God bless vampire tales. I love me some vampires, I know you’re shocked… Cough… Buffy… But still come on! I have always liked the Blade series, I like the idea of a half vampire fighting other vampires… and I have to tell you I loved the first two Blade films. The third even with Parker Posey… Was… Well… Eh…
Marvel has just released the Blade anime series on DVD and J.R. has just given it a spin.
Check out his review after the jump!
Blade Anime Review
In the final collaboration between Marvel Entertainment and Madhouse, the two team up to bring us an amazing twelve episodes of Blade Anime. The series wastes no time getting started and throwing most of the plot right at you: it revolves around Deacon Frost who killed blades mothers, and a mysterious group of vampires that call themselves “Existence.”
We are introduced to most of the characters in a sort of dystopian-vampire cluster fuck of a night club named “Feed” (as you can tell, the series really focuses on realism…) Blade finds out the Deacon Frost and some of the leaders of Existence are going to be raging at Club Feed and decides to see if he can get some information. There ends up being a massive throw-down started by a girl named Makoto (enter main character number two) and she kills almost all of the vampires in club feed. Her dad comes to help her just before some dude turns into a werewolf, and he turns into a vampire. Blade arrives to the club (can we call it that at this point) and immediately goes of the deep end on the remaining vampires, including Makoto’s dad (not good).
Makoto swears to kill Blade by acting as his friend and then killing him (you can tell this is going to end well.) Meanwhile, Blade is working on tracking down Deacon Frost and Existence. He runs into his old teacher Noah van Helsing who he also tries to kill (people in this show are really stab happy) but Blade realizes its him and they’re all good. Later that night, van Helsing returns the favor of almost being murdered by saving Blade from Makoto who tries to kill him in his sleep. The two hash things out and explain where Blade is from etc. and they all agree they are going to be one kick-ass team.
The team continues to hunt down bad guys when there is a really awesome sync up. In the Wolverine series, Wolverine travels to Madripoor on a mission to hunt down A.I.M. (yup, the messaging client you used when you were 16.) Little did you know then, but he also had some time to help Blade kick some ass while he was there. Blade finds out more information from some local street gangs and it’s on! He finds out that one his old classmates Kikyo is in charge of Existence and fights him, but loses and he is captured.
When we next find our hero, he is in an Existence lab where Frost is taking his blood to make a super species of Daywalkers. Blade escapes but Frost keeps his blood samples and does just what we expected. Blade finally tracks down Frost after mowing down some supposedly invincible army (come on, the dude was played by Wesley Snipes; he’s obviously a bad-ass) and Frost and Blade have their final confrontation. If you want to know what happens, watch it, loser. It really is worth it!
Overall I thought the series fell a little bit short of Iron-Man, but that’s mostly because Iron-Man is way more awesome and I’m really tired of Vampire shit, but it was still great (Iron-Man = mind-blowing.) The sub-stories and character development far exceeded Iron-Man and most of the others in this series and I felt it was the most true to the anime style, a lot happens in the beginning and the last four episodes are one giant fight scene. Definitely worth watching if you’re a fan of anime at all.