Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers

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Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
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The stock rental DVD cover for Disk Wars: Avengers. By Character Designer Tadayoshi Yamamuro.
ディスク・ウォーズ:アベンジャーズ
(Disuku Wōzu: Abenjāzu)
Genre Comedy, Superhero fiction, Action, Drama, Adventure
Anime television series
Directed by Toshiaki Komura (Series Director)
Produced by Masahiro Sugasawa (TV Tokyo)
Satoshi Ochiai
Scott Dolph
Written by King Ryū
Music by Studio Kitchen
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by Marvel Entertainment
Original network TXN (TV Tokyo)
Disney XD[1]
English network
Original run April 2, 2014March 25, 2015
Episodes 51 (List of episodes)
Game
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers - Ultimate Heroes
Developer Bandai Namco Games
Publisher Bandai Namco Games
Genre Action
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Released November 13, 2014
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Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers (ディスク・ウォーズ:アベンジャーズ, Disuku Wōzu: Abenjāzu) is an anime television series produced by Toei Animation and Walt Disney Japan, based on the Marvel Comics universe.[2][3][4][5] The series began airing in Japan from April 2, 2014, on TX Network stations.[6][7] The series was aimed at boys 6-12[7] and tied in with merchandising produced by Bandai.[4]

Plot[edit]

With help from Japan's Dr. Nozomu Akatsuki, Tony Stark aka Iron Man develops a new device called the Digital Identity Securement Kit, known as DISKs for short,[7] designed to help the cause of stopping and detaining villains. However, whilst presenting the DISK project on the Raft, the villainous Loki appears and uses the very same DISKs to launch a breakout of all the captured villains, trapping Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Wasp and Hulk inside DISKs as well. Nozomu's sons, Akira and Hikaru, along with three other children, Edward, Chris, and Jessica, come to possess these DISKs and obtain biocodes, allowing them to bring out these superheroes for a short period of time.[8] Teaming up with the Avengers, the group travel across the world to search for DISKs before they fall into the wrong hands.[7]

Characters[edit]

The Heroes[edit]

These five children have what is known as a Bio-Code graphed into them, being they were so close to Loki destroying the Bio-Code Installer. Because of this and the security programs installed in the DISKs, the kids are the only ones who can release the heroes in question. However, because the encoding was corrupted, each hero can only be released (referred to as D-Smash) for five and a half minutes before forcibly being sent back.

The DISKs are divided into five categories based on the imprisoned person's abilities:

  • Red: Their powers rely on Tech
  • Blue: Their powers are more hand-to-hand combat oriented.
  • Purple: Energy based abilities.
  • Green: Element/ Super Strength abilities
  • Yellow: Their powers are animal based.
Akira Akatsuki (アキラ・アカツキ)
Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga
A cheerful, carefree young boy and the main protagonist. The second son of the DISK developer Nozomu Akatsuki, he's hot-blooded and has a strong sense of justice.[8] He and his older brother Hikaru are invited to visit his father's research lab on the Raft and to discuss about the DISK project when it was under attack by the villainous Loki's forces. Akira possesses the tech bio code, meaning he can summon heroes in Red DISKs like Iron Man and War Machine.
Hikaru Akatsuki (ヒカル・アカツキ)
Voiced by: Yūichi Iguchi (Japanese); Steve Staley (English)
Akira's older brother, and is the more calm and mature of the two. He's a prodigy with a quiet and composed personality.[8] He possesses the energy bio code, allowing him to summon heroes in Purple DISKs like Thor and Cyclops.
Edward Grant (エドワード・グラント, Edowādo Guranto)
Voiced by: Yayoi Sugaya (Japanese); Tara Sands (English)
The youngest of the five children.[9] He is a sweet, shy, kind and lively boy and good student.[8] A big fan of superheroes, he joined the tour on the Raft in hopes of meeting Captain America, who is his favorite hero. He possesses the Power Bio Code, allowing him to summon Green DISK heroes like Hulk. His name appears to be a nod to Edward Norton who played the Hulk.[10]
Chris Taylor (クリス・テイラー, Kurisu Teirā)
Voiced by: Yūsuke Kuwahata (Japanese); Ben Diskin (English)
The oldest of the five children. Being "hotblooded" he comes across like a "cynical bad boy", but is gentle hearted and likes to make sweets.[8] He possesses the Strength Bio code, allowing him to summon blue DISK heroes like Captain America and Iron Fist. His name appears to be a nod to Chris Evans who played Captain America.[10]
Jessica Shannon (ジェシカ・シャノン, Jeshika Shanon)
Voiced by: Naomi Ōzora (Japanese); Danielle Judovits (English)
A rich girl from France whose parents run a business, she is "naive and selfish" and is forthright in speaking her mind but isn't necessarily with malice. Because of her many interests, Jessica has a mass number of skills she uses to trick the villains. She possesses the Animal Bio Code, allowing her to summon yellow DISK heroes like Wasp and Black Panther.

Avengers[edit]

Tony Stark / Iron Man
Voiced by: Eiji Hanawa (Japanese); Matthew Mercer (English)
Genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist, Tony Stark led the DISK project with Dr. Nozomu Akatsuki, which he was presenting at the Raft when Loki attacked. He fights using a sturdy suit of armor with flight and various integrated mechanical weapons. He becomes Akira's partner.
Steve Rogers / Captain America
Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakaya (Japanese); Roger Craig Smith (English)
A World War II veteran and super soldier. He always puts duty and the mission above everything else, and has a tendency to take things too seriously. He fights with his unbreakable vibranium shield and hand-to-hand combat skills. He becomes Chris' partner.
Thor Odinson / Thor
Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase (Japanese); Travis Willingham (English)[8]
The Norse God of Thunder and the future king of Asgard. He wields Mjolnir, an indestructible hammer that can control thunderstorms and lightning. He becomes Hikaru's partner.
Bruce Banner / Hulk
Voiced by: Kenichirou Matsuda[8] (Japanese); Fred Tatasciore (English)
A gamma irradiated scientist turned monster. He has incomparable physical strength and a body that can withstand intense punishment. He becomes Edward's partner.
Janet Van Dyne / Wasp
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (Japanese); Colleen O'Shaughnessey (English)
The only female member of the Avengers. She is a fashion designer as well as superhero, and uses her small size and superior agility to outwit opponents. She becomes Jessica's partner.

Other Allies[edit]

Virginia "Pepper" Potts (ペッパー)[11]
Voiced by: Fumie Mizusawa
Tony Stark's assistant. She visits Japan to formally invite the Akatsuki brothers to the Raft to visit their father. Following Loki's attack, she escapes with the children to one of Stark's safehouses. From there, she becomes head of Stark Industries in Tony's absence, and acts as a support team member for the heroes during their missions.
Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (Japanese); Drake Bell[8] (English)
A wisecracking New York superhero, who gained superpowers after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Peter Parker is a Stark Industries scientist and the assistant of Dr. Akatsuki, developing the DISK technology with him. He is one of the only heroes who escapes being sealed in a DISK, and provides the Avengers' DISKs to the heroes to fight back against Loki and his forces, protecting New York in the Avengers' absence while occasionally assisting the team when needed.[7]

Villains[edit]

Loki Laufeyson / Loki (ロキ)
Voiced by: Tadashi Mutou (Japanese); Crispin Freeman (English)
The main antagonist, and the adopted brother and arch-enemy of Thor. He orchestrated the plan to use the DISKs to allow all the prisoners on the Raft to escape and to summon them in battle. In the aftermath, he disguises himself as Senator Robert Winters and takes over S.H.I.E.L.D. in an attempt to find the DISKs scattered around the globe. In episode 22 he loses a fight against the Avengers and the X-Men and is trapped in another world with Dr. Akatsuki. In episode 40, he is seen in a holographic form from the teleportation ball, and captured in a DISK by Akira in the final episode.[citation needed]
Celebrity Five
Tim Gilliam Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono
Rosetta Riley Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima
Manino Giordani Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki
Joel Murphy Voiced by: Atsushi Imaruoka (Japanese); Benjamin Diskin (English)
Okuma Jubei Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka (Japanese); Christopher Corey Smith (English)
A team of five masked human villains working with Loki to retrieve all the missing DISKs and place the world's superheroes and supervillains under their control. The group is led by ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Tim Gilliam, and consists of reporter Rosetta Riley, chef Manino Giordani, musician Joel Murphy, and swordsman Okuma Jubei.[12] Following Loki's defeat, the Celebrity Five are arrested, but are freed and forcibly recruited into Hydra by the Red Skull.
Johann Schmidt / Red Skull
Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa
The head of the Hydra terrorist group, and the arch-enemy of Captain America. After the defeat of Loki, Red Skull becomes the second main antagonist of the series, maintaining more control over the DISKs than Loki ever had by possessing the Dimension Sphere.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, produced by Toei Animation, began airing on TV Tokyo from April 2, 2014. The series is helmed by series director Toshiaki Komura, a veteran director for Toei Animation's Precure franchise. Series organization is provided by King Ryū, who has no previous credits in the entertainment industry. Veteran Dragon Ball animator and character designer Tadayoshi Yamamuro provides character designs, much in the same style as Dragon Ball. As of Episode #27 the role of character designer is shared with Naoki Tate due to Yamamuro's directing of Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F. The opening and ending themes are "Tsuki Yabureru - Time to SMASH!" (やぶレル-Timeタイム toトゥ SMASHスマッシュ!, Break On Through - Time to SMASH!) and "Thread of Fate" respectively, both performed by T.M.Revolution.[13] An English dub will begin airing on July 6, 2015 on Disney XD (Southeast Asia) and Disney Channel (Asia) (Philippines only).

Video game[edit]

A video game based on the series, titled Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers - Ultimate Heroes (ディスクウォーズ:アベンジャーズ アルティメットヒーローズ) is developed by Bandai Namco Games and was released in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS on November 13, 2014.[14]

Bachicombat[edit]

Bachicombat is Bandai’s collectible game tied in with the TV show. The game is similar to the game Pogs.[7] It is meant to simulate the plot of the show which sees young kids who possess a unique “Biocode” summon heroes and villains trapped inside S.H.I.E.L.D. tech that Loki’s turned against the Marvel Universe.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Also airs on the Disney XD in Japan
  2. ^ "Walt Disney Japan Announces Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers". Marvel. October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Japanese Anime Series Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers Announced". IGN. October 23, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Marvel, Disney Team with Toei and Bandai for Japan-Only 'Avengers'". Hollywoodreporter.com. October 23, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ 新作アニメ『ディスク・ウォーズ:アベンジャーズ』制作発表会見レポート! (in Japanese). Dengeki.com. March 26, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ 放送スケジュール (in Japanese). Disney Japan. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers Anime & Game's 1st Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. February 10, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Marvel Disk Wars: Avengers Cast, Staff Announced". Anime News Network. February 25, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers’ Anime Website Launches With New Video And Art". Comics Alliance.com. March 3, 2014. Archived from the original on July 17, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "Playable ‘Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers’ Bachicombat Game Is Pokemon AND Pogs [Video]". Comics Alliance.com. February 11, 2014. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Avengers (and other Marvel Heroes) in Their Official Anime Forms". Kotaku. April 4, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ Villain Listing provided by the official Walt Disney Japan website (in Japanese) Retrieved May 12, 2014
  13. ^ "T.M.Revolution Sings for Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers Anime". Anime News Network. March 17, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-08-22/marvel-disk-wars-the-avengers-3ds-game-trailer-features-combat-gameplay-game-modes/.77914

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