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Gonzo to Produce Witchblade Anime

posted on 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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