The new anime from Madhouse (SUPERNATURAL: THE ANIMATION) will be based on the popular Blade franchise and is a part of a partnership with Marvel Comics that will bring four other popular superhero comics to Japan in anime form. Voiced by Akio Ohtsuka, Blade journeys to Japan in search of the villainous vampires and meets up with a young woman named Makoto, voiced by Maaya Sakamoto, who is trained in the art of vampire hunting.
Mitsuyuki Masuhara (DEATH NOTE, GUNGRAVE) is helming the project with screenplays written by Kenta Fukasaku (BATTLE ROYALE II) so be on the lookout for some badass vampire slaying.
Other notable characters in the series include Deacon Frost voiced by Tsutomu Isobe, and Noah Van Helsing voiced by Osamu Saka. The anime will premiere on July 1st, 2011 in Japan and will have a 12 episode run. In sadder news, Wesley Snipes is still currently incarcerated for misdemeanor failure to file U.S. federal income tax returns.
Learn more about BLADE: The Animated Series at the official Animax website: www.animax.co.jp/marvelanime/blade/