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Witchblade Vol. 3
Author: Seb Reid

Seb has been an anime fan since the late 90s and is particularly fond of anything post-apocalyptic, amusing, catgirly, ecchi or containing exquisite aerial battles. Living in Leeds with his cats and living up the bachelor life, Seb enjoys whiling the nights away deep in a book, game or a damn good series. 

Witchblade Vol. 3

£19.99 RRP
31 May 2008

I keep thinking that I must have an addictive personality. There comes a point when I watch a series, whether “normal” television or (and more especially with) anime, where I have the urge to just keep watching whilst forgoing the usual biological needs. The first time I saw Witchblade, back before the license was bought; it was at episodes 8 - 10 where I found myself hooked. This is volume 3, the end of which heralds the mid-point of the series, and I have been dreading watching it as volume 4 won’t be out for another month! Thankfully MVM puts a nice 4 episodes on this volume, so I just may be able to cope. Life is so hard...

One of the delights of Witchblade so far is the quick pace of the plot. Every episode brings in a new aspect, a new series of questions and occasionally a new series of answers, though you’ll have to actually watch to get these.

Currently, I have quite a few questions running through my mind thanks to this volume, the list is not exhaustive, but the first couple episodes did have an effect on my mindset;

•    What exactly are the X-cons/I-weapons and why do they have human faces?
•    What are Masane’s measurements? (Seriously, 4 minutes into the first episode on this volume and you do have to wonder they look large enough to be planetary bodies!)
•    How much can Takayama and Masane drink? (Again, I honestly don’t know how they can handle their liquor so well) and how did Rihoko learn to cook so well?
•    Is there really a genetic code for a combination for red, blue and blonde hair, all on the same person?
•    How much more incestuous can the NSWF be?
•    And.... Who is Rihoko’s biological mother?

Without going into too much detail and spoiling what is a thoroughly gripping progression of the story,  those six questions should provide some insight into what lies ahead. However the final question, posed by the sheer mind wrenching cliff-hanger ending to this volume which questions the core foundation of this story, which revolves the love between a mother and her child, is just too great to keep contained.

Ever since the beginning I have wondered how two completely different people could be related by blood, and with the arrival of the dreaded Child Welfare inspector, that doubt and suspicion is unfortunately confirmed.

And this is the exact reason why I hate mid series volumes so much. I have no regrets though, yet that craving is kicking in a bit.

My next words are perhaps as predictable as the coming of the next days’ sunrise.  If you have found that you have enjoyed the first two volumes so far, then prepare yourself for a rapid acceleration and deepening of the plot, prepare for the craving and the lust for more of that fantastically curvaceous figure of mind-boggling measurements, sit back and just enjoy.


Now, as unusual for me as this seems, I have actually investigated the extras on this DVD which contains the first part of a documentary on the creation of the Witchblade graphic novels on which the anime is adapted from.  Extremely interesting and worth a watch keep an eye on future volumes on the continuation of this documentary.  

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