As it seems to be with most anime produced by Gonzo studios lately, Witchblade does a superb job at building up its character relationships throughout the entirety of the anime until incredibly tragic turns of events or courageous decisions and epiphanies tear them apart. I thoroughly enjoyed this series. It was great visually (Gonzo never ceases to dazzle audiences with impeccable artwork), had a plethora of fan service, action, and *some* shojo aspects as well. The unobservant audience may overlook the intense characterizations and relationships so heavily nurtured and tested throughout the series. I cannot get over how depressing the ending is, however. If you have watched this show through the end and didn't feel your gut wrench at Masane's realization of her predicament and how each interaction between her and Rihoko is so painful for Masane, you missed something. Be on the look out for the significance of items each character carries or is often seen with throughout the show; they are significant. In closing, this is one of those small gems you can pull from a seemingly teenage boy entertaining series if you pay attention.