First Look: “X-Men Anime” series

Sean Hunter

by: Sean Hunter
February 26th, 2011

If you've been sitting on pins and needles awaiting the release of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, I've got something for you. First off, you should stop being such a nerd and calm down. Secondly, here's the first commercial for the Japanese X-Men Anime series. It's all in Japanese so unless you are REALLY nerdy, you're not going to understand any of it; but who needs words when you've got Wolverine-san fighting Cyclops-san?

Check it out after the break.

Thanks to Blastr for the first look.

Insanity! My favorite part is where everything is tinted red from...the massive amounts of blood? I have no idea what I just watched. Are they fighting a building? I guess it doesn't matter because this looks to be the most interesting thing to happen to the X-Men animated franchise since the original television series.

This series comes from Madhouse Studios in Japan. Madhouse has previously produced such favorites as Trigun, Claymore, DeathNote, Metropolis, Ninja Scroll, and a couple of segments from the animated GOTHAM KNIGHT feature. Needless to say, these guys know what they're doing when it comes to the genre and are sure to produce an interesting take on X-Men.

Brilliant comic book writer Warren Ellis has helped with the process and has this to say:

"The way it worked is that I devised four serials for Marvel Anime—Iron Man,WolverineX-Men and Blade. Which means that I came up with 12-episode stories for each property. For the most part, I used pre-existing stories as adaptation material—theWolverine story, for instance, takes the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Wolverineminiseries from the early '80s as its basic spine.I then wrote outlines for each episode of each serial. These outlines were then turned into scripts by Madhouse's writers, and then made into animation by Madhouse's directors and animators. Because I knew the process in advance, the outlines were really just plot, pacing and colour. I imagine and expect that I've been seriously rewritten in places by the actual writers, which is fine and all part of the process."

Hopefully we'll be seeing some English-cut trailers soon, as G4 has picked up the shows and will begin airing them sometime later this year. So stay tuned for more!

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