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Witness Marvel Anime's Blade Teaser And Character Art

You know what happens when you ice-skate uphill, right?

I wonder how that how line about ice-skating uphill precisely translates?
I wonder how that how line about ice-skating uphill precisely translates?

We get a special thrill when the spheres of our separate interests intersect - - it’s like trapping chocolate and marshmallow between your graham cracker. I like anime. I like Blade. Getting a combination of the two is the best remedy for all these years of withdrawal since Wesley Snipes hung up his stakes. We’ve known that there’d be a BLADE anime on the docket since that first Marvel Anime announcement however long ago, but now Bleeding Cool’s secured some character art from it that's like so much precious silver.

I’ve always figured that Blade would make the easiest transition to anime of any Marvel hero. If anything, it’ll slide another chip on the exchange board with his Dampyric cousin, D. Even with Googling translating the Japanese, it’s a little tough to understand the plot conveyed on the show’s official site. It seems like the Daywalker falls in with young slayer, Makato, and a Whistler-like comrade-at-arms, Noah Van Helsing, for a renewed war against a newly-returned Deacon Frost.

Here are the aforementioned pics... == TEASER==

Obviously, with this joint taking more than a few turns from a major motion picture series, there’s a wee bit more crossover than there’d be for a straight comics-to-anime fence hop. Thus, I’m curious what you lunatics think of it. Myself, my only minor gripe is that Blade’s a bit less snarly than is characteristic of him.

And give the trailer a peak while you're at it...

FoxxFireArt moderator on June 14, 2011 at 2:27 a.m.

I really don't see the point of these Marvel animes. They just aren't well conceived and the way they air them is confusing. They originally air in Japan, who might only be slightly familiar with the characters, if at all. They make no effort to also have the American anime audience to see them on their release. There are many options of official anime sites such as Crunchyroll and HULU that they could stream the Japanese version. Instead they wait months for these animes to air on G4 TV. Has the English version of Iron Man even been officially shown anywhere yet? I don't know anyone who even has G4. Do they really think anime fans are going to flock to get G4 on their cable just to watch these sort of shows? It's like they don't even know who they're marketing these for. I don't see why they tease these series for the American audience since they really aren't even marketing it to us.

I have to say. So far, none of these animes have looked especially good, from what I've been able to see. I've never watched a full episode of these. There are probably some pirated sites that would have these to watch, but I'm not going to bother even looking. I mostly only go to pirated sites for VIZ series. This is the production studio that brought us Death Note, Black Lagoon, and Highschool of the Dead. It just seems that they spend too much time trying to make these look as flashy as possible.

Nightwolfon June 14, 2011 at 2:48 a.m.
This looks pretty cool.
MrASSH0LEon June 14, 2011 at 3:57 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:

I really don't see the point of these Marvel animes. They just aren't well conceived and the way they air them is confusing. They originally air in Japan, who might only be slightly familiar with the characters, if at all. They make no effort to also have the American anime audience to see them on their release.

You do know the Japanese also read DC and Marvel comics right?They don't have to show it to Americans.
@FoxxFireArt said:

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I have to say. So far, none of these animes have looked especially good, from what I've been able to see. I've never watched a full episode of these. There are probably some pirated sites that would have these to watch, but I'm not going to bother even looking. I mostly only go to pirated sites for VIZ series. This is the production studio that brought us Death Note, Black Lagoon, and Highschool of the Dead. It just seems that they spend too much time trying to make these look as flashy as possible.

Actually I think the characters loo better then in American animation, there is allot more detail
Plus if you go to pirated sites for VIZ series what do you care if it is not on crunchyroll or hulu.
sickVisionz moderator on June 14, 2011 at 7:14 a.m.

@mrassh0le: Plus, there are plans to air them on American TV.

This looks the straightest out of all of the Marvel anime so far. The art style reminds me of Claymore and there's been like a billion anime about people with super powers hunting down monsters/demons/vampires/baddies so it should be too hard to get this one right.

Destinyheroknight is online on June 14, 2011 at 8:57 a.m.

Sigh, I'm a comic book fan and don't watch the Marvel anime. Don't really like the art style they using for this shows, and also from I have saw they not that good

cobra88king8on June 14, 2011 at 9:41 a.m.
The problem I have with these series thus far is that they don't seem less like anime re-imaginings of Marvel properties and more like side stories set within the properties. I'd be more excited for them if say the Iron Man anime retold his origin and classic stories using anime themes/ styles and japan as a setting rather than it just being Tony Stark hanging in Japan for no reason other than to serve the plot and facing villains that have nothing to do with the comics.  
MohsinMan99on June 14, 2011 at 10:28 a.m.
Honetly, they should've gone for a Blade X Twilight crossover. Wesley Snipes Blade, that is...
ZombiePieon June 14, 2011 at 10:37 a.m.

Hopefully it's good like the first Blade movie and not as bad as Blade: Trinity. Man...Blade: Trinity was a fucking abomination.

I wonder if anime Blade will have to worry about filling for his income taxes.

FoxxFireArt moderator on June 14, 2011 at 11:16 a.m.

@mrassh0le:

Printings of manga such as One Piece often sell more than 2 million units in the first week of their release in Japan. Marvel comic's sales in Japan are no where near the amount of manga. In he U.S., they sell closer to a couple 100,000 units in a month.

Also, I'm not comparing these animes to U.S. animation. I'm comparing them to other animes made by the same studio. Which would be obvious if you had read that I never compared them to U.S. animation. I'm saying in compared to other animes made by Madhouse, these are far from their best work.

Cruchyroll does have a fair few more animes than VIZ run series.

Bigheart711on June 14, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.
I don't see the point in these Marvel adaptions either. I thought they only added Wolverine and X-Men to the list, but apparently, they've made the anime version of Blade as well. I don't like where this is going.
MrASSH0LEon June 14, 2011 at 12:26 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:

@mrassh0le:

Printings of manga such as One Piece often sell more than 2 million units in the first week of their release in Japan. Marvel comic's sales in Japan are no where near the amount of manga. In he U.S., they sell closer to a couple 100,000 units in a month.


Never did I compare manga sales to comic book  sales. I just said that there was no need to make the serie available to Americans since the Marvel also has lots of fans in Japan.And I think manga like Bleach,One Piece and Naruto tend to  outsell comics even in America.
FoxxFireArt moderator on June 14, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.

@mrassh0le:

I mention sales of manga in the US because you brought up that Marvel's readership in Japan. This was in response to my earlier comment about how the Japanese audience will probably only be relatively familiar with the Marvel characters. Look at it like this, you'd be hard pressed to find someone in Japan who's never heard of Monkey D. Luffy. He's the star of one of the highest selling mangas in the Japan. I doubt as many people in the U.S. have heard of Luffy.

If they aren't aiming for the U.S. market, why are they also promoting these series an American conventions? Why eventually air them on G4 TV? Hiring the Madhouse Studio to make an anime series just for the small market of readers in Japan would be like hiring Steven Spielberg to direct a TV commercial.

How many anime fans in the U.S. do you think are even interested in G4 TV? When G4 went to Comic Con last year, they had TV commercials about their coverage of the conventions. In it they talked about the movies, TV series, and celebrities. Not a single mention of a comic series or creator.

My whole point is that they really don't seem to understand who the market is for this. They are spending way too much if they are hoping on just the Japanese market. Also marketing to the U.S. anime audience would probably end up better since that group is more familiar with the characters and be interested in giving it a shot.

cobra88king8on June 14, 2011 at 1:41 p.m.
I think Marvel is trying to copy the popularity of Gotham Knight (another Madhouse title actually) but they seemed to drop the ball in the fact that Gotham Knight was done anime style instead of full blown anime, the difference is the fact that Gotham Knight was aimed at audiences who were familiar with the character, Japan's US comics sales aren't even close to their manga sales, I doubt most Japanese are familiar enough with the X-men to name half the roster. It seems like an odd choice to publish these series in Japan first when it would probably more profitable to sell in America where the primary audience is. 
EganTheVile1on June 14, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.
Now if this is anything like the Wesley Snipes Blade movies I could really see myself getting into it, if it's a watered down version of Blade like the Spider-Man the animated series one, I'd hate it.
DocHauson June 14, 2011 at 6:44 p.m.
@zombiepie: Well, the third movie did have Ryan Reynolds...
 
...no wait, you're right. That movie was an abomination. Though now that G4 has the US broadcast rights, maybe they can get Wesley Snipes to dub a voiceover for the anime? If he's still in jail, just poke a microphone through the bars. Shouldn't be too hard.
ZombiePieon June 14, 2011 at 9:59 p.m.

@DocHaus: Man...Ryan Reynolds is one of the worst things to happen to comic book movies since...the idea of making comic book movies came up.

I would like to see if anime Wesley Snipes is better at filling his income tax than real Wesley Snipes.

TypingKiraon June 14, 2011 at 11:32 p.m.
Holy crap, that man is crazy white. . . 
Kenshiro28on June 15, 2011 at 2:25 a.m.
@Bigheart711: I don't see how expanding the brand can hurt. More international exposure doesn't hurt nobody if it's successful. Marvel has had had a history of doing this since the 70's, no?
Mezmeroon June 15, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.

Having sampled all the Marvel branded animes so far, I don't even have to read a news article or watch a trailer to guess what the premise is: Marvel character finds some excuse to go to Japan and then goes to Japan. He/she encounters unique but uninspired Japanese villain(s) instead of the classic villains from the comics. Hero beats said villains and returns home.

You'd think after so many unsuccessful attempts that the production studios would learn that they should change the structures of these mini series but it's simply not happening. It's a damn shame considering how slick this animation style makes the Marvel character designs. I doubt this series will be any better the previous ones even though I rather enjoyed the first 2 Blade movies.

Julian89on June 16, 2011 at 11:26 p.m.
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