X-Men Episode 2
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Series Premise: X-Men: The Anime is a new weekly anime television series started in April 2011, based on the popular Marvel superhero comic book series. After the apparent death of Jean Gray, the surviving members of the X-Men are gathered together to solve the mystery of a missing Japanese mutant girl.
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ep. tl;dr review: The X-Men versus the U-Men; No, Cyclops it’s not “all about you”.
Episode Summary: The X-Men fly to Japan and meet with Hisako’s parents about her disappearance, learning that other mutants have also gone missing in the past several months. The head out to investigate, then learn about another boy that was recently kidnapped. Even though the figure out it’s a trap, they continue onward and end up in a protracted battle with robots that they discover are controlled by the U-Men. The X-Men enter an abandoned hospital on the hill, where they come across the kidnapped boy who has been biologically altered into a monster. At first reluctant to fight, Beast determines the boy is lost, and Cyclops reluctantly puts him out of his misery. Entering a laboratory, they find Hisako, but also, much to Cyclops’ surprise, Emma Frost.
My Impressions: Hey everyone, Welcome to EXTREEEEME OVERREACTION THEATER!!!!!!!! Seriously, everything about this show is big and bold, loud and bright. Every action is broad and sweeping, evoking an equally strong reaction — not that this should come to any surprise at all. After all, this is very faithfully based on a Marvel superhero comic, which itself is painfully brash and explosive. (Eek, I’m starting to run out of adjectives and adverbs…)
The plot itself is quite simple and straightforward — there’s not much buildup or mystery here. The X-Men identify the problem and run headlong to confront it, bam one two three. It’s almost set up like a linear progression video game, going from one battle with the robots on the ice to the next battle with the unwillingly-converted mutant, down the corridor to the next save-point. Don’t expect to much thinking, just go along for the ride.
The only serious character development comes in the form of Cyclops getting all angsty, unsure of himself to the point where he is occasionally paralyzed into inactivity, still all torn up over the loss of Jean Grey a full year ago. Jeezus, Cyclops, SNAP OUT OF IT ALREADY! Either get with the program and join the team, or go off and sit in your little corner listening to your Depeche Mode and Morrissey albums or something, you can’t do both.
What can I say? It’s a Marvel superhero show, quite faithfully adapted into an anime series. It’s nothing special, although I admit it’s turning out better than the stillborn predecessors from Madhouse, Ironman and Wolverine. The animation is clearly a step above, too…as long as you can get past the rather disturbing number of derpy faces.
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (July 4th)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this series, then you might also like: Wolverine or Heroman.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “At this point, I can’t say that the X-Men anime is impressing me that much.” – Astro Nerd Boy
- “This was the calibre that I expected when Madhouse first announced this project. While Wolverine was a major step above Iron Man,the X-Men again are a step above Wolverine. All they have to do now is properly pace their story like Wolverine dd (with its admittedly far simpler story) and this will be really excellent. Grade: Excellent.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “Hold the phone!! It is only episode 2 and this anime is looking hhhhhhhhot! This is an unexpected turn of events. And what’s this!? New enemies, new evil methods, and please tell me that is not EMMA FROST!!! Grade: Excellent.” – Mediabeast
- “There are two things that I hate in this episode, namely Logan Wolverine stealing most of the kills/action scenes and Summers still acting like the Cyclops back in Wolverine and the X-Men.” – Orend’s Range
- “I am happy to report that Madhouse really delivers in Episode 2 of their new X-Men anime. We see some great, fast-paced action as the X-Men really come together as a team, and the characters start to interact in more familiar ways. Furthermore, they kick ass together – an essential of any X-Men cartoon!” – Big Shiny Robot
- “This isn’t setting up to be a bad series at all. Granted, we have extended focus on drawn-out battle scenes, villains with motives no one seems to really understand, and heroes who are constantly going through angst… so, in short, we’ve got ourselves a series based on a comic book. XD” – Angry Anime Bitches
ROUND TWO RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Two: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Moshidora, Ano Hana, Tiger and Bunny, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, Nichijou, Yondemasu-yo Azazel-san, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, X-Men
Thumbs-down for Round Two: Dog Days, Fireball Charming, A Channel, Sengoku Otome Time Paradox
Coming up next (in this order): Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono, Showa Monogatari, Appleseed XIII, Fujilog