- Actors: Akio Ôtsuka, Maaya Sakamoto, Tsutomu Isobe, Osamu Saka
- Directors: Mitsuyuki Masuhara
- Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Dubbed: English
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: July 31 2012
- Run Time: 283 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- ASIN: B007ILZAA4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,684 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Marvel Anime: Blade - Complete Series
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Eric Brooks – known as Blade – seeks revenge on Deacon Frost, the vampire who killed his mother while she was still pregnant with Eric. With all the powers of a vampire and none of their weaknesses, Blade's quest leads him throughout Southeast Asia in search of Frost. In the Golden Triangle, he discovers a vampire plot that threatens to take down the whole world.
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But the fourth series was a slightly less obvious choice: Blade, the longcoat-wearing, vampire-slaying dhampir made famous by Wesley Snipes' live-action movies. And since Blade's whole schtick is slaying vampires, that gives "Marvel Anime: Blade" a distinctly darker, bloodier tone than its three sister series -- expect lots of gore, monsters, Asian vampires, and a sinister villain whose schemes overhang the entire thirteen episodes.
Before he was born, Blade (aka Eric Brooks) was infected with vampirism when a strange four-fanged vampire attacked his mother. As a result, he has all of the vampire's superhuman abilities... but he can fight his bloodthirst and walk in the daylight. And once his mentor Noah Van Helsing helped him to control his thirst, he began searching for the vampire who had cursed both him and his mother.
And at last, he discovers who it was: the cruel Deacon Frost, a leader among vampires. But Frost quickly flees to Asia, forcing Blade to follow him. And in turn, Blade finds himself with a new companion: a young vampire-hunter named Makoto.
Unfortunately for Blade, Asia is a very large place, and Deacon Frost seems to be constantly moving around, and Blade encounters a number of strange breeds of vampire in different countries. And as he uncovers Frost's trail, Blade discovers that Frost is not only harming humans, but conspiring against his fellow vampires -- and the legendary daywalker may be an integral part of his master plan.
Anyone who has seen the other Marvel anime may not be entirely prepared for what "Blade" is made up of, despite the standard appearance of Wolverine (an old buddy of Blade's) and the mutant assassin Kikyo Mikage. This is a darker, more tragic tale, especially since Blade himself is a character rooted in horror and tragedy -- and the story reflects it, with a number of likable, good people being destroyed amidst bloody, acrobatic vampire fights, including at least one person whom Blade cared deeply about.
The story itself unfolds in two parts -- the first half of the series is mostly about Blade stumbling across vampiric infestations in different Asian countries (Manananggals, Mandurugos, water tigers, bolongs) and having to kill all the bloodsuckers around. Expect lots of gore, a lot of fascinating vampiric folklore (the Manananggals alone are mind-blowingly weird), and stories that can only end tragically, as well as flashbacks showing how Blade became the daywalking dhampir he is today. Hint: lots of death is involved.
But the second half focuses more on Deacon Frost creating a revolution against the foppish Eurocentric vampires of the Council, making the battle against him much more essential than just Blade's quest for revenge. And of course, it all boils down to a massive, epic battle in a vampire city, with added genetically-engineered vampires who... look kind of like fleshy xenomorphs.
As for the characters, Blade can feel a little wooden as a character, until his backstory reveals that he's just incredibly repressed because of his determination to fight his vampire side. And as he gets to know Makoto, we see more of his passionate hatred for Deacon Frost, and the trauma that has defined and haunted his life. Makoto's impulsiveness can be a bit annoying, but the pleasantly paternal Van Helsing and his awesome vampire-slaying dog are thoroughly likable. And even Deacon Frost -- the coldly cruel vampire who plans to throw the world into turmoil -- is explored in detail near the end, showing us how he became what he now is.
"Marvel Anime: Blade" introduces a darker, more heated, bloodier type of Marvel anime -- a dark tale of vampires, flashing blades and fiery death. Wild, dark and gory.
the only part I enjoy is the episode that blade join force with Wolverine
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