Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer Supers #1

The summer is here and it is once again time for blockbuster action. While we wait for more of Hero's Wild Talents in Velo City, let's look at some up and coming super hero action. FnD's first look is at X-Men the new anime from Japan.

"The X-Men are reunited following the death of a teammate, and are summoned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki (Armor). There, they confront the U-Men, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen their own army, and the battle for justice is on." - Marvel

What could be a better way to start off our Summer Supers than with a new anime that combines the fantastic elements of Japanese culture, similarly in Anima, and super hero action, as in Wild Talents. I've watched the first episode and it is pretty intense. This is a show for a more mature audience, unlike the X-Men cartoon that aired in America in the 1990s. About the only issue I have with the series is that it is voiced in Japanese, which has never been a problem in the past. I prefer the original language animes over dubs, but hearing characters I have grown up with suddenly speaking to each other in a new language challenges my suspension of disbelief. I would have liked a Blood: the Last Vampire approach of Japanese and English language mix throughout. Also, there are some characters that have deviated in their look from the original design. Storm and Beast have been overhauled and look almost like new characters. In all, it's different, but if you love anime you'll love this twist on classic comic mutant heroes.

More Summer Supers to follow in greater detail. Power up and game on.

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