18 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

X-Men episode 1

I can already come up with a very simple 3 word statement that will kill all of your interest in checking out this latest Madhouse X Marvel anime: Ironman was better.

The anime kicked off with a big old fight sequence against Phoinex/Jean where the animators put a red filter over everything while the characters spouted dramatic lines and had their hearts torn to shreds because they’re dear friend was leaving them. It’s an instant way of telling us that this version of X-Men is for fans of the franchise already. Apparently we’re supposed to care about these characters in this fight sequence. I sure didn’t, I never liked the cartoon nor those movies. Hence this entire scene just went by with a yawn, waiting for the actual episode to start for real. But the episode never did start. It just rebooted the story. We’re not kicking off from the start. We’re returning to the Xavier academy to meet our old favourites. Whoop de doop for those of you who care about X-Men and their ridiculously proportioned bodies. One massive yawn for someone like myself.

Mind you, I don’t know why original fans would be pleased to see this rendition. Unless, that is, X-Men always had horribly dull bouts of exposition from Xavier. Is that his only purpose in this show? He sits around in his wheelchair, gives the appropriate explanatory dialogue and let his army of trolls go off and fight bad guys. Also does Wolverine always look like a troll? He looks like the Hunchback of Notre Dame on steroids. That’s the Beast’s job to be the gross muscle beast. Speaking of him, talk about the stupidest fucking method of showing how smart he is. He created a talking squid to teach the class while he was away punching robots. I would have watched a show about a squid who kept having to teach a class because the regular lecturer kept disappearing to fight monsters.

The reason I say Ironman is better than this is because Ironman was silly. It was awful, but it acted silly as well so it got a few grins out of me, like a worse version of Cobra. X-Men takes itself so seriously that everything falls flat on it’s face. The flashback conversation between Cyclops and Phoenix was one of the clunkiest and lamest bits of dialogue you’ll ever see. “We Mutants shall be the light” and all that jazz, but it was delivered with such seriousness it drained the life out of me. I honestly don’t think Ironman is as bad as people made it out to be. It was still pretty awful, but X-Men has no redeeming qualities. There’s still another one of these Madhouse X Marvel anime coming as well. It will all be over soon. Please be over soon. I want old Madhouse back.

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  1. Posted April 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    But was it worse than Fractale 11?

    • Scamp
      Posted April 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      Difficult to say. Fractale 11 delivered its lines fairly well and there wasn’t necessarily anything horrible about the directing. Fractale 11 was awful because of the storytelling. X-Men was awful from a directorial standpoint mainly.

  2. romulus
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to say but old Madhouse won’t be back, they have stopped creating those spectacular animes they were known for. Their profile changed permanently, lackeying the american demand for zombies+tits/marvel heroes/the supernatural series. They even gave up on Hellsing Ultimate, passing the relay to some other studio.
    I mourn the old times’ Madhouse, creator of Death Note, Gungrave, Satoshi Kon’s movies, Metropolis and Summer Wars.

    …did I say something stupid?

    • Scamp
      Posted April 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      They did Tatami Galaxy last year.

      Also Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline Redline

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

        I don’t care if they vanish. Just finish Hellsing Ultimate first.

  3. Mr.Durrr
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    >Iron­man was better.
    Why do I still visit this blog again?

    • Scamp
      Posted April 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

      Because it’s fascinating to read alternative takes on the anime you watch

      Or maybe you’re just tsun

  4. fathomlessblue
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    So Beast was responsible for creating Ika Musume? I may have to check this out after all!

    • Scamp
      Posted April 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

      An X-Men anime where Beast finishes all his sentences with de geso~


  5. Posted April 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    From the character designs, I think Ironman was worse, but what do I know. I’m here to watch anime, not superhero cartoons. (Not that I don’t like american comics, I’m a big fan of Scott Pilgrim and Hanna is not a boys name, but most of those superhero comics are too sexist and the costumes are ridiculous. The superheroes also tend to be overpowered and boring. And Spiderman was totally whiny.)
    The only superheroes I ever liked were Batman and The Tick, and the former only because I ship Joker x Batman. SPOON!

  6. Posted April 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Clearly you liked it a lot, enough to have ol’ Cyclops as your cart driver “OTL

    • Posted April 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

      Oh hey, it changes based on the post. EPPICCCCC~

  7. luffyluffy
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Beast is wearing a bowtie

    bowties are cool

  8. smallish
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Well. I enjoyed it. And am also holding out a vain hope that Gambit will appear. Because I’m just about the most pathetic fangirl there is. And proud.

    But the series would be better if the switch Wolverine out for… just about anyone. I love Wolvie, but dear god he’s not the only character Marvel ever created. He has now become boring.

  9. Posted April 4, 2011 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    I liked this, the animation was a bit funky on some characters and yea Wolverine looks goofy as hell in this! What does he have a 20 pack? LOL and ya he looks like a troll agreed and his hair wtf xD

  10. Posted April 4, 2011 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    Dr. X does other things…sometimes he changes the University into a Brothel! Too bad he’s as bad at that as exposition!(http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/11/10/marvel-brothel-x-men-sex-game/) (It’s pretty tame, I promise. Just amusing)

    As a Marvel fan, I want them to knock off this shit and go back to their Madhouse anime. They have no idea what they’re doing, and no ideas what Americans want–just buying into the stereotype that Americans like heavily muscled men.

  11. Posted April 4, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    I found it much more enjoyable than Wolverine. That was a show without any redeeming qualities. Also, bowtie~

  12. learning
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    i hope they relase iron man sountrack soon, especially the ending song

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