How dare Britannian corporations try to muscle in on my glorious Nippon animation! What is going on here? Why can’t I just live with my beautifully constructed Japanese storylines and characters? Stop interrupting my dream, baka Marvel! I am trying to indulge myself in my weeaboo ways and not get drowned in your Hollywood monstrosities. Nippon Banzai!
I actually quite enjoyed this episode of Ironman.
I wasn’t a fan of the Ironman movie. The only parts I liked was watching Tony Stark muck up in his first designs and test runs of the suit and his relationship with Pepper. Otherwise, the movie felt rushed and the plot was a load of shite. The action looked pretty cool but the appeal of suit wore off quickly. Combined with the negative reactions this Ironman episode had gotten already, along with the last Marvel anime, Heroman, being a massive dud, I didn’t have high expectations for this at all. Which is maybe why I found myself enjoying this quite a bit.
This is a hell of a lot different from Heroman. Gone are the stupidly corny dialogue and nonsensical reasons for getting into fights. Gone is the kiddy show approach that show took and all the horribly cliche methods they used. Gone also, unfortunately, is the budget. Ironman artwork looks as ugly as fuck. Their faces are these horribly crafted blocks of wood where the characters look cross-eyed whenever they aren’t facing the camera straight on. Neither am I a fan of the CGI. The scorpion monster at the end of the episode looked like the aliens from Macross Frontier, except in Frontier the shininess of them mixed well with shininess of the character designs. Here, the CGI just looks stupid next to these characters who looked like they were chiseled out of rotting wood by a blind amputee.
But I certainly enjoyed this. The plot is good old Tony heading off to start a new project, only to realise there’s something going on to sabotage it and he has to return to his suit to save the day. It’s competently set up, doing its job to introduce the characters and kept the pacing at a solid level. OK fine, it does have an annoying tendancy to fade out between every single scene change, which gets on my nerves even more than the horrible character designs and CGI, but plot is king and Ironman has set itself up nicely in that regards. It’s certainly better plotted and paced than the movie began.