Gonzo to Produce Witchblade Anime

posted on 2004-08-16 14:00 EDT by Christopher Macdonald
With Manga from Kodansha

Top Cow announced at Wizard World Chicago that they had an agreement with Gonzo Digimation whereby Gonzo will produce a 26-episode TV series based on the Witchblade property. Top Cow also has an agreement with Kodansha for a manga adaptation of the Witchblade anime. The manga and anime will be released in a "coordinated launch."

The Gonzo anime would replace Sara Pezzini with a Japanese policewoman.

Top Cow will publish the manga in the United States.

The Witchblade property currently includes a series of comics books from Top Cow, a canceled TV series staring Yancy Butler, and merchandise from Palisades.

Last year Top Cow began a push to get Witchblade animated with a series of "Witchblade: Animated" products, including a new comic book writen by Paul Dini and a series of Withcblade: Animated merchandise from Palisades. The only thing missing was an actual animattion. The Witchblade: Animated series features more cartoonish characters designs than the original comic book. Around the same time that Witchblade: Animated was released in 2003, Top Cow editor in Chief Jim McLauchlin did state that they were seeking opportunities to have the series truly animated.

This article has a follow-up: Poll: Witchblade Character Change (2004-08-16 14:03)

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