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Saturday, August 06, 2011

Blade fights aswang in Manila

In episode 3 (Vampire Hunter) and episode 4 (Juvenile Days) of BLADE the anime, he travels to Manila and encounters a type of aswang that's rarely seen in Philippine literature / pop culture. Keep reading to find out what it is.

Check out the setting and background of the next couple of frames. I liked how they researched and illustrated a very realistic looking Manila.

Blade vs mandurugo
The mandurugo is a variety of the aswang that takes the form of an attractive girl by day, and develops wings and a long, hollow, thread-like tongue by night. The tongue is used to suck up blood from a sleeping victim. --Wikipedia


Take a look at the mandurugo in human form. Does she look familiar to you? Is that... nahhh... no way... maybe she just goes to the hairstylist?

Screenshots from the episode where Blade fights a manananggal in Siquijor:


Fresh Garden said...

Nice post! Nice review!

Unknown said...

cool for aswangs to be featured in Blade! nice depiction of Manila also. :)

Chris A. said...

Woah! Finally some modern international entertainment production which recognizes and credits us for our vast collection of Filipino folklore monsters. Well, I think the female mandurugo is inspired by Alexandra.

Shinobu said...

galeng a, dapat magteam-up c Blade at si Panday, malupet na kumbinasyon yun

Unknown said...

si trese ba yan?! hndi siguro wala ang kambal eh..kelan ba meron bagong trese sir?

Unknown said...

i've seen this in abs_cbn a couple of months ago...