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Synonyms: Witchblade Takeru, Witch Blade
Japanese: ウィッチブレイド
English: Witchblade
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 12
Status: Finished
Published: 2006
Genres: Action Action, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi, Ecchi Ecchi
Themes: School School, Super Power Super Power
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Champion RED
Authors: Kobayashi, Yasuko (Story), Sumita, Kazasa (Art)


Score: 6.781 (scored by 11931,193 users)
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Ranked: #120672
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Popularity: #6067
Members: 3,261
Favorites: 31


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This story introduces Takeru who is an average Japanese highschool girl raised in a Buddhist convent by nuns. She has been experiencing reoccurring nightmares about the Witchblade calling out to her. This is due to the secret that the temple houses within, the Witchblade sealed inside a box. Furthermore, her lineage keeps an unknown connection with the mystic artifact and the folklore of the Oni, hence explaining Takeru's strong attraction to the gauntlet which is locally called Oni no te (鬼の手, "Hand of Oni"). Ultimately, Takeru's life suffers a drastic change when she becomes the next bearer of the Witchblade due to some circumstances that force her to randomly encounter it.

Witchblade Takeru started serial run since March 2006 in Champion Red magazine under publisher Akita Shoten. Story by Kobayashi Yasuko with art made by Sumita Kazasa, whose art and illustrations carry over an erotic style.

Based on Marc Silvestri's and David Wohl's American Comic book series

(Source: Wikipedia)


Witchblade was released in English by Top Cow Productions as a 2-in-1 omnibus volume on May 13, 2008. Through the collaboration between Top Cow, Akita Shoten, and studio Gonzo, the English publisher was allowed to reformat the manga to cater to American audiences.


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Apr 8, 2014
Surprisingly, I enjoyed Witchblade Takeru. Maybe it's because the half naked girl in the cover set my expectations right there and then. Or maybe its because, although highly unlikely, that I have bad taste in manga.

The titular Takeru is a girl raised in a Buddhist temple with her Grandma and fellow Buddhist sister Seishu. Her life gets turned upside down, inside & out after demons invade her home and injure her family. She needs to fight back so she grabs the Witchblade, fuses with it, and proceeds to instantly get at least 50 years worth of Kendo.

If you've seen the original Witchblade counterpart, then ...
Dec 16, 2019
Mixed Feelings

I forgot most of the details as I was reading it as it wasn't very memorable, so here's a quick review of what I do remember.

Story: 5
The plot is fairly interesting and not very complicated, which is fitting for just 12 chapters, but I still had some problems following along. There are some things that don't get explained and some things that don't make sense. We aren't told where the demons came from or how a severed demon arm can be wielded by anyone. It was never explained what exactly the US military was trying to accomplish with its bizarre actions.
The ending felt unsatisfying, ...


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