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Marvel Anime: Ironman - Complete Series
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Marvel Anime: Iron Man is an appealing episodic reboot of the venerable Marvel Comics franchise, and part of a wider anime collaboration between Marvel Entertainment and the popular Japanese animation studio Madhouse. The live-action Iron Man features serve as the launching point for this 12-episode series, which finds Tony Stark (voiced by Heroes' Adrian Pasdar in the English-language dub) in Japan, constructing an Arc Reactor station that will provide limitless worldwide energy, as well as a new prototype armor, Iron Man Dio, which will allow him to gracefully exit the superhero business. Both plans turn sour with the arrival of the Zodiac terrorist organization, which commandeers both the Dio suit and the station for its world-domination plans. In his pursuit of Zodiac, Stark is pitted against the group's giant robot warriors, as well as a long-lost figure from his own past. Rendered in the bold and often striking animation by which Madhouse has earned its reputation, Marvel Anime: Iron Man is also action packed throughout its 12 episodes, and hews closely to its comic legacy thanks to writer Warren Ellis, who weaves appearances by established figures from its canon like Pepper Potts, Chika Tanaka, and even Wolverine (voiced by Pasdar's Heroes costar Milo Ventimiglia, who reprises the role for the Wolverine anime series) into the story. If there's any complaint to be had, it's the relative facelessness of the Zodiac, which pale in regard to nefariousness when compared to such veteran Iron Man villains as Ghost, Whiplash, or the Mandarin. Otherwise, Marvel Anime: Iron Man is a visually exciting, fast-paced, and welcome addition to the Iron Man universe. The two-disc set includes both the English dub and original Japanese audio track (with English subtitles), as well as a smattering of making-of featurettes, including interviews with the animation team and Japanese cast. --Paul Gaita
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Tony Stark has traveled from the U.S. to Japan in order to test his newest Ark Reactor technology for the purpose of creating a clean and limitless renewable energy source while simultaneously unveiling his newest creation: the Iron Man Dio, an advanced prototype suit based off his renowned Iron Man design. During an initial test, the Dio armor goes out of control and is subsequently stolen from Stark's possession. Stark soon learns that a nefarious force known as Zodiac is behind the theft, and is now seeking to amass power for the purpose of taking over Japan and turning it into a military state. Stark must work within the confines of international and political red tape, and adhere to the jurisdiction of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) who have dispatched an agent with his own suit of samurai-like armor to deal with Stark, if necessary. Tony begins to unravel Zodiac's multi-layered plot in the hopes of stopping it before it is too late. But to do so, he will come face to face with a person from his past; a person responsible for turning Tony Stark into the man he is today.
The Anime is a hit, to be sure. It is layered with the Japanese attention to detail that leaps off of every animation cell and truly breathes life into the constructed, fictional world of the series. The perfectionism here is so abundant that I cringed when I began thinking of budget constraints.Read more ›
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Now that that's out of the way, lets settle something. People seem to either love or hate anime. I love anime and have been watching it for a very long time. If you love Iron Man, but hate anime, don't even bother watching this.
A lot of people on various websites have trashed these Marvel anime just because they are anime. If anime isn't for you, then these aren't either.
If you do like anime, then you already know that anime is slick and visually stylized. I has a certain feel or Japanese quirkiness to it, that will be lacking elsewhere. This anime has that, but brings the fun of centering on a popular super hero that I know and love. The artwork is nice, crisp and colorful. It's very pretty to behold. Of course like a lot of animation in this cost cutting age we live in, there aren't 30 or 60 frames of animation. Now that things are done on computer instead of hand drawn, companies tend to skip as many frames as possible and often show many static scenes to cut time and expenses in production. That's just something you have to deal with now. Anime purists are aware that old school hand drawn anime had a much more fluid sense of motion to it and a lot less of the shortcut method.
None of that has proved to be a bother in the Iron Man anime. That is partly due to the fact that the episodes are fairly fast paced. Iron Man is facing dangers very soon. This is only a 12 episode show and that could be looked at as a good thing. A lot of anime will do a 26 episode season or series. Some good much longer and some go way too long. At least here, you know you're going to get the entire series with one purchase and the show has to come to an end.
So without spoiling anything, I just feel that this is a fun, beautiful, fast paced anime style tribute to a great superhero. I think studio Madhouse did a great job. These not a high level of utter silliness that can be found in some anime. You won't find singing pigs or magical cat girls, so don't worry about that.
At this price, this is totally worth buying if you are a fan of both anime and Iron Man.
For me, the enjoyment of this series has been even more pleasurable because me and about 30 of my friends will be getting together to watch all of the Marvel super hero movies and then going to see The Avengers in the theater the next day. The Iron Man anime is a fun appetizer. The rest is dessert.
Basically if you're unsure of getting this check out a few episodes if possible online to finalize your choice.Still for most Marvel fans I'm sure they'll be more then happy to get these sets.
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