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Source: The Escapist
This piece of news could either be really, really great or really, really bad depending on who you talk to. Yes, it seems Marvel writer Warren Ellis has brought four beloved Marvel properties over to the land of the rising sun to comission anime on each of them. Up for the anime treatment are Iron Man, X-Men, Wolverine (on one of those solo adventures he does he every damn year), and Blade (of all characters, I'll get back to that one later).
As you can see, the art style ISN'T the Naruto or Bleach style anime with distorted faces used for comic relief. This is more of the Cowboy Bebop or Samurai Champloo-level of animation where characters' faces are never, ever distorted. Such is the animation style of Madhouse, a studio with a very long history of infamous works including: Perfect Blue, Ninja Scroll, The Animatrix (Program and World Record), Batman: Gotham Knight (In Darkness Dwells and Deadshot), Battle Angel, Death Note, Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (the short anime detailing Cloud's origins), and Gungrave. They also collaborated with Miyazaki by helping to animate My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle. So make of those credentials what you will.
The hook of these series will be that they ALL take place in Asia. For instance, Tony Stark is bringing his arc reactor project to the citizens of Tokyo and has to fight off the Japanese government and some guys called the "Zodiac consortium". Meanwhile, the Charles Xavier brings the X-Men together to Japan when one of their teammates die in order to locate Hisako Ichiki, aka Armor. In Japan, they face the U-Men (no I'm not making this up), a lunatic cult that harvests mutant organs to build a damn army. Wolverine's show will be an adaptation of Frank Miller's (ah old faithful) Japan series where Wolvie teams up with a female assassin named Yukio to take down a mafia syndicate. Finally, Blade is exported to Southeast Asia (ironically not Tokyo) to hunt down his old nemesis, Deacon Frost, and take down a vampire plot to overthrow the world in Vietnam. I find an anime version of Blade the most interesting since African-American characters aren't very common (nor, arguably, popular) in Japan.
My first gut reaction to the above trailers is wondering: why do some characters look effeminate? I guess that's just their style. Bear in mind I did like their work for the Animatrix shorts and, of course, Ninja Scroll. But I was never a fan of Death Note particularly because I thought the character design looked a little strange for my tastes. Another point that bothers is me is that this is JAPAN. So far they really do not have a good track record for taking American properties and developing shows faithful to their original concept. To this, I offer Exhibit A:
I also encourage you to read the very funny Cracked article commenting on this phenomenon.
So what do you guys think of this bizarre, but ambitious measure?