Wolverine was a major disappointment. Sure Wolverine is a great character and a perfect choice for a crossover with Blade, but the voice acting from Milo Ventimiglia was appalling and became far too distracting.
WHY PUSH THE BUTTON?
Blade: Anime was great! A fairly good cast, some great animation and some kick ass fight scenes all made for a really enjoyable series. There really is no need to push the button on this occasion. Move along now. Go on...