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Old August 25th, 2008   Augustine is offline   #1
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Default Marvel goes anime style. Four new shows. Iron Man and Wolverine each announced.

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Another press release as stolen form elsewhere:

Marvel Recreates World Renowned Super Heroes for Japanese Culture, Partnering with Leading Japanese Animation Studio Madhouse
Aug 25th 2008
Madhouse to produce cutting-edge Japanese anime series based on Marvel Universe

NEW YORK--As part of the company's aggressive strategy to grow the exposure of its character franchises in international markets, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is partnering with Madhouse - one of the top Japanese animation studios in the world - to create brand new characters inspired by the Marvel Universe for the Japanese market.

Working closely with Marvel, Madhouse will produce cutting edge Japanese anime series based on Marvel's world-renowned character library for the Japanese market. The characters will be adapted visually, using the unique style of Japanese anime, and their back stories and histories will interweave the local culture and history of Japan, with an eye toward making their mythology more relevant to the Japanese audience. This collaboration will result in a completely new character base, which will eventually cross-over into the current Marvel Universe.

“Marvel has continuously looked to push the boundaries with the Marvel Universe and seek new mediums for our characters. Madhouse is helping us expand the Marvel brand with a truly global vision tailored to themes and artistic styles popular in Japan, creating a uniquely localized and cross-cultural adaptation of the Marvel Universe,” said Simon Philips, President, International & Worldwide Head of Animation, Wireless & Gaming for Marvel Entertainment. “With over 35 years of experience developing and producing worldwide entertainment hits, we are confident Madhouse will be able to translate the vision of the Marvel Universe through the unique anime style, to create captivating new entertainment that will thrill both new and old fans alike.”

Madhouse is currently in production on the first of four new series (12 x 30 minutes), which are scheduled to launch in spring 2010. The initial series will feature characters including Iron Man and Wolverine, among others, and Madhouse will ultimately look to adapt the entire Marvel Universe, creating in essence a whole new character base for Marvel.

“We are incredibly excited to have this full collaboration with Marvel to create a completely new world that has never been done before in the Marvel Universe. This will be the first time there will be a full Japanese anime style for Marvel, and the Madhouse creative team is fully engaged to bring this to a worldwide audience,” said Jungo Maruta, president and CEO of Madhouse Inc.

The Marvel anime series will debut on ANIMAX, the first and largest 24-hour network dedicated to anime.

Additionally, Marvel and Madhouse will be exploring related merchandising initiatives to support the new series.

About Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

With a library of over 5,000 characters built over more than sixty years of comic book publishing, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) and publishing (via Marvel Comics), with emphasis on feature films, television, DVD, consumer products, video games, action figures, role-playing toys and promotions. Marvel's strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world.

About Madhouse, Inc.

Madhouse, Inc., established in 1972 with offices in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Beijing, is one of the top animation studios in the world working exclusively with some of Japan's top anime directors. They have created many well-known titles such as worldwide hits NINJA SCROLL, VAMPIRE HUNTER D, TRIGUN, TOKYO GODFATHERS, and METROPOLIS, Japanese successful TV series such as DEATH NOTE and NANA, as well as PAPRIKA (an Official Selection at the 2006 Venice Film Festival) and THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME (2007 Japanese Academy Award for Best Film – Animation)

Super Hero is a co-owned registered trademark. Marvel, Iron Man, Wolverine and their distinctive likenesses: TM & © 2008 Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved.
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Old August 25th, 2008   Arcademan/PixieP is offline   #2
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Wouldn't think too much about it but with Madhouse doing the animation, it may have a great chance of being good. After all, they did the Cardcaptor Sakura series and was a major artistic contributor to The Boondocks.
 
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The idea of completely reimagining it will be either very intriguing or annoying. Still, Madhouse will make it look pretty. The important question though is who will be writing my Iron Man anime.
 
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Old August 26th, 2008   Augustine is offline   #4
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Iron Man with anime means lots and lots and lots of crazy missle porn ala Macross started.
 
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sounds pretty cool, but personally, I'd die to see a real anime series (unlike 'teen titans') based on 'the legion of superheroes'. That's been on my wish list for a couple of years now.
 
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Old August 26th, 2008   SageShinigami is offline   #6
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Iron Man with anime means lots and lots and lots of crazy missle porn ala Macross started.
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...You about done with the bad anime stereotype jokes?
 
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Well, if you can't say nothing nice about anime, then what's the point?!!
 
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Old August 26th, 2008   Augustine is offline   #8
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...You about done with the bad anime stereotype jokes?
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Considering it happens in most anime that I've watched with robots and big battles since I first watched Robotech on TV when I was a child around twenty plus years ago it's not much of a sterotype to me, it's just one of the things that often happen.

BTW trope sites are good for comparing sterotypes and the standards one see in many anime.

In other words don't get so worked up about it, sheesh.
 
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Old August 26th, 2008   SageShinigami is offline   #9
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Considering it happens in most anime that I've watched with robots and big battles since I first watched Robotech on TV when I was a child around twenty plus years ago it's not much of a stereotype to me, it's just one of the things that often happen.

BTW trope sites are good for comparing stereotypes and the standards one see in many anime.

In other words don't get so worked up about it, sheesh.
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Or...we could skip the trip to cliche-land (what with the, "anime does a lot of this" stuff, which will, should this thread become more noticed, eventually degenerate into a discussion of how anime sucks and this is going to "ruin" all the great Marvel Comics characters) along with the side trip crappy joke land and we could just go back to speculating. Y'know, the fun part of things.
 
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Or...we could skip the trip to cliche-land (what with the, "anime does a lot of this" stuff, which will, should this thread become more noticed, eventually degenerate into a discussion of how anime sucks and this is going to "ruin" all the great Marvel Comics characters) along with the side trip crappy joke land and we could just go back to speculating. Y'know, the fun part of things.
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I like how you take one innocent litte comment and make it into an issue and doing what your speaking out about, this is what we call making a mountain out of a mole hill.
 
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I think Wolverine would be popular in Japan. They already have several popular anime characters that are very similar. Mugen from Samurai Champloo, The guy from Blade of the Immortal...I think together with a mecha Iron Man, Marvel has made a good selection of characters that would translate naturally into Japan's animation market.
 
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I like how you take one innocent litte comment and make it into an issue and doing what your speaking out about, this is what we call making a mountain out of a mole hill.
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Just taking a page from your playbook, sir.
 
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Starting out with a surly ronin and a guy in a mecha suit. Sounds like a natural fit for anime. All in all this idea already sounds a heck of a lot better than some of the other animated projects that Marvel's unveiled lately.


Seriously...teenaged Iron Man? ...Because it worked so well the last time they tried it?
 
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Seriously...teenaged Iron Man? ...Because it worked so well the last time they tried it?
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I'm glad I'm not the only person thinking this. I don't get it. Why all the gimmicks? The best superhero cartoons are the ones that stuck to the basics, used the initial status quo and built from there.

Don't even get me started on Next Avengers...
 
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Old August 26th, 2008   Frankenstein is offline   #15
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This is fantastic news! After the success that "Witchblade" has received by being adapted this way, I guess it was a no-brainer that others would follow suit.

Way to go, Marvel! Woo hoo!!
 
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Chances are about 70/30 that it will be cliche ridden crap, filled with stock characters and situations. But that's based on the fact that about 70% of all anime produced in a calendar year is cliche ridden crap. The other 30% runs from very good to excellent.

It really will depend on if Madhouse is doing this just for the money or if they really want to tell a good story with these characters.
 
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