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External Movie Reviews: Witchblade Vol. #6

There’s often a difference between an ending you like on a show, and the ending a show deserves. I’m not sure I like the way Witchblade has chosen to conclude—it’s rushed, it skips over things that could have been expanded...


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There’s often a difference between an ending you like on a show, and the ending a show deserves. I’m not sure I like the way Witchblade has chosen to conclude — it’s rushed, it skips over things that could have been expanded across previous episodes or paced better throughout the show, and more than almost anything else it is a heartbreaker to watch. I suspect that last one was on purpose.

Nowhere along the way did I really believe that Masane and Hiroko, the mother and daughter who form the emotional center for this story, would find a truly happy ending. It just wasn’t in the cards for them, and there have been constant foreshadowings of this all along. The most ominous was the fates of the other Blades: all of them have died, so it only stands to reason that Masane herself is doomed, too. But that doesn’t mean she can’t find some measure of happiness for herself, and a future for her daughter that doesn’t include the curse of the Witchblade.

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