Logan learns that his girlfriend, Mariko Yashida, who disappeared a year ago, has been taken to Tokyo by her father Shingen, who is the head of a Japanese crime syndicate and a supplier of AIM. He then decides to head to Japan to find her and take her back, no matter what.
It comes to no surprise to people that Marvel would have their best-seller Wolverine these recent years in another project. Personally, I checked this out not because of recent projects ie Iron Man's failure to attract audiences, but for likable purposes. I've always taken a liking to Wolverine as one of the more likable characters in the Marvel universe. I've seen pretty much all versions of Wolverine Marvel has thrown out: movies, TAS, comics, I was a bit curious how this would fare.
The story, while not impressive at all to me, tries to stay true to its roots. Wolverine and his whole japan outlook lifestyle with the people from there. Yes, in this one he's in love Mariko Yashida, a Japanese woman. And so, he pretty much fights an organization that has held her against her will in order to be reunited with her once again. At first, I had trouble accepting this "storyline" because recent versions of Wolverine I had seen. It's pretty romantic sure, but romance in Wolverine will not please audiences of this nature. I want a rebellious attitude Wolverine, one that just doesn't give a damn. For the most part, this anime failed to generate Wolverine's unpredictable nature.
The art remains decent throughout the anime, though common failures to generate more gore/bloodshed from Wolverine's claws disappointed me. I believe Marvel held back in some scenes here, but overall I don't think the art was truly ever considered a failure. It's not bad, but it's not the best thing world either. It's acceptable.
Where Wolverine truly begins to plummet is the sound. There are literally few or no memorable tunes with this show. Marvel could of came up with something but didn't. Ending episode themes fit but are irrelevant because they are in the manner to detail the shows ending climax. Disappointing, but ok.
The characters is where Wolverine really dropped the ball. Yes, Omega Red is present (thank god) and outta that is probably in my opinion the best fights in the show between him and Wolverine. But these are just lame excuses for Marvel to stick characters where they don't belong. Marvel could of done a whole other anime/saga with Omega Red but decided "we gotta get him in there somehow!" While I don't blame them for trying to entertain us, nothing really comes together as they should be. Is Kikyo suppose to be the Silver Samurai? Why does his sword look so childish when it comes out? What purposes do Yukio really serve other than being Wolverine help mate? Where the hell is Sabertooth? I mean if they can throw in Omega Red somehow why not more characters Wolverine is accustomed to seeing?
It's a show that doesn't go without its flaws. Some fights here are worth checking out, but most aren't memorable at all. This version of Wolverine tries to make him into something he really isn't. It's not a complete disaster, the show just isn't seen particularly well by die hard fans.read more
Wolverine is a well known marvel comic. Of course, coming from only watching the movies and maybe seeing him on cartoon network a few times when I was young, I thought it would be pretty cool. What I was looking for was some action that had some anxiety against it - some good counters to the immortal man, and a solid story. While I guess you could call the story solid it didn't fulfill either of those goals. If there was ever a time I wanted to write a negative review it would be right now, but let us stay as positive as we can…
At the start our princess Yukio gets kidnapped. We get a few seconds of the two of them together, and bam they are seperated. For good. We never really see her again for the rest of the show, and when she appears it is only so she can cry and weep at her uselessness. Far below the level of damsel in distress, it leaves us wonder why we should care for this character at all. There is no flashbacks or any background to her either. Yet our heroic Wolverine continues to get caught up in the Yakuza screaming at everyone to give her back.
Thankfully for the feminists we get two female sidekicks that fight alongside Logan. The more prominent one has an interesting backstory to her, and combined with the rest of his allies creates an okay story. The master samurai Shingen is turly badass, and while he can wipe the floor with Logan, he lacks any way to actually beat him. The true villain is an organized crime boss with a lack of balls; pathetic but when logan's motivation isn't transferred to us effectively it gives us a reason to cheer. He literally hides behind his waves of different underlings who are more interesting and praiseworthy than he is.
The plot is okay, but lack any impact or real surprises. After the first two or three episodes we've seen the best part, and the rest of the show is spent chasing down Yukio while the next episode's enemy is shown at the very end to attempt some sort of 'suspense.' Until they reach the stronghold of our villain, this same pattern repeats. As if my hatred had been answered, the ending provided me what I wished to see, but in a way it feels as if they storyline rage quitted and gave up.
The animation is good and done in marvel style. This carries over to the battles, but there isn't anything flashy about them; as I mentioned before there is only three times in the show where the opponent even has a chance against our immortal protagonist. Two of the more prominent characters are swordsmen so there are plenty of fights where he uses his claw like a blade.
It was a noble adaption, but the show was very ineffective at engaging the viewer into the plot. The action was average but they didn't put up much of a fight against wolverine, and the designated heroine was portrayed poorly till the very end. Better luck next time 'bub.' read more
Only one more episode to go and it up to the next Marvel anime series, let me first say that my review is based on how I've watched this anime with some comparison with other animated series being shown in TV. I don't have any access to some of those comic books about Wolverine, so forgive me if there will be some inconsistencies with my facts.
Ok let's get started:
Story: fair number 6.
Ok, so this Wolverine is a Japanize version of the Wolverine we used to watch from various animated series, which by the way includes the movie. Literally, this is a totally different Wolverine, co'z this Wolverine is about him being a kinght in shining armor who is rescuing a damsel in distress from the cruel father and groom .
Art: Very Good 8.
Ok, so the way the characters were drawn are totally symmetrical, though the 's female characters seem to look more masculine I guess I can go for it, since the masculinity kinda gives the female characters that amazon spunk. Also, as for Cyclops, I like the way which the illustrator has gone with the old Cyclops design since that's how the original Cyclops should be, but I'm a little disgusted as to why the illustrator decided to sport wolverine in a red jacked instead of the signature brown and yellow leather jacket which is often featured in most wolverine animated series including the movie which we see Hugh Jackman sporting it.
Sound: Decent 4.
Characters: Decent 4.
As I've mentioned this Wolverine is about a knight in shining armor whose mission is to rescue the damsel in distress, it simply a fairy tail in steroids, so as in any damsel in distress thing what do we have:
Knight in shining armor- Logan aka wolverine and aka James Howlett (Who's idea is that anyway?) Check.
Damsel in distress- Yashid a Mariko, check.
Evil father - Shingen Yashida,check.
Evil Villian - Hideki Kurhagi, check.
Evil Henchman - Kikyo Mikage (I think), check.
Alliances- Yukio , her grandfather, Min and her grandfather's henchmen, check.
Monsters- well, there is Omega Red and there is this somekind of ancient robot thing, check.
Villain's castle- that would be Madipor, so check it is.
So in a sense, we have a decent amount of cast in this kind of fairy tail in steroids.
First off, let me say that I watched the anime of Iron Man. I was quite disgusted the way they turned Tony Stark into some sort of low-class hero, by throwing around weird plots and giving Tony rather weak character traits. In my opinion, this is unacceptable when handling our favourite superheroes. For Wolverine, I feared that Madhouse Studios would further embarass itself just like they did with Iron Man. Glad it didn't turn out that way.
Alright, there are still some really weird plot twists, but at least the story has some fun elements to it. After watching 4 episodes, I dare say it is a fairly interesting one for now. Still, I doubt relying on heavy plottwists will keep this show alive, so I'm going to go ahead and rate it a 7.
The art is the same as that of Iron Man, but we all saw that one coming. After all, Marvel is trying to unite all its heroes in one giant clash against the villains. And of course, since Wolverine made a side-appearance in Iron Man, drawing him in a different way is simply not acceptable. The character style reminds me a bit of people with anorexia, so I will give this a 7 as well.
Sound, oh the sound. It is the thing I liked most about Iron Man, and I'm glad they kept the awesome music. Let me throw you an 8 for that one.
Wolverine does almost everything on instinct. And that usually involves fighting. A lot of fighting! Whenever Wolverine goes into rage mode, you are going to love it. Too bad the moment Wolverine stops fighting, things get rather dull.
Ah well, it is quite enjoyable so far. For all you Marvel fans out there, don't miss this anime. You owe it to yourself to see your favourite hero kicking butt in Japan!read more
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