Its Christmas in July! Marvel and Madhouse just announced and released 2 teasers for a 4 part series of anime movies featuring Marvel superheroes. The first two teasers are for Ironman and Wolverine and I am all hyped up which, if you’ve been reading Dark Diamond for a while, you’d know it’s no easy task.
The films are supposed to redesign “popular Super Heroes redesigned and repurposed as emerging from the fabric of Japanese culture” and from the teasers you’ll know they are serious about this. The project is slated for spring 2010 and oh boy it cant come soon enough. Watch both teasers and my take on them after the break.
Ironman. The dogfights look amazing and as expected from Madhouse the animation quality is top notch. Ironman himself though… I can see how they wanted him to look more like a shiny mecha but all I can think about is that someone took an Ironman sketch and applied the Plastic Wrap effect in Photoshop to it. The villian though, that’s a whole other story! He’s part Captain Harlock, part The Major from Hellsing and all kinds of awesome.
Wolverine really hit close to home. I’ve never been a Wolverine fan but this reimagining of the character as a Japanese badass is an instant hit. The mood is a lot grittier and thicker than the american version and will remind you a lot of classic samurai anime films, specially Ninja Scroll.
Bravo Marvel & Madhouse! You’ve made a believer out of me! How about you? Are you a fellow convert? Does this project still stink of american style? Is this a sacrilege against your beloved marvel heroes? We’ll keep you posted as the project develops.
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