Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Marvel Animation have announced plans to release their “Blade” and “Wolverine” Anime series on DVD July 31st. The two-disc sets will include all 12 episodes from each series and six all-new featurettes.
In the first series, Eric Brooks (Harold Perrineau) – known as Blade – seeks revenge on Deacon Frost, the vampire who killed his mother while she was still pregnant with him. With all the powers of a vampire and none of their weaknesses, Blade’s quest leads him throughout Southeast Asia in search of Frost. In the Golden Triangle, he discovers a vampire plot that threatens to take down the whole world.
The three new featurettes include “The Marvel Anime Universe: Blade Re-Awakened,” which explores the process that went into developing this new take on the vampire-hunter. Other featurettes include “Blade: The Vampire-Slayer,” comparing Marvel’s Blade with traditional vampire stories, and “Special Talk Session: Marvel Anime’s Blade and Wolverine,” an interview with series creators.
The “Wolverine” anime stars Milo Ventimiglia as Logan who heads into action when the love of his life, Mariko Yashida, is taken back to Japan by her father Shingen, a notorious crime lord. Once in Japan, she is forcibly betrothed to Kurohagi, a cruel criminal associate of her father, to solidify their business interests. Determined to get her back, Logan is plunged into a tangled web of corruption and violence at every turn. But with the help of young assassin Yukio, he just might manage to claw his way through the criminal underworld to confront Shingen and save Mariko.
New featurettes include “The Marvel Anime Universe: Wolverine Reborn,” providing insights into the process for creating the series. “The Ferocious Anti-Hero: Wolverine Defined” explores the hero’s character, and “Wolverine Meets X-Men” contains an interview with the creators of the Marvel anime Wolverine and X-Men.
Both series are guided by New York Times best-selling author Warren Ellis (“Iron Man: Extremis,” “Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis”), and produced by Madhouse for Marvel Television and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (SPEJ).