Marvel’s next wave of anime releases are on the way this summer, featuring the two heroes most likely to cut you.
Both sets are making their debut on June 31st, with each series’ 12-episodes spread out across two discs. Produced by Madhouse Studios (Ninja Scroll), it’ll be interesting to see how they tackle the characters through stories by Warren Ellis who “guided” the four Marvel anime series including these two as well as the X-Men (review) and Iron Man titles (also reviewed).
Here are the synopses for each:
Blade Anime features the voice of Harold Perrineau (TV’s “Lost,” Matrix trilogy) as Eric Brooks, otherwise known as Blade. The three new featurettes on this two-disc set 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 also 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.
Wolverine Anime stars Milo Ventimiglia (TV’s “Heroes,” TV’s “Gilmore Girls”) voicing the title character of Wolverine. The three new featurettes on this two-disc set 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.