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.'
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 here in time. In this anime, she just sits around and sighs as she waits for Logan to save her. she is not married yet and when we get moments to see what she thinks it's just "Oh logan~"
So, once again, I’m looking into the world of Madhouse / Marvel Anime and to see how the next disappoint—I meant, installment of their comic book counterparts and as you can see by the title description, you know what it is.
Up next in the four-part Marvel Anime project and broadcasts after the Iron Man anime, Wolverine is a mutant, possessing animal-keen senses, enhanced psychical capabilities, three retracting bone claws on each hand and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound, disease or toxin at an accelerated rate. Logan learns that his girlfriend Mariko Yashida, who disappeared a year ago, has
been taken to Tokyo by her father Shingen Yashida, the head of the Japanese crime syndicate Kuzuryu and a supplier of A.I.M., in order to be wed to Hideki Kurohagi. Wolverine goes on a quest to rescue Mariko and defeat Shingen and Hideki, encountering several opponents along the way.
Once again, I am disappoint, son.
Anyone who knows much about comic books, specifically Marvel comic books that Wolverine is the most notable X-Men character and Marvel character overall, but yet that one time where they made a origin story about him in 2009……yeah, you know how that went and I don’t know much of the other X-Men related animated series or other comics but I hope……I really hope they did a better job on that than in this one.
I really don’t like the story to this….Actually, no; I hated the story to this for two reasons. 1) Its very predictable. You’re not really going to be surprised or in shock of what happen throughout the course of this series. 2) I just couldn’t get into it. As bad as the two other Marvel Anime I watched (Blade, Iron Man), at least I somewhat got interested in them, no matter how generic is it and not only is this plot generic, it fails at being even the slight watchable. The romantic angle between Logan and Mariko is so minimal, it’s a leech. Mariko is the basic mopey damsel-in-distress who waits to be rescued by Wolverine and she’s forced to be married by this guy Hideki Kurohagi, who’s the basic bad guy who may seem like a threat but you know he’s a little cowardly bitch who lets his minions to the dirty work for him.
Characters are no better here: Wolverine is the basic badass that everyone wants him to be; there’s a female accomplice of his whom has a mysterious past that I’m sure not to care about; Side characters are there to serve some purpose until they eventually die (Yeah, I’m noticing a pattern in these shows. I don’t mind them but them just come out as unnecessary and played for sympathy points) and villains are played out as uninteresting and lame.
The animation…..I want to say Madhouse did well but this is an exception. Some of the action scenes were not very well animated. It looked very cheap with them using still images for explosions and shaking the picture. Wolverine’s design is very bi-shounen and pretty boyish, which I don’t think represent him well. I won’t be the final judge but I’m not buying the look of this.
The music is pretty uninspired with the same rock theme that thinks it’s cool because it is and the ending theme with many mood swings shows that like the show, I don’t even think they were trying to make this interesting. The English dub, handled by Studiopolis, is ‘meh’ but serviceable. The role of Wolverine is this is played by Milo Ventigimilia and he really didn’t do it for me. I didn’t feel much of a presence from him (and no, I’m not comparing him to you-know-who) and it’s just rather bored. Other performances from veterans VA’s like Kate Higgins, Crispin Freeman, Stephanie Sheh, & Vic Mignogna felt wasted here.
FINAL VERDICT: So far, this is the worse Marvel-Madhouse anime adaptation I’ve seen and I haven’t even seen the X-Men anime yet (I still am, I’m not backing out of that.) It’s basically everything I feared what the Blade and Iron Man anime would be. I’m just going to end it here and say I really do not recommend this title, even if you’re curious about it. You can watch it if it helps you sleep.
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