16 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

Ironman episode 1

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.

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  1. Posted October 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Not my thing.
    I’m waiting for the first Bakuman episode.
    Than again, the Bakuman trailer looked lame.

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Ooh~ This looks like it’s actually going to be pretty fun. AndIlovedtheIronmanmoviesgodieinafire

    • Samshel
      Posted October 3, 2010 at 4:19 am | Permalink

      No worries I’m with you, I enjoyed them as well, waiting for download of this episode to finish :)

    • Scamp
      Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

      I failed to see what the big deal over them were. It was poorly constructed and the actual plot and big bad was a load of nonsense. Plus I don’t see why people seem to cream themselves over Tony Stark. Pepper was the real star of that movie

      • luffyluffy
        Posted October 4, 2010 at 2:40 am | Permalink

        They were just fun. Plus, Stark was fun to watch, and Downy Jr is a great actor.

  3. smallish
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t quite decided if I like it yet. I’m just not feeling much for the characters, but if that gets better and/or the action keeps strong in the later episodes, I think I’ll stick with it.

    Actually, I’m a secret Ironman fan, so I’ll probably stick with it no matter what.

    I didn’t think the animation was too bad, although you’re totally right that everyone looks cross-eyed when they’re not looking at the camera. Maybe it’ll magically get better next episode?

    • Scamp
      Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

      lol magically get better. Considering most anime studios blow their budget on the first episode…yeah, not boding well for the future

  4. Posted October 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    I’m very interested where this plot is going.

    I actually rather enjoy the animation but I do agree that the scorpion monster looked like crap.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      Well the animation is…different…I guess

      It looked like a shitty version of Monster!

  5. Taka
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    I just started rolling my eyes in the first 5 minutes where tony is like omg Japan is so awesome. I chose Japan because it has like the bestest bestest people evar. I had to facepalm. Heroman was proud of it’s generic town USA roots.

    • Posted October 3, 2010 at 12:40 am | Permalink

      Tony has himself a case of Yellow Fever~

    • Scamp
      Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      Imagine how the Japanese would have responded if Ironman depicted the Japanese as a bunch if bumbling idiots

  6. EurydiceQ
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    I have to admit I’m surprised that you think this is better than the Iron Man movie (which I believe to be awesome). I have to concur that character designs are fuck-ugly AND I already despise that reporter girl.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Ironman movie is almost as bad as Gunbuster

      Well no, it’s actually quite a bit better than Gunbuster. But it’s still not very good. Gunbuster is about as bad as Spiderman. I saw all 3 Spiderman movies. They were all terrible

  7. Posted October 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for watching this so that I won’t have to. Really liked the first Iron man movie, but heard the second one wasn’t all that, so was on the fence about checking this out… ’til I saw your screenshots. Call me shallow, but I refuse to watch ugly anime. Nuff said.

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