Sesho | Pasadena, TX USA | 12/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The second volume of Witchblade opens with a confrontation between Masane and the "Cloneblades", minions of the NSWF, who wield copies of the original Witchblade. NSWF sees itself as the rightful owner of the Witchblade and is willing to use hook or crook to get it back from Douji Industries. Reina Soho, the daughter of NSWF's founder, was actually the host of the Witchblade until the big earthquake 6 years ago that devastated Tokyo and led to its choosing of Masane as its next wielder. Now Reina is a Cloneblade but she is beginning to suspect that the copies are somehow absorbing their hosts. Her suspicions are confirmed when Shioro Tsuzuki's Cloneblade begins to drive her to kill innocent people in its lust for blood. We also learn about the one time alliance between Douji and NSWF to research the Witchblade and of the relationship between Reina and Douji's head, Reiji Takayama. And then there's Yusuke, the sometimes seedy photographer that is beginning to become convinced that the bumbling and dim-witted Masane is actually the superpowered monster fighting Witchblade wielder as well.
The thing I like about Witchblade is the fact that it can be convoluted without becoming confusing. There are a lot of subplots going on with this show, like the former relationship between Reina and Reiji, that are given just enough exposition to make them make sense, but without overloading the viewer's brain with pointless info. This goes for most of the other plot points as well. Volume 2 also fleshes out the characters a bit more and gives them more depth. Reina is especially intruiging because she seems to be a prime factor in the giant earthquake that rocked the country. The battle sequences are handled very well, even if the Cloneblades and Witchblade look a little awkward, moving so fast and agilely in what are essentially costumes taken from an old 1970's KISS concert. And did I neglect to tell you that those costumes have a lot of skin on display? Masane's figleaf barely covers her genital area and most of the females are ready to bust out of their bras...if they even wear one. Sexy fun with gory action and some domestic comedy.
"I want someone to fulfill me"
Sebastian Fernandez | Tampa, Florida United States | 11/19/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The first volume in this series was good enough to leave me wanting to find out more, and it had an extremely intriguing ending. In this installment we find out more about the Cloneblades, which obviously, as their name indicate, are imitations of the Witchblade, born as a result of biotechnology and with a power only slightly inferior than the original. This together with the concept of voluptuous women, in skimpy clothes, fighting to death, sounds like a formula for a good anime.
Sadly, I expected much more, like for example, a plot that evolved, providing new layers to the story. The volume is clearly lacking in this sense, and after I was done with the four episodes I felt that the story barely moved forward. I am not sure if this is just a ploy to make the series longer, but there is enough great anime available in the market for me to spend much more time pursuing this one if things do not improve. I will probably give it one more opportunity with the next volume, and if things remain the same I will move on to greener pastures. It is true, this series still has some interesting characters, like Rihoko and Yusuke, but that is not enough to redeem this volume.
My recommendation for the people that watched the first volume is to go for this one only if you really liked the first one and are curious as to what happens next, but be aware that you may be disappointed. Even the extras in this disc are lackluster and do not come even close to the quality of the ones on the first disc."
I've missed the comic but not this!
Mario Hey | Bonn, North Rhine Westfalia Germany | 01/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For someone like me who is mainly watching more Anime than reading comics or Manga for that matter, it's really nice to see this Anime combining the best of both worlds.
Meaning the cool looking Anime style with a top of the art U.S. Comic like Witchblade.
I really wish there would be more combinations like this, or perhaps we will see more in the future. Who knows? ;)
To the staff at Top Cow all I can say is "Keep it up and keep 'm comming!""