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Marvel Anime: X-Men - Complete Series

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Wolverine, Cyclops, and a core group of Marvel Comics' venerable X-Men head to Japan to prevent a mutant uprising in Marvel Anime: X-Men, a stylish revamp of the long-running franchise that's strong on action, if less so on plotting. That's an unfortunate situation, especially given the brand's history of complex and mature storylines; here, the action hinges largely around the capture of Armor/Hisako Ichiki by the mutant-eugenics squad the U-Men as part of their plan to create a mutant super-army. From there, the story splinters into subplots involving the Inner Circle's Emma Frost and Mastermind, as well as the rise of a mysterious condition affecting mutants across Japan. The disparate elements never quite jell into a cohesive story arc, leaving much of the storytelling weight to rest on the numerous action sequences, which are plentiful and animated with kinetic power by the animation studio Madhouse, which partnered with Marvel for X-Men and three other franchise revamps (Iron Man, Blade, and Wolverine). X-Men is unfortunately the most lightweight of the quartet, suffering from weak characterizations, dull antagonists (the U-Men, while unpleasant, are second-string villains when compared to the operatic heights of Magneto, among others), and some unfortunate anime renderings, most notably on Storm, Jean Grey, and Emma Frost, who are built along decidedly titillating (and therefore sophomoric) lines. Sadly, the final episode suggests that the second season of X-Men would introduce some of its classic heels, but it remains unreleased at this time. The two-disc X-Men set includes both the original Japanese audio track (with subtitles) and the English-language dub, which features Scott Porter as Cyclops and a host of veteran voice-over talent, including Steven Blum, Travis Willingham, and Michael Sinterniklaas. The set is rounded out by a handful of making-of featurettes, all driven by interviews with the animation team. --Paul Gaita

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The X-Men reunite after the death of a teammate in order to track down Hisako Ichiki (Armor), a missing teenage girl in Northern Japan. There, the X-Men encounter the fanatical anti-mutant group, the U-Men, and discover what was important enough for Xavier to bring them back together. The answer is something that could potentially bridge the gap between mutants and humans, or tear the two species apart forever.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise May 19 2013
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There has been some criticism of this series for not being up to par with other X-Men adaptations. I was surprised about that as I really enjoyed this, and I appreciated the more mature tone and themes present here given that it's an anime series (as opposed to a Saturday morning cartoon). The quality of animation is exceptional, as one would expect from Madhouse. Also, the voice actors, at least for the English dub, are perfectly cast for their roles. I think writer Warren Ellis does a great job weaving together plot-lines and developing the main cast. Their interactions are a lot of fun and they're all very much in character with their established personalities in the comics. The choice of villains, the U-Men, was a also nice offbeat change from the more familiar faces we're used to seeing in X-Men adaptations. If anything, I prefer the anime version of the U-Men to their comic book counterpoints. I really recommend this to anime fans and open-minded X-fans alike.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Like A Porno Film Without The Actual Porn Feb. 16 2013
Like many other long time X-Fans, I'm afraid I found this one an immense disappointment. I know it's easy to fall into hyperbole, but in all honesty, this may well be the single most boring cartoon I've ever seen.

On the plus side, on a purely technical level the animation is superb. About as subtle as a tattoo of a flaming skull, but technically superb. Oh, and almost all of the chicks are drawn with giant racks, too. And when I say "giant", I really do mean giant. The kind that in the real world could only be achieved with truly industrial quantities of silicone.

Actually, aside from the fact that everyone keeps their clothes on, the style of animation here is very much in the mould of high-budget R-rated anime. I'm not just talking about the spandex-clad chests - there's also the splatter and the gore. Measured purely in terms of screen time, the amount of violence in this show is probably about the same as you'd find in any other superhero cartoon. However, the feel and the texture of that violence is very different from what many viewers will be used to. There's something positively gratuitous about the way it's drawn. Indeed, it could almost be described as erotic... If that's your thing.

And yet, despite all the violence and the chicks with the giant racks, the truth is that this has to be one of the most profoundly boring pieces of television I've ever seen. The problem is... Well, let me explain with a story.

I remember back when I was about seven years old and I thought Star Wars was the greatest movie ever made. I also thought that because the best parts of Star Wars were the space battles, wouldn't Star Wars be even better if it was just one long space battle?

Of course, I now know that it simply doesn't work that way.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome June 13 2013
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this move was awesome , the art was the best and the story line was mind blowing, everyone needs to watch it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For any X-Men fan, its worth a look. March 25 2012
By Jay-Jay3 - Published on Amazon.com
I am an X-Men fan.

I've been once ever since the Animated Series premiered during the 90's.

Since then, I've collected comics, movies, games and any other items related to the Marvel Heroes.
When I learned an Anime was being made based off the comic, I wasn't sure of what to expect.
I felt, if it was done correctly, it could end up being just as good as the old 90's series was.

After watching all the episodes, I can say that while I was rather disappointed, I don't think it
was bad at all. The voice acting ranging from Steven Jay Blum to Jennifer Hale is well done,
and the designs look fairly interesting and awesome. This is clearly the best sounding and
best looking X-Men series yet.

The only downside, and the biggest one, is the story.

Without spoiling much, the X-Men are summoned to Japan to investigate the mysterious kidnappings
of mutants there. The story, like a lot of Anime, is slower paced, and takes awhile to really start getting to the point. Lines are repeated like a broken record, and characters beat you over the head with ideas and thoughts you just heard previously, just in case you weren't paying attention. The main villain was a big surprise, but he's not as mainstream as say, Magneto, so the average viewer may not even grab interest from him. And the newly introduced X-Man, Hisako (Armor), ranges from tolerable to unbearably loud and annoying. I get that she's supposed to be the rookie member with a cocky attitude (Similar to how she is in the comics) but even Jubilee knew when the time came to get
serious and stop screwing around. Geez.

So, despite the good looking and acting show, your still left with a short, somewhat shallow story that feels as
if it could have been done in 30 or 60 minutes rather than stretched into a full 12 episode Anime.

And yet? Maybe its the fan in me, but I loved ever second of this Anime. The X-Men are, after so long, portrayed
like X-Men. The stakes are high, and the sheer atmosphere pulls you in. Again, it doesn't reach the heights of the
90's series, but I think its unfair to call this series a failure. If your an X-Men fan, or even if your somewhat curious,
check it out yourself. You may not be disappointed. :)



Besides...any show that features Deadpool as a member of the X-Men can't be bad. XD
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time... even for fans. June 4 2012
By RaidenS - Published on Amazon.com
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I really wanted to like this series, but just couldn't. The art is excellent. The voice over is very well done. The action, when there is action, is fast and brutal without being violent; meaning it reaches a middle ground that will be suitable but satisfying for a wide audience. What is wrong then? The problems are in the pacing and story. The series really should have been about half the time, as there was a lot of material that could have been cut without hurting the story at all. There are some sections that just seem to drag and other sections, such as Cyclops mourning, that are repeated far too often. It does not help that the story is predictable and unoriginal. There may be some new elements, but any fan of the X-Men will have already seen most of this content in some shape or form. Overall, there are just too many better ways to spend your time and money to recommend this to anyone but the most diehard of fans (and they will be most familiar with this material).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X-Men Anime?! Jan. 25 2014
By Nat P. Thongchai - Published on Amazon.com
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Been waiting for this to come out. Normally I prefer anime in Japanese however when it comes to an American comic/cartoon, it just wasn't the same hearing their names with a Japanese accent. The animation was very clean, all the characters were portrayed how they should be. Very well done. No problem with seller. Would buy from again for sure.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very... Jan. 14 2014
By Kratos Ohio - Published on Amazon.com
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At first I didn't think I would like it... However, I was completely wrong. This is a great show and had to buy it. I was disappointed that they didn't do a new season, but this one... It started slow, but came full circle. This isn't your run of the mill X-men either, but a new kind of X-men. The lead is still Cyclops with Professor X as the teacher... Storm, Wolverine, Beast, Emma Frost, and Armor (junior X). I wish there were more, but I do believe you will enjoy it...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best X-Men animation ever. Jan. 13 2014
By J. Maines - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best X-Men animation I have ever seen. The intro is nowhere near as catchy as the 1990s cartoon, mind you. ;)
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