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Witchblade Vol. 6
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. 6

£19.99 RRP
08 Jan 2009

I can count on a single hand the number of times that the Gonzo studio have produced a show which I could personally regard as of the highest quality. The majority of their works tend to be based within the realms of mediocrity from which they rarely see the light of day. So Witchblade was, as you can imagine, a shock when eight months ago I was treated to a series which quite frankly, ticked all of my boxes (even the little dirty ones) while fulfilling my desire for quality storytelling, character development and the all important marathon-ability. Added 02/01/09: In fact, I think I may have to test how well it marathons! Added 08/01/09: Yeah, that was pretty damn awesome! I now have the pleasure of summarising the final volume in my usual brief style while revealing absolutely nothing to you other than the fact that you want it. Enjoy!

No doubt by now you have probably read the previous reviews, and hopefully bought the series for yourself. If you are here, you are probably asking yourself “Does it actually end well?!”
To add to your misery I will simply state, "maybe", as the answer depends to what kind of ending you enjoy. Like most stories which follow a similar arc (Gungrave immediately springs to mind) the ending is always a mixed bag. You have an evil organisation hell bent on world domination and you have a protagonist who is out to defeat them by any means possible, usually involving the ending of their own personal life in order to save the lives of loved ones or the masses. The cliché holds true here I’m afraid, though if you have watched volume 5, that will no doubt come as a shock. Yes, the evil inbred corporation gets whooped, Yes the demonic little psychopathic in-vitro weirdo gets her size 6 bottom handed to her and yes, it is truly epic to watch. 

Instead of focusing on the major story arc, let’s focus on the little details about the people who we actually care about, as all the good battles aside, it is not the fan-breastjigglingly-tastic action scenes in the last few episodes which finishes this off for me, it is the relationships between Masane, her daughter Rihoko and her new father, Mr Smiles-A-Lot. Seriously, a tissue box is needed for last episode... 

I honestly cannot recommend Witchblade enough to people - I love it. If you have enjoyed the series from volume 1; if you continued to enjoy it in volume 3 as the story arcs began to develop; if you want to know what happens to Masane and the final stage of the deterioration of the Witchblade; if you want to know what happens to Rihoko and if you just want to see those gargantuan mammaries bounce for just one more time while clad in a sexy bio armour and watch her swing her mammoth sword, then for the love of god spend those pennies and enjoy... 

... God only knows I have. 

The end of a spectacular action series. My UK release recommendation for 2008!
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