Updated on 16 October, 2021
"Witchblade" is a Japanese manga series which is drawn by Tomoko Ninomiya. She has been hired by the Japan Foundation to do a series of crime scenes for them and is wearing very powerful and very expensive bustiers that can only be worn by a single person - a witch. The "Witchblade" itself is a type of martial arts uniform with a very flexible waist belt attached to it. The uniform itself is made out of very durable, high tech material called Irons and consists of a very flexible material that can withstand falls from flying or falling objects. Each "Witchblade" has two sets of Irons which can switch hands during the course of the case.
The "Witchblade" was initially created as an anime series. The anime series based on the "Witchblade" has gone on to gain international popularity. There are many different kinds of "Witchblade" uniforms which have been created. This includes: the standard black and white uniform with thigh high boots, a white and red gauntlet, and of course, the basic white uniform with thigh high boots. Each of these uniforms has their own unique style and appearance.
Recently "Witchblade" has received a lot of exposure through Japanese animation television shows. Some feature films have also featured this highly acclaimed Japanese cartoon series. An example of this would be the "K-On!" movie where the anime was adapted into a live action series.
The "Witchblade" comic book series has also had a lot of exposure in the United States. Most American comic book companies have taken the initiative to create their own version of the Witchblade. A popular character is Lady Medusa who appears in the "Witchblade" comic book series. Another major character is Killua Gingka who appears in the television series. Both of these characters have become iconic in their own right.
Currently the newest adaptation of the "Witchblade" franchise is "The Idol Master". This Japanese feature film is currently the second most popular anime of all time. The film took direct influence from the popular Japanese manga series "Hanasaku" which was itself a successful attempt at an animated Japanese comic book series.
"The Idol Master" is created by director Tsubasa Honda and features the talented voice talents of Masakado Ayushi and Rihoko Okada. The two Japanese stars play the main characters; Rihoko Okada plays the beautiful and innocent Pezzini, while Masakado Ayushi plays the evil and menacing "Gore Magnia". Both of these stars have earned multiple awards for their work in both Japan and the United States. One award that they are currently up for is the Best actress award for their work in the movie. Honda is also helms the screenplay. The creative team includes the late Kazuaki Konishi who has written the original concept and story, Yuichiro Nagashima who has designed the original costumes and Ginga Tei who is the main illustrator.
Another great anime that was created by a group of anime directors and producers is "The Witchblade" television series. This anime series is based on the famous Japanese manga series "The Witchblade" created by Tomoko Ninomiya. The television series follows the adventures of young female martial arts student Mitsuko Shioda. Mitsuko is an aspiring witchblade master who travels to Japan to train with the legendary and skilled witchblade master, Horai. Unfortunately, her mentor dies before she can complete her training.
After her death, she assumes the name Katarina and becomes a professional thief known as Lady Karina. The series follows her travels across the world until she joins the International Association of Professional Thieves and starts her own criminal career. While doing this, she teams up with other super villains such as Yoruichi Shihoin who becomes an enemy to Katarina and also Namiko Kurezu who works for the international organization looking to eliminate criminals. With a great cast of characters, the writing is excellent. The animation style is well done and the movie looked very nice and I believe it would make a very good movie for kids to watch.