G4 to Premiere Marvel Original Anime Series “Blade” on Friday January 13 at 11PM ET/PT

Dec 15th 2011
Acclaimed Actor Harold Perrineau to voice fan favorite Super Hero, Blade, in the Marvel original anime series on G4 LOS ANGELES, CA

December 15, 2011 – 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.

Brooklyn native, Harold Perrineau, began his career as a dancer with the Alvin Ailey Company before taking the stage in a number of productions including “Dreamgirls,” and an off-Broadway revival of “Godspell.” In 1997, he took to the big screen in a big way as Mercutio in Baz Lurhmanns “Romeo + Juliet”, and in 2003 joined the “Matrix” trilogy as Link. Perrineau has also starred in hit TV series such as HBO's “Oz,” and most recently as Michael Dawson in “Lost.”

Directed by Mitsuyuki Masuhara (Chi's Sweet Home, Kobato.), written by Kenta Fukasaku (Battle Royale) with music by Tetsuya Takahashi (Appleseed, Resident Evil: Degeneration, previous Marvel anime series), the talents are top notch. Produced by Mad House for Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (SPEJ). The series will be distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

* Source: Nielsen Media Research – Live +SD data. 10/17/11 to 12/5/11. Impressions (000) or coverage ratings as noted. Time Period Rank based on Coverage.

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