The latest X-Men animation— adaptation of the Marvel comic, debuted in Japan last April 1st, 2011 – with the U.S. premiere later this year.
The X-Men are a team of elite super-powered mutants gathered by Professor X to protect ordinary humans even as they are persecuted by them. In the wake of the death of one of their own, however, the team has stopped operations for a whole year. Then Professor X receives word of a mutant girl’s mysterious disappearance in Japan. Sensing that something larger is afoot, he reassembles
the team and sends them to investigate. They uncover a connection between her disappearance and an anti-mutant group known as the U-Men.
Madhouse are the same people behind such great anime as Death Note, Batman: Gotham Knight and Paprika. They have also created two other Marvel based films, both conceived by Warren Ellis and featuring Wolverine and Iron Man.
The Phoenix Saga may have been an overrated arc in X-Men universe but I think, just like Wolverine and the X-Men premise, it is forgivable. The addition of Armor (Hisako Ichiki) is expected since it is a Japanese adaptation of the American comic book series adding, at least, Japanese touch on the series aside from the anime style. She also replaces Jubilee and Shadowcat as the resident little girl of the team. Could they follow the Astonishing X-Men series with this core group?
Logan is seemingly taller in this version, and Scott is so gay in his suit and to the released character info. Storm’s good, following Halle Berry’s character on the movie series and Beast looks like a big moving teddy bear despite being beastly in appearance. The rest of the characters are fine.
Looking closely to the details on the X-Mansion and the airport, they didn’t forget to include english instructions: signs and even the keys on the keyboard are in english. The addition of Cerebra being an operating system and its interface is very cool. Even the gadgets/communication device of each x-man is also cool!
If it continues to stay on track, maybe following Wolverine and the X-Men or even the X-Men series of the 90’s, no doubt this will be highly applauded and followed.