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Witchblade Japanese Anime Censored

Witchblade is a Japanese anime series based on the famous American comic book by the same name. The series is a joint production of Japanese studio Gonzo and American publisher Top Cow, who owns the rights of the franchise.

Due to the original version of the "Witchblade" costume baring too much skin, the series was "censored" by covering up the character’s exposed areas into black to make the series more suitable for broadcast in Japan.

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Those blackened portions were then returned to its original colors for the DVD release of the series.

Masane Amaha is the (very well endowed) lead character and blade bearer of the anime series.

She somehow lost her memory during a mysterious catastrophic event that devastated Tokyo and she was found miraculously unscathed in the phenomenon's epicenter, holding a baby in her arms and a mysterious looking bracelet on her wrist.

Masane returned to Tokyo six years later with the child she named Rihoko/Riko, and took care of her as her own daughter.

There she later discovered that the mysterious jewel attached to her right wrist is actually the legendary artifact known as the “Witchblade”.

The Witchblade is actually a mysterious legendary artifact which looks like a silver bracelet with a red jewel and attaches itself to the right wrist of its chosen host.

When triggered, mostly by the threat of violence or harm, it produces a black and silver armor that skimpily covers its bearer’s body (thus the “censorship”), its hair color changes to red and an extendable blade appears on its right arm.

It somehow becomes the bearer’s evil alter ego and takes control of that person’s personality to become somewhat of a berserker that derives erotic pleasure from combat and bloodshed.

While in this state, the bearer gains abilities such as an enhanced ability to regenerate; extraordinary speed, endurance, and strength while fighting.

Masane later learned that unlocking the full power of the Witchblade makes its armor change color from red to purple and gives her two blades on both arms. In this state her hair color also changes from red to white and she seems to be able to use it in a variety of offensive moves.

But when it is inactive it appears as just an ordinary bracelet which can never be removed without decapitating the bearer’s arm.

Incidentally, the rise of mysterious serial murders taking place in the city has caught the attention of a freelance photographer named Yuusuke Tozawa.

He becomes interested in them and investigates the matter, which leads him to the perpetrator Witchblade. Not content with his discovery, he then continues his investigation to find out the real identity of the murderous character.

This ultimately leads him to Masane whom he perversely nicknames "Masamune" which is in reference to our protagonist’s huge breasts.

While at first he appears to be the type who is willing to do everything for a scoop, Tozawa later shows a deep concern for Masane by firmly believing in her humanity and that she was just another victim of circumstance.

But Masane knows from the very start that she is doomed as the wielder of the Witchblade, for using its power makes her body start to weaken and slowly deteriorate, as evidenced by her primary senses becoming dull.

She also finds herself smack in the middle of a power struggle between a huge corporation and a government agency that will stop at nothing to gain possession of the powerful Witchblade.

Knowing that she is nothing but a temporary host and that the blade would find its way to Riko (who apparently is more compatible with it) after she is dead, Masane decides to commit suicide (in the last episode of the series) by obliterating herself along with the Witchblade.

In the end, it was the only sure way to stop the carnage and protect her beloved Riko.

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