Japan gets its revenge!
We all know what happens when Hollywood gets the license to convert a series we love into a film. It’s an increasingly popular way for writers to get maximum funding for minimum effort, just pick a series that’s not been around for a while, abridge the story, add more explosions, and a more epic soundtrack, then get loads of people who’ve seen the series to pay money so that they can moan about it all over the internet, all the while giving free publicity to anyone who didn’t watch the series.
I will admit that I am yet to watch any of these films with a prior knowledge to the series, and although I planned to see Dragonball: Evolution “for the lulz”, thankfully I avoided the temptation.
Now however, we’re presented with a wholly different scenario. Japanese studios are taking control of popular U.S. franchises and converting them. Although, not into big budget explosion filled frenzies. No. Hollywood have already done that for these.
Japanese animation studio MADHOUSE, have been given permission for a four part project, “Marvel Anime”, which will see some of your favourite marvel stars appearing on Japanese TV sets this October, U.S. TV sets some time next year, and the internet whenever someone is dedicated enough to break the copyright laws.
Marvel have given MADHOUSE “free-reign” over the project, however there may have been some collaberation over the production. The project sees four series, each twelve episodes long.
1) Iron Man – In an effort to make amends for his weapons manufacturing past, Tony Stark has dedicated himself to building the world up rather than tearing it down. Traveling to Japan to build a new arc reactor that will deliver unlimited free energy to the Japanese people, Stark is challenged by the Japanese government and the media when he attempts to import the necessary nuclear priming device. And when the reactor-in-construction is repeatedly attacked by the mysterious Zodiac consortium, Stark must gather his allies to take on Zodiac and its mastermind.
2) X-Men – 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 (Armor). 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.
3) Wolverine – Based on the popular graphic novel by Frank Miller, the series begins in Japan, where Logan is challenged by Shingen Yashida, the notorious leader of a powerful mafia clan. When Shingen’s employee Yukio, a female assassin, falls out of Shingen’s favor, she must kill him or be killed. Teaming up with Logan, the pair seek out the villain to exact their revenge.
4) Blade – Eric Brooks — known as Blade — seeks revenge on Deacon Frost, the vampire lord who killed his mother while she was still pregnant with Eric. With all the powers of a vampire and none of their weaknesses, Blade’s quest leads him throughout Southeast Asia in search of Frost, and, in Vietnam, he discovers a vampire plot that threatens to take down the whole world.
(All series synopses taken from SuperHeroHype.com)
Personally, I am not excessively worried about these series, I mean what could MADHOUSE possibly do to a series that Hollywood couldn’t? With the exception of adding obligitary cliche so that they could set all the series in eastern asia…
Well, I may be about to be proved wrong. We won’t find out for another few months at least.
Iron Man Trailer: