Blade’s mother was bitten by a vampire while pregnant, imbuing her unborn son with vampire strength and a thirst for blood, but without the vulnerability to sunlight. A master of weaponry with a desire to avenge the death of his mother, Blade finds himself in Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Cambodia in an effort to take down the evil villain, Deacon Frost. With vampire hunter Makoto at his side, they will stop at nothing to destroy Existence, a vampire organization with roots deeply embedded in Asia.
Marvel and G4 have succeeded again with Blade. Following Iron Man, Wolverine, and X-Men, Blade is the fourth anime entry, originally airing on Japan’s Animax from July 1, 2011 to September 16, 2011. The English version from Warren Ellis debuted 1/13/12.
Under a blood-red moon, Eric Brooks/Blade recounts his origin as the man destined to become the Daywalker. I was already a fan of Blade and enjoyed the vastly underrated movie trilogy. It was a blast to see our anti-hero rendered in a beautiful anime style format. Full of slow motion sword strikes and all manner of classic monster foes, Blade finds its groove quickly.
The night air fills with the dying embers of staked vampires along Blade’s path, indulging us with frozen actions poses while naming sword techniques. Blade translates very well to anime. If you’re not familiar with the style, please give it a chance. Animated Marvel horror is a welcome addition to my Friday night.