Tony Stark, CEO of a large weapons manufacturer, physicist, engineer, and brilliant inventor, is wounded by shrapnel from one of his own weapons. While held captive by terrorists, he develops the Iron Man Suit and escapes. From that day on, he vows not to waste his second chance at life and to change the world for the better. For that purpose, he comes to Japan.
In Lab 23 in Japan, great strides have been taken to develop, and build, a unique power station which does not run on fossil fuels, the Arc Station. Stark intends to join this project, and, for that, he is ready to announce his retirement as Iron Man. At the same time, he will also announce the Mass-produced Iron Men, to which he will pass on his duties. However, during the ceremonies, Stark is suddenly attacked by combat mecha belonging to an organization known as Zodiac.
First off, I will edit this review if necessary as the episodes go along, so stay tuned! I quite like Iron Man, and hope this will turn out well. I've dropped the score from a 9 to an 8.
Story: The story seems promising, with plenty of room for good development if done well. However, it seems to revolve around the premise where people keep wanting to steal Tony Stark's technologies, as with the live-action movies of Iron Man 1 & 2. Something different would have been better, but I guess there's always people who want that kind of technology. *shrugs* As of episode 2 onwards, the anime shows that Tony's chest having the glow of the core, so the producers did thankfully try to make the anime as close as the movie.
Art: I felt it was decent and the designs of the suits and characters were quite good.
Sound: The opening and ending themes for this anime was just music, instead of the regular openings that contained lyrics. This was a rather refreshing change and I personally liked the opening and ending music as they brought different tempos and the sense of urgency at times. Sound effects were excellent, but again die-hard Iron Man fans won't hear the more awesome live-action movie sound effects of the repulsor rays, but a remixed version of the sound effect.
Character: This was the more disappointing part for me, personally. Character introductions were not done as well as I would have liked, and the introduction of a certain female lead felt too abrupt. (I'm sure you all can figure it out by yourselves!)
Enjoyment: The first episode made my heart race and I was quite entertained throughout. The fight scenes felt good, and the little cliffhanger at the end of the episode made me want to watch the next episode. However, given the fact that Tony has to fight a new Zodiac sign at episode 2, one can guess he has 10 more signs to fight. This reduced the suspense the anime could have given to the viewers and thus reduced my overall enjoyment.
Overall: As I've stated earlier, it does look promising. I do hope the next few episodes will help shape up this anime to be one of the more well-liked anime in this current season!read more
This is my first-ever review on an anime... but this anime is sooo bad and disappointing that I really need to say something about it...
Let's see... when I first heard of an Iron Man anime, I was REALLY excited to say the least - especially with the first Iron Man movie (which totally blows my mind)
Then I started watching it... all 12 episodes and let me tell you this, if someone ever hands you this anime and tell you to watch it... DON'T!!!...
I will only review on the story itself... not the mediocre art, not the badass music nor the terrible character... etc...
It started out okay... I kinda liked the opening... where it showed his achievements from a child to a teen then to an adult and how they inserted scenes of when he escaped from captivity using the first Iron Man suit he made.
When I watched the first episode... I was expecting it to be based in America... but... no... it ended up with Tony Stark in Japan? Strange as it is, I could still take it since technically this IS ANIME... lolxx....
Anyways... as the episode progresses... and it was when the ball starts rolling downhill... Fighting Mechs.... and what's this? Mind-Control? WTH? Are we watching X-Men now? I mean seriously is there any other BETTER ideas they could come up with?! Basing it in Japan is okay... but the whole crappy fighting Zodiac-who-wants-to-take-over-the-world is sooo unoriginal.... =.="
And the worst of it all is that they even brought up someone who is supposedly DEAD! What the heck? When did the episode go so wrong? How did it go so wrong? Why did it go so wrong?
And another thing I noticed is that most and I do mean MOST of the time Iron Man gets his ass handed to him so badly during the last six of the episodes that it's a miracle he's still THE Iron Man!
And the scene where the girl transforms/morphs/flashes... donning an armor... how did that happen? What technology is that? Nanotechnology!?Power Rangers?! Iron Man couldn't even do that! If he could, Tony Stark could just shout out loud whenever he wants to and ta-dah! Iron-Man Armor ON!
Normally there are animes that have good episodes and bad episodes (fillers for example) but this really takes the cake... It's so bad that and I quote "You rather have a buffalo take a diarhoea dump in your ear"
12 episodes they made... 12 episodes I watched... 12 episodes screwed so badly and in the crap hole they sunk...read more
Aside from the obvious connection between Marvel's ever growing ego and the development of the anime industry, iron man is a mediocre and pretty pointless show. Evidently the show suffers from having a mixture of both Western and Japanese cultures due to how the show is set in Japan yet Tony Stark could speak fluent Japanese without any decent explanation.
To many, this show is a great disappointment as it demonstrates a clear and hopeless contrast between the animated trailer promoting the anime and the anime itself. The animation itself feels moderately satisfying especially scenes such as the suiting up of the armor however, it does not live up to any of the films. It can be said that the company would not live up to the movie as they do not have the capital. However the false display from the trailer shows how much of a rip off the anime is. Hopefully the show would get progressively better if the director decides to show more of iron man instead of the characters.
Which brings me to another point which is the characterisation. It seems there is a lack of respect for the source material as the character of Tony Stark although feels like the actual character from the comics and the movie due to its actions, but to be honest feels less like the character. read more
I'm honestly shocked that this series is any good at all. I don't like Iron man much, I've never read the comics, and I don't find that adapting american comics, with their repetitive nature, works very well. And yet, this first episode provided great pacing, a story which, although somewhat typical, doesn't play out in too predictable a manner. The pacing is particularly important to this anime, because it compensates for the cliche parts of the stories by telling them very, very quickly. The art was great. The art style, which is apparently a mix of USA and Japanese animation styles, was off-putting at first, but I eventually got used to it. The episode looks great, especially during fights, which are in typical, highly kinetic anime style. The sound is fantastic, and it makes a great partner for the pacing in keeping the episode's faults from becoming obvious. If you're a fan of the comics, you should know that Tony Stark has been heavily japanified. He's no longer such a jerk, and he talks with his hands in a way that might look bizarre coming from an ordinary westerner. For my part, I like Tony Stark a lot better in this anime than I do in other media, so I don't view the changes as negative. The great sound, pacing, and a more likable Tony Stark makes this my favorite form of Iron Man. The only question is: can the energy that made the first episode so enjoyable survive all twelve episodes?read more
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