I discovered the first episode of Madhouse Studios' Iron Man anime series on Youtube. While the premiere isn't groundbreaking, it's not a disaster. What happens? Tony Stark heads to Japan, acts like a horndog, and wrangles a scorpion mecha.



















It's hard to fault the first episode of Iron Man for lollygagging a little bit — the episode establishes that we're dealing with the movie incarnation of Tony Stark. Indeed, there's no mention of the Avengers or other Marvel heroes. Pepper Potts does cameo, but that's it. This is the Robert Downey Jr. take on Tony Stark, right down to the arrogance, ARC reactors, and unabashed mimboness. We meet two comely female characters (Dr. Tanaka and clumsy reporter Nanami), and Tony-san strikes out with both of them. He also get slapped once. Oh Tony, you salacious card.

Also, a lot of the dialog focuses on Tony's concern about his public image in Japan. He's self-conscious about his reputation as a brash gaijin playboy but doesn't do anything to dissuade his critics. Indeed, Tony accidentally wipes out a good chunk of highway when his Iron Man suit malfunctions at an impromptu air show. Is Tony contrite? Naaah.


Stark's visiting Japan to oversee the production of an arc reactor and test a new non-military Iron Man armor, Iron Man Dio. Of course, Dio malfunctions and goes on a rampage. Tony dispatches Dio and is next attacked by a mecha version of Scorpio from the Zodiac, Marvel's premiere astrology-inspired supervillain squad (they've historically looked like this). After dispatching Scorpio, Tony tables his retirement plans — the show will have 12 episodes, so I'm betting we see one foe an episode. C'mon, Sagittarius



All in all, Iron Man isn't bad — there are some handsome sequences and the armor looks quite regal as anime — but overall the script feels clunky. Warren Ellis has mentioned that his outlines for the show were rewritten, but I was holding out for a least a smidge of gonzo science pop. In a medium dominated by robots fighting, Iron Manime needs something to stand out. Sadly, the show never really evinces what makes the man in the tin can so special.
Iron Man will debut on G4 in 2011. It's presently airing on Animax in Japan.

32 comentarios:

http://the4unetwork.blogspot.com/ dijo...

woah, awesome! might have to check this out on megavideo or something, cheers.

Namja! dijo...

Muy Bueno, compadre.

TeddyPin dijo...

Cool post, will definately be following. Hit me back

kkazzamm dijo...

Seeing as I never got into the Iron Man comics much (never enough $$ to go around) and I have mostly enjoyed the movie versions I may have to check this out. Thanks for the review :D

Aeacus.Warden dijo...

gonna check this anime out!

Dim Lamp dijo...

Seems interesting . Gotta check this one out.

kmartsmartsuperstar dijo...

Awesome. Never seen this I'll check it out. Thanks!

jeanjean dijo...

I liked the movie, I'll see the anim too, thanks

AnnoNeuvo dijo...

Seems cool, might check em out!

DjSavage dijo...

Oh wow I had no idea there was going to be an anime. I loved the movie can't wait to watch this. =]

TheCriscoKing dijo...

I guess they can animootise anything :)

Kevin dijo...

I like the movie, but why can't they come up with new ideas instead of regurgitating old ones, it seems to me that hundreds of good new shows get passed buy will they just come up with the same theme to sell to us over and over.

McFlame dijo...

For some reason I just have my doubts about this series.

Ryan dijo...

Looks promising. Do you know if theres any places I can find the series currently airing in japan?

CorPetit dijo...

elaborate post
I like

brendan dijo...

i didnt even know iron man had an anime ill check this out

jj_srk dijo...

holy shit i haven't seen this yet, a jap iron should be awesome

Michael A dijo...

Where can I find this at?

zidane4571 dijo...

its like dbz with a suit of armor looks kool tho

xMuku dijo...

Wow that actually looks pretty good

LD dijo...

it does look very nice and the movies is great

cupcakelady dijo...

Wow this looks awesome! I am totally checking it out

RJ dijo...

can't wait

JR dijo...

I didn't even know. Maybe I'll watch it some time.

couragewolf2 dijo...

supporting!

Velociplum dijo...

I like the movies, and i think I WILL watch the Iron Manime

Willow dijo...

I read mixed reviews on this when it came out. I may just have to suck it up and watch it.

Laim dijo...

wow, just wow. anime + Iron man can only = win

azzabainz dijo...

sweet :o ironman ftw

Goodfella dijo...

Gonna have to torrent this.

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Mez dijo...

looks nice,,btw photobucket fucked your images up :D

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