Witchblade to air on IFC

IFC has long been known as that indie channel that shows unique movies that you would never see anywhere else. Which is a good thing, because there are tons of great movies out there that go completely unnoticed until the Oscars, when one of them is nominated for best picture and it becomes cool to like an indie film, but I digress. Anyways, IFC is looking to expand their anime repertoire, and is looking to Witchblade to do just that. According to Broadcasting & Cable, IFC is acquiring three shows from FUNimationEntertainment, including Witchblade, Speed Grapher and Hell Girl, all of which will see staggered premieres in 2008. “We consider ourselves the voice of independent culture and we've taken that on as our mission,” says IFC General Manager Evan Shapiro. “People who come to IFC want different, new things and new cultures, and anime represents the epitome of that kind of world culture.” Pretty much everyone knows what Witchblade is. Speed Grapher is about a tabloid photographer in a future Tokyo, documenting the rich and wicked. Hell Girl is about a girl who surfs the web after midnight, looking for people wanting to send their enemies to hell (okay). The shows will be promoted heavily online, and will be set up so you can watch them in an on-demand format. Witchblade debuts January 4, 2008 at 11:30 PM. IFC picks up FUNimation properties IFC Schedule (January)