Iron Man Arrives in Japan – So Marvel’s Iron Man has come to Japan at last, under the steering hand of comics maestro Warren Ellis and anime director Yuzo Sato, who bring to us a 12 episode long anime series from the combined efforts of Marvel Animation and the legendary Madhouse.
According to the press releases Madhouse has been given free reign with Marvel’s house of superheroes, meaning the potential for unchained re-imaginings with a Japanese slant is heavily on the cards, starting off with Marvel’s current film poster-child, Iron Man.
Marvel Anime: Iron Man episode 1 kicks the proceedings off and unlike the recent Iron Man: Armored Adventures which is more geared towards kids, Iron Man puts the familiar playboy billionaire genius Tony Stark right in front of us, making his way over to Japan in order to oversee the completion of his ambitious arc reactor project which seeks to bring free energy to the whole of Japan.
However, one thing no one could have expected is that Tony Stark is also in the process of stepping down from his role as Iron Man, instead handing over the reins to a new generation of pilots who will be piloting a new Iron Man model nicknamed the Dio.
But of course, for a man as flamboyant as Tony, fitting into the more culturally reserved Japan is going to prove tough enough on its own, never mind the fact that despite his desire to step down, a sinister organisation known only as the Zodiac is about to rear its very ugly head!
Episode 1 is a solid start to what should be an entertaining anime series, even if it clocks in at the short 12 episode mark. We have already been given a good plot line to follow up on, been introduced to some sinister new enemies for the armoured hero and more importantly, been introduced to all the necessary supporting characters who no doubt will keep us entertained as the differences between the West and East are further highlighted as the show progresses.
In terms of the animation, once you get over Tony Stark’s rather foppish hairstyle and face lines, you’ll realize that this is one slick animation presentation. Fluid, great detail and some fantastic action sequences make for a very good looking, and enjoyable anime experience. The CG is particularly well handles and integrated into the 2D animation and as a whole, Iron Man, simply put, looks damn good.
Similarly, the soundtrack together with both the opening and closing music tracks are all a hit, in addition to which, it must be mentioned that Keiji Fujiwara provides a rather fitting voice to our playboy Mr. Stark.
In other words, a good start for what looks to be a decent anime series well worth checking out, particularly if you are as big a Marvel fanboy like I am! :)
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