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.
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…
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.'
The wolverine. Chances are this isn't the first time you've heard of this character. In fact, you probably wouldn't be looking to watch this if you don't enjoy marvel products to some capacity. I'm a total marvel geek and I watched this just to say that I've seen wolverine in anime form. After watching it I was a bit disappointed, but I wasn't angry or sad about it, i was kind of content with what I got.
If you've seen the wolverine movie from 2013, you know where he goes to Japan, this is an incredibly dumbed down version of that pretty dang good movie
in my opinion. Wolverine needs to go to Japan to save his girlfriend, Mariko from an arranged marriage. Her dad is evil and so is her fiancé. Wolverine joins with Yukio to stop them, an assassin and an angry Russian. That's it. It's simple, it's easy to follow, which is kind of a good thing. It's based off of comic books. I wasn't expecting Shakespeare and nor should you.
Characters are possibly the most important thing about any story, if their not developed or well-written enough, then I'm detached from the story and I don't care enough. This is the case with the wolverine anime. In terms of characters, it's wasted potential. The wolverine character from the comics and movies is rich with personality, development, conflicts and I was disappointed to see that none of that was used in the anime. The driving force for his entire mission is to save his girlfriend whom he apparently loved so much, even though we had no way of knowing how much she meant to him. The most we get from them being in love is when poorly directed scene at the beginning of the season.
I never linger too much on the sound or anything like that in a show, but I can for this. The soundtrack consists of pretty much 3 or 4 tracks that are used over and over again. Granted they sound awesome, but they're so overused I get tired of them and I really notice the lack of diversity. The voice acting (English) was hit or miss. Vic Mignona is Mariko's evil fiancé, and he does perfectly, as does Steve Blum as Shingen. Speaking of Steve Blum, he usually suitably provides the voice for wolverine in marvel products like the games and cartoons, but not in here. Instead the voice for wolverine in this anime is pretty crappy. He's not shit, but Steve Blum would've been better.
From a visual perspective, this show looks great. It looks clean, shiny and fancy. Once you start watching it and realize all the horrible action scenes, cheap animation tricks and corners obviously cutted for the sake of saving money, then you can complain.
Should you watch it? Again, you probably don't want to unless you're a marvel fan, like me. Yes there is some novelty in seeing wolverine, and a few other characters (no spoilers) appear in an anime, but there isn't much to this anime beyond the novelty of it. I won't stop you from watching it, because i didn't dislike this anime, but I'd suggest watching a better show
It may just be me, but I found this anime unbearable. it took a short comic arc which was dark yet had a sweet ending and turned it too well crap.
To start this off, I disliked Logan's voice actor. He tried too hard to sound tough and his voice was too young for the role. Logan is a very old man even though his body doesn't show it, both his voice and mannerisms do. His voice to me sounds like a kid trying to sound older and he acts like a 20-year-old trying to act cool (take a drink for every one-liner I dare you).Second,
he doesn't really act like Logan and at times it feels like they would shoehorn in lines or words to make it seem like he is Logan but really it just came off as weird. Off of Logan, there is Mariko, in my opinion, the anime gave her no backbone, in the original comic the reason she didn't fight back is because she had a strong sense of honor and was already married by the time Logan found her. in the end, it was shown that she was planning on killing her father and then herself if Logan didn't get there in time. In this anime, she just sits around and sighs as she waits for Logan to save her. she is not even married yet and when we get moments to see what she thinks it's just "Oh logan~"
While America sees plenty of anime on its shores, you might be surprised at how many American shows make it to Japan. From on-screen comic book heroes, to cult classic flicks, these 11 American shows and films have some "interesting" anime adaptations.