The last of the Madhouse anime adaptations of Marvel Comics properties has gotten its premiere date with January 13th set as the premiere for Blade. The series follows the airing of the X-Men anime which came after the mini-block from before that had both Iron Man and Wolverine running back to back. The series brings in Harold Perrneau as the lead character for the voice and will run for twelve episodes, bringing some good Friday night vampire hunting anime to North American audiences.
How well has the run done overall? In the press release listed below, G4 talks up the ratings for their X-Men series in that it’s reached over 1.2 million total unique viewers and that the previous two series had similar numbers as well. While these aren’t boffo numbers for a primetime network, they definitely represent some good interest for people that may not have checked out G4 at all before and will likely be considered a success for the network.
A new Marvel original anime series sinks its teeth into the G4 network with the premiere of Blade on Friday, January 13th at 11pm ET/PT. Harold Perrineau voices Eric Brooks, the supernatural Daywalker known as Blade, making his animated series debut with more action, terrifying villains and bloodthirsty monsters than you’ve ever seen before. Following the steps of other hit Marvel anime series, Blade offers viewers 12 half-hour weekly episodes destined to leave you wanting more, exclusively on G4.
Blade’s mother was bitten by a vampire while pregnant, imbuing her unborn son with vampire strength and a thirst for blood, but without the vulnerability to sunlight. A master of weaponry with a desire to avenge the death of his mother, Blade finds himself in Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Cambodia in an effort to take down the evil villain, Deacon Frost. With vampire hunter Makoto at his side, they will stop at nothing to destroy Existence, a vampire organization with roots deeply embedded in Asia.
As the final chapter of the Marvel original anime series, Blade will round out the partnership with G4 and Marvel. Since debuting in October, as a part of G4′s Friday night line-up, “X-Men” has reached over 1.2 million total unique viewers, increasing +55% among G4′s key demographic of males 18-49, while tripling with males 18-34. The first two Marvel original anime series, “Iron Man” and “Wolverine”, premiered in July with similar responses from viewers to this new series.