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Witchblade is an anime series based on the American comic book by the same name. Instead of an adaptation of the original story, the producers decided to create an entire new setup, with all new characters. This co-production between Japanese studio Gonzo and American publisher Top Cow, who owns the rights for the Witchblade franchise, was licensed for release in the United States. The English dub premiered on the US cable network IFC in January 2008. The show aired on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 3:30 AM ET, and the series finale aired on June 13, 2008, on IFC. The show is also available on a purchase-to-download system on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. The first twelve episodes are also available for download via Amazon's Unbox service. The show is also available on Netflix Instant Stream. As of June, 2011, it was available free on Hulu. As of December 2008, in the USA and Canada there were 6 Volumes on DVD available, with Vol. 1 having been released in September 2007. There is also a full boxed set containing all 24 episodes and an extra disc with special features. A Blu-ray box set was released on November 3, 2009. The anime was directed by Yoshimitsu Ohashi, who directed Galaxy Angel and Galaxy Angel Z, and the characters were designed by Uno Makoto, the character designer for Stellvia and Love Hina.
Season 1 - Witchblade
"It’s the finale to Witchblade, with Witchblade Masane vs. Dohji and Maria. Rihoko, watching the mother's battle through TV live news, cannot help but rush out to where Masane is.Will Maria get what she wants? Will Masane be able to protect her daughter? Will the Witchblade get what it wants? And that is all the final battle"
"Masane spends quality time with Riko, Maria and Asagi head to take the Witchblade, and thousands of malfunctioning I-Weapons converge on Tokyo. Will this be the end of Tokyo?"
"Masane thinks about the future for her daughter and tries to tell her about her impending death at a park. Meanwhile, Maria makes plans to grab the power of the Witchblade and Nishida/Wado send out 3 IU-Weapons to capture the Witchblade."
"Takayama goes to Douji to find data to help Masane’s condition. Meanwhile, Masane tries to remove the witchblade."
"Maria takes over the NSWF, meanwhile Masane sets up Takayama and Rihoko to go on a play date, but Takayama is a bundle of nerves and Riko can’t enjoy herself. It looks like Masane will have to join in after all. This incident makes Masane wield the Witchblade in front of her daughter."
"Masane forces herself to work with Wado for Riko’s sake, but Riko wants Masane to see Takayama. Meanwhile, Wado still sees Takayama as a threat and sends Ultimateblade Yagi to kill him."
"Investigations to new murders and an anonymous video footage brings trouble to Douji Industries, especially to Takayama."
"Masane’s bothered a great deal about Rihoko being the next successor of the Witchblade, and Father Furumizu shows he’s got some problems, as Tozawa gets information of his personal history."
"Masane gets a break from fighting and enjoy a day at a beach resort with Rihoko and their neighbours."
"Maria, now armed with her dual cloneblades, seeks out Reina, whom she believes is her mother. However, she doesn’t like what she finds in Reina’s apartment."
"Reina and Rihoko get adjusted to their life as mother and daughter, while a depressed Masane learns something about her past. And Maria receives her cloneblades."
"NSWF’s Child Welfare Division wants to take Rihoko away from Masane to live with her biological mother. Masane and Riko decide to run away, but Nishida sends Nora there to capture the daughter, then Reina interrupts."
"Tozawa and Takayama try their best to rescue Masane, while NSWF gathers a lot of data. How boldly will Takayama move to get Masane and the Witchblade back?"
"Maria, a new generation of neo genes, is introduced. Takayama spends a lot of time with Masane due to his hangover, but Masane goes into a panic over her daughter’s illness and the threat of a Cloneblade."
"Masane is forced to accompany Takayama to a party, where she must confront Wado, one of Takayama's rivals."
"Masane is forced to use the Witchblade in front of Tozawa, when they are attacked by an ex-con."
"Masane discovers more about Takayama's past. Meanwhile, Shiori goes berserk from over-using the Cloneblade, and decides to attack Masame one more time."
"Masane is badly injured after her fight with Shiori and is rescued and taken care of by some of Dohji's men. Tozawa has witnessed the fight and decides to find out everything about the Witchblade."
"Tozawa tries to investigate Masane, in order to find out the truth about the Witchblade. Masane refuses to talk, and is challanged to a fight by Shiori, one of the Cloneblades."
"The appearance of the Witchblade draws the attention of Furumizu, the leader of the NSWF organisation. Meanwhile, Masane and her daughter start looking for a place to live."
"Takayama offers Masane a job, but the only thing on Masane's mind is finding her daughter."
"After managing to awake the powers of the Witchblade, Masane is captured again and used as a test subject. Meanwhile, Rihoko starts searching for her mother."
"Masane Amaha returns to Tokyo with her daughter, Rihoko, in order to start a new life. Unfortunatelly, a fight between her and some NSWF organisation members who want to separate her from her daughter, Masane is arrested."