Friday, July 22, 2011

Wicked Anime Reviews #14 X-Men 2011

Anime reviews delivered directly to the face!

I’m so used to Anime making everything over the top and crazy and I had high expectations when Marvel teamed up with Madhouse to create Anime adaptations of their more popular properties but those expectations were shot in the face multiple times already and I almost skipped over X-Men 2011 because of that. The Iron Man Anime was incredibly boring and the writers didn’t seem to understand Tony Stark as a character. The Wolverine Anime was just an excuse to cram in fight scenes which is a shame since it involves Logan during his time in Japan which could have been pretty awesome. So here comes the X-Men Anime and I had lost interest before it even began but then I gave the first episode a chance and I was blown away by the level of detail and how true it stayed to the source material. I kept watching and it was a pretty great experience all the way through. I’m not giving an intro because if you don’t know who the X-Men are at this point then you probably aren’t going to watch this anyway. That being said: you don’t have to know a single thing about the X-Men to enjoy this series. In fact, it’s a decent introduction if anything. So let’s get right to the point:

What rocks?
-A great adaptation of the source material.
-Characters act true to form. Cyclops actually acts like Cyclops which has become a rarity in recent memory (most shows fail at this and the movie version of Cyclops was a joke). This is also the most accurate version of Wolverine since forever. The movies and recent TV shows have made him into some tall, polite, good-looking hero which Wolverine isn’t. He’s a short, wise-cracking, hairy, badass that will kill first and ask questions later but not before calling you bub.
-Visuals are stunning.
-Action scenes are fun to watch and really show off the team dynamics of the X-Men as they work together and all get a chance to shine in each fight.
-I’m not sure if it’s just my imagination (as it very well could be) but there seemed to also be stylistic nods to Anime like D. Gray Man and Afro Samurai which were nice to see (even if it’s just a coincidence).
-12 episodes felt like the right amount for this story arc and it’s easy to breeze through.

What sucks?
-It’s a bit dry. I blame this on the fact that this is a very serious story arc to tackle which isn’t the fault of the team who made this. It’s incredibly difficult to inject humor into this part of the storyline though I will admit that I am used to the majority of the X-Men team keeping up the laughs or at least snarky comments through all of the hardships they face. That's not to say the series is devoid of humor but there's definitely very little to go around.
-There are a few moments where the pacing slows down a bit too much and it becomes apparent that they had a hard time stretching certain moments into a full episode but it’s never bad enough to leave you feeling bored.

This is Kylak signing out
and probably ignoring the Blade Anime unless someone gives me a good enough reason to do otherwise.


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