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Marvel Comics has formally announced a partnership with Tokyo based anime production studio Madhouse to develop four 12 episode anime television series featuring Marvel super hero characters. The first series, which will feature Iron Man and Wolverine, among other characters, will premier on the Animax network in early 2010.

Marvel International president Simon Philips has explained that Marvel intends for these super heroes to be redesigned to become “part of the fabric of [Japanese] society.” While Madhouse president Jungo Maruta agrees, “Marvel today is so open-minded. Marvel gives creators freedom to fly.” Madhouse chief operating officer Alex Yeh says of Marvel, “Although they say, ‘I want Japanese anime,’ it’s not what they actually want. They want a hybrid between Japanese and Western animation.”

The Marvel/Madhouse productions will also be developed into Japanese manga while the anime will be distributed via multiple outlets including cellphones.

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There's been a really noticeable "comic book hero" fever going around lately. While I'm not intending to put anyone down, nor these comic book stories, I just find it utterly ridiculous how many comic book related movies, and now anime, are coming out.

 
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i wanna say its sounds pretty cool but my gut instincts are telling me it will end up in complete phailure >_>

i've seen some animes based on western styled comic books. didnt.. really... like it... that much =(
 
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sounds like this is going to be in the vain of the "What if" comics that used to come out in the early 90's. What if these super heroes were japanese heroes instead of american or canadian for those canuckle head fans. Could make for some interesting anime's.


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Aug 26, 2008 2:25 PM

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meh. Wolverine could be interesting, the story about him being in Japan was okay. On the other hand, I don't want to see an Iron Man Anime. o_O
 
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uh..kinda...wth? =/
 
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with Madhouse at the helm, with Marvel exercising some editorial control of course, these could be very interesting, especially from a stylistic point-of-view.

lets wait and see...
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A hybrid eh? Doesn't sound that interesting...
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Aug 26, 2008 3:09 PM

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Ironman + Wolverine + Madhouse? Badass.
 
Aug 26, 2008 3:11 PM
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What the-?
This sounds weird... VERY weird...
 
Aug 26, 2008 3:54 PM

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It will be weird... Sounds BAD to me. X3
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Aug 26, 2008 4:02 PM

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Well as a Marvel fan, this is very intriguing.

Hopefully this will turn out well.
 
Aug 26, 2008 4:18 PM

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Oh God. I am no fan of superheros and the whole Marvel thing. This is just going to be strange to see this stuff made into an anime. @_@
 
Aug 26, 2008 4:41 PM

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I don;t know if i'll be watching this, it seems like it'll fail...

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Aug 26, 2008 4:49 PM

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actually looking forward to it, jst to see if/how it works. Looks like Marvel's reaction to the Gotham Knight DVD.
 
Aug 26, 2008 4:49 PM

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I'm having trouble picturing the characters drawn anime style. It'll take some getting used to, that's for sure.
 
Aug 26, 2008 4:59 PM

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Gothat Knight wasnt bad from what I heard, I look forward to the meeting of the two 'genres'. Help make Japan less xenophobic looking~
 
Aug 26, 2008 5:02 PM

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HAHAHA it's the shock of the two alternate universes. xD

I have to watch this just for the sake of knowledge. And for the sake of Wolverine.
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Aug 26, 2008 5:07 PM

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This could be interesting...
 
Aug 26, 2008 7:43 PM

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Um...fuck yeah Iron Man?
 
Aug 26, 2008 8:06 PM

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Great potential, the Marvel universe is huge and has great story, let's just hope the execution is well done.
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Aug 26, 2008 8:51 PM
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im not a very big marvel fan but it seems interesting enought
 
Aug 26, 2008 10:21 PM
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I like Marvel. I like anime. The two together? Will be interesting to find out.
 
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Yeah, totally looking forward to this!! *A*
 
Aug 26, 2008 11:01 PM

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Meh, I'm interested. The bishounen Tony Stark pic really has me worried though.
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Aug 26, 2008 11:06 PM

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i'm eager to see this one
 
Aug 26, 2008 11:20 PM

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mildly interested

I've always been a fan of X-men
 
Aug 27, 2008 12:06 AM

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Interesting...

Interesting indeed.
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Aug 27, 2008 12:50 AM

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Madhouse are the best anime production studio out IMO
Monster
Death Note
Claymore
Lagoon
Trigun
Gungrave
so on & so on i do think this will be hit or miss based on how much rope does Marvel give Madhouse and how many risks will they take in making these western-anime hybrids,hopefully there arent too many cooks in those kitchens
 
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Sample image of Iron Man Madhouse version. (Left: Madhouse, Right:original)

"X-MEN" and "Incredible Hulk" will follow the Iron Man series.
 
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Anime based on good comic books do not have a very good track record. Manga spider-man has a freaking mecha. I'll try to watch, but I don't have high hopes for this.
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tobruk said:
“Marvel today is so open-minded. Marvel gives creators freedom to fly.”


Its because they like monies lol....
 
Aug 27, 2008 6:49 AM

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that quote isnt from me but oh well, and with all the comic companies worried about being able to survive since the comic industry has been declining every year, why wouldnt they look at other formats to make some money.


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I like Marvel...I really hope this doesn't go horribly wrong. Wolverine is one of my favourite Marvel characters as well.
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it sounds interesting... then again maybe not


 
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I am so totally looking forward to this :D *Big Marvel Fan*

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Could be good. The one problem with superhero films is that they can never truly capture the fights and powers as it costs far too much, awkward use of CGI etc. Anime could be the perfect place to really see superhero battles brought to life, think Bleach/Nuruto sized fights but between marvel superheroes. Awesome.
 
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Uummmm animate?
As in japanses designs?
 
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Why so much negativity?

Madhouse, which is great, is going to release multiply Marvel anime's.
Iron Man and Wolverine, are two great Marvel heroes, the reason why these are chosen is also understandable, The Hulk,Iron Man 2, Iron Man vs Hulk and the Wolverine Movie in the nearby (2009-2010) future.

My guesses for the others are The Hulk (cuz of Iron Man vs Hulk), Thor (cuz of the Thor movie), Giant-Man (aka Ant-Man) and the Wasp cuz of they're movies, and of course, Captain America (The Hulk, Captain America).

And of course the probably epic movie, The Avengers, with everyone I just said, exception for Wolverine tho' (probably). Since all the others are the founders and so headmembers of The Avengers.

I will defintly watch/buy them, since I'm a great fan of Marvel animation/comics AND movies, and I loved the Batman anime, although that's DC comics.

I think this will be a good move from Marvel and Madhouse, since Marvel doesn't get to much attention in the east, only the Live-Action movies score good there, but the cartoons and comics don't, so Marvel will prolly rise up in the east with the futured movies, animated movies and the anime's itself, all in just a short amount of time (2-3 years).

Hmm.. o.o
 
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I wonder if it has something to do with Michael Turner dying. =(

But awesome, I hope it goes well. =o I love Marvel. <3
 
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Urgh.
 
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At least they will do a better job than the cartoon series producers XD XD
 
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I wonder if it has something to do with Michael Turner dying. =(

But awesome, I hope it goes well. =o I love Marvel. <3


Turner worked for Top Cow and Image, not Marvel


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Yandere said:
I wonder if it has something to do with Michael Turner dying. =(

But awesome, I hope it goes well. =o I love Marvel. <3
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Yandere said:
I wonder if it has something to do with Michael Turner dying. =(

But awesome, I hope it goes well. =o I love Marvel. <3


Turner worked for Top Cow and Image, not Marvel

well he worked for ebrione including marvel ant the only website that i saw giving the news of him dieng was marvel i dint see it on his
 
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News Update
Marvel announced that their collaboration anime with MAD HOUSE Studio will be aired on Animax channel from the Spring of 2010 in Japan. The trailers of the "Iron Man" and "Wolverine" will be shown at San Diego ComiCon on July 24th.

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Cool; I'm interested to see some footage, definitely. Anything Madhouse does is either fantastic or sub-par, so I may give this a shot in hope of it falling the former category.

I'm also not that big a comic book fan so I'm probably not nearly as offended by the idea as some might be... ;-)

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