Marvel Anime: X-Men - Complete Series
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The X-MEN are reunited following the death of a teammate and are summoned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki. There, they confront the U-MEN, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen their own army, and the battle for justice is on.
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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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.Read more ›
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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
I can say I liked it. But it is definitely far from perfect. The good points however outweigh the bad, even so I will probably dwell more on the "bad" parts (Subject to opinion.)
Good: The art. This is good anime design. Where characters are not all effectively carbon copies of each other with a different hairstyle or costume. It falls into the more realistic style, which is something Madhouse tends to lean towards.
Overall plot was one of the better ones, even discounting certain areas where it falls flat. The dialogue heavy scenes were actually the more engaging for me.
They avoided recycling the same story every X-Men show seems to go through. (Though it is touched on at the beginning this is more or less the aftermath of it.)
Voice acting ranges from competent to well Steve Bloom. He's pretty much well mastered that job and none can really complain about his work and be taken seriously.
Wolverine done right.
Now the bad: *Spoilers ahead you be warned.)
Anime ending. Yes sadly we can't escape from the overdone power of friendship and hope ending that plagues anime.
Prof X's logic at the end. I suppose they were trying to show him being a mature responsible man accepting his role in what happened, except... he's totally wrong. Without going into too much detail he's trying to accept part of the blame for something he was totally deceived about and just learned any details of during the series. I am all for a man owning up to his mistakes, but when the woman involved flat out lies to you, uses tech and other means to hide the child you and she had together from your eyes(and in this case his thoughts.) I don't see him as having any responsibility aside from forgetting to wear a condom 15 years ago.
Any attempt to make the Prof ex lover remotely sympathetic. Sorry Dr Mengel and she are on the same level for crimes against humanity. Her poor me I just want to protect my boy tripe doesn't fly. (at least in the show the X-Men call her out on it over and over.)
Anime mutants. The super mutant freak things that show up look like they belong in Resident Evil, not the X-Men. Seems another overused staple of anime had to be thrown in, where something is forced to change form and comes out as a mass of veins and misplaced tissue, with teeth in spots they just don't belong.
Cyclops. I know he's far from the top favored member of the X-Men, but here they pretty much well reduce him to an emo wreck who can't get his act together. There are a few moments where he pulls his head out of his hind end and does the right thing, but they are pretty much well canceled out by his normal attitude.
Action Scenes.. Yes I went there. I know some reviewers praised the action as excellent that said the plot was weak, but they have it backwards. The plot was well done with some flawed areas, and the action was mediocre with a few stand out good areas.
Most of the action scenes consist of some bad guy showing up. Talking... more talking.. random X-man attacks.. bad guy deflects,(Which the scene is 7 out of ten times a still shot with voice work in it) more talking rinse and repeat until they manage to get the winning shot in. It's your standard anime fight where they talk more smack and take a few passes at each other, instead of actively trying to take their opponent out. On occasion they seem to pull out the budget and actually animate a scene, but the majority of the fights are as described before.
Highly recommended for X-Men/Anime fans.
Just recommended for X-Men fans.
Barely recommended for X-Men fans who are not too fond of anime.
3.8/out of 5 rounded up.
Spolier: Take note - in the first movie clip; Jean Grey has perished, and Cyclops last seen Emma Frost in the battle. How does Emma Frost come into the picture? Follow by the Inner Circle's Club and the rise of a mysterious condition affecting mutants across Japan. 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.
Take note - the Xmen Series will stretched into a full 12 episode Anime, and after watching the last episode, the second season of X-Men would introduce our favourite old arch enemy 'magnetism' but it remains unreleased at this time. Stay tune.
My summary The action and the characters animation & voice over are very well rendered. I will watch the Wolverine & IronMan in time as well. To all X-men fan, try to watch a glimpse of the clip, it is different from the 90's animated X-men.
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