Iron Man and Wolverine – Anime Version!

29 07 2009

Legendary anime studio Madhouse is making adaptation of classic Marvel heroes, following up on the unholy matrimony tendency mixing japanese animation with american/western stuff.

A very decent trailer I must say…

…BUT, as I already stated on previous posts about Astro Boy and Dragonball Movie, I’m a purist.

Meaning no matter how good the Hollywood studio, or japanese studio is for that matter, I’ll never be able to fully enjoy something that mixes the western comics culture with japanese anime culture.

Mind you, this is a very personal opinion and shouldn’t affect your own judgement of the upcoming titles.

Also, this is not hatred towards any culture… I love several Hollywood movies and american comics (I grew up reading Marvel Comics and am now a happy comics collector with several american titles included) as much as I admire several animes Madhouse was somehow part of (not always as leading studio) like:
The Animatrix (segments Program and World Record), Black Lagoon, Boogiepop Phantom, Cardcaptor Sakura, Tsukikage Ran, Chobits, Death Note, Dennou Coil, Di Gi Charat, Galaxy Angel, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Gungrave, Gunslinger Girl, Kamen no Maid Guy, Ninja Scroll, Millennium Actress, Monster, Nana, Paprika, Paradise Kiss, Paranoia Agent, Perfect Blue, Pet Shop of Horrors, Record of Lodoss War, Tenjho Tenge, Texhnolyze, Tokyo Godfathers, Trigun, , Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, A Wind Named Amnesia.

With all that considered, I’m still against dubbing, against mixing japanese animation with western characters and stories, and stuff like that.
Somehow, I think something is lost or completely distorted by doing that. Kinda harsh to say this, but I just feel the end result is “soulless” or at least not as good as an original story.

Because when one guy from one culture picks a character that was made by another guy from another culture, the distortion is helpless.

Kinda like it’s weird to watch anime characters speaking english, or english characters speaking japanese.

Back to the trailers, Iron Man isn’t that bad, but it’s still weird to see him fighting against a very typical Madhouse villain in a very typical Madhouse style.
Wolverine… well, the animation per se isn’t bad, but I also can’t picture Wolverine as a bishounen cool guy as he is one of my favorite Marvel characters (has been since I was a kid) mainly because he was this muscular, short in stature and temper, kinda ugly, kinda clumsy guy (specially on his feelings), that looses his human side when facing danger.
The Madhouse concept is almost the opposite of that.

But that’s all I have to say about this. I won’t discard the whole deal, because Madhouse knows how to pick strange concepts and turn it into awesome animations… but I guess I’d rather see something new than this recycling move.




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