Thursday, September 27, 2007
Just watched Volume 1 today. I knew it would be good, but it impressed me even beyond my expectations. The plot is interesting, and the pacing is good.
Not a lot of action in these inital episodes, but there is a sweet fight scene in Episode 3 with some wonderful and fluid animation. And the cliffhanger at the end of Episode 4 promises to ramp the action up at the start of Volume 2, as the Witchblade takes on the Cloneblades for the first time.
The dub is an excellent one, and even the comedic moments aren't forced. The soundtrack is also well done. The show is one of those nice complete packages where every facet gels together perfectly.
The "sexy" factor that's always bandied about in ads for the show comes, naturally, from the revealing armor Masane sports as the Witchblade, as well as similar designs from the Cloneblades, and the fact they derive ecstacy from battle and destruction.
As a fan of the short-lived and long-lamented live action American TV version, the anime is the next visual level, telling the Witchblade story the way it was always meant to be seen.