America's G4 cable network has scheduled a January 13th premiere for Blade, the final of Madhouse's four anime adaptations of Marvel Comics' superheroes. Harold Perrineau (Lost, Oz) voices the title role of the Marv Wolfman/Gene Colan created vampire hunter in a 12 episode series.
Mitsuyuki Masuhara will directs the show. His previous action work include episode directing Gungrave, Shigurui: Death Frenzy and Tenjho Tenge, but his primary prior directing work was on cute cat anime Chi's Sweet Home. Kenta Fukasaku, son of the legendary Kinji Fukasaku, writer on the Battle Royale movie and writer/director of Battle Royale II scripted series.
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A new Marvel original anime series sinks its teeth into the G4 network with the premiere of Blade on Friday, January 13th at 11pm ET/PT. Harold Perrineau voices Eric Brooks, the supernatural Daywalker known as Blade, making his animated series debut with more action, terrifying villains and bloodthirsty monsters than you've ever seen before. Following the steps of other hit Marvel anime series, Blade offers viewers 12 half-hour weekly episodes destined to leave you wanting more, exclusively on G4.
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.
As the final chapter of the Marvel original anime series, Blade will round out the partnership with G4 and Marvel. Since debuting in October, as a part of G4's Friday night line-up, "X-Men" has reached over 1.2 million total unique viewers, increasing +55% among G4's key demographic of males 18-49, while tripling with males 18-34. The first two Marvel original anime series, "Iron Man" and "Wolverine", premiered in July with similar responses from viewers to this new series.