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Based on the wildly successful comic book by Top Cow

From studio GONZO, creators of Afro Samurai, Samurai 7 and Desert Punk

  • Genre: Action,Drama,Fan Service,Mystery,Sci Fi,Super Power
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of Episodes: 24
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Witchblade stays entertaining in a popcorn-munching-T&A-fest kind of way.

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Top Ten Anime of 2007

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Story

Sought by the greed of Men since the dawn of Humankind, but only bestowed upon the woman whose fate it forever scars – The Witchblade. Is it the Righteous Sword of God, of the 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…

Masane Amaha is a woman on the fringe of society, bouncing rootless from town to town with no memory of the past and no clue as to what the future holds. But upon her arrival back in Tokyo, chance and circumstance conspire to unleash the fury of the Witchblade. The ancient weapon stirs. Conscripted into the service of the Doji Group and hunted down by the emissaries of the NSWF, Masane will find herself an unwilling ground zero for the swelling chaos fast approaching.

To kill, to live, to love, to die… The destiny of the Witchblade continues.

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  • The Beginning
    Episode 1 - The Beginning

    After arriving in Tokyo, Masane becomes unhinged when Rihoko is spirited away by the Child Welfare Ministry. In the chaos, the Witchblade is unleashed!

  • Bewilderment
    Episode 2 - Bewilderment

    Masane, reborn a furious force of nature, is conscripted into service by the Doji Group. While the reality of her new life sets in, her daughter wanders Tokyo alone.

  • Defiance
    Episode 3 - Defiance

    The Doji Group wants Masane to deal with the rogue X-Cons stalking the streets of Tokyo. In exchange for her work, Takayama guarantees Masane a new life with her daughter.

  • Movement
    Episode 4 - Movement

    Masane’s role as the Doji Group’s weapon comes with a new home, but security and comfort fade when she learns another powerful entity - the NSWF - seeks possession of the Witchblade.

  • Search
    Episode 5 - Search

    Masane can finally provide for Rihoko after pressing the Doji Group for a new salary. The peace of mind might not last now that a reporter named Tozawa is following a new lead - the Witchblade.

  • Change
    Episode 6 - Change

    The Doji Group rescues Masane from the ravaging hands of her clone contemporaries. As she is whisked away, a savage assailant gives chase.

  • Past
    Episode 7 - Past

    After Shiori’s sanity crumbles, she attacks the ship carrying Masane. When the battle ends, the true destiny of those who bear the blade comes into harsh focus.

  • Reciprocity
    Episode 8 - Reciprocity

    A new model of X-Con is killing in ways that none have before, and with Masane along for the ride, Tozawa becomes a willing participant in the hunt for the monsters.

  • Sadness
    Episode 9 - Sadness

    Tozawa and Masane investigate a strange string of murders. Hopefully, the crimes are unrelated to the lonely man recently befriended by Rihoko.

  • Interaction
    Episode 10 - Interaction

    Takayama reprimands Masane after she’s spotted with a civilian during an encounter with an X-Con. Her punishment: get dolled up and accompany the Director to a fancy dinner party.

  • Danger
    Episode 11 - Danger

    Rihoko falls ill and must be tended to by someone besides her mother. Meanwhile, after battling the Cloneblade Nora, Masane finds herself in the hands of the NSWF - and Father is waiting.

  • Prisoner
    Episode 12 - Prisoner

    The NSWF studies the captive Masane, looking for insight into the relationship between bearer and blade. The agency gets a much closer look at the Witchblade’s power than they were expecting.

  • Separation
    Episode 13 - Separation

    Masane and Rihoko are on the run after the Child Welfare Ministry attempts to use DNA evidence to separate mother and daughter. Dr. Nishida tasks Nora with hunting them down.

  • Family
    Episode 14 - Family

    As Reina and Rihoko’s relationship suffers, Masane’s mental state suffers too. Elsewhere, Maria has risen to the challenge and embraced the Cloneblades.

  • Bonds
    Episode 15 - Bonds

    Reina and Masane rush to save Rihoko from Maria’s jealous rage. Unfortunately, the action attracts the attention of every X-Con for miles around.

  • Relaxation
    Episode 16 - Relaxation

    As the residents of the Natsuki Building head off for the beach, Takayama warns Masane that Witchblade and Cloneblade alike take severe tolls on the life of the bearer.

  • Confusion
    Episode 17 - Confusion

    Takayama struggles to maintain the upper hand against his rival, Wado, and Tozawa digs up all the dirt he can on Father. Meanwhile, the Cloneblade project may have goals more sinister than mere profit.

  • Turn
    Episode 18 - Turn

    Takayama resigns after claiming responsibility for several high-profile incidents, leaving the Doji Group in Wado’s hands. Meanwhile, Maria takes over training the new generation of Cloneblades.

  • Feelings
    Episode 19 - Feelings

    Masane and Takayama grow closer after she reaches new levels of lust and rage to protect him. Over at the NSWF, Father’s joy is short-lived when his latest Cloneblade stages a coup.

  • Request
    Episode 20 - Request

    Takayama offers reassurance that he will look out for Rihoko if Masane falls in battle. It’s a good thing - Maria has never been more focused on claiming the Witchblade for herself.

  • Vow
    Episode 21 - Vow

    Struggling under the emotional and physical strain of the Witchblade, Masane looks for ways to remove the artifact. But nothing short of death will remove the curse.

  • Inform
    Episode 22 - Inform

    A tender moment between Masane and Rihoko is interrupted by attacking X-Cons. Meanwhile, Maria’s chosen the next Sister to take on the Witchblade, and there’s even more trouble approaching from offshore.

  • Chaos
    Episode 23 - Chaos

    Masane and her allies prepare for battle. As three twisted Cloneblades move to take the Witchblade by force, thousands of I-Weapons approach to violently complicate matters.

  • Light
    Episode 24 - Light

    The final battle between the Witchblade and the Cloneblades erupts! Consumed with madness, Maria leads her Sisters into a clash with Masane. High atop Tokyo Tower, all will face their destiny.

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MinatoSahashi
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11-17-2013

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"Amazing"

Best. Show. Ever.

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12-17-2013

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"Pure Entertainment"

A roller coaster with more than enough action and characters that you can't help but care about. Great anime.

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03-16-2014

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"What a powerfull story.."

Hooked from the 1st episode & it is one indelible ride til the very end. Intense in every way imaginable from the action to the characters to the emotions they exude & the ones they make you feel. You... more

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    Includes: Eps 1-24

    Sought by the greed of Men since the dawn of Humankind, but only bestowed upon the woman whose fate it forever scars – The Witchblade. Is it the Righteous Sword of God, of the Hand of the Devil H...

    Rating: TV-MA

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    Includes: Eps 1-24

    Sought by the greed of Men since the dawn of Humankind, but only bestowed upon the woman whose fate it forever scars – The Witchblade. Is it the Righteous Sword of God, of the Hand of the Devil H...

    Rating: TV-MA

    Available Now!

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