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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing detail, and a great story April 24 2012
By Derek Draven TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Iron Man: Anime is a Japanese take on the existing character created by Marvel Comics, and attempts to ground the series in a different locale with an entirely unique new enemy for Tony Stark to battle. The result is a well done, highly detailed piece of action fare that succumbs a bit too much to anime's penchant for over the top drama.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Iron man this show is ok for Sat cartoons Nov. 22 2012
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The plot is way too rushed. The minute one crisis finishes, another one shows up immediately, way too rushed. It would be nice if they spent more time with the individual relationships.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different, so good to see. June 10 2014
By Max
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A different way of super heroes. So good as X-men version with good story so close of the cultural subjects of the Japanese people. Great show and good things that is just 13 episodes.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and colorful appetizer before the main course. April 27 2012
By Brian Foster - Published on Amazon.com
You should know that Iron Man is my second favorite super hero of all time. Make of that what you will, but obviously I am going to show some favoritism to Iron Man products. Let's just be honest here.

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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just amine, barely ironman May 9 2012
By Xcon - Published on Amazon.com
This is nothing more than a very typical and bland anime cartoon with Ironman thrown in. He could have been replaced with anyone and the series would be exactly the same.
I enjoyed the Xmen anime that came out along with this, it was Xmen blended with anime and it was almost a good as any xmen animation ever and certainly different.
Ironman on the other hand is just thrown into japan, surrounded by pointless characters that are staples of every anime ever. The pointless reporter and comedy side kick that has to be inserted in each episode, painful.
And the any other marvel stars? Well just when I thought there was hope, they made the worst incarnation EVER of one of the best heros ever.
The series looks good, not great. I don't think there was one overall start to finish great episode. The whole thing was just too standard, I didn't feel like I was seeing an addition or different take on Ironman, they just stuck him in a regular, subpar, unoriginal anime cartoon.

Watch instead- most marvel knights releases, Astonishing Xmen, Xmen anime
14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad addition to the Iron Man Collection April 14 2012
By Media King - Published on Amazon.com
I watched the series when it previewed on G4 and I found that it was not bad. The animation was quite good, and the females in the series are properly proportioned.... you know what I mean X-men.... There is intrigue, betrayal, and action in every episode that I watched. There was even a cameo from another character in the Marvel universe that one will not see coming. Even though I gave it 3 out of 5 stars, I will still purchase this for my Marvel collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright. July 30 2012
By Bro - Published on Amazon.com
I'm gonna make this short. It seems that these Marvel animes are following a formula. The Protagonist goes to Japan, something happens (It's not Godzilla this time), choppy dialog in between, lots and lots of lazy animation when talking, some cool battle sequences, 12 episodes later...it's over. This isn't a bad anime, but my advice...save your money. Get it from the library, but hey..if you're an anime lover and you don't care about a good story...this is for you. I will say this about it..the coloring is fantastic, the character models are really cool and the animation is awesome! (With the exception of the close up on the face/ talking animation. So in short, it's ok.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Marvel fans June 8 2014
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When it comes to anime, Madhouse has the right formula. Iron Man lends itself perfectly to the anime style of visuals and storytelling. As the great man himself says, " 'Nuff said."
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